I appreciated the slight modification on the "naval battles in space" formula used in previous books. There was more of a sense of mystery to this book that I appreciated.
I do miss the introductions by the author, telling of different experiences in the military and how they informed his writing.
This book is written for a very particular mindset. If you are very much into a dystopian/post-apocalyptic nightmare world where technology has run rampant this will hook you (as it did me) right away. However, to stick with it, you have to be comfortable with a book that alludes more than it describes and be able to bear with a relentless sense of hopelessness that pervades until the end of the book.
It IS a very well written book, but I confess I found it difficult to remain engaged at times because it could be very depressing and/or downright opaque.
Bacigalupi world builds through inference. He describes things like "rust" and talks about terms like "Calorie Man" early on but never actually gives a good description of what those things *are*, just what they mean to other people. It's not a tool unique to this book, but I guess I'm old fashioned and prefer to be told just what terms mean in the beginning so I could understand their context for the rest of the book.
Davis did an amazing job of narrating this book. All the accents he had to develop and bring in were difficult yet none sounded like a parody of Asian accents, but rather accents based on careful study of real accents.
The best aspect of this new series is the interesting look into the Syndic mentality, which is very different from the Alliance in many respects. It was also an opportunity to see war from a perspective other than the space engagements and limited Marine ground engagements of previous books.
The story itself is more of a political intrigue book than space drama/action, so fans of the previous series may or may not find it as engaging. I confess to having lost a bit of interest and found this series less addictive than the previous one.
Christian Rummel would be my first choice. His range of voices and accents really adds life to a story, and when he narrates he feels like he is *acting* the story. Marc is a great narrator in that he *reads* the book well, but I never felt like he was trying to inject any real amount of life into the characters. This may have been a conscious directorial choice and not the fault of Vietor or an indicator of his abilities as an actor.
I'll stick with this series for one more book. If it doesn't grab me by then I'll probably focus on the adventures of Blackjack instead.
Fun, Engaging, Exciting
Campbell does a great job of reuniting all the characters from the previous series while introducing new conflicts and characters into the fold.
I love the Jack Campbell introductions as they give brief insights into the series. Rummel's performance was top notch as always and I am constantly amazed at how he finds new voices for newly introduced characters and his consistency with voices he created for existing characters.
"The Lost Fleet" starts with a great hook and hits the ground running. The book only slows down long enough to catch your breath before charging you into another portion of the adventure!
Christian Rummel's reading is excellent and the audio is clear and crisp. He has a lot of accents to work through, and he he does a good job with most of them. He does the next few volumes too (I'm up to "Valiant" as I write this) so that continuity is appreciated.
I appreciate the author's attention to detail and the emphasis on tactics, honor, restraint etc. in the face of war. It's idealized sure, but I love a bit of idealism in my scifi!
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