I find I have discovered yet another interesting exploration of the human character presented as a future military conflict. The author and narrator do a good job of masking me care about the conflict and it's participants. I look forward to hearing subsequent episodes.
Best book series ever! I swear, I listen to this every night. I recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi or space ships in general.
As someone who was in the military I appreciated the details that Campbell gave to the logistics of space combat and leading a fleet. Most other sci-fi books just say 'The ships fired at each other', without making a plausible system of space combat. I can see, however, how going into the seeming minutiae of time-delayed communication and physics might be boring for some readers who are just looking for action, pure and simple. Campbell also spends on lot of time on leadership challenges that resonate with those who have been in the military. His vision of a military that esteems valor and reckless charges over solid tactics will also resonate with veterans who fear that our military is heading in that direction. Overall, I loved the series; but maybe I'm just biased because he fawns over the Marines, my former service.
Starting with an unusual premise, the story unfolded with a great blend of adventure and human drama. The narrator did an excellent job of telling the story in an engaging way without getting in the way of the script. I'm hooked and will be doing the entire series.
I've been looking for a sci-fi story that gets me hooked and keeps me going through the entire telling.
This does the job!
I started listening to this series because I love Christian Rummel as a narrator. I am a Sci fi fan but there is very rarely any Sci fi stories I love. I like many, mostly generic stories and even my beloved star wars I struggle listening or reading many of them. I was hooked on book one. If you ever read or listened to star wars heir to the Empire this is a book for you.
I am only reviewing this first book in the series because it puts the hook in your mouth and you fiddle with it like a sucker enjoying it but able to do other things and then suddenly the story goes into overdrive. I just downloaded the newest on to hit audible and still can't stop listening. have listened 3 times and still can't get enough. great story great narrator just freaking amazing SciFi for those of us who love SciFi not science magic.
I have the book, ebook and now audio book. An excellent space opera story that is well read.
Not sure why the most recent reviews are so negative.
Blackjack Geary is rescued from an escape pod and then placed in command of a torn up fleet far behind enemy lines. This book is the story of the fleet stepping in to the trap and its first step back towards home.
Member since 2002! I'm an avid reader, going through about six (or more) credits a month. As well as a published writer of short fiction.
This book took me by surprise. I hated it at first and came pretty close to returning it after falling asleep during one of the first battles. But once I got to know the characters and recognized why I was having a hard time it grew on me to where I cursed out loud when the book ended and then immediately bought the next. It ranks high among my collection of books more because of the way it challenged me to think than most other space dramas I've exposed myself to than by anything else.
I'm one of those people that hates it when someone gives me quick and offhand directions to a new place. I just nod and then use Google maps to lead me. Why does that matter? Because the battles require a lot of spatial imagination. Not special imagination. SPATIAL imagination. The writer goes into close detail about the whereabouts of the ships during battle as well as the unique problems when dealing with time lag and speed. He choreographs brutal ballets in space. This can be a bit off putting at first and led to my falling asleep when I began the book. But once I put myself into the right frame of mind, I enjoyed it.
The writing is terrific. I have no problem seeing and feeling what his characters convey. While sometimes I thought "how can one person go through so many thoughts and come to so many decisions in such a brief span of time," when Captain Geary was having another spate of brooding about the delicate position he had been placed in, I learned to roll with it. I've come to believe everyone actually does the very same thing, we just don't put all those feelings into words, while a writer can. It's obvious this writer wants to place us in a direct emotion link with his main character. And isn't that why we read fiction, to live inside the minds of others?
Don't get this book if you want to be on auto-pilot. But if you enjoy battle as well as drama and want the challenges provided by a writer that revels in the details of handling large space faring vessels, by all means, give this a try!
SciFi crazy! Geek! Love my dog, Dylan! Was never a good reader, then I discovered Audible and topics that interested me. Generally SciFi, b
OK, I have to fix the title. At this point I thought there were only 4 books into total to the series. This is book 1.
It started me on a journey with Captain Jack Black!
This was an on your edge of your seat type of book. Lots of action!
At 60 years old with the heart of a kid. Today, I decided to actually post some reviews for the very first time. I have been using Audible for many years now. Maybe if you like my selections that means your into the same books as I am into and I will read your selections if that's possible now, to share someone else's book list?