Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.
Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.
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"The best novel of its type that I've read." (David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)
The way they make the most technical term seem simple to understand the story is easy to follow it just pack with all the catalyst that a book need to become grate and this is the first book in the series let see........................
How the narrator use his voice variation as to depict some scenes in the book that create an image that will keep you engage it kept me engage for sure what about you. Also this book is well put together the way each ship and battle is depicted make this book mouth watering and should be a best seller.
This was without any hesitation the grate capt Black Jack John Garey this is my favorite reason being he is smart and innovative he can fix any problems. also he is a good leader and doesn't stand for mediocrity but strive for success and he is a man to remember and there is something to be learn from this character.
well hell yes and i am on the second book now and jack Campbell is amazing this is a true hero of the people for the people
WELL TO MR JACK CAMPBELL WHERE ARE YOUR MOVIES YOU HAVE SUCH GRATE STORIES SHARE THEM WITH THE BIG SCREEN MAN I PAY TO SEE THEM ANY DAY
Aside from some painfully dumb side characters, this story is fun and interesting. It has a solid feeling of what a current navy would be like if it operated in space.
Near the top of the Sci-fi military books for the story.
Star Force by B.V. Larson
The narration is not very good. He sounds like a teen and doesn't fit the main character well. He changes the tone of the book from reading it to hearing it.
Black Jack Gary because the writer told so good what he was thinking. It was epic to follow his chooses against everyone's believes. I liked to see inside this leaders head.
Christian Rummel was good choice for this book. He took nicely Garys role in every situation.
All council meetings with the captains.
I like the idea of the hero finding himself in a no-win situation and making the best of it. Having to win over others to his side and battling an event that doesn't understand his 100-treat old morality.
The guy reading really needs to learn how to pronounce auxiliary!! The entire series of audiobooks not just this one, drives me nuts!
Good book, good narration
Simple to listen to as there aren't too many characters to keep track of in an audible story.
This book is kinda frustrating to listen to. If you have any knowledge of warfare then the people of the alliance are just plain stupid. The Single mindedness of the human race is just unbelievable.
I first found this series listed on one of Audible's BOGO sales - the cover art and the brief synopsis was enough for me to impulsively purchase the first three books. I was expecting a sweeping space opera with a military setting, standard scifi action and distinctive characters. I didn't get all that I wanted, but I'm not exactly disappointed.
- Christian Rummel does a fantastic reading. I don't think I'd like Captain Geary half as much as I do if he was presented with a different voice. Many different (Earth) accents are used when different characters are speaking, and I think it makes dialogue that would otherwise be tedious easier to follow and differentiate between characters.
- The "complicated" military maneuvers are written in such a way that they're easy to understand and follow. Rarely do I find myself without a clear mental vision of the battle formations and layouts, and I know nothing about warfare tactics outside of video games.
- The various ship names are incredible.
The Not-So-Good but Maybe Won't Bother You:
- Judging by the covers, I thought that there would be some up close and personal battles. So far, the entire book could be told in 3 rooms: the bridge, the captain's quarters, and a conference room. I love life on a space ship type stories, but Captain Geary doesn't get out much, and we're stuck within his POV.
- I have no idea what any of these people look like, what the ships look like, or what any of the external systems and planets look like. There is something to be said about leaving space for the reader to fill in their own details, but I feel that the author should have left a few more bullet points for my imagination to branch from. I have no idea if the interior of Dauntless is a shiny, clinical ship or a rust bucket. I don't know if Captain Geary is marching around in his dress blues, Starfleet-looking uniforms or body armor like all the covers suggest. I can kind of imagine what people look like and how old they are based on Rummel's accents and inflections, but that's completely all to his credit as a reader and not in the book itself.
- Many reviews point out the fact that none of the supporting characters seem very bright. They are not exaggerating or being nitpicky, anyone who isn't John Geary is kind of a derp. Part of why I love space operas and sagas is the huge cast of characters that I'll gradually get to know, and no one other than Captain Geary seems to have any kind of depth or room for growth.
- John Geary doesn't think he should be Fleet Commander. Did you get that? If not, don't worry, because you'll be reminded in the next two minutes. And again in another five. Never have I ever been so beat near-to-death by a concept. I understand that his doubts are a large part of his character, but I found myself rolling my eyes every time Geary had an introspective moment about how he wasn't the hero everyone thought he was. My eye rollin' muscles are jacked now.
To sum up, I liked the story, but not the characters. I'm going to continue on with the series in hopes that it's a slow burn. Even if I never bond with the cast, I'm now invested in the plot enough to remain both interested and entertained.
I really enjoyed the leadership insights from the lead character, unlike the other (though enjoyable sci-fi books) I have listened too before. I like the realism of the characters & the story, looking forward to listen the rest of the series. Not as fast paced as it could be...
This book represents no stroke of brilliance. It is Master and Commander Go to Outer Space. It draws heavily on the author's real-world experience in the Navy. That makes it feel almost historical and real.
I compare two categories of science fiction. Some elucidate a brilliant new idea and its consequences. Others, this kind, use a change of context simply to tell a story. Both have their place. Each has different pitfalls for author and listener. This book avoids them quite well.
I've read two books in the series and they are of equal quality. In both cases, I can see flaws. The author is a Navy-guy, not a literature guy. His prose is grounded. His relationships are, shall we say, not as well reasoned as his space warfare concepts. But the flaws are minor and the pleasures great.
Each time the protagonist has to figure a way out of some box for his fleet, it's just great. The author goes to great lengths to imagine real solutions to real problems of space warfare. The plotting is good. This is a fun, interesting book. Having read two of the books, I will read the rest.
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