After a series of deadly engagements, the Alliance fleet is severely damaged and its arsenal is running low. Forced to halt in the Baldur Star System to raid the Syndic mines for raw materials, Geary is anxious to get moving again. But what should the fleet's next move be? The Syndics are starting to catch on to Geary's tactics, and as the Alliance ships jump from system to system, it's getting harder to keep one step ahead.
What's more, Geary has started to piece fragments of intelligence together into a highly disturbing picture: the Syndics have been keeping the existence of another potential player in the war a secret - and this unknown power may have the means to annihilate the human race.
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"Jack Campbell has written the most believable space battles I've ever seen anywhere." (David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series)
"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz, national best-selling author of When All Seems Lost)
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
The series is well written. It is, however, predictable. I enjoyed listening to it, It was very "boys own adventure" in space. An impossible hero and an equally impossible relationship that works out in the end in perhaps the soppiest ending I have ever heard/read in my life. It made me smile. So yes it's cheesey and it's really really obvious, like a brick in the face but it is fun. I mean it's nice every now and then to get on a roller coaster, you know that the danger is false, you know what happens to you but you enjoy it anyway once in a while. That's this series.
Great story with out standing narration. Lots of action everything to hold your attension every minute of the story.
I like Military Sci-Fi, regular military and military history. I like sickening amounts of technical details about weapons and vehicles of combat. I love tactics and survival/scavaging. The Bolo! series is by far my favorite series. Keith L aumer, William H. Keith, and David Weber probably my favorite writters for the series. I also love Day by Day Armageddon trililogy.
Yes, technical enough for me, yet fulfills, what I would think is what any sci-fi lover would enjoy.
Not sure, I was hoping you could tell me. Day by day Armageddon is my all time favorite book series. Favorite Sci-Fi series is Bolo.
Christian Rummel, is awesome. Great voices, excellent performance. Just as good, maybe better then Justin Snyder.
I love sicking amounts of technical detail, couldn't be enough. I would love for him to explain more about the ships, the weapons, the jump drives. But understand he would limit his audience.
This books lends waaaaay to much time with the interactions between Geary, Reon and Dajani. Not only do these parts drag, the Co-President Reon dialog just felt inconsistent in her love then hate then love cycle. I mean my god she really seems bipolar sometimes. I almost failed to get past the middle of this book but the ending was enough for me to buy the next book. I just hope there is less bedroom drama and more of what makes this book great at its core.
You really can't read one of the Lost Fleet books without reading the other five - it just isn't right. This series is well written, a great story and compelling.
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.
The reader is fine but after liking the 1st 2 books I would recommend against buying this one. Unfortunately a large portion of this 3rd book as others have mentioned is taken up by the repeating and boring interaction with Geary Reon, and Dajani....yada yada yada we've heard all of this tiresome stuff so many times now! And you need a strong protaganist! I really had to force myself to finish this, only the last 60 minutes were even a little bit interesting. My impression is this series could and should have been edited down and sold as 1 or 2 books maximum. To bad it started out well.
This is the third one of these I have listened to. The first was pretty good, the second was not quite as good, and this one has way too much of the bad parts of the first two. The infantile relationship between Black Jack Greary and Co-President Reeown takes up a significant part of the book. Personally I found myself hoping she would end up a casualty so we wouldn't have to listen to her self-righteous preaching. But I digress. Basically I would advise skipping this one unless you really thought her character was enjoyable. The narrator was good, no problems on that front.
I've been forgetting to write up this review for like almost 2 weeks now. I completed this wonderful novel probably March 1st. Like all my other reviews on the Lost Fleet series I don't want to sound bias or anything, but this is truly a 10/10 read(listen). The reader, Christian Rummel, is perfect he gives voice and life to the characters with his change of pitch to sound like a female to a male and back. I don't think I can hear another voice read this book to me ever... never ever.
So about the book then... With out spoiling anything I will say this: You will be on the edge of your seat through out the whole book. I've been on edge when ever I read this series since the first novel. It's just that great! Theres action and... well slightly romance. The way Jack Campbell brings these characters to life is plain astonishing. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I do :)
As I continue through this series, it really reinforces my initial feelings from the first two books. From technical vantage points, the books are really fantastic and give you a birds eye view of military operations and space warfare which is explained in great detail. I, for one, really enjoy it but I think more casual sci-fi fans might find it somewhat boring.
The characters do tend to come across to me as somewhat two-dimensional and there's honestly not a lot of emotional impact in this series but the technical detail is keeping me very entertained despite the character shortcomings.
I do still wonder if another narrator might have improved the experience a bit.
"supreme space opera"
a excellent book full of action and emotions. Captain John Geary is Fantastic common man push into being more than he is by the legend that is Blackjack Geary who died 100 years ago. but he is Blackjack.
like fighting yourself over and over again and not being able to win. M x
These Lost Fleet books really, really annoy me.
They annoy me because the protagonist is wearing Mary Sue's favorite earrings.
They annoy me because the author spells everything out very, very very clearly. So clearly it feels like I'm being bashed over the head with clearly. I'd describe the writing as 'military' - point this end toward enemy. Yes, I know.
They annoy me because of the plodding repetition including but not limited to:
-IT'S BLACKJACK! The Famous Hero! Break out the bunting!
-the physics of the solar system sized battlefield
-DON'T BE BLACKJACK! He can do anything he wants! That's a BAD THING(tm)
-the consequences of the self sustaining war of attrition in which the Alliance and the Syndics are engaged leads to the consequences of the self sustaining war of attrition leads to the...
-Oh ANCESTORS, WE NEED BLACKJACK!
-the physics of the solar system sized battlefield
-BLACKJACK! It's even a medical term now, y'know.
-the going on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about honor
-YES, BUT WHAT WOULD BJ DO?
-those darn auxiliaries getting us in trouble again... but we NEED them dammit.
-YOU NEED TO BE BLACKJACK!
-and let's not forget the physics of that battlefield...
And they annoy me because:
- despite all of that, the actual fleet engagements (especially in this book) are tense enough to have me on the edge of my seat. And to be fair these rely entirely on a firm grasp of (yes, yes, you may have a point) the physics of the solar system sized battlefield.
- the honorable sacrifices are kept simple enough to have an impact
- the books are short enough that the repetition doesn't kill you
- intriguing hints of SPOILER :-p.
Yes, I'll be going on with sequel
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