Slightly 2D characters, but still kept me interested. Feels somewhere in between Star Trek Voyager and the Battle Star Galactica.
He is a little light on discription and a little heavy on drawn out space battles but his premise is fantastic. The level of real life physics he brings to the story adds a level of depth lost in a lot of the adventure sci-fi genre. The narrator is amazing as well.
Fascinating to see how the author's experience driving real Navy warships gives him a great point of view for imagining the practical aspects of space combat. He also has interesting thoughts on the potential evolution and adaptation of human nature when faced with a conflict that spans generations. I listened to this book straight through (made a 5 hour drive seem like 10 minutes) and then had to wait a month for more credits.. which I am now about to spend on the next book in the series. You will LOVE this book if you liked those questions in college physics that started with "a train 1 km long is approaching a tunnel 2 km long at 0.99c..."
I haven't written a review before so that aught to tell you a little something. Well written, very good book. By the end of the first you will buy the second, and so on. It did start a little confusing
though... But its still a great read or listen.
This is a very captivating, fast moving, on the edge of the seat audio book I have listened too in a long time. If it was a book it would be one of those type that you could not put down until finished. And when you do finish it you can't wait for the next one to come out. Excellent book and a good narration!
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.
I've been a fan of CJ Cherryh for 50 years, but somehow missed Jack Campbell. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this book despite the wobbly underlying premise (space navy hero retrieved from long lost cold sleep awakens and saves the day for the good guys) and was delighted to find a well-written space navy battle fleet story with convincing science, believable characters and a compelling narrative. I recommend the book to any Cherryh fans reading this review. I've now downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to finding the time to listen to them.