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)
I enjoyed the description of the space battles and Campbell's attempt to envision what they would be like instead of just an aerial dogfight in space. The contrived nature of the plot that Captain Geary appearing in the nick of time was irritating. Even the characters remark on it constantly. It wasn't clear that the Syndics were human until late in the story, and Geary's internal monologue was difficult to follow since he would speak to the other characters almost immediately afterwards. The transitions between scenes was hard to follow as well, it was almost like he should have had dialogue about traveling between the helm, the conference room, and his stateroom.
Only to military buffs.
I have book 2, I will listen to it eventually. Hopefully the pace picks up and I will want to read the other 3.
It was worth hearing once.
The use of fleet tactics explained in sometimes too simple of terms was a refreshing take on space battles that often focus only on one or two characters. It is easy to see that the author was once in the Navy due to the detail he uses and the manner in which the battles are told.
The characters were a little undeveloped in this book. The book appeared to be more about the events and less about the characters. That said, each character had a unique voice and it was easy to identify with the main characters. The character development is expanded as you read the series. To me it is much like real life, in the fact that you don't truly understand minor details of the characters until you have some time to get to know them. The bold parts of their personality and clearly defined in the first book, but the details don't show up until you keep reading.
The imagined hero returns.
Very high, it is the perfect kind of book for audio. It is a book you can drive while listening to and if you miss a 1/2 a second you are ok.
I'm writing this about the entire Lost Fleet series. I have enjoyed them very much, however, this series could have been condensed into 3 maybe 4 books. There is much in some of the middle books that could have been cut. The romantic writing is really terrible but luckily you can skip by it quite quickly. Some of the battle descriptions are a bit tedious (6 degrees this at such and such a time) but not horrible. And there is some repetition of why things are called up and down, starboard and such but perhaps that is for people who have not read or listened to the others in the series.
The story line is good sci fi, I will probably try the next series after listening to another style book next.
Imagine that you are an average sailor, commanding a 3 ship escort squadron that is attacked during the opening battle of a new war. After fighting your ship until the last weapon is destroyed you jump into the last escape pod hoping that you are discovered by your own forces and not the enemy.
Now imagine that you are discovered and revived by your own forces, only to find out that 100 years has past and that the war is still raging.
This would be enough of a shock for anyone. But Jack Campbell has a few more surprises entail for Captain John Gerry. For while Gerry was asleep in his pod and humanity waged an endless war, his Alliance has used the example of courage, devotion, and military genius of Captain "Black Jack" Gerry (Hero of the Alliance) to inspire the millions of soldiers and sailors who have fought and died.
One hundred years of propaganda has turned John Gerry into a hero known as "Black Jack." So when the fleet that discovered him finds itself trapped deep in Syndicate territory on the verge of annihilation, they turn to the one man who cannot possible fail.
It's a great story. From those that worship at the alter of "Black Jack" Gerry to those who realize that the lowest Ensign has more combat experience than he does, Gerry must find a way to lead them. And there are those that have no intention of letting him succeed.
Campbell draws on his experience as a Navy officer to create a very realistic Universe. He employs real world physics in the way that the ships move and fight. And when two ships are 6 light minutes apart, the 12 minutes for a single order to be transmitted, received and acknowledged creates realistic tension and problems to be solved that most science fiction simply sidestep.
I would easily rank this series up there with the Honor Harrington novels.
I tried out book one of the Lost Fleet series and was hooked. Haven't been able to set these down. Having been a career Marine during the same time as the author was in the US Navy, we shared some of the same experiences of sorts. From book 1 to now 4 I have been thrilled and thoroughly entertained for hours on end.
I usually listen to a book on my way to and from work, but find that even when I get home I'll continue to listen to the book due to its riveting nature. It is a wonderful ride not only of science fiction but also of leadership which principles are timeless.
Christian Rummel does an excellent job in this narration and is one of the better audio book narrators in the tradition of George Guidall and Patrick Tull.
If you want a read or a listen that will capture your attention and keep you on and off the edge of your seat, become a fan of "Black Jack" Geary and the Alliance Fleets struggles to return home.
Great first book of a series, the action start quickly, really easy to understand even english is not my first language.
The dicovery the lendary Black Jack Garry !!
no, in fact, this book was my first audio book ever... i'm now finishing the 3rd book of the lost fleet, and I just bought the 4th book.
Well, I like the part that John Garry reestablish the rules of war... and the way he do his best so that his ancestor would be pround of him...
You must listen at least the first book.
Say something about yourself!
I found the battle descriptions entertaining, but beyond that this novel was lacking. The supporting cast are all one dimensional cutouts that exist for the sole purpose of having people for the main character to express his feelings. E.g. the fawning second in command who exists as a foil for the MC's self-doubt and the questioning vice president who exists to allow the MC to explain his plans. The villians are either cartoonishly incompetent buffoons or evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil caricatures. Just not believable at all. The MC's long pontifications and monologues are also extremely tiring. This book wasn't horrible but I am definitely not moving on to entry #2 in the series.
I have been a fan of science fiction and adventure stories for over 60 years. My first Hornblower book was read in 1960 and finding the lost fleet is just as exciting. The story is magnificent and well crafted. Black Jack is just the person all men would aspire to be.
The thrill of the fight and the heroism of the characters
First time but many more to come.
Hornblower in Space
I plan on completing the "Lost Fleet" series in order and continue on beyond the frontier
This is a really fascinating story and of my favorite type: hardcore deep space warfare story. I highly recommend it and I will go straight into the following books of this series.
Something about myself!
I heard about this book from Steve Gibson on the Security Now podcast. His fandom of scifi has rekindled my interest in the genre and I've been reading and listening to some new books as well as some I read as a youngster. I've had good luck following Steve's suggestions, but this one was a miss for me. I knew that the strength of this book was its treatment of faster than light combat in a "realistic" way, but while that is true, it also turns out to be its biggest weakness.
The first time he goes into the process and thought behind these ideas, it is extremely interesting. However, I think the average reader will get it pretty soon and not need to be reminded of the time differences, etc. over and over. It kind of felt like watching a show where someone speaks accented English and they decide to add English subtitles to their dialog. At a certain point you just think "enough already, I get it."
I want to mention I am just a general sci-fi fan and I'm pretty sure there are large groups of people who would love this. I'd classify it as more of a speculative military history than a novel. If you like reading about engagements and tactics, you'll probably enjoy this, it just wasn't to my tastes.
The narration was very good.
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