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Fearless (The Lost Fleet, 2) Audio CD – Unabridged, February 15, 2010
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Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John “Black Jack” Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.…
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.…
About the Author
Christian Rummel is a New York-based actor who has narrated over a hundred audiobook titles in a variety of genres. He is a two-time Earphones Award recipient, for his work on Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh, and Nelson Demille’s The Gold Coast. He is also the narrator of Jack Campbell’s bestselling science fiction series The Lost Fleet. He lives in Brooklyn.
- ASIN : 1441806490
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 15, 2010)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 9781441806499
- ISBN-13 : 978-1441806499
- Item Weight : 0.067 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.25 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,398,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I liked this book a little bit more than Dauntless with Jack rescuing a infamous military maverick from a prison camp, Captain Falco, who threatens to usurp his command over the fleet. This wouldn't be a problem if not for the fact Falco is incompetent, dangerously charismatic, and possibly insane after twenty-years of imprisonment in a labor camp. Morale is also dangerously low in the fleet and John has decided to do a daring raid on the enemy's largest shipyards while the rest of their fleet is (ironically) chasing them.
I was hoping for a lengthier conflict between Captain Falco and Captain Geary for control of the fleet. I really enjoyed the battle between Captain Adama and Admiral Cain in Battlestar Galactica's reboot. This is much shorter with the two characters only sharing a short number of encounters before things come to a head.
Fearless is a solid piece of military science fiction that I found quite entertaining. There's a few minor developments character wise but the focus in this series is squarely on the tactics in space, the chain of command, and other Naval details which military enthusiasts will enjoy. I'm not a big fan of one character who gets promoted to love-interest in this book but she's also the only one not in Geary's chain of command so I suppose that was inevitable.
Pros: The main plot. If you liked book 1, this is more of the same. The author tells a cliched tale, but manages to put enough of a spin on it to keep the reader guessing.
Cons: The minor plot and character motivations. The subplot involving a politician starts poorly, turns believable and interesting halfway through, and finally becomes eye-rollingly tiresome by the final chapter. Indeed, the novel ends not with a dramatic hook but with a feeling of irritation, and the reader is left wondering how Captain Geary (or any human) could feel anything but anger towards a certain character. The main problem is that the personal motivations and actions of the characters don't make sense.
Different people would see the story in different ways but to me it was the consideration of the realities of space that kept me connected. Few people realize how large space actually is. Sci-Fi had lead us to think of space warfare as happening at visual range and perceivable speeds. It just wouldn't be like that. Even modern air warfare strains this idea. The Enterprise would never be nose to nose with a Romulan vessel and shots would be fire from such distances that you might not even see if you hit or missed for a long time.
Black Jack Geary has to deal with the truth of relativity and distances measured in light travel time. Even communication is complicated when there are minutes or even hours of transit time for messages.
If you throw out sub-space the plot thickens and that is what kept me coming back. Not to mention the subterfuge and intrigue.
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this is not really a trilogy to come in on the middle of so start with volume one first. the writing in both of them is much the same. It's not great literature, but it's a little better than average and not as bad as it could be, and it does try to give depth to it's characters and explore strong themes of duty and what people become during wartime. All these books are a little under three hundred pages so they're short and easy reading. the space combat tries to be realistic and within the laws of physics.
And when reading this, you know what I kept feeling? the desire to know what would happen next. so the writer has done their job. entertaining pulp science fiction
Slightly repetitive & for my taste overly detailed "action" sequences which hold up & slow the story lines
However, I do like (& keep buying) his books, my only real complaint being I might well be dead from old age before they reach
any real defining endings
I read a review elsewhere of the latest book in the series that thought he might be running out of ideas & quite a few of his books sometimes give that impression, but he is a good writer & as I stated at the start of this review very readable
As with all the books in this series, it is entirely focused on the main story arc and does not waiver and wonder with multiple events. I found it really easy to follow and get through.
Very good series for anyone who is just starting out wants to get into sci-fi and reading novels in general.