I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
For going on half a decade, I've looked forward to each entry in first the Lost Fleet and now the Beyond the Frontier series. And every time I've harbored some little dread that this next one will be the one where it just cannot match what came before. That was particularly true when the war with the Syndics came to an end and some of the mystery of the Enigmas was done away with. But then came Invincible, which delivered two new alien races and space combat with truly intimidating adversaries who happened to be really cute, and the First Alliance Fleet and its commander proved up to every challenge.
Now, starting back at Midway with a standoff with a Syndic flotilla, Admiral Geary must tackle a new sort of fighting, one where is superiority in numbers and firepower are no substitute for sharp wits and decisive action. What's more, the duplicity of the Syndics seems to reach new lows, just as the Alliance's biggest trump card against the crumbling empire seems to be worth far less on the way back than when the fleet left Alliance space. Happily, there are more humorous breaks in the action, largely involving marines, quirky fleet engineers and Dauntless's rather...enterprising senior Master Chief. On the dramatic front, the author continues to delve into the psychological realities of naval crews and marines left to serve seemingly unending tours of duty fighting a war under unimaginable conditions and then faced with the sudden prospect of going home and having to live a "normal" life, or not, as the fleet's requirements dictate. And if tension verging on mutiny in the fleet weren't enough, political maneuvering back home is just as bad as was hinted in Invincible.
So with two hostile alien races, Syndics that won't realize they've lost, a fleet pushed beyond its limits, and politicians on every side ready to stab him in the back, Geary learns the Dancers will only negotiate after he takes them somewhere you'd least expect. Along the way, the author reinvents a few nautical traditions and throws in any number of technical details and character development that really help bring the Dauntless and those aboard her to life. And the additions to the universe that result as well as the revelation of just why the Dancers have come along with the fleet will make you wish it were May of 2014 already.
As the ninth book following Geary's adventures and the tenth book in the universe, Guardian remains remarkably fresh and does quite a lot to build a foundation for many new adventures. Forgoing yet another epic space battle after another, the author instead makes our hero confront a number of tactical puzzles involving enemy boarders, doomsday devices, and enemy ships that won't fight. Most surprisingly of all, it even managed to rekindle my interest in Midway enough to seriously look forward to the next Lost Stars novel.
There are a few editing goofs in the audio production, typically involving ship's names mysteriously changing mid-scene that isn't really a big deal. And though some pronunciations seem to have changed from one book to another, narration remains top notch. This is an easy recommendation, and yet another reason to pick up the series if you haven't already.
Its easy to assume that on the third book of a series that is a spin off of another series one might have lost their creativity - new and interesting challenges for the characters might be hard to come by. Not so. John G. Hemry (aka Jack Campbell) takes us on a great chapter journeying where in so many ways, Humanity has never been before. Picking up where the last Beyond the Frontier Book left off - Invincible - this story ends with almost endless options for where Black Jack and the fleet will go from there. This book doesn't make a lot of sense without reading the previous two Beyond the Frontier books, Dreadnaught and Invincible but I would suggest going back even further to the Lost Fleet series, before I'd start with the Beyond the Frontier books. Great narration - wonderfully written - with an authentic feel to the tactics, physics and political environment that all the books in these two series have been known for. Enjoy!
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Yes. Jack Campbell keeps pumping out terrific stories and Christian Rummel keeps pace with skillful narration. A great team.
Black Jack Geary. Where to begin? He is master of his fleet. Meanwhile, I can totally picture his frustrated face and air of resignation as he yet again is thrust into the the middle of greatest catfight in the galaxy. This battle between two strong willed, intelligent, and feisty rockets has been raging throughout the star system. Respect is due for Black Jack Geary as he steadfastly tries with every ounce of his being to keep them from ripping each other's eyes out.
He can throw out a dozen distinctive character voices with ease. Rummel knows these characters and they are brought to life through him.
Yes. When the chief intelligence officer aboard Dauntless first gazed into the face of the green haired lieutenant from another fleet ship. I could almost taste the insta-lust.
I cannot wait for the next book. I can sense the inevitability of the scene we (or at Ieast I) have been waiting for - the sweaty, toe curling, scratches on your back, wash the sheets twice the next day, interstellar threesome. I know Black Jack is up to this challenge.
Book one introduce many new characters. Book two was a spin-off and shouldn't really be called book two. Book three is a very well executed continuation of Book one.
Yes I am sure because of the stunning characterisation by Christian Rummel whose narration is up there with the best.
that would be a spoiler to the story.
He is a true 'voice actor' and I totally forget that I am just listening to one man telling the story.
No. It was just as I expected it to be - an excellent, gripping story.
Jack Campbell's character, 'Black Jack' Geary, could give a few Leadership seminars in business and management courses. Throughout the whole series he is the leader we all would like to be !
So this was another good episode in the Lost Fleet adventures, but I am getting very tired of the portrayal of Capt. Dijionni. She is a seasoned captain of a battle cruiser, not a 22 year old co-ed know-it all. Give her character more depth and something to say other than "I told you so", "Dauntless is the best" and "oh good we finally get to shoot something".
The portrayal of the women of the grand counsel is even more stereotypically flat.
I get these are simplistic space battle books, but after this many books the readers deserve better character development. Swap the listing of every ship involved in the battle for some people details.
First of all I like the series, This is a fast paced action packed novel . It is well worth the price and the time it takes to listen to the book.
The only 2 small downside I can see is that the book, does get a bit repetitive with every new star they have another deadly fight with the Syndics and the fleet pounding the Syndic CEO … The sexual tension is getting a little too thick, find a peaceful star system, let Gerry’s have a night or two together alone. That Is my suggestion. It will make the story flow better.
Narration Excelent as all ways
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Great 3rd book, MINOR SPOILER - I thought it was a great idea to ensure there was gov't snakes & backstabbing... Love the Geary character but there's always a dude in armor on the cover but he never leaves the ship
I love the more final frontier type books versus the lost fleet battle formations... Great series regardless & Rummel is a great narrator
Let me say that I have always enjoyed the idea behind the Lost Fleet! A Lost Fleet which struggles to overcome the odds from a saviour who is just a man. Yet, and I know it has been brought up before, I just can't get past his continual repetion of everything. It even goes so far in this book to repreat things he already mentioned a few chapters earlier!!
That part is irrating but the dialogue between BlackJack and his "Captain" make me want to shoot myself!! It is horrible and painful to listen to!
Again, I have listened to all of these books and enjoy the basic story and this book got much better at the end of the book but some parts make me want to pull my hair out.
Neither the writing nor performance has improved, overly cardboard characters, all female voices sound the same, the same tropes. I still give it 3 stars, its still good, but a bit of a let down from the stronger books earlier in the series. This one drops a lot of descriptions, new characters are just window dressing, and its shorter!
Less quantity, less quality, diminishing return on the series.
I was left with only fuzzy outline of what things look, or smell like, referring to what I conjured in earlier books.