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?
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Missed the mark
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!
Great narration. Didn't have any issue with Christian Rummel's performance in this Audiobook. Keen to hear more of his work.
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.
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.
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.
It seemed to be inspired not to remain stale but started to use existing characters to get back you interest in a new story.
The previous book.
He is one of the best and he brings the story to life every time.
"Another great book in the series"
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.
The unfolding of some sort of Alliance conspiracy.
Blackjack of course.
The saga continues.
I just can't wait for each release. I hope there are 300 books released for this series.
"Is it just me? 😉"
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? 😎
"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.
"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.
"Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
Don't Trust Machines
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.
He has the right voices for the right characters and belts them out effortlessly.
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.
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.
"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!
"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.
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.
The transfer from a typical traveling dialogue to the classic Admiral Geary storyline. Refreshing, inserting a tad of otherness to the storyline.
When Dauntless without firing 1 shot solves the attack on Geary's shuttle.
Guiding stars, ancient earth, great struggle.
It's a huge change from the 6 lost fleet originals. I see a new trilogy in the Beyond the frontier series.
"Out of Ideas?"
I have highly enjoyed Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series, which I believe by this point is around eleven books in. The space battles are thrilling, and I like the tight storylines and characterization. And when he launched the series in a new direction with "Beyond the Frontier", I was very excited and happy with the new elements that he introduced, including several enigmatic alien races (that truly felt alien, unlike many series).
Unfortunately, with this latest book the series has hit something of a lull, and it makes me wonder - if Campbell isn't wrapping up the series - then he's possibly running out of new ideas to throw at us. More than any other, this book felt like it was written using the "free writing" process. The book follows several disconnected sub-stories and fails to go anywhere very new. In fact, these books are beginning to feel VERY repetitive. The characters keep dealing with and discussing the same old issues over and over, including the population's varied opinions about "Black Jack" Geary, from hero worship to utter distrust. The attitudes of the Syndics continue to fit the same stereotypes, the politicians act the same, and even the characters fail to grow significantly throughout the series, only rehashing the same conversations over and over. And for crying out loud, please stop repeating basic information about the universe and characters! We're eleven books in, and the percentage of readers actually STARTING with this novel must be extremely miniscule. Please stop insulting our memories by repeating character backstories, information about ships, physics of combat, etc etc etc. We readers remember that stuff.
The quality of the book rises near the end, in what feels like a purposeful cliffhanger ending. It's disappointing that Campbell seems to start up a new storyline right at the end of the book and then just leaves it open-ended. Why it took a whole book to get to this point I have no idea, since nothing much happens up to that point. And knowing it may be another year before the next installment comes out makes me want to question whether the series is worth continuing.
I feel generous giving this one three stars, and do so mostly because I like the series as a whole.
"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"! ;)
Excellent performance of the speaker. Keeps up the pace and spirit of the previous books.
"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.
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!
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.
All of them. As usual, Mr. Rummel does a superb job on the narration.
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!
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.
This book stops in not so much of a cliffhanger, it's more like a car crashing into a brick wall at 100mph
I liked welcoming back the characters but it finishes so abruptly it feels like some chapters are missing!
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!
Not with its current ending.
Poor ending, to many loose ends!
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