Vanguard: The Genesis Fleet, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Jack Campbell returns to the world of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet novels with a new action-packed military science fiction series that explores the founding of the Alliance...and the men and women who fought to create it.
Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist.
When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine. With nothing but improvised weapons and a few volunteers, Geary and Darcy must face down warships and armored soldiers - or die trying.
As battles rage and pirates take an increasing toll throughout the colonies, the only hope for lasting peace lies with Carmen Ochoa, a "Red" from the anarchic world of Mars, and Lochan Nakamura, a failed politician. They have a plan: to lay the groundwork for mutual defense that could someday grow into an alliance. But if their efforts don't succeed, the growing power of aggressor worlds could turn regions of space founded on freedom into battlefields between the first interstellar empires.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 27 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 16, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #44,219 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#527 in Military Fantasy (Books)
#680 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#746 in War & Military Fiction
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If you have previously enjoyed the Lost Fleet series, I would highly recommend you save your money and wait until this goes to something like $2.99 or less for the Kindle version.
I hate political intrigue. The only thing that kept me in this book was the science fiction. The politics could go to hell. I get no joy reading so much of a book for the heroes to be snubbed (sort of) in the end. I only gave this book 3 stars because of my personal opinion on politics. Do you know what?, I’ll even bump it up to four stars because the book was very well written. That being said, I don’t doubt many of you will enjoy it, I’m just a weird egg. I absolutely need a completely happy ending or I will never refer the book. So you take my opinion with a grain of salt but just know, lots of politics.
The space battles are of a smaller scale, but that feels believable, even necessary, given the scope of the series, and the battles find new ways to be flat out cool (such switch a boarding party). The senate alternately aiding and obstructing Geary was done as well as in with his ancestor in the main books, but felt more believable here.
The multiple characters and plot lines are all easy to get invested in, and be hopeful that more of them will join up later on. Male and her marines proivde some great, small scale ground combat scenes, but the planning behind their actions is the real highlight of her nov sections.
If you're a Lost Fleet fan, you should probably read this book.
I'll continue listening and try to finish this out, but it's slow going. I love the other work that Jack Campbell has done, so I don't know why I'm having issues with this book.
ETA: Bumping up to four stars as I've gotten farther into the book and the separate storylines have merged into one another and now it's a lot easier to follow along with the story. The accents the narrator is doing are still a bit of an annoyance.
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It runs for three hundred and seventy six pages. It's divided into fifteen chapters. And being the start of a series, ends with set up for more to come.
In this setting, humanity is getting out to the stars at a fast rate, and colonies are being set up in many star systems. Earth is getting rather left behind and starting to get insular.
The colonies face problems. Getting along without much if any support from Earth. Setting up laws. Obeying existing ones. And attacks from other colonies who aren't so friendly.
The bulk of the story is set on the colony Glenlyon, who face the problem of attacks from another world. It's all seen through the eyes of four characters. Robert Geary, former fleet officer from another colony who become Gelnlyon's best hope. Mele Darcy, once an enlisted marine. Failed politican and failure at many things Lochan Nakamura, and conflict resolver Carmen Ochoa, a lady with a troubled heritage.
All four are looking for something new and purpose in life. Fate has offered all of them opportunities...
As ever, the writer does good decent and readable prose so this does zip along nicely enough, making the pages turn very well. It's not a book with a lot of action. It's more character drama about the four leads, and how their new lifes go. But in that respect, this is really rather good. All are affable and sympathetic characters who you do find yourself rooting for, and it's a great read watching how things go for them.
Those who want action will get it eventually. Interestingly different from the writer's other books as it's on a smaller scale in certain respects. Although this is also capably written the action in the last quarter isn't quite as interesting as the best of the character moments, but it's still good enough reading.
There's also, as ever, combat that obeys the laws of physics, and soldiers having to deal with politics. Plus interesting looks at how law works in this setting.
If you want a book of action this may not be for you, but for the start of a good character story in this setting, this is pretty good. Since it's the start of the series and thus there's clearly a lot more to come, a couple of the characters don't get a look in for the last quarter of the book. But it did leave me wanting to know what will happen next to all of them. So I look forward to book two.
The first half part of the book was a bit of a problem. I found it chatty and slow, as reflected by this review’s title, with the text essentially made up of dialogues between some of the main characters who keep feeling sorry for themselves. This was a pity because it made the reading rather boring and at times even annoying since the characters seem to be largely self-centred or at least quite gifted at talking about themselves, their aspirations and pseudo-morals.
I therefore had to struggle not to drop the book. It is also a pity because this could have been mitigated by introducing more “world-building”, that is more narrative about Earth’s history and that of the early colonisation of the so-called “old colonies”. Instead, you only get a few glimpses here and there as one or the other character - from Mars or Franklin, in particular – mentions a few scattered elements as part of their own past.
However, if you manage to stick with this book till you make it hallway through, things get better because you get – at last – some action. While largely predictable, the action scenes are rather good, especially the attempt to assassinate one of the colony’s government. This redeems the book to a large extent and allows me to rate it three stars. I will read the second instalment if only because I hope it to be more entertaining.
However, it hits the notes of yesteryear. It's about people caught in the grand sweep of history - imagine Foundation, but with better female characters - and big ideas around politics and the military - think, Heinlein, but not libertarian - and military adventure and derring-do - Space Vikings, but with a moral compass.
And at the same time it's grounded in a plausible future, in a backwater mixed-tech setting, not unlike what you might encounter in the Traveller tabletop roleplaying game, so much so that it's like a worked example of how to do space battles and infantry assaults, without letting the powerful technology screw things up.
Oh, and an immensely enjoyable read.
If you've read these series you know exactly what is coming, this is solid military SF with some good space battles and good space combat.
The only thing that I struggled with a little, was the blatant references (these being ancestors) to so many of the "main" series characters, it felt a little unnecessary at times to name drop so many characters, literally for the sake of name dropping them (Desjani's ancestor is a good example here).
Other than that, clearly setting up a follow on novel which I will definitely buy when it is released.