Books are like air: I need them to live.
I didn't know what to expect but this book was fairly highly rated so I figured "give it a go." I LOVELOVELOVE this series. The story is very interesting, the characters are rich, diverse and unique, the conflict is multilayered and multidirectional. I think 5 stars should be reserved for only truly amazingly great works but 4 stars is not enough. I would prefer to be able to give it 4 1/2 stars. It is that good.
If you find cat and mouse type conflict fun and interesting these books are for you and this one starts it off with a bang.
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.
I had several disappointing experiences with the last few audiobooks. This one hit the jackpot! Excellent narration and an even better story line. You don't have to be a military or Sci-Fi fan to like this book. Well written and well spoken. If you like Orson Scott Card, you'll also like this.
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
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.