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Steadfast Audiobook

Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell’s action-packed Lost Fleet series has propelled readers from deep space to the very edge of their seats. Now Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary embarks on a thrilling new adventure to defend the Alliance and safeguard the future.

Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

To make matters worse, strains on the Alliance are growing as the Syndics continue to meddle. Geary is ordered to take a small force to the border of Syndic space. But what he finds there is a danger much greater than anyone expected: A mysterious threat that could finally force the Alliance to its knees.

As Geary spearheads a desperate battle to protect the Alliance against a shrewd and powerful enemy, he’s left with just one question: Who are they?

©2014 John G. Hemry (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Samuel Brisbane, Australia 11/06/2014
    Samuel Brisbane, Australia 11/06/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Seemed like a filler episode"
    If you could sum up Steadfast in three words, what would they be?

    Missed the mark


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed that the story didn't seem to resume from the stuff discovered in the last book, but rather drifted into new plotlines at an unresolved tangent. Perhaps this is the intention of Mr Campbell, and both storylines will re-combine in the next book. I certainly hope it does!


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. Didn't have any issue with Christian Rummel's performance in this Audiobook. Keen to hear more of his work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. After the plot lines from the last book remained unfinished after the first part of the audiobook, I finished the second part kind of zoned out while working. No major spoilers to be had that drew me back in. Even while barely paying attention I could see where the story was going, and thought it was becoming pretty silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great book for Jack Campbell (I've come to expect pretty epic reading from him in the past, this is merely good). I'd strongly recommend it to people who have followed the series, as it does have some really nice emotional interactions between Blackjack and other characters, and you find out some more about what's happening in the Syndicate and Alliance worlds. Not a great deal mentioned regarding the other empires of man that exist on the other side of earth though. So I am pretty disappointed about that. Thought it would be a really interesting new path. Hopefully future books will address that and the Enigma's more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thesle Wyoming, Australia 04/06/2014
    Thesle Wyoming, Australia 04/06/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Still keeps the interest but getting predictable"

    While the story doesn't have the same excitement of earlier books it still interesting to listen to. Maybe we know Jack Campbell too well, or maybe he's stuck in the universe he created, but the main plot points are a little predictable. Hopefully the next book will through up something unexpected.

    Christian Rummel is a great narrator, there is absolutely nothing your can fault with the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Australia 28/05/2014
    Amazon Customer Australia 28/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome new content"
    What did you like most about Steadfast?

    It seemed to be inspired not to remain stale but started to use existing characters to get back you interest in a new story.


    What other book might you compare Steadfast to, and why?

    The previous book.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is one of the best and he brings the story to life every time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Eric
    APO, AE, United States
    26/05/14
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    "Another great book in the series"
    What made the experience of listening to Steadfast the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really brings the characters the story and characters to life in my minds eye. This is another great book for this series. I can't stop listening. The characters and storyline is one of my favorite of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unfolding of some sort of Alliance conspiracy.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Blackjack of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The saga continues.


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't wait for each release. I hope there are 300 books released for this series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Luv2Read
    Waterford, MI USA
    11/07/14
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    "Is it just me? 😉"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better Black Jack novels. I've read or listened to all of them. The overarching concept of both series is creative an holds our interest. The action scenes and battles are usually well done. But they all share two problems that keep them from being great. First, the dialogue is often too verbose. Second, is it just me or does Black Jack talk and sound just a little too much like Buzz Lightyear? 😎

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • tekone
    New York, NY USA
    12/05/14
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    "Black Jack is back!"
    If you could sum up Steadfast in three words, what would they be?

    ...and better than ever! I really enjoy reading about the political side of this universe from time to time, looking forward to the next book.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Christian Rummel is always awesome, he along with a few other narrators are the reason I like to listen to the audiobook version after I read the ebook version.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas
    Clovis, CA, United States
    30/05/14
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    "Much more mature"

    I listened to the first series and enjoyed it. This series demonstrates much more mature writing, both in characterization and plot. Geary faces many moral dilemmas. Dejani doesn't whine as much. The other starship captains are real humans, not one-dimensional. There are many unanswered questions making life challenging and difficult for the protagonists. And, the events are not predicable. Very good writing and a good listen Strongly recommend if you like this genre.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Grahame
    Florida, USA
    13/05/14
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    "Jack Campbell (and Christian Rummel) does it again"

    I couldn't wait for this book to be available on Audible and now that I've finished it, I can't wait for the next one.

    Never dull, never predictable, with brilliant writing and superb narrating. Campbell creates characters you want to follow and Rummel brings them to life. I sometimes can't believe it is just one person doing all those voices.

