It's hard to believe that a war fought by so many people hell bent on self destruction could possibly last 100 years. Perhaps in the previous 99 years, a very large battle is fought every 10 years that literally destroys every space going warship in each fleet. Then, the next 10 years are spent rebuilding said fleets. Rinse, repeat. This must be the case given that modern tactics require throwing all assets into a battle with little to no thought given to tactics. Any future fleet officer with an IQ greater than 60 is either forcibly removed from command or assassinated. Such a waste that the writer attempted to make his main character look like Caesar by making everyone else as head-smackingly dumb as Gomer Pyle. The space battles are quite thrilling and seem realistic enough despite the unbelievable carelessness off the enemy or for that matter all of the captain's subordinates.
I have. I'm a space fight junkie and the space battles in these books were good enough to keep me running back for more. Up to a point anyway. Careful though. The last book in the series was the weakest.
The narration was great. Not surprisingly, the main character is voiced powerfully and believably. The rest are passable which is quite impressive given the material.
Every scene where the captain is talking to anyone but himself.
If you've read this book, watch the movie Idiocracy.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
This book is solid enough military science fiction, delivering some dramatic space battles and heroic actions, but at the same time falls prey to almost every genre convention. It delivers some of the most awkwardly motivated descriptions of how technologies work that the science fiction world has to offer; the main character is (of course) a hero from another time, providing an excuse for yet more info-dumps from the author, characterization tends to be pretty one-dimensional, and so on. Not terrible stuff, but it started to drive me a bit crazy after awhile.
In fact, it reminded me constantly of Rosenfelder's essay "If all stories were written like science fiction stories":
"Do you think we'll be flying on a propeller plane? Or one of the newer jets?" asked Ann.
"I'm sure it will be a jet," said Roger. "Propeller planes are almost entirely out of date, after all. On the other hand, rocket engines are still experimental. It's said that when they're in general use, trips like this will take an hour at most. This one will take up to four hours."
... if the tedious explanations don't bother you, and you like military SF, this is a fine choice. Otherwise, you can do better.
Very good start to a very good series. Worth the credit. Good narration, plot, everything. Not the best series Ive ever read. But its in the top five. If you like sci-fi or space opera, I promise you wont be disappointed.
This will be a comprehensive review of the series at large including the positives and negatives as I see them.
This book introduces the hero and other characters that will be the focus of a lengthy series which has been quite captivating for me. As the synopsis above says, it's about a man frozen in time for a hundred years who is thrown unceremoniously into a seemingly impossible situation. With all he knew lost, Geary must lead the immense but bloodied alliance fleet out of the deathtrap they find themselves in and somehow return them to safety with the fate of the war hanging in the balance.
What makes this series so worthwhile is all the interesting concepts that are investigated along the way, such as the time-travel aspect, the effect of a long-dead hero reemerging to challenge his own legend, the long disintegration of tactics and ethics over the course of a century-long war, the drama surrounding the reintroduction of these things, the challenges to a commander in leading a military force on a long campaign through enemy territory and overwhelming opposition, duty, honor, and the nuances of politics both within the military and between the military and the civilian government.
While I enjoy all those aspects within the series, what makes it most unique to me is the nature of the space combat explored by the technology taken as given within this scifi. The ships are capable of traveling at faster than light speeds between star systems to make interstellar civilization possible but within star systems they are limited to less than 3/10 the speed of light. Of course, this is still mind-boggling fast but, due to the immense distances within a solar system, this creates combat situations where you cannot see what your opponent is doing in real-time. There are often times when the fleet will initially only be able to see what the enemy was doing many hours ago and have to make their plans based on this time-lagged information. As well, the communications between ships in the fleet are somewhat time-lagged, especially when the fleet splits up, meaning that coordination by the fleet commander is extremely tricky as orders to each ship must take this into account. Furthermore, the high speed engagements between fleets and ships bring relativistic distortion into play as objects at that speed experience length contraction and time dilation though, to my slight disappointment, this factor is not spoken about in any depth and is relegated to something that the ship's computers account for (which would be entirely accurate since the calculations are rather complex, it would just be nice to hear relativistic effects described more in the book).
Many reviewers have discussed the seemingly simplistic nature of the series' characters which I would somewhat agree with. The premise is that the long period of war and quick rate of turnover on officers due to a high rate of combat deaths has degraded the training of the fleet's officers and given rise to a suicidally zealous culture of aggression toward the enemy. As a result, pretty much everyone except for Geary seems to be unbelievably stupid. While I wouldn't disagree that the author may have slightly overstepped the bounds of believability in this regard it is hard to argue what could or could not happen psychologically to a civilization that has been bitterly embroiled in all-out warfare for that length of time. I can say that as the series progresses the other members of the fleet become steadily more reasonable and by the end of the series are, to a close approximation, what might be expected of rational people. Looked at in this light, part of the story is Geary reforming the mindset of those under his command and undoing the psychological damage of a century of war. Certainly it is far easier to accept than the author's other book, Stark's War, which depicted a very similar situation of everyone being utterly brainless aside from the hero but without the excuse of the hero being from another time. Frankly I was shocked to learn that this was that same author because Stark's War was undoubtedly one of the worst books I've ever read while this series is now one of my favorites :D
One other possible detriment to the series is that the author chooses to reiterate many concepts many many times within the series, such as, how the video conferencing software works, the role of the speed of light in combat, the premise of Geary's arrival in the story, etc. I'd like to say it's just for those people crazy enough to start a series partway through but, in some cases, these things are repeated multiple times in the same BOOK. I definitely found it annoying since I was listening to the whole series straight through but it wasn't a major issue.
