Captain Vince Lombard, G-Marine company commander, is tasked with tracking down a stray ship. The Alliance Military Ship StarFire has gone silent, and previous attempts to locate her have resulted in the loss of more ships. After two previous wars with xenospecies humanity bumped into while expanding into space, no one knows what might be the cause of StarFire's missing in action status. And internal politics between Fleet command and the Galactic Marine Corps might mean that, unless something is done, humanity may get the news it's at war with yet another new race about the time they show up to attack one of the human systems in the sector.
A prequel to the book Fey, this story is a novelization of the story Vince related to Blondie in the previous book, which many readers requested. I'm happy to accomodate my readers by providing this novel-length version of that story.
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I brought this book on a whim, not knowing the book or author, but am very glad that I did!
It is a very interesting premise and the structure works well, and you really get into the characters and events - I got quite emotional at the end! The structure of moving between the present (court of inquiry) and the events in flashback is often a recipe for disaster, but it is very deftly handled by Mr. Lee.
I usually like Jack Campbell and David Weber for my 'space opera', and this was similar but different enough to make it interesting. It does leave some big questions unanswered, but that's just making me look forward to the next installment.
A well written story with characters that you become involved with and narration that did it all justice.
Its been a while since a book made the hairs on my arms stand up. That possibly says it all.
Excellent work and the narrator was superb. Can't wait for future works by the author with this character involved. Brilliant.
"One of the Best Books I've Listened to on Audible"
This was a great listen and I would highly recommend to anyone that likes military scifi, JAG or general scifi/mystery type books. It is probably in my top 5 of books from Audible (out of about 75 listened to so far). I liked the way the author approached the topics and kept it VERY interesting from the very beginning. Some of his thoughts and strategies on military action in space were also quite novel, not to mention thought provoking. Only disappointment is that the 2nd book in the series is not available at the time of this review.
"Good solid Sci-Fi"
The story moves along at a good pace. There's some action. There's some scheming. And some mystery with a little humor mixed in. It kept you trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I don't want to give away the story, so let's just say "If you play chess and like your action stories, you'll like this book." Also, there's no profanity in this story. It usually never adds anything to the story and I liked the fact I didn't have to wade through it in this book.
"Very compelling story - great narrator"
Worth my time!
There were so many, but Lombard is truly a great Officer and true leader of his troops. The ending was pretty unexpected - but rewarding.
His ability to switch between the various "voices" enhanced the overall experience.
Morten, another reviewer, nailed it perfectly - "Lost Fleet + JAG = Star Fire."
Let's get moving on turning more of Mike Lee's stories into audio books! Mike, start sleeping only every other night so you can write more books! That's an order.
"Great Story--Well Read!"
This one is very good. Great characterizations and an interesting plot. It is told from the first person, but Lee does a good job changing time perspectives to make it interesting. As a lawyer, I was offended that the military lawyer in the inquiry was grossly unethical in his behaviors. Unfortunately, that happens too frequently in real life as well. Lee did a good job showing how power is corrupting. Other than that, this is a great listen. I recommend it with 5 stars across the board. More Vince Lombard stories to come, I hope.
"A great listen"
This was an intriguing story. The story line was unpredictable and held my interest
Yes, but I would have had to miss work and angered my wife.
It's rare I feel compelled to write a review. This book though is an exception. I thoroughly enjoyed this and really look forward to the rest of the series.
"Never know what is going to happen next"
I was never sure what was going to happen next as I listened to this book. Though things were not fully explained as to what the end results were but j expect these are going to be expanded upon with the next books for this story and we likely not heard the last if this. It left plenty of paths available to the author and I'll be getting the others hoping they stay equally on target.
I really liked this stories main character he was blunt, straight to the point, and rather devious and defiant when he had to be. But even with his brashness he was never sounding in any way arrogant, and for someone who looks out for not only himself but his men, very honorable.
We all have encountered a situation where one has been thrown under the bus. I was certainly amused at points as this story progressed where this occurred. Also those doing the throwing getting their's when those that knew more trounced all over someone in need of a thrashing or in need of being taken down a peg or two.
If you are a Scifi fan, and you like tactics this is the story for you. Enjoy!
Let me say that lately I've have been disapointed in a large number of audio books but this one gripped me and would'nt let go. I was disapointed went it ended. I wanted more
Lee, Miller's Liadan univeres, David Weber's Honor books. Books by Lois McMaster Bojold
"Wow! Hard to put it down"
The story is outstanding and well read. It's the first time I can remember being thankful that my morning commute was delayed by an hour, so I could continue listening to the story.
"Wonderful space adventure"
Wonderful story had a hard time putting it down. Wonderful writer just discovered Mike Lee recently really like his works. Jason Brenizer is very good too very enjoyable to listen to.
"Outstanding Military SciFi"
Mike Lee's StarFire is an excellent story about courage, leadership and resolve. Lee's character Vince Lombard, is an understated hero who doesn't aspire to glory, but achieves it in his unselfish acts of leadership and care for those serving with him. The story is full of surprises and left me looking forward to the next book in the Lombard series.
The narration is also excellent and the narrator well chosen to project the variously character's voices and demeanor. Overall one of the best listens in a long while.
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