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.
Audible listener since the late 1990s. I mostly listen to science fiction, fantasy, history, and science.
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 "Propeller planes are almost entirely out of date, after all.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.
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.
I was getting a little tired of the "thinking needed" stuff I normally read and wanted a bit of fluff just to pass the time while driving or working around the house. This book was almost perfect for that purpose and I'll be buying additional volumes in the series just to see predictable loose ends tied up.
As some of the other reviewers might have mentioned, it has a cliff-hanger aspect to it (as do the others in the series) and almost seems composed of air. It went by VERY quickly, and as a sort of shoot-em-up space opera, it was very good. The story could be understood by a six-year old and the characters are two-dimensional. Which is precisely the reason I got it: It was supposed to be simple and entertaining. I didn't want Ulysses while working in my garage, I wanted Indiana Jones and I got it in spades. The author's experience as an ex-Navy officer comes through in the action and strategy descriptions and that is a welcome feature.
All that being said, I do have one complaint and it's about the narrator. He's just... the wrong voice. He tries to inject a feeling of suspense into the stories, but his voice is just... too young? too quick? too... Madison Avenue? too high-school quarterback? I'm trying to find the right description, but I think you'll get the idea. I keep thinking to myself that a captain of a ship that has fought a to-the-death battle and been the sole survivor, and then been promoted to lead the fleet, should have more gravitas. I keep seeing Russell Crowe in the role and I guess that's what I was expecting in the voice. That notwithstanding, I just bought the next two volumes in the series, and I'm going out to finish weedeating the back yard before moving on to the front while listening on my iPod. I expect to enjoy it.
By comparison, some favorite audiobooks: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (LeCarre), Guards,Guards (Pratchett), Pillars of the Earth (Follett)
Outstanding narration, a solid plot, plenty of action and characters that sometimes surprise you (just like real people), make this series a must for any fan of military sci-fi. This is the first book in the series, and it really is best to take them in the order written.