What an amazing thing a book… to step out of our lives, if just for a moment, to a different world of fantastic new ideas and possibilities.
This book is almost like a new series in the same series. I have really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to see what happens next.
those of you who have made it this far in the series are already familiar with it's numerous flaws...
-tedious diologue, usually centered around the fear that military success will go to the heoroes' head.
-unnecessary rehashing of the opening events of the series, as if we don't already know them.
-implausible villians, Campbell's universe is overflowing with paranoid, prudish, reckless and stupid characters.
-shrewish, unappealing female characters.
-books are short and formulaic representing poor value when compared to the Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan series' ,both of which are much longer and better written for the same price.
This new installment could have corrected some of these faults but instead, it magnifies them.
The epic, realistic and detailed space battles, which are the strong point of the series don't start until late in the second half of the book, be prepared for a hard slog to get to the good stuff near the end.
On the plus side, the next book in the series should hit the ground running based on the way this one left off.
I was very happy when I noticed this continuation series and the first book did not disappoint. As Geary gets his new mission to explore alien space he begins to uncover conspiracies of both alien and human origin which only lead to more questions. The alliance government has their own plans for Geary's mission that will probably be rather obvious to most listeners, as it was to me. Impactful, nevertheless. As more is discovered about the Enigma race the theories explaining their mysterious behavior become more robust and more baffling. They certainly aren't making Geary's job easy. There's a good bit of action in this one and one operation in particular that was quite the exciting race against time to carry out a carefully planned deceit for a daring rescue. The book leaves off with a massive cliffhanger. Fortunately for us, the next book's already out now :D
Another Great book. But why change to Beyond the Frontier? This should be the 7th book in The Lost Fleet Saga. It picks up just where the 7th book Victorious leaves off! Their is nothing in the book to warrent a new title. Anyway it's great!
Fan of the Amazon
The story is week, and the characters one-dimensional and trite. The first contact situation is confusing and not very engaging.
I think I'm not mr. Campbell's target audience. This book might interest enthusiasts of militaristic scifi, but I feel the characters are shallow and petty, which is in stark contrast to the overdone theme of honor and duty. The syndics are vilified in a manner reminiscent of the depiction of mid-20th century Hollywood Germans or modern day Islamists, without exploring the cultural differences or going into reasons for the previous war.
The aliens are mysterious without being interesting. The entire story could have been told against a backdrop of the age of sail and the discovery of the new world.
Tedious and repetitive internal monologues stating the obvious.
Did what could be done.
The captain of Dauntless
In a way Destroyermen is a very similar story, but it managed to engage me on a much deeper level. I actually like the characters!
Space Sci-Fi fan. Stopped 'Reading' books when I had kids and lost my spair time, lissen to Audio books now while I drive to work.
I can listen to it while driving to work without being interrupted by the kids at home while trying to read the book ! Way to go audio books!
The unexpected twists and personalities of the 'other intelligent life forms'
I think Christian has done a good job of trying to convey the mood (stress, happy etc). Jack Cambell's intro gave me a better appreciation of the difficulties in writing Science fiction.
This book was an excellent continuation of the original series while still starting a new phase of Black Jack's life. While I don't think you have to have read (or listened to) the first 6 books, why wouldn't you? The background from the previous books is helpful.
The narration is.... annoying and the story feels like a comic book soap opera of unbelievable and un-relatable characters and situations..
The use of an effeminate voice of the female character sounded like a satirical homosexual parody. The male character tone reminded me of a bad impersonation of a 1930 cinema gangster actor. Nothing that was said or done moved me in the slightest Overly dramatic tone and emphasis.
wondering how to submit for a refund for wasting my money on this order
not for me at all!
A dull, lifeless story that only seems to pick up in the last couple of chapters but even then still leaves the story unresolved. If this is how Campbell hopes to lure me to the next novel he has failed.
The characters are stiff and mechanical. The story repetitive and dull. The book has no spark at all.
In a word - Disappointed.
Don't want to spoil it for the next person..
I loved all of the characters. You feel as though you are part of the crew and care what happens next. Christian Rummel is so awesome you forget that is one person reading to you!
I listened to this book every spare minute I had, and then some! I love the Lost Fleet series and was so excited to see he was continuing on. The story is compelling! If you enjoy futuristic battles that feel realistic, probable and exciting than this is a must add to your library!
I'll start off by saying that this is the first book I've read from author Jack Campbell. After a couple of recommendations in the Audible reviews that this is a good entry point for the Lost Fleet series I decided to give it a go. Not having read the previous books I can only say those recommendations were given in error. While I could pick up on the general story, there was a lot of reference to what I perceived to be the previous set of books. It does not ruin the story but the reader loses the depth of the whole story.
This leads to my main complaint and that is that this book seems like other books in the middle of a long series: nothing seems to happen. Admiral "Black Jack" Geary is given a mission to explore "Alien" space and perform reconnaissance. Ok sounds good, except Black Jack spends most of his time dealing with military administrative constraints, such as lack of funds for repairs, etc. and then complaining about it. This is military minutiae to the extreme! Even after the adventure gets underway he gets involved in what I can only describe as a human resources nightmare. In my opinion, this just isn't stuff I want to read about. To be fair, towards the end of the book we do get some decent space battles, but it just wasn't enough to rescue the book.
I'm sure that Jack Campbell would not have the publishing career he has if he were not a good writer. For long time readers of the series, the plot may have built up to this tension between Black Jack and the "Government" but it was just too much office politics for this reviewer. I may go back to very beginning of the series and suggest new readers do the same. Overall I can't recommend this book except to perhaps long time readers who are invested in the series.
It wasn't the best, to say the least. Narrator Christian Rummel has good pacing, and enunciation, but his voices are just distracting, especially the female voices. They end up sounding like effeminate men, almost to the point of being comical. I wish more narrators would take the path of narrator Christopher Graybill and employ just enough inflection that the listener understands that a female is talking, but still using their normal voice.