I really wanted to like this. I wanted it to be a rip roaring space adventure-hopefully with some identifiable or with some luck, interesting characters. But not really....'Black Jack' Geary is not lovable, he's completely self obsessed, so you are always hearing him repeating lots of inner dialogue about 'woe is him'...because everyone worships him... We also hear,ad nauseum, how far away everything is in space and exactly what the time lag is for each and every maneuver. Sounds like he's describing a video game screen or trying to 'teach' us about what it would be like, really, to fight at faster than light speeds. These never ending reflections during 'battles' actually makes the fights strangely disjointed: They fire on the enemy and...now let's stop and remember, "they really fired this over 3 minutes ago because they are 3 light minutes away, so it's already happened....and Now -back to the action....
Didn't work for me- and I love good space opera, give me some Old Man's War, or some Larson over this any day.
Anyone who enjoys being lectured endlessly about military regulations while fantasizing that they are an average minded adult in a universe full of toddlers.
No. I am a fan of this genre, but this author is the Terry Goodkind of this genre. The universe is completely derivative and the characters are so two dimensional and undeveloped that it is hard for the reader to care what happens to them.
Christian Rummel's narration made it possible for me to finish the book. If I had tried to read this as a paperback, I would have donated it about 1/3 of the way through.
The repetitive internal moralizing of the main character could have been cut down by 80% and been more effective. This would have freed up enormous amounts of space for the development of other characters.
Just don't do it.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This is a boys own adventure. It’s good fun and well written with a good narrator. It is no great literature but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I bought the rest of the series based on the first listen. I hope they are just as good.
I'm always leary about starting a new book that's a part of the a series. You have to go back to the beginning to understand some of the complexities of what's going on and that means that you don't read the book that's most current and about which people are talking. Well, I'm glad I started this series because the first book in it (Dauntless) has been great. One of the messages of this story is that just because something is old, that doesn't make it bad. In the case of this book, only John (Blackjack) Geary has the ability to see that his society has, to some degree, taken on the dispicable attributes of the enemy they have been fighting for 100 years. It appears that no one else can see this because they have a vision of the past that is distorted by myth and legend. Geary as a character shows his humanity and his abhorrence of the inaccurate legend that has come to reprepresent him. The book is about leadership that is ethical and humane as much as it is about cool and seemingly well-research science. A great read.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
I bought this "first of a series" on sale and wow, am I glad I did. I am a voracious reader and this was one of the best sci-fi reads I've enjoyed in a long time. A large cast of believable characters with problems to solve and creative solutions to them. Good good-guys and not-so-good good-guys.
I enjoyed this so much I've bought several more in the series. If you like programs like Star Trek, you'll really love these books.
What can I say with a story so action pacted. Super Narration,Super Story!! It is very rare to find a saga that stays with you long after you finished listening to it. If you are trying to deside what book to listen to, this is a MUST! All the books are great,every last one. I have over 700 books in my collection, and this saga is in the top 5!!! You must listen to all of them. You Won't be sorry!
I love a good war story, even a good fight in space, but this book is just dull. The storyline is flat, just a plain old good guys running from bad guys story. I kept waiting for more - a backstory, a twist, but it never came. And the main character is nearly one dimensional.
The narration is really poor. Female voices are high pitched and with a terrible sort of faux-British accent. It made them unaccessible and hard to differentiate.
Sadly, this is just not a good book - not worth the credit at all.
After listening to Elizabeth Moon's Vatta War, I really wanted to listen to something similar but didn't know where to start. The premise of the Lost Fleet series intrigued me; discovering a lost hero and his reaction to the new-found fame. It turned out Fearless was even more interesting since it wasn't just a book about Black Jack Geary, but also included military life, space battles and the complex Alliance culture.
However, be warned, this book isn't packed with action, but is instead the first leg of a long voyage in the same vein as Odysseus. The first installment of a bumpy ride. But don't jump off before we get to our final destination, otherwise you'll miss the drama, betrayal, and best of all, sneaky space warfare John Geary style.
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This is, without a doubt, one of my least favorite science fiction books. I am sorry, I feel bad saying it, but I honestly feel that this might in fact be ???the??? worst SF book the lot. Now, I???ve read a lot of bad books. I???ve even enjoyed a lot of bad books, but this really just rubbed me the wrong way. Tedious and predicable internal monologue; I could have been fine with it in some cartoonish way, but the seriousness with which this is presented gals me. The main character seems to be the only sane character in the galaxy. Sure, this is justified somewhat by the fact that the rest of the human race has spent the last hundred years fighting in a never ending war. But honestly, it still just doesn???t cut it. The sheer, and I shudder to even use the expression, cheesiness of not only the hero worship, but also the stupidity of others does not engender Black Jack Geary to me in the least.
This is another of those novels where instead of making the main character likeable though faults and obstacles and his overcoming these, the author has instead elected to make everyone else as inedible as possible. It is too simple, too cheap and much too little.
That the concept, the idea itself, behind the novel is decent in itself, even good, does not change these facts. The book is just poorly executed, poorly written and unfortunately also poorly read.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (Space Travel SciFi) This is Book 1 of the Lost Fleet series. Alliance Fleet Captain Geary is a legendary hero who was believed dead but has been rescued from a 100-year hibernation in a rescue pod. Immediately he is thrown into commanding a fleet in the midst of war with the enemy Syndics (also humans), and at the same time he must learn technical capabilities of his new fleet and try to gain the respect of officers who feel his long absence has made him unfit for command. This book is basically setting the stage for the series, and it has some exciting spaceship battle engagements. Since the author has a Naval background, he writes a lot of detail about fleet formations and military tactics, which is very interesting but not hard to understand.
Geary is smart, likeable and (conveniently) talks to himself, so it's easy to follow his thoughts. The book ends at a nice stopping point, but there is a lot still ahead in this series. There are no alien creatures or mysterious occurrences in this story, but I'm expecting some in future episodes.
PERFORMANCE - Christian Rummel has the perfect voice for this type of book -- powerful, masculine (and did I say sexy?) He does a great job.
OVERALL - Recommended, especially if you enjoy military strategy and battle tactics.