Finally, I must say that the narrator does a fantastic job in this series! Not once did I find myself gritting my teeth over any of the voice acting. He proficiently portrays both male and female voices and gives a good deal of variance to between different voices of the same sex such that all the characters sound fairly unique. His tempo, volume control, and everything else about the reading made it a pleasure to listen to. Well done! :D
I highly recommend the Lost Fleet series in its entirety as well as the followup series Beyond the Frontier. They are quite linear so you should definitely start with this book :)
The narrator's voice was too sing-song and dramatically forced for my taste, his female characters too breathy. Add one-dimensional characters "the skeptical politician," "the self-righteous arrogant rival captain," "the eager cadet" (times about fifteen), and this book amounted to a real disappointment. I've been looking for a good epic sci-fi series to sink my teeth into but I'm bailing on this series after the first book. I found myself eager for it to be over so I could get back to something with real substance beyond battle descriptions and inner monologues about whether endless war turns people cold. I hoped for more from this book, but it came up short. Back to wishing I was still newly discovering Alastair Reynolds.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
The best book series by Jack Campbell AKA John G Henry
In the future people finally moved to other planets, Hundreds of planets are populated.
Years later the major rift appeared in human politics , some planets kept their Democratic form of government "Alliance" and some other decided to go with evolution of free market in which companies became the new government "Syndics".
And the WAR began:
During the first battle, the ship "Merlin" under command of John Geary protected merchant ships and helped them run away from the star system, and this became the first battle of the great war.
As the last of his actions Commander Geary ordered to abandon ship, and commenced self destruct sequence, Commander Geary was posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain.
Hundred years later the war still goes on!!!!
Just as it always happens the war evolved, it became the thing of stupidity and atrocities, of war crimes and annihilation, the war in which strategical and tactical thinking was replaced with brutal frontal attacks, the time when battle promotions became normal career advancement,..
The human kind dwelled in stagnation for almost hundred years. As an act of desperation the great fleet was built by the Alliance to finish the war once and for all. During the movement of the fleet the escape pod was recovered in long abandoned star system, containing a man of legends, a man of myths "Black Jack Geary".
How timely, because the fleet is going directly into Syndics Trap!!!!
If you are not hooked yet,I don't know what to say.
There are rumours, that there maybe a movie based on this series soon. :-)
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great series. i've read a few hyperion, vorkosigan, dune, ender, foundation, starforce, etc... lost fleet is a quick & enjoyable read. excellent characters and character development. delves into military space tactics but does so that you don't get lost / bogged down in the details. fast-paced & exciting. if you enjoyed the ender series, you will enjoy this series. thankfully, i've come to this series where all the books are available. it's less than a week, and i'm about to start book 3. i must sat captain jack geary is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in a series. great internal dialogue with himself. plot moves at a great pace and has kept me up until 1 a.m. when reading the reviews, i wondered how well the plot would hold up- hero wakes up a 100 years later in the middle off a war. i have to say i just finished book 2, and i'm not disappointed at all. in fact, i'm pleasantly surprised at how well the author weaves the differences in beliefs into the story. the main characters are interesting and keep developing.
the science is incredibly believable- having space battles at .2 lightspeed and having to account for the influences of relativistic forces at that speed affecting your ability to view what's happening, communicating with your fellow ships, and coordinating maneuvers. i'm not a fan of hard sci-fi, where it takes pages and time to explain things. this is realistic space battles and easy to explain and understand a lot like ender's game.
the voice narration is smooth and excellent. the performer must be applaud for how well he can use so many different voices. he does jack geary great and the women just as well, which has been a pleasant surprise and added to the performance.
this is a highly rated book and series, and i definitely see why. much better entertainment than most everything on the boob tube. i've even dvred games of thrones to keep listening. the books move fast and end at good resting places and pick up right from there.
if you like any of the series i've mentioned, you'd like this. a definite must read and must add to the series you've read.
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.
That old label used to come with your new Kodak SLR camera in the old days. It is still an important message to this day. before you read any of the other books, read Dauntless! For us technical science fiction fans it is a very satisfying read. The tale of how "Black Jack" was recovered and returned to duty is a bit subtle but it is an enjoyable listen anyway!
Very different in many ways. Battles more realistic.. high real world relativistic concepts; such as, how the difficulty in navigating at relativistic speeds impacts your ability to aim your gun.