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I found the Lost Fleet series extremely enjoyable. This final book of the series was the perfect ending and start to the next round of books following Black Jack's adventures. Jack Campbell did an beautiful job of building his characters and the struggles they faced not only by war, but also to live up to their own personal view of honor. Very well done.
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After traveling through Syndic space, the war, the cost in life and ships, this conclusion gives satisfaction. All the trials of living every day just to fight the battles, many with overwhelming odds, comes to an end. The pace and dialog are witty albeit a little predictable. The problems Geary has to face are fun to watch and the tensions with Desjani and Rione keep it interesting. I laughed uproariously on more than a few occasions. Can't wait for more. The only complaint is that Christian Rummel took a slightly different voice rendition for the characters. I liked the renditions of the earlier volumes but it was still good.
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 started listening to the Lost Fleet series for about a month now, and I can't get enough of it. The series are well written and the speaker does a fine job of it.
I love how attention paid to details, though jack's style is consistent which makes his stories somewhat predictable,
Good action and the universe the book is set in has expanded. But i still think the characters are dubious in particular i find the relationship between the main character and the captain of the flag ship to be cringe worthy.
So good action sequences and a better universe now that it has expanded some beyond just the fleet. But i still find the characters in the book either to poorly write.
The only negative thing about this book is that the battles are weak and that I am a little fed up with the holier than thou attitude of the hero and his captain girlfriend, I mean you can take this honorable thing too far and I think that this series is getting there, I would just like Geary to just tell someone to get lost and shut up, just once.
I will keep on reading the following series because this is still a good series.
I made it to the "end" of the Lost Fleet series!
This book covers the conclusion of the Syndic/Alliance war and, of course, the beginning of the Enigmatic War. The story here, particularly the first half, shows the flashes of brilliance that kept me coming back over the course of six books. There are some great moments as the fleet returns to grapple with the Syndics and a plot twist that I genuinely didn't see coming, but once that little story arc comes to a close it kind of feels like the rest of the book was dedicated to wrapping everything up in a neat parcel despite that fact that it lays the groundwork for Dreadnaught and the rest of the Beyond the Frontier series.
I think that Mr Campbell's best work with regard to this series' characters is in this book. The Rione/Desjani adolescent sniping goes away and both characters manage to do some reasonably interesting evolving (although the love story really takes a hard turn into some rather trite dialogue - at least we don't have to deal with any more explanations regarding the impossibility of Geary and Desjani talk lest their respective honours be forever tarnished).
Overall, Victorious was OK. Not a glowing endorsement exactly but there you go. I'll not be carrying on with the next two series because, honestly, I just don't care about the characters at all. The Lost Fleet story was just "OK", it wasn't compelling. I think it could have been in two or three books rather than the six it ended up in.
With regard to the audio quality: Mr Rummel finishes up nicely, no-one's voice changes over the course of the series and he does an admirable job of differentiating the various characters (although Lieutenant Iger still grates). The only weirdness was the beginning of Chapter 7 when there's a musical interlude and the "Audible Frontiers" intro plays.
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Christian Rummel's performance is, as always, almost spot on. I can easily distinguish the voices, even the female ones, from each other. Not a minor achievement! If he fails to excel at any part of the performance, it's when the characters display strong emotion.
I won't recap the publisher's intro here. If you are considering this book, then you should just know that this is the last in the series, and wouldn't stand alone well. You wouldn't be totally lost, but the experience wouldn't be the same as if you start at the beginning of the series. Aside from the existence of hyperspace travel between systems, this is space combat with the normal laws of physics applied. It's also about political combat with all the laws of human self-interest applied. It's the story of humanity's attempt to end an internal civil war and deal with an almost unknown external threat.
I completely enjoyed this series and can't wait to start 'Beyond the Frontier,' which continues this story line for another three volumes.