New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell continues his "series of fast-paced adventure" (SFRevu) as The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier continues...
Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary and the crew of Dauntless have safely escorted important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can depart 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…
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A good book, but one of my least favorites in the series. The first third of the book was a difficult read. The dialogue seemed disjointed at times and the prose difficult to get through. It didn't flow naturally. For example, the various meetings that Geary has with the politicians that accompanied his team to Earth had dialogue that seemed stilted and repetitive, and frankly didn't add too much to what we already knew about the politicians of the Alliance.
Once Campbell found himself dealing with matters that needed fixing by Geary, whether it was combat or personal interaction, the book picked up. Geary grows as a leader, using his ideals and conduct that seems "old fashioned" persuade people to take the "right" action, rather than the self-interested action. There's a bit of cartoonish general in the book that embodies the worst of the career bureaucrat that Geary neutralizes nicely.
One complaint I have about the book - it felt a bit like filler in the...
As a note: this is the 8th book or so in a series - you really do want to start with book one in the Lost Fleet series and not be reading reviews on later books, which will of necessity give away plot points/spoilers as the story develops. It's an excellent series - worth starting from the first book!
My first thought after ending the book is wow. And then worry - it felt like we had reached an end for Geary and the Dauntless. But quick research on the net confirmed that the series continues (and that the Lost Stars series (set on Midway) is not a replacement for the Lost Fleet but is intended to keep the series fresh). Guardian ends at a place leaving the door wide open for a completely new adventure for Dauntless and the fleet (and a fun one to boot!). The universe became larger!
Everything you love about the series continues in Guardian. Great action, psychological as well as physical warfare (out think or out fight your opponent), the...
I had wondered in what direction the story would go after what seemed like an arc-ending plot in the previous book, Guardian (finding the Dancers and then bringing them to Earth). But in this book 4 of the Beyond the Frontier saga, author Campbell continues to impress and somehow manages to completely up the ante. But it isn't all new storyline: reoccurring themes such as the mystery of the 'dancing lights' in hyperspace, as well as newer plot developments of the secretly constructed new fleet are brought up here again and more tantalizing hints given. It makes for great space opera: overall story arcs across the entire series, smaller story arcs across subseries, and then several book-only arcs all weave together superbly.
Story: Geary is vacationing on Earth with Desjani, dealing with the homeworld's endless bureaucracy and paperwork. When two of the Dauntless' officers are kidnapped, Geary tracks them down to a world wiped clean by a man-made virus and then strictly...
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