One of the best SiFi books, eihter print or audible
intriguing characters, "scientifically sound",
this could be our future
strong advice: read them all!
Didn't read the printed version. I LOVED the story and the narrater just made it better
"Black Jack" Geary. He wakes up after 100 years . . . experiences a severe case of culture shock . . . but proved his great character, morals, and principles by treating the enemy humanely and teaching the Captain's of the other ships that old lost arts of battle can and do work. His questioning of himself and his abilities made him as a character in a novel seem more "human."
If I have I don't remember.
Early on when he meet his Grand Nephew and then lost him because he sacrificed himself and his ship to defend the slower auxiallry ship from being destroyed.
Impossible odds, impossible solutions. (I know, four words, but sue me)
The protagonist finds himself in an impossible situation. He sucks it up and wins. With style, with class, with honor. Campbell's done well.
My first listen to either of these narrators, but the narration was great. Rummel's the voice of Blackjack now.
Extreme outward reaction? Not this book, though some of the later in the series. I did not hesitate to get the next in the series though. One book and I was hooked.
I purchased the physical copies of the entire series to lend out. Yeah, they are that good.
The saga and the expanse, endless space, overwhelming odds, underdog comes out on top. Strong reminders of Lensmen series.
First time, but having listened to most of the rest of the series it maintains a constant quality and standard that was enjoyable.
Variations in voice were good, easy to recognise the distinct characters. Some of the transitions between chapters or sections happened a bit fast and were confusing - better editing.
Not one particular moment, but there are several strong moments that appeal to your better side, hope that there is a better form of ourselves within each of us.
Too much repetition of previously stated facts, its a series and it tells you that so the reader can go back to book one and read it from the start. I dont want to suffer for doing just that. Romance scenes are only slightly better than EE Smith scenes, find a romance writer to do them or avoid them altogether. I actually thought the main character would have been better off with his first choice.
Real space combat
The fleet combat scene of the novel is one of my favorites. Many sci-fi works ignore the laws and affects of physics or get so wrapped up in them that they kill the story. This book makes full use of them to bring the story to life. The whole reason the Alliance fleet is in such tatters is because they do not plan for the long game and only fight in a "bare-knuckle smash our ships against their's until no one is left" manner. And Black Jack is bringing strategy and tactics back from the grave... Planning his battles like a chess game, anticipating, adapting and bringing each of his fleets assets to bear with full might and advantage. You cannot help becoming fully immersed in the action and suspense of the war as the fleet goes to battle.
There is a nuance to Black Jack brought by the voice acting that adds depth. I think a straight read of this novel may not bring that out in your head...there is life breathed into this story by hearing it performed.
Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander in space...
This novel takes a very nicely balanced approach to how things would work using physics as we know it and spicing it up with some well thought out imagination. You get a very real sense of massive war ships facing off against one another like the old 18th and 19th century ships, but with the edgy feel only possible in science fiction. Campbell has provided a character that you want to relate to and invest in with Capt. Geary. His old fashioned sense of honor and pride clashes nicely in opposition to the desperate actions of the new warriors he is faced with when he wakes from his long slumber... Campbell does a masterful job of weaving the emotional wear of a one-hundred year war into the fiber of every character such that there is a warmth and feeling that is tangible to the reader/listener without beating them over the head with it. He takes the intelligence of the reader in to account rather than for granted. I am looking forward to what this series has to offer. A wonderful story leaving you wanting more.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This is the first of a long series of novels with "Black Jack" Geary back from the dead to lead the Alliance fleet home from a strike on their enemy's home system. I have been reading some heavy books both historical and classics so I was looking for light relief. I read a review where the reviewer had been reading Dickens (something you'll never find me doing!) and who enjoyed this. So I gave it a try as I love Sci-Fi.
Well I kind of enjoyed it - it was somewhat predictable, it certainly was laying the foundations for many more novels to come as it spent some time fleshing out the main characters but it wasn't literature. In fact the text was almost child like in its simplicity. All books can be well written but at times Dauntless had me cringing. I think the narrator could improve and that in its self would help the text. More pauses would be a good start so we can identify quickly the difference between the spoken word and Jack's inner thoughts.
Am I going to get the second in the series? Mmmmmm - not sure
This was a good space opera story and I enjoyed parts of it a lot, but the characters were quite one-dimensional and I would have liked a bit more descriptions of their appearance. The main character was enjoyable, but nearly everyone around him were so predictable it was annoying at times. I'm undecided if I'm going to continue with the series- going to try a different book first.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I plant to read/listen to the rest of the series. If I had one complaint, it would be that I wish this book was twice as long, I enjoyed it that much.
Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
I would recommend this book and series in a heartbeat! This is another Sci-Fi series you can really sink your teeth into. It has a good storyline and great characters and awesome battles. A lot of time was spent on physics in the space combat and I believe most Sci-Fi fans would agree it incorporated into the story nicely.
The main character was a reluctant hero. Lost in space for 100 years only to be revived before the fleet he was in was suckered into an ambush. All leaders were killed as they tried to negotiate surrender. Then “Black Jack” takes command and discovers humanity has lost the ability to fight with any sort of strategy or tactics. It’s a strange twist but makes for a really fun series.
As tiered as it may appear, the main character is the best. The conflicts and professional challenges he faces are just unrelenting. And how he deals with that and a strange love interests makes for a fun character.
Yup! Once you got into the story you just want to keep going.
Great start to another great series. I look forward to every new release.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
Without hesitation, and I have. If you like sci fi, this book, and the whole series are a win. You wouldn't think that space battles focused on manuevers and strategy would be that exciting, but the author makes every one of them attention-grabbing. Jack is a memorable character with a great set up. He reminds me a little of Commander Shepherd in Mass Effect, in a good way. This is a great series, from start to finish. And I have high hopes for the second series as it continues Jack's story.