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The Lost Fleet: Valiant Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00125L88K
- Publisher : Ace (June 24, 2008)
- Publication date : June 24, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1309 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 195 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,886 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Major spoilers ahead.... My reservations are as follows. Firstly, the plot feels contrived to force the hero into a difficult position. (Yes, story plots are all contrived, but this one feels that way as I read it.) Secondly, both the hero and chief villains are painted in black and white, rather than shades of gray. Thirdly, the handling of the hero's romantic relationships underwhelms me. Despite these reservations, I like the hero sufficiently to enthusiastically root for him. I like the bleak depiction of the impact of a century-long war on those fighting it. I like the mysterious alien threat. And, most of all, I love the space battles. I've been gobbling these books up at high speed and intend to keep doing so until I run out of books.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
From this point on for the rest of the series, the actions Geary has been taking in the series start to pay off. Syndics are listening to him, and even reluctant officers under his command begin to believe in what Geary has to say. Of course, there are still some die-hards who will stop at literally NOTHING to stop Geary from ruining the way they think the war should be governed.
The Lost Fleet series is very entertaining, very realistic Military Science Fiction told in an epic space navy/space opera sort of way. There are huge space battles, Marine actions, love and hate, revenge and loyalty, duty and valor. The books ring with the power of those words, and even though the writing can get corny at times (sometimes SUPER corny) I never want to stop reading.
Book Content Guide For Parents:
Sex & Nudity: [1/5] sex is discussed in the book but not described, and it is all past-tense.
Violence & Gore: [1/5] fairly minimal-- almost all of the story takes place aboard the space ships, so any violence is via naval space battles, which do result in the deaths of people, but they are never described, so feel very abstract.
Profanity: [1/5] minimal, not nearly as much or as often as you might expect from a military science fiction story.
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: [1/5] minimal. No smoking or drug use, and only minor alcohol use.
Frightening/Intense Scenes: [2/5] the ships and crew are in mortal danger pretty much all of the time while behind enemy lines but nothing like a character being chased down a dark hallway followed by a homicidal maniac.
The premise for this whole series is great, it really is. The attention to detail the author has put in really makes you think this is how space operations will be in the future. The problem I am finding with this series (and was the same with another series by another author, set in near the same time frame) is that they assume they have to keep reminded the reader of the main plot line or of key facts that happened in earlier book. If this is to help people who haven't bothered to read the earliler books in the series - then please stop. They should want to read the series from beginning. But for the reader that is on the journey, this constant repeat of information becomes very irritating, and I find myself groaning when I see it happening again. Don't get me wrong, this is a great story but I have to believe that if a screen writer were to have to make this series into a film, they wouldn't need 5 films to do it - maybe 2. And that is really how I wish this had been written, maybe as 3 novels.
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Some interesting descriptions of space battles, and observations about war etc...but this is not a 'great' series. I bought the first four books to read on holiday as a good page turner, which is what I think they're good for: an average space-opera to fill the time.
Do yourself a favor: if you want futuristic suspense/politics/drama in space read Peter F Hamiltons commonwealth saga or anything sci-fi by Ian M Banks
you could probably pick the story up here, but to get the most out of the series go back to the first volume and read them in order.
for those who have been following this series:
this one like all of them runs roughly 286 pages, and picks up where the previous book in the series left off. like that one, it also takes about a hundred pages to really get going. the first hundred pages are taken up with more space battles, which are well described but not the most exciting ones so far.
after this, though, the book does get going. geary this time faces the threat of his enemies inside the fleet taking action. he has to try and find them, and make a few more tough decisions along with it.
subplots do move on a bit here. the romantic love triangle he's been in gets a bit of resolution. the aliens mentioned in book three don't appear but we learn a little more about them. and an interesting subplot about the course of the war begins. it will be interesting to see how it develops.
not quite the best in the series, but enough to make me want to know what will happen next
Story is simple but well written, yes it's predictable but in the same way a Bond book is. Good addictive story telling.