This is a great series that I have become hooked on. The only hard part is waiting for the next book.
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
I purchased the paperback edition of Dauntless and with limited time, could not really get into the story although the plot line was very promising. I now have the whole series and the story of “Black Jack” really comes to life with an excellent reading by Christian Rummel. For those interested in military science fiction, this series rates more highly with me than other better-known authors. It is always interesting to read the work of former military officers and especially those from the Navy. Somehow, life on starships seems to be an extension of life aboard a submarine, with its tensions and an added complication of civilians aboard. I enjoyed them so much that I have read them twice, just to make sure I had nodded off in my armchair but I hadn't.
Loved the main character, and the premise of the Arthurian hero back from the proverbial dead to save his people - but with the twist that his legend grew after his "death" into someone he really isn't. Great perspective on this classical twist.
Also, fantastic ship battles in space as it's never been told before - found that I was eagerly putting other downloaded books on hold to get the rest of the series. Highly recommended!
This is a quarter or a third of a novel at best. I wish I knew if it sleazy editors/publishers or the authors themselves that break up a single story into multiple books (that filled with needless trivia and detail) just to sell more units. This is just plain dishonest.
If you do decide to listen, make sure that you bank on buying at least 3 of the series in order to get a novel's worth. The story is not bad overall, I just hate being deceived.
This book (and the rest in the series) made me think about space battles in a new way. Excellent narrator.
I purchased this book on a special 'start a new series' promotion by audible. Other reviews of the recording/book had been positive and so I was looking forward to listening but I have to say I was disappointed. The plot itself isn't bad, but I felt the writing was lacking in detail and was highly repetitive. For example: There are no physical descriptions of the characters. There's an 'ancestor' based religion that is referred to constantly, but you don't even find out it's a religion until half way through the book. There's constant reference to the time lag in battles, and while I agree that the idea is good, I found it annoying to have it referred to every other sentence, as if I couldn't remember the fact. That being said, the book might have been okay had I read it in hard copy, but the narrator compounded the problems with the text. I was particularly annoyed by the use of falsetto voices and fake accents which made serious military characters laughable and detracted from the tension that should have been building during the battle scenes. If I could go back I would have chosen a different book.
This is the first review I have taken time to write. I was amazed how quickly I listened to this book. I still have half a month to my next credit. The story is very enjoyable. The reader is great. The main character is instantly likable. The methods of space travel and battle are very realistic and refreshingly new. No instant Warp drives. Great Sci-Fi
Campbell keeps to the most realistic depiction of speed vs. relative distance in space. Unfortunately, that realism by its nature slows down the action as the characters must wait hours for ships to get close enough to engage. Campbell's portrayal of the technology is fascinating and well thought out, more so than the character development. The characters were flat, and Geary was such a recluse that he failed to engage in any relationship close enough to bring interest. The main problem was Campbell's unwillingness to leave the bridge of the Dauntless, and the "almost first person" point of view. Though the book was written in third person, Campbell never left Geary's side, and the character's reluctance to engage with anyone else made it a somewhat boring perspective. Main case in point - we watched one ship sacrifice itself to give the fleet enough time to escape, all from the point of view of Geary's bridge. With the half an hour delay, the scene played out like a TV show playing on the other side of a crowded room with the sound turned off. If Campbell had instead portrayed the scene from on board the doomed ship, the action would have been riveting. Likewise, if Campbell had brought us aboard the ships of Geary's rivals so we could hear their complaining and plotting, that would also have made it more interesting. There was nothing that I particularly disliked about the book, but it didn't interest me enough to want to read the next in the series.