For those born in this century, that means we could see this coming from lightyears away. The Admiral earned it and so did the Captain. I'm ready for it to all start again.
I have to say that I've been quite impressed with the series and this last book does a good job of wrapping up all loose ends aside from the arc that's left open for the new series (was VERY pleased to find that after I finished this book :D). This is essentially the final battle at the syndic homeworld and turns out to be a pretty dicey situation that requires very delicate maneuvering by our resident hero. The actual final fleet battle was underwhelming, in my opinion, and seemed to be possibly the shortest and simplest encounter in the series among fleet battles. Nevertheless, the events surrounding that battle were the main focus. Afterward, the way is laid for another series as a meeting is forced between the fleet and their new rivals, as well as a return home where Geary and Desjani bring a resolution to their personal troubles. If you've liked the series so far (and why else would you be looking at the last book) you will enjoy this one and rocket right into the continuation series as I am doing now :D
Now that Geary got the ‘Lost Fleet’ home all the games begin. It must have felt like the Roman Senate when the first of the Caesars came marching in just before the ousted them. The difference is did Geary depose the ‘Alliance Grand Council’? Did he convince ‘Captain Padilla’ accomplish his plans to put Geary in power? I will let you read.
We see that the ‘Admiralty’ of the fleet is completely clueless. They are waiting for Geary to conquer them or be put under them. Geary is put in charge and doesn't have time to fix the Admiralty before the fleet is ready to leave again to deal the death blow to the Syndicate worlds. Geary learns that as he has fixed the captains with his from doing stupid tactics he must do it again. The ships lost by the fleet out of the gate are because of chasing ‘honor.’ Ultimately he starts to get control of the fleet.
In the Syndicate system Geary has outwitted the Syndic forces and helps to bring the war to an end. Then enter the aliens. We knew they would have to appear sooner rather than later. They remind me of the ‘Gallifrey’s’ in their threats of action in the timeline or sending their large fleet to destroy that doesn't really exist. I wonder what Geary would do. As for the next sequence of the stories don’t interest me at this time. This is reminding me of the ‘Dune’ series which seems to be never ending and getting redundant.
If you read the other books of this series then this one is very predictable but still makes for a good listen. The series as a whole is excellent and Christian Rummel did an awesome job with his narration.
This book certainly tied up the loose ends, and has some very good passages. However the final war encounter was spoiled for me because the "twist" was so obvious for a long time before the normally smart characters worked it out for themselves. I kept shouting "No, you idiots, they are [doing X]". The final dialogue scene to resolve the romance subplot was nicely done, also with some twists.
As I needed something to keep me awake in my car for my 10 hour drive to Canada, this book turned out to be the best solution. It kept me alert and awake for the entire trip, and thus safe, without the risk of dosing off as is the habit of long distance drivers.
This book is highly recommend it for folks who want a thrill as well as those who are piqued by science fiction historical mystery.
I love this series and I think this wrapped things up nicely and leaves the ground work for the next book in the series. Can't wait!