those of you who have made it this far in the series are already familiar with it's numerous flaws...
-tedious diologue, usually centered around the fear that military success will go to the heoroes' head.
-unnecessary rehashing of the opening events of the series, as if we don't already know them.
-implausible villians, Campbell's universe is overflowing with paranoid, prudish, reckless and stupid characters.
-shrewish, unappealing female characters.
-books are short and formulaic representing poor value when compared to the Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan series' ,both of which are much longer and better written for the same price.
This new installment could have corrected some of these faults but instead, it magnifies them.
The epic, realistic and detailed space battles, which are the strong point of the series don't start until late in the second half of the book, be prepared for a hard slog to get to the good stuff near the end.
On the plus side, the next book in the series should hit the ground running based on the way this one left off.
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Overall I was a bit disappointed in this book. My first complaint is that it’s listed as the first book in a series (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #1) but it’s really the continuation of another series so while it tried give the listener enough background on the characters I felt it came up a bit short in that respect (what’s up with the whole ancestor thing?). Second was for a sci-fi book the technology felt a bit bland. Where is the item(s) which makes me think “damn I hope I’m alive when they come up with that”? Third is that whole book is a bit slow. There are some action scenes and some high drama items but I felt for a space-military book it was overall a bit slow. All this considered it was a solid three stars then came my biggest pet peeve where the book doesn’t resolve anything at the end. I can’t stand it when I’ve felt like I’ve invested all this time (and money) into a book which is just meant to get me to buy the next one so sadly I had to bump it down to two stars. On the flip side it is well written and the story is interesting and I think would fit in great as part of the series just not on it’s own.
Christian Rummel does a great job with the narration. He really helps bring the characters to life!
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I, J. Hardspear de la Azotea found this book boring, boring, boring. Not even the excellent narration can save this one. Halfway through the book, nothing at all has happened yet. I am not even going to finish this.
If you want good Space Opera forget about 'Black' Jack Geary - Try Miles Vorkosigan, Honor Harrington or Miles Flint instead.
Another Great book. But why change to Beyond the Frontier? This should be the 7th book in The Lost Fleet Saga. It picks up just where the 7th book Victorious leaves off! Their is nothing in the book to warrent a new title. Anyway it's great!
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The story is week, and the characters one-dimensional and trite. The first contact situation is confusing and not very engaging.
I think I'm not mr. Campbell's target audience. This book might interest enthusiasts of militaristic scifi, but I feel the characters are shallow and petty, which is in stark contrast to the overdone theme of honor and duty. The syndics are vilified in a manner reminiscent of the depiction of mid-20th century Hollywood Germans or modern day Islamists, without exploring the cultural differences or going into reasons for the previous war.
The aliens are mysterious without being interesting. The entire story could have been told against a backdrop of the age of sail and the discovery of the new world.
Tedious and repetitive internal monologues stating the obvious.
Did what could be done.
The captain of Dauntless
In a way Destroyermen is a very similar story, but it managed to engage me on a much deeper level. I actually like the characters!
More action, less bickering. More focus telling the story of the aliens and a lot less dwelling on the inanities of imposing 18th century notions of propriety on an advanced society. Senior officials who at least give some effort to sounding like adults rather than children.
Written for adults instead of children.
I will avoid all Christian Rummel narrations like the Black Plague. He sounds like he's 14 and his female voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard.
I can't think of any I care enough about to say who to keep, much less who to get rid of.
I don't expect much from Jack Campbell novels - they're supposed to be light reading. This novel lowers the bar beyond what I can tolerate.
Space Sci-Fi fan. Stopped 'Reading' books when I had kids and lost my spair time, lissen to Audio books now while I drive to work.
I can listen to it while driving to work without being interrupted by the kids at home while trying to read the book ! Way to go audio books!
The unexpected twists and personalities of the 'other intelligent life forms'
I think Christian has done a good job of trying to convey the mood (stress, happy etc). Jack Cambell's intro gave me a better appreciation of the difficulties in writing Science fiction.
This book was an excellent continuation of the original series while still starting a new phase of Black Jack's life. While I don't think you have to have read (or listened to) the first 6 books, why wouldn't you? The background from the previous books is helpful.
The narration is.... annoying and the story feels like a comic book soap opera of unbelievable and un-relatable characters and situations..
The use of an effeminate voice of the female character sounded like a satirical homosexual parody. The male character tone reminded me of a bad impersonation of a 1930 cinema gangster actor. Nothing that was said or done moved me in the slightest Overly dramatic tone and emphasis.
wondering how to submit for a refund for wasting my money on this order
not for me at all!
A dull, lifeless story that only seems to pick up in the last couple of chapters but even then still leaves the story unresolved. If this is how Campbell hopes to lure me to the next novel he has failed.
The characters are stiff and mechanical. The story repetitive and dull. The book has no spark at all.
In a word - Disappointed.
I'll start off by saying that this is the first book I've read from author Jack Campbell. After a couple of recommendations in the Audible reviews that this is a good entry point for the Lost Fleet series I decided to give it a go. Not having read the previous books I can only say those recommendations were given in error. While I could pick up on the general story, there was a lot of reference to what I perceived to be the previous set of books. It does not ruin the story but the reader loses the depth of the whole story.
This leads to my main complaint and that is that this book seems like other books in the middle of a long series: nothing seems to happen. Admiral "Black Jack" Geary is given a mission to explore "Alien" space and perform reconnaissance. Ok sounds good, except Black Jack spends most of his time dealing with military administrative constraints, such as lack of funds for repairs, etc. and then complaining about it. This is military minutiae to the extreme! Even after the adventure gets underway he gets involved in what I can only describe as a human resources nightmare. In my opinion, this just isn't stuff I want to read about. To be fair, towards the end of the book we do get some decent space battles, but it just wasn't enough to rescue the book.
I'm sure that Jack Campbell would not have the publishing career he has if he were not a good writer. For long time readers of the series, the plot may have built up to this tension between Black Jack and the "Government" but it was just too much office politics for this reviewer. I may go back to very beginning of the series and suggest new readers do the same. Overall I can't recommend this book except to perhaps long time readers who are invested in the series.
It wasn't the best, to say the least. Narrator Christian Rummel has good pacing, and enunciation, but his voices are just distracting, especially the female voices. They end up sounding like effeminate men, almost to the point of being comical. I wish more narrators would take the path of narrator Christopher Graybill and employ just enough inflection that the listener understands that a female is talking, but still using their normal voice.