Geary has made many risky decisions as commander, especially in ordering the Alliance fleet back to the Lakota Star System, where it was nearly destroyed by the Syndics. It's a desperate gamble that may buy Geary just enough time to prepare for the Syndics' inevitable return, and give the fleet a fighting chance at survival.
But even as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the enemy, Geary must face conspirators within his own fleet who want a change of command and are willing to do anything to bring it about. Geary knows that his fleet must stand together or the Syndic forces will tear them apart.
BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains why he sees Valiant as the latest in a long tradition of "sea stories".
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Well narrated. A little long in parts, but to be expected with an unabridged book. The series keeps you listening, but since they don't go book number sequence it makes it hard to find the next boook in the series. You have to find the release dates. A good listen!
This is the first book that I've listened from the fleet series and I was surprised of how entertaining it was. Solid scifi story with politics and romance added to the mix. The battle scenes are well chronicled and fast pace - I have not encountered this type of narrative before. Strongly recommend it if you prefer novels that deal with space battles.
this pretty straight forward story ... no surprises ... thin development of everything but space battleship tactics.
If you have liked the other Campbell stories .. you will like this one. If You have never read one of these not much to them.
I liston to all 4 books and give rne a 6 Stars if I could, waiting for the next one (book 5) to come out unabridged so I wont miss a page of it. come Jack hit those keys. the stores line is fast, and well written and I look forward to reliston then again and again
Overall I like the series and I'm looking forward to the next book, but frankly the repetitions are getting annoying.
This is the first of the four books that I actively enjoyed (bits of) so far! The template that books one through three followed almost slavishly has been at least partly done away with and the sub-plots are doing interesting things at last!
The good things from the previous books carry through like the actions between opposing fleets, although the final battle of the book left even me wondering if the maneuvering descriptions could have been slightly more, well, descriptive and slightly less a list of exactly what commands Geary gave (especially since one of the earlier books goes to great pains to point out that the commands could never be issued verbally to the other ship captains for execution due to requirements for speed of transmission and execution). Additionally, some of the major characters start acting far more like humans and have ranges of emotion.
On the down side: Rione's relationship with Geary goes into an unbelievable super-bipolar mode almost immediately (around chapter 3) and I found the characterisation of both Rione and Desjani throughout the book quite disappointing (I simply can not believe that the character Rione was depicted as through the previous three books would buy into the petty sniping and bickering that is attributed to her) and actively detracted from the overall plot.
I was interested to discover the introduction to Lost Fleet: Relentless where Campbell/Hemry talks about REQUIREMENTS from his publishers with regard to word count. I'm beginning to wonder if my reviews of the previous books misplace the blame on the author for stretching out the story and instead I should be getting upset with the publishers for enforcing arbitrary word limits. I stand by my earlier assessment that books one through three (and probably four) could easily have been combined into one volume.
I would listen to this story several times because Christian Rummel does such a great job at all the different voices and projects the persona so well that it is not distracting in the least when he jumps from a male to a female voice. Excellent job on his part. In addition to this, these stories are extremely well written and very entertaining. They take you along a wonderful journey that you wish you could be a part of in real life.
My favorite character is Black Jack Geary; I would have loved to know someone like this in real life. Not only is he interesting and intelligent, but he keeps a very high moral ground.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
Unlike Nesbo's Harry Hole, who I'm also following, our hero in this series is a bit of an ideal. I like that. I want to believe that some people are doing exactly what they were born to do, and with honor. If you, too, want to believe in the existence of people who are not petty, political, and self-serving; then 'The Lost Fleet' will entertain and inspire. There's nothing too deep here. Just an entertaining tribute to those who serve and a bit of exploration of how, under the right conditions, an entire race can lose it's way.
Our narrator, Christian Rummel, is excellent.
I've enjoyed the series and it keeps interesting. However, the barbs at the Marines being brainless at the beginning of the book gets irritating as I’m a retired Marine. Then in the second half he tries to make up for it by sending barbs are Navy enlisted, but completely leaves the officer rank alone. Sorry, when I was in the Marines, everyone was fair game. I hope in the end he send barbs and jabs are the Fleet commissioned officers.
It also gets annoying where he explains the ‘conference room software’ two or three times in the book. I like other authors that do no back-story or go back at all assuming if you’re reading book 4 of 6 then you already know the back-story. I want to skip ahead whenever any of these repeats of information are done. Except that audible removed this feature from the Kindle Fire HD.
The book picks right up where the previous book left off. Captain Geary leads the fleet to a victory that turns into a defeat as billions are killed. This puts him in a mindset that will play out throughout the rest of the book and into the next one as the sub story-line hasn't resolved itself. We do see where the return to the ‘old ways’ is paying off for the fleet. However will then be enough? Will the ‘new’ internal enemy get Geary before he can get them home?
The new internal enemy reminds me of the job we have in IT of needing to balance shutting down the illegal ‘sub’ traffic on all networks and the need to keep it around to monitor it for legal reasons. It’s always a balancing act of not killing it and taking down those responsible and all involved at one time. That is what faces Geary. Can he do it? If it was up to his g/f then the network would be shut down. Buy will Geary do it or do what we do in IT?
One of the most frustrating things about novels that deal with intergalactic conflict is that the author usually does not understand the subject matter fully. Good authors know what they don't know and let the reader's imagination fill in the blanks. Bad authors will work with subject matters which they have little or no knowledge of and torture the knowledgable reader. A good example of this is "hyperdrive". For some reason, some authors feel it is necessary to go over the technical details of how a hyperdrive system works. Usually they end up failing because the technology has so many holes in it. A good author will just say that they used a hyperdrive system to get from Point A to Point B, and leave it up your imagination as to how the system worked (I recommend Michio Kaku's "Parallel Worlds" for a good explanation of how a hyperdrive system might work. He also has a theory on how one might travel to another universe.).
John G. Hemry (Jack Campbell) knows his stuff and it shows. He has such a broad knowledge base about his subject that it makes it believable and compelling. I really enjoyed his fleet engagements, the interpersonal relationships, the sociopolitical intrigue. All this experience comes from his career in the Navy and working at the Pentagon. He comes across as being quite intelligent and thoughtful.
I like his writing style too. It is very fast pace and efficient. By the first or second chapter, you're into the action. There is not a lot of time wasted setting up the storyline. Boom, boom, boom, you're in. Hold on!
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