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've enjoyed all three books in this series so far, though I fully endorse previous comments about the author's tendency to belabor points unnecessarily without really exploring them in an engaging way. The main character is quite well drawn. The supporting characters tend to be flat and lifeless.
The premises are interesting, and the hints of a non-human race manipulating the warring parties are intriguing. I hope these are followed thru in the rest of the series.
The reader has a pleasant voice and style. His accents are a bit cringe-worthy especially the Australian one (not even entirely sure he's supposed to be Aussie. If so, no. Just no.)
In summary, probably more a three and a half stars. interesting elements. In need of better editing.
the narrator not sure witch one keeps drinking and does not pause correctly for chapter changes. or part break ups. really can pull you out of what other wise is a great book. you think they could edit that out?
Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.
By this point in the series, we understand the relationships between characters. We understand how the universe works. However, we are slowly dragged through in depth descriptions of both. Again.
You will be begging the narrator to skip ahead and get to some actual story and not read the parts copied and pasted from book 1.
The overall series is ok but the author repeats himself constantly. Did I mention that he repeats himself. Each and EVERY book he retells the entire story from the beginning. That means that the first book is good and each one afterwards gets more frustrating. If he had cut out the repetive parts the series would be much better and more cohesive.
The other thing about the series that I don't like is the way that the author wrote the 2 main female characters. They are uninspiring and many times I wanted to smack the author for the things that they said to the main character. I was at first glad to hear that the author had a female character in a strong role. But the bickering and in-fighting between the leads was horrible.
The reader is a good one.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.
Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I thought the best parts of this book was the intrigue it built of a possible nonhuman intelligence that might be pulling the strings behind the curtain. I am excited to see how this develops in the next books.
So, I've listened to the first three books in about six days. The first two were really great. However, this one seemed to lag a little bit. Each sequel repeats a lot of information from the books that came before it, and, while I didn't mind that in the second book, its starting to get on my nerves. Combine that with the fact that I felt like nothing much happened in this one and I start to get concerned that I will lose interest with this series soon.
I'm beginning to think that I am listening to this series too fast and I'm just getting burnt out on it. After finishing this one I was going to give the series a rest for a while (I have a lot of other audio books in my library that I haven't started yet) and come back to it when it would feel fresh again. But, it ended with a cliffhanger of sorts... so, now I'm a third of the way through book four, and that one seems to be getting better.
Great series and recommend it highly
Listening and using ones imagination seems to be is a lost art. I can listen at any time or any place. Can't do that with print. I get more involved with the story when I listen. I prefer dramatized books but when the narrator(s) read and present the story while creating the persona of not just the main character but other important characters as well I "feel" the story better and become more excited as it unfolds. It's easy to close a book but with an audio book you don't have to. Go Captain John "Black Jack" Geary. Mr Rummel has a great ability to create other totally different individual characters when he's narrating. Great job.
The author had a couple of things to say, then beats you over the head with them. Over and over and over..
The fleet goes somewhere new. needs something, prepares for battle. The stupid captains make things difficult... Blackjack prevails.... and repeat...
The dialog and plausibility of the situations are just not believable.
Some of the voices were painful to listen to. That said it could have just been the awful dialog.
Co- president what's-her-name
There are only so many ways a limited number of phrases can be put together. The first two books in the series were sufficient to tell the story twice. The battles have few meaningful differences and the dialog just gets rotated. There are too many instances of exactly the same set of words. The predicable pattern is 1) pick a gate 2) traverse inner-space 3) emerge and have a battle in exquisite detail of ship movements and weapons fired, find the next gate and repeat. I doubt I'll go past the last two hours of book 3 I still have to listen to. The performance is excellent, unfortunately the writing is lacking.
emotions and clearer sense of personnel relationships.
This is an iffy response. I will finish listening to it, but will drop the series and find something else rather than listening to "more of the same" in book 4.
I've chosen "Mote in the eye of God" as an alternative next listen. The writing in Campbell's books is not on a par with say "The Human Division Series" by John Scalzi or the Lois Bujold or Roger Zelazny series.
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