It is military science-fiction - definitely science-fiction in that they are in spaceships, in the future. Definitely military in they they are at war..Show More » - in their spaceships which are treated like naval ships would be, complete with marines and officer rankings - with a human enemy.
It is a bit space-opera-y in that the characters will be recurring in future installments, and the overall plot encompasses multiple planetary systems and characters. The story doesn't really end at the end of the book - just the first leg of the journey was completed, not the entire trip.
There is a bit of character development in the main character, though the rest of them are pretty much cardboard cut-outs. Mostly, they are there for the main character to reflect his own thoughts off. Fortunately the main character is actually pretty interesting. He has a bit of conflict both within himself ("will power corrupt me?") and with the other ship captains ("is he corrupt?" or "will he get in my path en route to glory?")
I quite liked the story, and how Black Jack's history was brought into the story, and how this history is used to make him who he is. I have bought the next couple in this series.
The narration is un-obtrusive (i.e. at points I sorta forgot it was narrated). There is no graphic anything (sex, violence or language). And, while there is a tiny bit of moralizing (i.e. "this" is right/moral), it was not excessively so.
After listening to book 1 in the series and now having finished book 2 "Fearless" I must say I am hooked on the series. It appears to be a short seri..Show More »es but Jack Campbell has interested me enought I will go looking for more works by him. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the book The time delay in space travel appears to be emphasized more in these book and the Harrington series by Weber than in the old star Trek movies.
It’s been a long while since I really got into a series until this one. Great space war action, believable characters and an engaging plot line...Show More » There‘s almost no part of this series that I don‘t like. Perhaps knowing that it will go on for several more volumes but this is a double edged sword as I don‘t want it to end and yet I want to see the climax.
Would like to know more about this universe that Hemry has created. How did the Syndic empire come to be, how did the alliance. Where is Earth in all this? Is this an alternate universe or this one, far in the future?
The reader, Christian Rummel is great. He does female voices very well and accents as well. Very believable. At first I thought only Scott Brick could do justice to this series but Rummel grows on you and you realize he is into this story and a very good actor. Cannot wait for the 4th in this series in June. I might have to buy the hardcover.
If you like hard science fiction in the great tradition then this series Worth every penny.
This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to see how the fleet will get back home. I guess you could criticize some of the redundancies fo..Show More »und throughout this series (such as the retelling of Black Jacks 100 years in the freezer, or the delays caused by the limits to the speed of light, etc.) but I guess if you didn't include them, readers of later books, who did not read earlier books would complain. I also enjoy the interplay between the main characters and the voices provided to them by the narrator. If you like honorable heroes (like I sometimes do) you will like these books, if not, you might not. Enjoy!
This is a great book, but don't try to listen to it as a stand alone or before the first books. But this is a good thing, you get to listen to first ..Show More »four before this one! This I highly recommend!
I couldn't believe when I saw that this had been released. The previous book in the series (Relentless) was published barely a year ago. I downloaded ..Show More »this on a friday night and I was done listening to it by monday evening.
You need to get these books in order or this book will not make any sense. Here is the order:
Christian Rummel is probably the best reader I have ever heard. He switches characters so well that it's a pleasure to listen for the reader's skill as much as the author's.