    If you haven't listened to any of the earlier stories in the Lost Fleet Series or Beyond the Frontier Series, then I'm not sure how you'll find this book. It's good, and the author explains earlier happenings, but you really need to have read the earlier books to get the most out of this one.

    Anyway, kudos to Jack Campbell for another great book and to Christian Rummel for another brilliant performance and I look forward to the next in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • shalte
    san jose, CA, United States
    8/05/14
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    "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
    If you could sum up Steadfast in three words, what would they be?

    Don't Trust Machines


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who else? Black Jack Geary. He continues on his streak of absolute domination over everything everywhere. Black Jack is literally running out of enemies to hate, pursue and destroy, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    This book seemed to focus on him a smidge more than earlier ones. Why? Because Geary deserves it. This guy has earned every second of story time. For Christ's sake, he's saved humanity's ass from complete annihilation what, about 14 times so far in this series? And along the way shacked up with the galaxy's hottest battle cruiser captain. In my opinion, the right call is for more Black Jack and less whining Alliance senators who spend their days waddling around the bridge bleating nonsense to Black Jack, backstabbing each other and second guessing Black Jack's every move. If I were him all three of those loud mouths would have been flushed out the airlock about 40 seconds after blasting off three books ago.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    He has the right voices for the right characters and belts them out effortlessly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. At some point in my day I have to work and throw in some sleep. Bought it yesterday, finished it this afternoon. Good enough for me.


    Any additional comments?

    A solid addition to a top notch series. I would not put this one at the top of the rankings. But anything new about the adventures of Black Jack Geary and his wife Tanya, the ultra dedicated, motivated, space academy educated Captain of the Dauntless, and who in my struck in 161/2 year old mind's eye when it comes to beautiful women, does what she does best - takes charge and shakes that beautiful ass as she struts around her ship's bridge in that royal blue skin tight body suit / mini skirt uniform confident as hell and looking clean.

    Books like this in a series like Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier is why I subscribe to Audible. I really enjoy a well written book performed by a great narrator, and there are few if any better teams than the two in this series. Jack Campbell's creative writing matched with Christian Rummel's professional narration keeps me coming back for more.

    I have a feeling that the next book will be a doozy. Black Jack will have to be on top of his game and trust in his instincts if he is to lead his fleet to victory against an enemy blind to mercy and led by an A/I doppelganger that only he can understand and destroy.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Dennis
    7/05/14
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    "Another GREAT book!"

    I am getting tired of waiting an hole year for each and every book! SPEED IT UP Jack!!! You can write faster! Now about the book. As usual another great book. I just love this saga! I just don't want to wait a year for each book! Just when you think all foes are beaten NEW ones pop up!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ray A. - independent & unsolicited reviewer
    Colorado
    7/05/14
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    "A worthy continuation of the story of BlackJack"

    If you're reading this then chances are that you are already familiar with the series. For me, Jack does a good job balancing details that bring the book to life- without bogging it down with inconsequential details.

    The story itself is a pretty good one. I'm only halfway through but so far I'm enjoying it. Not quite as action-packed as some prior titles but the stage is being set.

    The narration by Christian is as good as prior books. He has a good range of characters and IMO it adds to the story.

    Overall, if you enjoyed the previous books in the series then this one is a definite buy.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • mario
    Vilvoorde, Belgium
    26/05/14
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    "Dreaming Earth?"
    Where does Steadfast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As I don't spend time on an audiobook that can't capture me in the first 10 minutes, all rank high in my spending of time. The narrator makes or breaks this. Even if the book in itself is great, I can't keep on listening with a narrator that doesn't meet my standards.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The transfer from a typical traveling dialogue to the classic Admiral Geary storyline. Refreshing, inserting a tad of otherness to the storyline.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dauntless without firing 1 shot solves the attack on Geary's shuttle.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Guiding stars, ancient earth, great struggle.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a huge change from the 6 lost fleet originals. I see a new trilogy in the Beyond the frontier series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trip Williams
    Upstate, SC, United States
    21/05/14
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    "Just gets better and better"

    I admit, up front, that the TITLES of Campbell's various series in this same universe get MORE than a little confusing... IIRC, there is "The Lost Fleet" Series, AND "The Lost Fleet - Beyond The Frontier" Series, AND "The Lost Stars" Series, etc.. And you have to be careful when buying each book to make SURE that it's actually in THE SAME SERIES that you're listening to at that time... Of course, ALL of the Books in those Series take place in "The Same Universe", but some are Tales centered around "Black Jack", and SOME are from the Point of view of "Heroes" on the "Syndicate's Side" as they try to put together a working government after the Alliance/Syndicate War...

