A good way to get through the work day.
Another great addition to the series. I honestly wish this book was longer because I didn't lose interest for second.
As usual the author does a great job of building a story with twists and turns that will continue to throw you for a loop. He also leaves enough questions to have you begging for me of the story.
The narrator continues to bring extra life to the characters as he's done in the past books with great range and consistency. Was so sad to see this book end. Now comes the torture of waiting for the next book.
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.
If you enjoyed the previous books, you will probably enjoy this one also. I've been listening to about 1 Lost Fleet book per month; it's going be tough waiting for the next installment to be written when I get through what is currently available.
This book has great space battles but also lots of political content. It's a good story that grabs your attention quickly but at times it struggles to keep your attention due to long political battles
Falls in line with the rest of the series. Hard to put down once I started to read. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next.
Love the series, love the book. Really enjoyed it. Would recommend reading (listening to) it. As good as the others.