If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.
It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.
My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.
I said it was petty.
Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.
This book was almost entirely character development for characters from a previous series. Without the pretext of the other series, this book becomes very boring very quickly.
The entire first half of the book amounts to a college course on interplanetary geopolitical relations. I couldn't even get into the "sci-fi"-ness of the book, because without the back story you feel as though the entire thing is...well...pointless.
The only "action", if you want to call it that, quickly degenerates into an internal monologue for the main character and more political postulating of intergalactic proportions.
I considered going back and trying to read the previous series, but I couldn't bring myself to waste the credits on the chance that it might be better than this book.
I like the series, the story line and characters as a whole, but the "by the living stars" and "honor of your ancestors" thing is pretty hokey... Couldn't come up with something more believable?
This is a great book in the continuing saga. New enemies emerge and the usual politics continue. Good listen for that road trip.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
i liked the first series, but i'm loving this one. too many questions and too many discoveries. Jack Camplbell did an awesome job with this book, and it looks like the next one and this whole series will be amazing.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book. I'd read some negative reviews but wanted to know what happened next. The internal politics was similar in construct to previous books (and I have liked it, so no change there). The Enigma race and the investigations of it were slow, and clearly will go into another book or few, and the addition (spoiler alert) ........... of an additional sentient species throws a bit of a curve at you, and that's a good thing.
FANTASTIC. There's not much else to say. In my opinion this is the best book of the entire series to date. I cannot wait for the next. I love how the author blends in an alien society and makes us think about how human society interacts with each other versus how aliens might. The concept of water filled ships was just plain awesome. The interactions between the characters has been depened here more than I thought possible. Yes, I'm rambling now but I encourage everyone to read this book. It really is one of his best.
Found this a good continuation of the Lost Fleet series... but it seemed as though the narrator ignored the last half of the book. On listening, when I got to the final section, I assumed that it would then jump to the next part of the audio book... but it just stopped! If this was a paper back book, I would be looking to see who had stolen the last sections of the book.
I assume that the next novel in the series will address the problem, but it makes it rather unsatisfactory to leave the story hanging in mid air.
I was disappointed to find how limited a story this audio book was.
Ho hum - let us see what the next novel brings.
This tedious book took forever to move forward. Long, tiresome dialogue to convey useless information in the story. It may be a book in a series, but there was little payoff for all the potential story lines set up in this one. I'm not even curious about how any of the other stories turn out. Listening to this has stolen hours from my life that will never return.