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)
it was an excellent story with well developed characters and a continuous sense of excitement weaved into it.
Written by a former naval officer, this story is more about the traditions of naval life than about space battles. That being said, the effort put into shifting gears and theorizing what a three dimensional battlespace at near light speeds would mean for altered tactics is also a big part of the story and the author spends great effort making it come to life and seem credible.
Probably not. But not becaus it was bad, just not extraordinary.
I enjoyed the space battles, but mostly the scenes with Jack and co-president Rione.
Solid listen for a good price.
This story and series is just plain great. But what makes it special is the reader, Christian Rummel. I have heard many readers but no one else compares to him in his ability to make multiple characters sound so unique so instantly. I just got sucked in as I drove so many long hours.
This is a great version of The 10,000.
It's hard to choose a particular favorite character because each one is written so strongly.
If you love sci fi/adventure/politics/sub plots/reluctant romance/anything space technical/ and intrigue, then this was written for you.
Depth for the characters; less naivete - the whole starting point of all officers in the fleet looking hopeful to a guy who was in deep-freeze for decades is just not believable.The reactions of Geary after he wakes up are also one-dimensional. And why the admiral put him in charge I have no idea - the given reason that he has "seniority" after being in deep-freeze for a hundred years is just laughable.The natural choice would have been the captain of the lead ship. But she doesn't really give the impression of a warrior with hundreds of soliders under her command.I can't say more - I stopped listening after an hour because it was just too painful.
Something from a different author.
Wish I hadn't bought it ...
Did not read the print version.
John "Black Jack" is my favorite character because while he lives up to the "hype" of being a hero, he's the most real person in the fleet.
None that moved me, but many that me in suspense.
Once I start one of the books in this series, I find it hard to stop until the book has been completed. I can't wait for the next book in the following series.
I really like Christian Rummel as the story teller. He has enough voices to make it enjoyable without taking away from the storyline.
This is a continuing story so ask me again in another 5 books.
As noted, I very much like Christian Rummel as a story teller. Having Mr. Rummel as the reader would get me to buy a borderline book selection. I enjoy listening to the author for a few minutes before the book is read. I would like this feature added to more books.
Its a little too long for one sitting.
A book that does not require your full attention to keep the storyline going.
I really liked the idea of this book: an almost mythical character from the past turns up again in times of need but it turns out he is just as human and fallible as everyone else. That's a really nice idea. I also really liked that Campbell cares about physics and manages to integrate the difficulties that would potentially occur in space battles into the book quite neatly, for example that it would take time to see and hear about events that are a couple of light minutes away because communication cannot travel fast than light.
What I didn't like is that he belabours these points a bit too much. I don't need him to explain the laws of physics to me every three minutes. I also though the whole "we are better than this"-mantra intertwined with the "I'm just human like you"-theme was way to repetitive.
For any fans of the recent Battle Star Galactica TV series, or the Mass Effect video games, this is a great book for you. Complex ideas about space travel are written and narrated very clearly, and the political conflicts among the various ship captains really gets you behind the reluctant hero.
Great pulp science fiction!
Excellant military action with all the political officers that everyone loves to hate. Book doesn't bog down with in depth information on the hero's past, but rather gives little glimpses between major and minor plot twists.
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