The storyline is riveting. The narration is stellar !!!!!!
The writer is constantly talking about the characters praying to their ancestors and thanking the living stars. I know it's science fiction, but this is disturbing and will prevent me from purchasing any additional books from this author, permanently. I find it repulsive enough that American society has rejected the Bible and Christ, thinking (just like the scribes and Pharisees did) that man is smarter than he really is. I know that a lot of science fiction is non-religious or has alternative beliefs, but this series is blasphemy. If you worship your ancestors (they are dead people) and thank the living ??? stars (they are rocks), then I pity you.
Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.
It reminded me a lot of the game AI War. A small fleet on the edge of destruction trying desperately to stay ahead of a much larger enemy. The technology was interesting, as was the organization of the ships and a lot of the problems they faced.
However, all the characters except the main were so obviously incompetent. Most the secondary characters felt very two dimensional. That may be something that improves as the series goes on, and I do intend to keep reading, but at least for this book I'd like little more depth of character.
Overall, I would recommend this to people looking for a quick read who enjoy shows such as Battlestar Galactica.
A personal fault of mine that I have to listen to the entire book, even one this tiresome.
Its juvenile moralizing/philosophizing/religulous tone is teeth grating. After a couple hours this book was almost humorous, except for how bad it was.
Since Audible deems that every book is worth at least one star I was forced to give it that. Which does not go to explain how it garnered the positive reviews it did.
Hands down the worst book I have every listened to.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
I am an avid reader and listener to SciFi novels and this is one of the best Space Navy series around. It is very much a hard scifi novel and, while avoiding excess scientific theories, Campbell maintains an extremely consistent universe. As a member of the US Navy the methods and actions of the Navy and Marine personnel hit very close to home. The story is engrossing and characters well developed.
I don't usually write a review but after reading the one before mine I felt the need to bump it down.
As a Naval veteran I find the authors' use of relative motion simplistic and realistic. Meaning, it adds a realism to the story you don't get in any other sci fi novels. It has added a dimension to the story and gets you thinking and trying to visualize the relative motion and drift. Scenarios sailors have to deal with day in and day out. Ships simply don't stop on a dime. The important factors are the characters are likeable, the story flows and the battles are very interesting. I loved the balance between the politico and the captain of the ship on each side of Black Jack. I am going to purchase the entire series. Great book...Keep them coming!!
It is a good story. What bothers me is that to make captain greary look like great leader he creates a command structure in which subordinate captains can question or ignore his orders as they see fit. Then after combat captain greary can say,
"look if you did it my way things would have been so much better." I can't think of any military in history that allows undisciplined insubordination. I wont read the rest of the series
Thinly veiled Christian ethics lesson proffered by a fleet commander who has yet to grow a pair.
I'm holding out hope for book 2 if I can tolerate the guilt and self-abasement of the protagonist.
This is the kind of series you wish would come along much more often and you just have to have them all. Hard core space opera at it's finest. Jack Campbell tells a great story with characters you love and hate and hey, that's storytelling. Excellent narration.
Very technical story and lacking emotional character development. Also somewhat preachy regarding war ethics. The story line is incomplete, leaving of at no logical point.