This is perhaps the best Sci-Fi story since Star Wars. I downloaded the first book "Dauntless" and before I was finished with it, I had the next two on my Ipod. I then downloaded the 4th book the day it was released, and am now counting the days until the 5th book is released, "Relentless" . There is not another Science Fiction book I would rather read or would rather suggest to another listener. If you have a credit, USE IT; if you don't, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.
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.
I'm don't think I'll continue past the first book in the series. There's not too much depth to the characters and the plot seems like it's going to be a long, drawn out journey home.
One of the hardest things about trying a new series is getting through the first book. This book captures you from the first few paragraphs and never lets you go. The ONLY reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of his rivals in this 1st book are little stupid and illogical in my opinion.
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.