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Fight the Good Fight

(Echoes of War #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  318 ratings  ·  69 reviews

Corporal David Cohen thought he’d left war behind.

He was wrong.

The Terran Coalition faces repeated and brutal attacks from the repressive League of Sol. To defend his home planet, David trades his dream of becoming a rabbi for a battlefront in the far reaches of space. When particle beams fly, his courage under fire brings quick promotion. But in the lulls between

Kindle Edition, 430 pages
Published May 10th 2018
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Donal Kempton
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
God fearing folk fight the godless commies

OK, a fairly serviceable yarn with a few strange anomalies like dumping Naval ranks for Army ranks. But it falls apart because of the atrociously heavy handed theme of the devout fighting the evil godless commies. The author needs to get some perspective on reality.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fight the Good Fight is an alleged Military Space Opera, and for the most part, it is actually quite a good story.
It follows the career of David Cohen, a Corporal in the Terran Coalition who is fighting a war against the League of Sol.
Through a series of events, Cohen ends up on the command track, and the story follows down that track with his various battles, loses, rises and falls. The story is obviously a Good vs Evil Story, with Cohen as the Leader of the Light, and someone else (No Spoiler
Troy Osgood
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mil sci-fi with larger issues of good/evil at play. Callbacks to the old US/Russia cold war and Democracy vs Communism.

Also had one of the saddest post-battle scenes I've read/listened to.
David Harcourt
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved it

I so enjoyed this book that I ordered the other six books. I have never ordered so many books after reading the first book before. Thank you sir for a great time.
David Munch
Mar 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-audiobook
Fight the Good Fight is the first book of the Echoes of War series, a military science fiction space opera written by Daniels Gibbs. In the 26th century, the Terran Coalition is fighting the League of Sol for supremacy. We don’t really know why, or where, but they are. We follow David Cohen, a devout jew who wants to become a rabbi, but for some reason settles on becoming a star ship captain instead, because why not? No, seriously, I don’t get why, but we needed a story, so here we are. David ha ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘September 28th, 2533 was one of those days that if you were alive during it and able to remember, you never forgot.’

New author Daniel Gibbs is a former computer engineer for the military and uses that training and exposure to IT to bring to life a military science fiction series he calls the Echoes of the Past – a universe centuries form now with so much fine characterizations delivering the tale that we almost forget we are in strange territory, and that is a gift too few sci-fi authors achiev
Mark H.
Sep 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction or theology?

I think this would have been a better, and considerably shorter, book if the author had laid off the Theology and stuck to the science fiction. When he was doing that, I liked the book a lot. I probably won't read the rest of the series. I don't like being preached at or sneaky proselytizing.
Space Cowgirl
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Old 🌎Earth Year 2533
David's father goes to war in space against the World Society and the League of Sol. He is lost and never returns.
Old 🌎Earth Year 2544
David was drafted into the Terran Coalition at 19, and has already been promoted to Corporal aboard the space frigate, Artemis. He s a bosun's mate assigned to damage control. When they are boarded in a fight with League of Sol forces, he goes above and beyond his duty and kills and repels the boarders long enough for their own space marines to
The Mysterious Reader
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love military sci-fi stories about “duty, sacrifice, and the unseen scars of those who serve.” Daniel Gibbs’ Echoes of War takes you to the heart of this. It has just the feel of the Babylon 5 series it’s publisher’s blurb references (I should know, I watched that addictively when it first aired, and have binge viewed it more than once years later thanks to Netflix). I just addictively ran through Echoes four books, Fight the Good Fight (Book 1), Strong and Courageous (Book 2), So Fight I (Boo ...more
Sean Patrick
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of the Prequel Stand Firm, and it piqued my interest in the series. Fight the Good Fight is a fast-paced action pack read, however, that isn't the most important fact. The story has three-dimensional characters that beg you to become them. The story covers some interesting social issues, including the necessity of war at times, and also whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. You also get a peek into the characters' inner thoughts and the angst and internal questioning that ...more
Matt Bleakley
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R.K. Emery
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I loved how fast this novel was in its pacing, I thought that it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I loved how much action there was throughout and how the author didn't shy away from making sure everything was detailed.

David was such a strong and compelling lead character. He goes through a lot of ups and downs throughout the course of the novel and makes a large amount of decisions and as a reader I honestly felt like I agreed with him most of the time.

I liked the fact tha
Adena Lee
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For me, a good military sci-fi novel is not only technically correct; it must also have a good story and plot and most important, characters whose actions invite you to share their lives and thoughts. Daniel Gibbs has all that - action that is so real that it is clear he has been in those situations but also characters whose thoughts are not limited to "Must smash". His treatment of how faith can be lived by active serving military is masterful and the emotional struggles his hero undergoes prob ...more
William Howe
If you’re looking for good MilSF

Keep looking.

Clumsy and earnest. I felt buried by the repeated attempts at military jokes that all felt forced. As if someone had seen people laughing at the jokes but didn’t understand why, yet repeated them anyway and mangled the delivery to boot.

Really, that’s a good description for the whole. Written without understanding why.

I will continue to try to read, but this is garbage.

