Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary earned his rank after being revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance to victory against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, Geary is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet - and himself - in harm's way.
An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary's fears. Attacked without warning, he orders the fleet to jump star systems - only to enter the crosshairs of another hostile alien armada. Ignoring all of the First Fleet's attempts to communicate peaceful intentions, this system's species sends its ships into battle on suicide runs while it guards the exiting jump point with a fortress of incalculable power.
Now, with a faction of his officers determined to eliminate this new threat at any cost, Geary must figure out how to breach the enemy's defenses so the fleet can reach the jump point without massive casualties - even though the enigmas could be waiting on the other side.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Jack Campbell.
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The Lost Fleet universe really expands in this book. With the first six books taking place between Human settled worlds and Human factions and only hints of alien inhabitants, Campbell really makes good on it here, as we explore regions beyond Syndicate space and discover just what else is out there. Unfortunately (or fortunately if you're a fan of this) the story still has a linear feel due to the sole viewpoint, and an obvious military theme to it all, as we remain with Admiral Geary aboard his flagship Dauntless.
The narrator has definitely gotten comfortable with these characters now and reads them like a pro. Also the number of side plots and characters continues to slowly grow, making the universe feel ever larger with each successive novel.
For all the wait between books, however, this one feels way too short! We're definitely left hanging with what feels like a long way to go, making me wonder if the Lost Fleet series will also end up being six books or more. One thing that comes along with the new aliens and growing number of side plots is that there is now much more room for Campbell to spread out and explore much more of this universe. An Author's Note at the end of the hardback version mentions that Campbell is planning to write a side novel set on the Syndicate worlds next, so it sounds like that expansion is definitely going to happen.
Part of the reason for such a good review is that I have become a fan of the series and can forgive some weaknesses in the writing style and such. But Campbell has definitely improved since the beginning. These characters feel like old friends, even though at times it is annoying that they still go through some of the same arguments and attitudes they've always had with each other.
Overall Campbell may not be a literary genius and his work may not blow you away and change your perceptions of the world, but nevertheless this is clean, intelligent military sci fi with an engaging story, and a great read for entertainment purposes.
Really love the lost fleet series, and this book did not disappoint. I got it the first day it came out. I have listened to all the books several times, and I always find something new. I can hardly wait for the next book.
This was an enjoyable return to the series - taking up right where it left off. What this novel brings is a GREAT expansion in the depth of the series as well as a tantalizing hint of what's to come in the next novel.
The world isn't as small as humans were lead to believe - and perhaps some of the Syndicates survived when the Enigma came and took back several star systems. But humanity may not be the Enigma's greatest concern.
I really enjoyed the inventiveness of the different species. Perhaps this is because I am new to the genre, but I find his world to be truly fascinating and unique compared to what I'm used to with Sci-Fi tv/movies.
I love all of his different voices.
I'd recommend this book to others... I found it to be a very entertaining read, as with the rest of the series.
Addicted to Audible.
I would say that Invincible: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier ranks among the top 10% of all the audiobooks I have listened to so far. This is good storytelling that has science fiction, physics, intrigue, and politics all rolled up neatly keeping the reader interested all the time.
I can't compare this to another series. To me this is very original. This isn't like Old Mans War or Star Trek or Star Wars.
Christian Rummel is able to change his voice without distracting you and also doing it accents and female and male tones...It makes me wonder how he remembers the different voices because some characters don't talk very much like once or twice a book and yet they match.
No, I was constantly anticipating different things so it was more like that.
I can't wait for the next book.
The restoration of moral values
Excellent voice and good character representation
Story gets a big drawn out with the time explanations but over all a good and interesting read.
If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.
It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.
My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.
I said it was petty.
Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.
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.
This second book finishes the mission started in Dreadnaught, getting the fleet back out of alien space. I particularly like how the non-humans are portrayed as completely different and not at all human like.
I also appreciate how Jack Campbell has spent some time dealing with the inevitable communication issues between to completely different species. Why is it that in most other books the 'Aliens' simply speak English? Or at the very least already have the technology to translate themselves?
There are still some very nice space battles, but there seems to be more effort put into diplomacy and solving personal issues within the fleet.
Another solid ‘Black Jack’ book, if you liked the first one in this spin off you'll like this one.
A good way to get through the work day.
Just got real!
When they ran into the spider wolves.
Badea's accent is pretty funny.
The battle against the kics.
This is one of the best books out there. All 8 books don't have a dull moment between them.
They are read VERY WELL. Action packed! I can't wait for the nexted book to come out!!
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