Imagine Ender Wiggin with a dash of Capt. Malcom Reynolds, coming back from the stars to take control of the Battlestar Galactica and the entire Colonial fleet. I really enjoyed this book, but I'm sucker for military sci-fi. What I liked about it most was the space battles. They seemed eerily realistic with considerations to time lags between light speeds, true fleet logistics, and communications. I also was pleased to see that he did touch on how soldiers and officers would feel like after fighting a war for over a century. The writer, being a Retired naval officer really captures the essence of how it would be during a battles and command. The reader does a good job with the voices and keeps a good pace.
This is like one of those action flicks that's a little on the corny side so you're almost embarrassed that you like it so much, but can't stop watching anyway. Bring out the popcorn. No, we're not re-writing the scifi genre. Space navies and space marines pitted against impossible odds, being chased across the galaxy. Explosions. Concise, well-written action that keeps the story moving at an irresistible pace. I gave this book five stars because it knows its role and plays it near perfection. Straight-ahead military scifi. Fun, riveting, gets right to the point, and makes for a fun and entertaining read. This book isn't going to make you question the meaning and motivations of humanity. This isn't Asimov. But let me tell you, this is a really fun ride. Enjoy.
I'm pretty critical when it comes to audio books but this one is Great.
I have yet to hear the rest but so far its really really good.
The transitions from scene to scene are pretty quick.
"Wait? Where are we?"
But you get use to it, and can take the authors ques that its a new scene.
Great story, fairly simple, but wonderfully told.
I love this authors vision of life & combat in space.
Since I haven't listened to the whole series yet, I can just judge this one book. I suspect I'll really enjoy the rest of the series however.
I won't say that this is as good as a classic like Heinlein's Starship Troopers (one of my all time favorites) but I really, really enjoy reading scifi written by someone with personal knowledge of military life.
If you like military scifi, definitely give it a listen.
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book via the Audible version - the narration (by Christian Rummel) was good; well paced, well toned and easy to listen to. It is a fairly easy read, developing plot along the lines of managing a large fleet of ships in enemy space. I am looking forward to further books in the series.
The Good: The space battles are interesting. The story and its universe showed promise.
The Bad: The dialog is dumb and really repetitive (this includes internal dialog). It feels like a broken record. It would be an interesting (not fun, interesting) project to count how many times the author repeats the characters feelings about being worshiped. I know its part of the character, but we have to read a paragraph about his feelings about it every 3-4 pages. I love books that explain their character's thoughts and motivations, but explaining the same thought hundreds of times just shows that these characters have no depth.
Its no Enders Game and it isn't going to win a nebula but its a damn good book that keeps you glued to it from beginning to end. I am going to check out the rest of the series.
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
Don't waste your money on what is perhaps half a novel at best. Believe me when I say that this is the most generic form of sci-fi there is.
I have always been a StarWars reader, got this book by mistake. but I listened to it, then the rest of the series, and was amazed. I have since listened to this series, and his two others 4 or 5 times, well done. I loved them the history of the navy, the movements of the fleet, the explainatiuons of what was happening, and it wasnt mushy even with two warring women! Mr Cambell I applaude you. as an avid reader it takes alot to get me away from Anne McCraffrey, and Starwars. owning over 12000 books, I add yours to my most loved shelf. and hope to see more from you soon.
I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the story & characters were and how well the book was written. The author's emphasis on the value of morals, honor, mercy and the value of human life during war and even in the face of a cruel enemy was simple yet profound. It seemed very timely with so much of what is going on in the world today and in the military. Although the book deals with serious and mature material the book lacked any major profanity which allowed me to enjoy it with my kids in the back seat. I look forward to the next book.