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Guardian: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 3 | [Jack Campbell]

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

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.
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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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    David & Barbara Allen 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Continues good story line"

    I continue to like the story line and the progression. I like the some what practical approach to science fiction physics

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sutton Tulsa, OK 03-12-15
    J. Sutton Tulsa, OK 03-12-15 Member Since 2014

    The Yellow Dart

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    "Best in the series!!"

    I've listened to all of the Lost Fleet and the two before this Beyond, and this is certainly the best in the series so far!! Great book, good story, creative, original, and very entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Las Vegas, Nevada 05-09-13
    William Las Vegas, Nevada 05-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Black Jack's endless Saga Continues"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 05-08-13
    G.Monie Queens, NY, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2015

    " I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.

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    "Ending? The war & politics don't end!"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. A. gurley Saigon, Vientam 05-23-13
    M. A. gurley Saigon, Vientam 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I can't take it anymore!"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan United States 05-23-13
    Ryan United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2015

    William_Edmonds

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    "Seeing diminishing return on the series"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 02-24-14
    Cheryl 02-24-14

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    "PLEASE STOP making Capt. D. so 1 dimensional"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Vancouver, WA, United States 02-04-14
    Ryan Vancouver, WA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "the lost plot, beyond bad"
    What disappointed you about Guardian?

    Spoliers: This book had zero plot, unless travelling home to alliance space is a plot. Apparently the syndics are the enemy despite the truce, but not really, because they are controlled by a secret service type organization. But this story line, just like all the others, goes no where. Thought maybe there would be a twist or something but nope. Nothing happens in this book. Nothing happens with the captured alien ship. Nothing happened with the enigmas (remember them?) Nothing happens with the bear cows, nothing happens with the dancers, and nothing happens with the syndic secret service. Seriously did not care two "bear cows" die, or the amount of time spent on the ghosts in the ship, what the heck was that all about? Who cares? And wow how annoying has Desanji become? To cap off this story that is going nowhere, the culmination is getting preached to about global warming? wow. You have got to be kidding me. And the returned explorer at the end? Again, who freekin cares, what did that have to do with the entire book I just read? This is really bad. this series is dead. Horrible.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    narration was fine.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Morrison Mckenzie NC 12-10-13 Member Since 2014

    Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.

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    "Admiral Geary--The Hen Pecked Savior of Humanity"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not likely. The first books were fantastic but now our protagonist has become a wimp--no self esteem--no trust in his own decisions--and a wife that is a bitchy captain on his flag ship. If you have any self respect left in your marriage leave this one alone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Campbell? Why or why not?

    Based on the start of the "lost fleet" series I hope Mr. Campbell can get back to telling his story and leave his personal laundry problems behind. He is a good writer, but something pushed him off his path with this book.


    Did Guardian inspire you to do anything?

    Complain


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    Indy United States 09-16-13
    Indy United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Nibble Nibble..."
    If you could sum up Guardian in three words, what would they be?

    Is that it?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I really wonder at how long he plans on writing these novels. I feel like just as the plot gets moving, it's done. While I enjoy the series, I leave feeling a little frustrated wondering how long I will have to wait until I get the next few days of action.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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