This book marked a couple of developments for me:
1) I'm tired of the constant marital back-and-forth between Geary & Desjani. Ditto for the jealousy between Desjani and Rione, and pretty much anything to do with Desjani. Unfortunately, she's in just about every scene, standing over Geary's shoulder and being just about the most annoying character in recent memory.
2) Christian Rummel's reading is a tour-de-force of nicely-employed accents to help distinguish characters, as usual. However, does he *have* to use the most inarticulate and stupid-sounding accents every time there's an NCO speaking? Every time he broke into Vinny Barbarino as the Chief Gianini character, it completely broke me out of the story.
Despite those two annoyances, I still enjoyed the book overall. I guess I'll just be taking a break before I grab another, or maybe I'll switch back to print for the next one.
I will assume that you, like me, have read this entire series, so I will just say that it continues to satisfy with creative situations and interesting characters. I have found that each book is as listenable as the last, not too much to ask of a series, but enough.
I highly suggest that anyone who enjoys a good space opera sample this author.
The author is right up there with the best of them snd is improving with every book.
At the very least-keep your eyes on him and his works.
Audible rendition of the book is just as good.
I have always enjoyed space sagas, from "Ender's Game" to "Armor", the idea of three dimensional tactics have been fascinating to me. This series is becoming an obsession of mine and I hope for more to come.
I've been hooked on this series and the previous series, but when the aliens turned out to be lizards, teddy bears, and hairy spiders you almost lost me... I thought the series had just gone down the drain with no return possible. Jack Campbell managed to pull the series out of the drain and give this book a decent ending. I will continue the series!
What a great story! Twists and turns but with Black Jack commanding the fleet, you know you'll get home! Excellent performance!
Not by itself. You have to start from Book 1 if you ever want to read this series again because each book is completely incapable of standing alone. As a series, I might.
If I was reading this as a book, I think I'd get bored and stop reading because the story is pretty slow. However, as an audio book, it's a pretty non-offensive (aka nothing to get excited about either way) and plods along at a pace that allows me to do other things while I listen.
As with the first book, what really bothers me about this book is that there is no resolution of anything by the end of the book. It simply ends, almost mid-sentence. You might as well tack "To Be Continued" onto the end. It's feels annoying like they took a finished story and intentionally broke it up into unfinished pieces just to get readers to spend more money buying what is essentially one book.
It's a Communication Thing
I liked the way the story is woven togather. It builds on it's self and keeps open of the Frontier's universe. It allows for the story to keep expanding without getting old.
The Author does not hold back when the aliens start to show up then you are all in.
His is outstanding with his characters. He really has a gift to build each character with is voices. It is hard to listen to the Lost Stars books and not hear him doing the voices. He is just gifted and a pleasure to have perform the stories.
Loved this book looking forward to the next one in the series. If you like space scifi you this series is hard to beat.