Geary is convinced that the Syndics are planning to ambush the fleet and finish it off once and for all. Realizing the fleet's best (and only) chance is to do the unexpected, Geary takes the offensive and orders the fleet to the Sancere system. There, a multitude of possible routes home give the Alliance fleet a better chance of avoiding their pursuers - and an attack on the Sancere shipbuilding facilities could decimate the Syndic war effort.
Weary from endless combat, the officers and crew of the Alliance fleet can't see the sense in charging deeper into enemy territory - prompting a mutiny that divides them and leaves Geary with higher odds against him than ever before.
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"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)
Member since 2002! I'm an avid reader, going through about six (or more) credits a month. As well as a published writer of short fiction.
What I love best about this book is the way the writer can both keep me on the edge of my seat while simultaneously (and obviously) knowing there is more to come.
Because of the humanity painted by his depiction of John Geary, the reader avoids the hero worship the character detests. Campbell's goal of depicting a hero of legend coming back to save the day while simultaneously portraying a mortal man is achieved!
I'm also impressed with the narrator. He gives individual personality to all the characters with both different accents as well as tempo of speech. It's as close to a full cast as one man can do alone. While there are other narrators also able to perform at this level, there are far more that don't even come close.
My favorite scene was near the end of the book, when Geary wrestles between vengeance and justice, knowing he's achieved the loyalty of his men to get away with either. Campbell's skillful writing had me there in the moment, also feeling the desire to shoot the detestible characters. While my inclination bent towards vengeance, the writing didn't leave me feeling silly when the character chose what was right over what felt good. Geary wasn't imperious with the distaste of someone morally superior. It's skillful writing.
On mobile so I will keep this short as typing isn't ideal. I've enjoyed the detail and work put into the writing of this series so far. You can definitely tell there is real world homework done and incorporated into the world created by the books that lends itself to a more realistic and believable setting.
I really like the book and the concept, but the story goes very slow. I feel like he could tell the story of 3 books in one book and not loose any details.
Yes. Even if you didn't read/listen to the first book, it still holds a compelling story and major character development. Not as much on John Geary, but some other important characters in the story. If you like combat and space, this is the series for you!
I would say the most memorable moment was when Geary and his small squad stood at the "mouth of hell" and destroyed the Hypernet gate on Sancere. What an epic moment!
I listened to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless which his performance was good, but he stepped it up a notch in Fearless. Presentation was much better and portrayed the main characters with more emphasis, letting the listener hear how each one is feeling.
Not that I can say. Probably the most emotional part of the story was when Geary finds out how destructive the Hypernet gates are and struggles with the decision on what to do with them.
Great story! I will definitely be picking up The Lost Fleet: Courageous to continue the story!
This book is a fun look at life in a space navy and combat there as well. Unfortunately, characters in both the books (so far) are pretty illogical. I found myself wishing I could skip one section because the argument was son inane. Still a good read, just has flaws.
Decent story, but the production needs some kind of pause or audible indicator or a scene change. One scene jumps into the next without any indicator of a change in locale or time.
Just finished listening to the second book in this series, and I must say that I'm still throughly impressed with this novel universe that's been created. I get impressions of several different story lines that the author has seemed to draw inspiration from for this story. Including, Mass Effect, the pre-covenant halo universe, and surprisingly, Battlestar Galactica. I'm very impressed so far and I hope the feeling continues throughout the rest of the remaining books.
The Lost Fleet series has a good selection of well developed characters and a compelling story line. I like the way everything does not always go Black Jack's way... he must overcome challenges and deal with people who do not necessarily trust him... yet.
When the rogue ships from the fleet had to come limping back to Black Jack.
they bring attitude... I might not get that if reading.
Black Jack is back.
Campbell clearly is proud of the fact that he realizes that with light-distances, you can’t know what’s going on in a battle because what you see is what happened minutes or hours away, and it could really be over & you wouldn’t know it until the info had time to get to you. We know this because he said so in the intro and re-said so approximately every 8-10 pages throughout the entire book, it seemed. I’ve seldom felt so beaten over the head by anything in a work of fiction; usually that type of repetition is reserved for super-extremist propaganda written by wacko fanatical types.
The main breaks between reminders of how brilliant the author was to think of this time thing occur by having Geary & the Co-President compete to see who can come up with the most paranoid theories of the other’s vile, devious plots ‘n’ machinations as their relationship progresses. These two are suspicious enough of each other to need tinfoil underwear to go with their lined hats.
Plot-wise, this second book advanced things very, very, very little from where things were at the end of Book 1. Nearly the entire book was taken up with the light-time wowees & Captain/Co-Pres bickerfests. Campbell did introduce a significant inter-ship conflict, but does almost nothing with it. All he did was set it up early on, wedge a brief mention now & then between "me so brilliant" & Suspicionpalooza episodes, then dash off a quickie few sentences about it toward the end.
What fun. I thought the first LF book was okay, decent enough that I tried #2. Big oops, big waste of a credit, big waste of time. The only thing approaching entertainment was listening to the various ways the reader mangled Geary’s name; my favorite was the numerous times it sounded like “Gooey.” Good Cap’n Gooey, hero of the space ways. Henceforth, Gooey will have to try to save the Alliance without me. If this book's degree of plot advancement is any indication, there'll be a few dozen more before they get anywhere or accomplish much of anything against the Syndics.
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