    SO PAY ATTENTION when buying the next book in each different series, or you'll easily end up with "Book 2" in a similar series, that leaves you lost and confused since it doesn't seem to mesh AT ALL with "Book 1" of the OTHER series you started listening to!

    Having said all that (Which is probably the only valuable nugget of wisdom you're likely to get out of this review ;) , "The books in each series are REALLY GOOD" (as long as you're REALLY listening to "The next book in the series you THOUGHT you were buying" ;)..

    I've now listened to ALL of the books in ALL of the series (so far available), and have to say I'm impressed with the consistency of the books.. There's no: "I KNOW the reader will buy this book because they've already bought the first two books, so I can be sloppy with the quality as I bang out this next book"... That happens a LOT in other Series from other Authors with a lot of books in them, but Campbell hasn't done that EVEN ONCE in ANY of the various series he's put out so far! He gets a LOT of "Respect Points" from me for that alone, because he's interested in "Telling The Story That Is Inside Him", NOT "Just Banging Out Books For Money". THAT is the type of Writer who can (AND WILL) "Tell a Story WORTH Listening To!"

    I mentioned that "I've now listened to ALL of Campbell's Books in ALL of the Various Series", because I was able to listen to them "One after another, In rapid succession", due to a sudden, and unexpected, "Abundance Of Credits"... In another review some Months back, I Jokingly referred to the fact that I've been "An Audible Platinum Member since 2004, with MANY HUNDREDS of books in my Library" and even added "..And DO NOT put a 'Buy Extra Credits at this Special Price' offer in front of me unless you mean it, because I'll Punch THAT ad button as many times as Audible puts it in front of me!"... I think Audible decided to put THAT Claim to the test last month... Every time my "Credits Level" dropped below "2 Credits", the ad to "Buy Three More Credits" popped up... Heh heh heh, I bet they won't do THAT again, because I listen to books almost CONTINUOUSLY as I work around my Ranch, or in my Electronics Lab, or while laying in a Hospital Bed (Due to some Military Injuries, I seem to do a LOT of the Latter)! But at least Audible now knows that I'm a man of my word! I've Listened to 20 "LONG" Books in the last 30 days! If there's an "Audible Listener's Badge" that I DON'T Have (Other than "Flash 80".. Whatever THAT is), *I* don't know about it! Including "7 Day Stretch" ("Completing 15 books in a single week"), and "Audible Obsessed" ("You've used Audible EVERY DAY for 30 Days Straight".. Not many more hours and I'll have reached the Vaunted "Master" Status.. "GOOooOO ME!!!" ;)

    But Seriously, If you like "Good Books with LONG Series of MORE Good Books", Give Campbell a try... It makes that dreaded "Watching the Clock, Hating that the End of your Book is Coming" MUCH less dreadful, because "There's ANOTHER Good Book Waiting For You"! ;)

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Rune Holm
    14/10/16
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    "Good cliffhanger"

    Excellent performance of the speaker. Keeps up the pace and spirit of the previous books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stig1875
    1/08/14
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    "A Great Stoery continuation"

    I bought the whole series for listening to on holiday and was glad that I did, I couldn't take my earphones off once I started and cannot wait for the rest of this series to come along.

    I would recomend these stories to other listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S Hadaway
    London
    16/05/14
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    "Another cracker"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steadfast to be better than the print version?

    Right, Audible is doing that annoying thing of asking arbitrary, pointless questions without letting me change them, so I'll answer my own questions anyway. I apologise in advance for any confusion!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steadfast?

    There's a lot more to this one than the last book, and it rattles along nicely with some new and very different combat/potential combat and political situations for Geary to cope with you. The change between war-fighting operations and peace-time operations (and the various grey areas between) are very well portrayed, on personal and professional levels. In particular, as ever, I like the way Geary worries and runs through his options in his head, explaining his moves and why he makes them, rather than instinctively or intuitively jumping to the correct solution as many 'heroes' do.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favourite?

    All of them. As usual, Mr. Rummel does a superb job on the narration.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The book ends on a very interesting twist, albeit no more than the other parts of the series do. Frankly, Mr. Campbell can't write the sequel fast enough for me to find out what's going to happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, one of the best in the series, I'd say. A good mix of action, politics and personal issues, and a good mix of types of action to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RGM9588
    London, United Kingdom
    8/05/14
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    "Unsatisfying"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book stops in not so much of a cliffhanger, it's more like a car crashing into a brick wall at 100mph


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked welcoming back the characters but it finishes so abruptly it feels like some chapters are missing!


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As someone who has all the Lost Fleet and spinoff audio books as well as the printed ones, I feel Christian brings alive the characters so that anyone would want to hear more about the admirals adventures!


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Not with its current ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor ending, to many loose ends!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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