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Guardian Audiobook
Guardian
Written by: 
Jack Campbell
Narrated by: 
Christian Rummel
Guardian Audiobook

Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Admiral Geary’s First Fleet of the Alliance has survived the journey deep into unexplored interstellar space, a voyage that led to the discovery of new alien species, including a new enemy and a possible ally. Now Geary’s mission is to ensure the safety of the Midway Star System, which has revolted against the Syndicate Worlds empire—an empire that is on the brink of collapse.

To complicate matters further, Geary also needs to return safely to Alliance space not only with representatives of the Dancers, an alien species, but also with Invincible, a captured warship that could possibly be the most valuable object in human history. Despite the peace treaty that Geary must adhere to at all costs, the Syndicate Worlds regime threatens to make the fleet’s journey back grueling and perilous.

And even if Geary escorts Invincible and the Dancers’ representatives safely unharmed, the Syndics’ attempts to spread dissent and political unrest may have already sown the seeds of the Alliance’s destruction...

©2013 John G. Hemry (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rummel's performance is so entertaining that he makes listeners want to hear how he'll perform the story. He populates the international starfleet military with a multitude of accents. While his female characters tend to sound alike, his men growl and swagger through space with brio." (AudioFile)

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    Dennis 05-09-13
    Dennis 05-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another 5 STAR Book!"

    This book is a bit different then the others, but still a great Lost Fleet novel. It has a cool twist to the story,and ends very well. There should be another book, but if not this one has a good ending. No clif hanger.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lonny Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-13
    Lonny Louisville, KY, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2013

    Sci-Fi geek. :)

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    "my all time favorite series"
    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Christian Rummel is a great narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I actually did listen to it in about a 48 hour period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I consider the "beyond the frontier" and "the lost fleet" the same series. And probably my favorite series of all time

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    noneya 05-09-13
    noneya 05-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another fine Lost Fleet Book"
    What did you love best about Guardian?

    Watching how people reacted to the Kix and the Dancers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. It showed how honorable these strange creatures are and how petty people can be at times. The tension in the book was very great, it was well built upon by the different situations Adm Geary finds himself in.


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    Hes always a solid reader and handles the many different characters well


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont take so long with the next book please :)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 05-09-13
    Hassan 05-09-13 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "Black Jack Going BackHome Again and Again!!!"

    oh Black Jack is back, and people are not as stupid as they were in previous books. Many challenges come in this boo, but to be honest i did predict some of them.. so they were not as sudden as i hoped they could be.

    I do love those funny moments when they come in these books, and in this one it had some fun fun times. you'll know what i mean

    Love the narration and the author and looking forward for the next book as this book will give you a good idea of what could happen in the next book, and how good it looks like it will be.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    aaron Murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-11-13
    aaron Murfreesboro, TN, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Two years was worth the wait!"
    Where does Guardian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I anticipated this books release and set my expectations very high. Jack Campbell has delivered some thought provoking military scifi action-packed novels featuring his boyscout Black Jack Geary. I hoped this to be of the same vain. WELL It more than satisfied my itch and delivered yet another well thought out plot and great action Strong characterizations that came alive with Campbell's depth and Rummel's masterful narration. Bravo - Bravo - Encore? Soon I hope! So the answer - One of my best reads!


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David snowflake, AZ, United States 05-09-13
    David snowflake, AZ, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great continuation of a series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book after reading the previous books in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best Sci-Fi series that I've listened to. I just started the series about a month ago and I finished all of the previous books in the series just before this book came out. The story is very interesting and well thought out. However, just like the previous books, this book has an open ending. It's not a cliff hanger, but there's no conclusion and you're left waiting for the next book to come out to see what happens next.
    Before you read this book, you need to read each book in in the series in order from the start because they all happen in sequence.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-15-13
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "Back to business..."

    This book, unlike the side-trip before it, returns to business as usual with the series, and is pretty good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-29-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "This is a super great series"

    You must read this series in order to fully enjoy it. I keep expecting the series to falter and the author just repeat himself and have lame story lines like many series do after awhile, but NO this has not happened. In this book Admiral Black Jack Geary and the Alliance first fleet are returning to the Alliance home worlds with an escort of Dancers and a captured Kix (Bear-cow) giant warship that they have temporarily called the Invincible. They are, of course, attack by Syndicate special forces but fight them off. On returning to Alliance space and repairs started on the fleet, the political intrigue begins. It appears the Alliance government spends most of its time fight among themselves. (sounds like our government) and getting nothing done. Geary is ordered to take 3 government council member to Old Earth to escort the Dancers as they want to go to Kansas. Lots of space battle scenes and suspense, a bit o humor and politics. Why the Dancers want to go to Kansas and what happened was/is a big surprise which I will not give away. A great story which Christian Rummel narrated beautifully. Can not wait for the next book.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Benson 05-28-13
    Benson 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Blackjack's adventures continue and it's great!"
    What did you love best about Guardian?

    I appreciated the slight modification on the "naval battles in space" formula used in previous books. There was more of a sense of mystery to this book that I appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    I do miss the introductions by the author, telling of different experiences in the military and how they informed his writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 05-16-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2013

    www.newimperium.org

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    "Everything We Love About this Series!"


    "Guardian" delivers everything we expect from Captain John "Blackjack" Geary.

    This series has turned out to be one of the best-running military sci fi series out there today. It is entertaining, optimistic and quite clean, in a Star Wars/Star Trek style but much more believable. The longer the series runs, the more comfortable it feels, both for the author's writing and for the reader's experience. With spats of humor (that sometimes, though rarely, fall flat), gripping space battles, and heroes you can really cheer for, this series hits the high points while avoiding too many cliches and pitfalls.

    This volume really brings everything together and throws some new stuff our way. Campbell clearly knows what we expect, and he delivers in a big way everything that epitomizes this series. We have space battles and ground battles, against the Syndics we so love to hate, as well as against new enemies. We have aliens that truly feel alien, about as far from human spinoffs as you can imagine. And we even have political machinations and some great character interactions.

    The pace starts slow at first, recapping recent events (it's been a while since the last book), but builds quickly and continually until the end, avoiding the dreaded cliffhanger. The characters feel like old friends by now, and part of the fun is knowing how they will react in a situation before they actually do.

    Overall a great addition to the series, and the good thing is that Campbell could go anywhere he wants with it at this point.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Meranda James Bucks
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    "excellent"

    Really enjoying my time in the future. Thanks to the Crew of the Battle cruiser Dauntless and author Jack Campbell thanks Meranda xx

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  • Leslie
    Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "good yarn continues"
    If you could sum up Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    electric yet predictable


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    very good as usual


    Any additional comments?

    overall I think the books are quite good, but I would class them as good for most readers but some will find the repetitive themes boring, younger readers will love them ( my 20yr olds love them)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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