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"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" -WILLIAM C. DIETZ Praise for The Lost Fleet series: "The most believable space battles I've ever seen anywhere." -DAVID SHERMAN "Good fun." -DON D'AMMASSA "Thoughtful and exciting...loaded with edge-of-your-seat combat." -ELIZABETH MOON
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He lives with his family in Maryland.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall its a really good read...but one I can't help but feel that I've mostly had before. I don't feel like I should have to pay twice or wait six months to read a whole book. The quality is definitely there, but there should be more to the books, and its the lack of a complete arc that to me seperates this novel from a five star review.
What started this war that has been going on for 100 years ? No one seems to remember but the important thing is to destroy the other guy. And that's the premise for the entire series of 6 books, recently expanded to 7 although on a different story arc with the same characters in this series.
The Syndic Fleet is starting to catch onto Admiral Geary's strategy and supplies are getting low in the Earth Fleet. Geary must figure out how to replenish the fleet's supplies while avoiding any major battles on the way.
Geary has been thinking a lot about the Syndic hyper gates and something just doesn't add up. If the Syndics were smart enough to build the hyper gates it should have given them a huge advantage in the war with Earth yet the battle has been virtually a standoff with neither side winning for so long now.
Could there be a third player in the war that neither side is aware of ?
This a great military science fiction series with well developed characters and space battle strategies
the actual book content is more in line with a book review and that is...
not as good as I was expecting.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The possibility of a third party operating behind the scenes was what had me eager for this volume, but that is addressed in only the most passing sense. The plot is essentially a rehash of the first volume, and has many if not nearly all the elements from both volume 1 and 2. While certain new threads are introduced, this entry did little more than move pieces around a board, rather than have any actual play.
The only two fleet clashes have the 2-dimensional Syndics being routed yet again; what little tension there is centers around dwindling resources. And enough with Rione, who went from an interesting character to a bi-polar shrew in one book flat; enough with "Ooooh, you're becoming The Great Black Jack Geary" nagging already. The hint of the triangle between Geary, Rione and Desjani has also fizzled into a gossip-fest; is this a war fleet or a junior high school?
The writing has also suffered; the dialogue between Rione and Geary was so mechanical I had to speed-read through it just to stay awake. And the revalation of Desjani wanting to be a book publisher and the slam on literary agents was a nerdy and downright embarrassing "inside joke" that detracted badly from the story.
Even the cover art went down a notch; did the artist even look at the previous covers? Geary went from looking like Lou Diamond Phillips to a crudely drawn Captain Reynolds from Firefly; what's up with that? (We all know Black Jack Geary looks like Hugh Jackman anyway. Or is it just me?).
The first two books are good enough to entice me into giving Book 4 a chance, and the "cliffhanger" ending of Book 3 gives some promise of this series getting back into gear, but one more "filler" book like #3 and I'm done.
Get it in gear, Black Jack Campbell! You owe me $5.
He writes two military sci fi books in a market chocabloc full of similar books and both score consistently high ratings, which is why I bought and read the first two books in this series. The second ends on a precipice and many readers, like myself, are sitting on the edge of seats waiting to pick up the third.
Alas, the third comes and goes, and I cant help but feel my good mate jack has let me down. Just more of the same. More running, another internal Captain raises their head to spite ol' Black Jack Geary, and there's still the tantalising hint of aliens in the background pulling Humanity's strings.
I heartily recommend this "Lost Fleet" series, but as a stand alone book, this third installment is rather bland.
I guess even the more talented authors out there run out of puff from time to time. But never fear, for I shall be there for the next book.
I notice most of the "we found this review useful" ratings are for those who rated the book highly and those who gave 3 stars or lower arent rated at all.
Dudes, this is not a popularity contest.
The author needs to get to the point - I will not ruin the plotline for people but there is one out there that I'm looking foward to getting more information about. But I don't want to read 4 more novels of space battles to get there..
I continue to enjoy the way he mixes his expertise in military tactics with the problems and challenges of military leadership. He obviously draws from his own past experiences in the military, but adroitly adapts these "lessons-learned" to the unique universe he has created with the war between the Syndics and the Alliance.
The aspect of this current installment that has improved the most (in my opinion) is the way Campbell discusses the personal lives and relationships of his Officers. The writing style dealing with personal issues in this current novel is much more fluid and woven more tightly into the overall novel.
As always, I now look forward to the NEXT installment! Get busy and publish the next one Jack!!