I will be doing the entire series that is out so far (6 books). I am sucked in. It is worth a listen. I do not think you could jump into the middle of the story. Best to start at the beginning(which is this book).
Jack Campbell aka John G. Hemry is quickly setting the bar for true physics space novels. One thing that Campbell does better than any other writer in Sci-Fi is give you a true feel of what real space battles would be like. I think most of this comes from his past as a ship driver himself in the US Navy. It truly is refreshing to find someone who is just as interested in getting the physics right as he is about getting the story right. Space battles as we see them in movies like Star Trek and Star Wars are a huge myth, and Campbell makes it very clear very quickly why that is. Not only that, but his character development is superb. Now after all this praise you are probably wondering why it only received four stars. Well it's very simple. I'm not sure if it was Campbell's mistake, his publishers, or Christian Rummel's but someone made some very small errors in the "jump" time frames. The first "jump" the fleet makes is a three week jump, yet later in the series comments are made that a three week jump is considered impossible by the fleet only to have Geary reconfigure the engines to show them how it can be done. So how did they do it the first time? This is really the only problem I have with the entire series. After the first couple of books Campbell appears to work out the kinks in his "jump theory" and these mistakes vanish. But it was a little annoying to someone like myself who latches on to these things.
As for Christian Rummel, his voice acting is superb. That being said he sometimes forgets what voices he used for minor characters and makes slight variations for the same character throughout the series. This is about as big a problem as the above mentioned errors and really doesn't harm the book in anyway. It can snag the attention of that highly critical reader and give you a slight poke in the ribs when you hear it. Overall this is a book and a series that a true Sci-Fi nut should have in their collection.
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.
It's been a while since I've come across a writer of space opera's I've found interesting. I may not have believed his premiss about the new fleet tactics and lack of command obedience he had to overcome when he took command of the fleet but in true SciFi form if you dispell or forgive the premiss, the rest is consistent and very interesting and action packed. Once I got into this first book in the series, I finished all the rest in less than 2 weeks. I found these a very good read. Can wait until the next in the follow up series comes out in May.
I loved the concept of a 100 year old Capt being trusting to commanding a modern day fleet. And having to do so in the middle of a complex action behind enemy lines.
This was the first one of Jack Campbell's books I listened to.
The narrator is so important in these audio books and Rummel is spot on in my opinion.
Great story line but reader needs to pause between changes of sean and chapters other wise great.
As many other reviewers have stated--start with this book first. If you like it chances are you'll enjoy the rest of the series.
I appreciate that Jack Campbell had an exciting vision and made it into a series of books with a definite beginning and conclusion. This is a series that once you finish you will probably want more but respect the author for realizing the story was over and finishing on a high note.
The flow of the story, it didn't drag and the fleet fights were so real.
When all the high ranking officers got murdered.
I always turn on the movie in my mind with audio books. I do that with the written word too, but I don't have the time to just sit and read anymore.
Home is a long way off.
I'm not sure. I bought it because I love military sci fi and space opera. This book didn't deliver on either. Campbell gets too lost in fleet tactics, and his hero's emotional response to his 100 year hibernation is strangely flat, one dimensional.
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A male reader trying to
Had a lot of trouble downloading this on my Kindle. Clearer instructions would be nice (ie