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Summary

The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century—and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who’s emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief…

Captain John “Black Jack” Geary’s legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic “last stand” in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance’s one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic “Black Jack” legend…

©2006 John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell (P)2008 Audible Inc.

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A good kickoff for a believable scifi

If we consider wars that take long time, and efficiency of modern or future population in dispatching the fellow man, the series gets lot right.

The series kick off in a believable situation where lot of the finer tactical points of command are missing, and what's left is almost wh40k:ish meat grinder. Where tactics and manoeuvres are replaced with fighting spirit and rushing in a straight line.

There's a decent balance of a massive fleet with loads of people, but still distinct and recognizable characters that stand on their personality.

Looking forward to other books of the series now.

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  • 15-07-22

Cheesy, Repetitive, Entertaining

It’s an easy listen and pretty entertaining. But you have to get by some very cheesy/cliche parts. Narrator has good voices, but not much inflection, so everything just sounds imperious all the time.

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  • 07-07-22

Straightforward Action Based Science Fiction

Fun book. Military Space based Science Fiction. Published in 2006 it now seems a nice throwback. No forced plot twists, none of the current politics that many excellent writers feel they need or just can’t help inject into current Fantasy or Science Fiction.
That itself adds and extra star for me.