Clean prose, so it’s not excrement, but that’s damning with faint praise.
Tiffany Rose
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved that the main character is Jewish and that it is science fiction. The fact that the main character is Jewish is why I picked up this book, but it isn't what kept me reading, well not by itself anyway. This book is filled with action as a futuristic society fights a war to keep from being overcome by another society that seeks to squash freedom of religion among other things. I couldn't stop turning the pages. I can't wait for the second book in this series. I highly recommend it. ...more
( Format : Audiobook !
"The wisdom to know the difference."
Daniel Gibbs has written a well developed story marred by the over intrusion of the main character's inner angst and agonizing over the rights and wrongs of killing an individual whilst being in the military command and therefore condemning thousands to their deaths. Don't get me wrong: I am in no way saying here that military leaders should be immune to distress at the taking of even a single life: they should be if there ever could be
Shannon Weeden
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A science fiction action story with a heavy lean towards what war/fighting means for religious warriors and the philosophical questions that come with it. I have not read anything like it before. I enjoy the different religions mixed into the storyline and none are placed as superior to any other. There are familiar themes such as 'the sins of a father being a struggle for the son' and 'types of governments being better for humanity than others'.
Our main character David is an orthodox Jew and y
Deacon Gray
When David, who wants to become a rabbi, is drafted into the military, he is forced to weigh his faith, against the protection of the system he loves, and his father died for. A series of situations force him to not just take a passive role as a mere damage control team leader, but to actually lead troops against an invading force. An act that forces him to take lives, a sin that his conscious must bare.

When approached by a senior officer, David comes to realize that only in the sacrifices of th
Rowan Ashton
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it’s overtly, obviously religious, but that’s kind of the whole point. The book is an exploration of religious issues in space warfare, from basic philosophical sparring between theist and atheist to some more nuanced wrestling with how to keep the Sabbath on a ship at war, musings on whether it is ok to pray for victory (or only for safety, or redemption), and whether it is ok or inexcusable to ever let yourself become angry or hateful in war. It’s written for middle/high school level kids ...more
Joanna E.Lopez
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
May the Lord bless you and protect you. Review of fight the good fight.

Corporal David Cohen was going to be a Rabbi however, instead, he finds a higher calling to go to war to fight for religious freedom when an intergalactic war breaks out between the league of SOL and the Terran coalition of planets. The League of SOL wants to conquer and destroy all religious and other freedoms at all coasts and The Terran coalition is determined to stop them. David Cohen who prays for peace still believes t
Shanell Meek
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
It may be a series but this could easily be a stand alone novel.

Fight the Good Fight (Echoes of the Past Book 1) by Daniel Gibbs is a truly unique and interesting story that is full of action, adventure and alternate galaxies. The story also focuses a lot on the Jewish religion, faith and trust in God, so if religion isn’t your cup of tea you may not find it as enjoyable as I did. Gibbs did an amazing job of creating his story, defining his characters and building them into personable and ident
Shannon Weeden
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fight the Good Fight is a fast action pack sci fi read. The characters have personalities/traits that are believable and have you invested. I found that I could find a favorite POV story line and liked them all. There are not only social, political, economical issues but also base believe issues which I am not used to having a religious bend in military science fiction. A Jewish space force pilot main character? Not something I thought I'd read before. There are some over dramatic scenes and som ...more
Randall Medlin
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of a three book audio book set. This review is for all three books: Fight The Good Fight, Strong and Courageous, and So Fight I.

Overall I would give the set a 4.25 out of 5. It was an enjoyable military sci/fi series, with a heavy religious tone. The story was interesting, and the main character arch showed growth. The author had some instances where his time frames were a off, but overall it was well done. I disagree with how one of the situations was handled in the third bo
Virginia Boylan
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It's a pretty good story, but the writing needs tightening. I felt held at arm's distance most of the time with passive storytelling and far too much trivial minutia, such as who sat where. We get repetitive descriptions of mundane things while actual scene-setting is absent. Except for Sheila, who does something nice the first time she and David meet, we have no reason to like or care about any character, including David, who mostly floats through the story doing good deeds and saying the right ...more
Julius Blitzy
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we talk about War, we may not refer about a good side or a bad side, who have the right to strike or to claim peace, because war itself is not about that, when we talk about war, there are only victims.
David’s faith has helped him throughout his life and once again, far away from home he is in a battle against his fears and inner demons and he must come to amends with his guilt to finally move on, no matter how big the scale of the fight can be, I’m glad this remains as a personal and truly
Jesse Whitehead
The book is well written has a good flow. The structure is a classic space military opera following a single character. I describe it as "Yeah, it's ok, great to listen to while I'm doing something else."

Intense religious aspects are placed into the book. Religion makes the story into the righteous religious democratic good vs atheist socialist evil.
I dislike that Athiest are portrayed as enourmous assholes throughout the book, always disrespectful, "liers, murderers, and cowards" as described
Cloe Michaels Reads
Was a good way to bring to light the issues Earth is having now and has in the past over religious conflict, the raw emotions David has over the loss of the men under his command. Each loss he feels personally

I loved the battle scenes and the way the author was able to draw on common foes in future events, the author made the reader see that the current world climate in a futuristic world showing nothing has changed for mankind they still have religious intolerance and will fight wars for years
Charlie Latham
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reminiscent of Star Wars, this is a totally new and unique take on the sci-fi, war filled genre that I’ve grown to love over the years.

Written eloquently, the novel flows nicely and is filled with twists and turns so that I never knew what was going to happen next.

It brings up great philosophical and moral questions about fighting, killing and doing the wrong thing but for the right reasons.

The main character, David fights with what he knows is right and must be done but also with his religio
D. E.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A DG. SYFY. Novel (EOWB. - 1)

DG. had. penned a SYFY. novel .about. a young man who forsaken his original plan to work in the ministry to prepare for a career to defend his rights and others before total enslavement. As the war continues our main character experiences a religious feeling that he is not doing what he was and is meant to do. He had failed to realize as men and women died around him that his conscious would override his battle mettle. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS
Sandy Shin
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A good story, but based on a premise that atheists and communists are the epitome of evil, even though it becomes apparent that is an oligarchical regime intent on military expansion. Scary when read in the midst of a time of a president working on building just that type of government with the support of the established religious organizations. The novel could have been written without the religious and political prejudices and still kept the emphasis on the religion of the main character. We d ...more
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