New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell’s action-packed Lost Fleet series has propelled readers from deep space to the very edge of their seats. Now Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary embarks on a thrilling new adventure to defend the Alliance and safeguard the future.
Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.
To make matters worse, strains on the Alliance are growing as the Syndics continue to meddle. Geary is ordered to take a small force to the border of Syndic space. But what he finds there is a danger much greater than anyone expected: A mysterious threat that could finally force the Alliance to its knees.
As Geary spearheads a desperate battle to protect the Alliance against a shrewd and powerful enemy, he’s left with just one question: Who are they?
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Middle aged Male, lives in England, works for US Government.
The narrator really brings the characters the story and characters to life in my minds eye. This is another great book for this series. I can't stop listening. The characters and storyline is one of my favorite of all time.
The unfolding of some sort of Alliance conspiracy.
Blackjack of course.
The saga continues.
I just can't wait for each release. I hope there are 300 books released for this series.
A lover of good music, good stories and intelligent non-fiction.
I couldn't wait for this book to be available on Audible and now that I've finished it, I can't wait for the next one.
Never dull, never predictable, with brilliant writing and superb narrating. Campbell creates characters you want to follow and Rummel brings them to life. I sometimes can't believe it is just one person doing all those voices.
If you haven't listened to any of the earlier stories in the Lost Fleet Series or Beyond the Frontier Series, then I'm not sure how you'll find this book. It's good, and the author explains earlier happenings, but you really need to have read the earlier books to get the most out of this one.
Anyway, kudos to Jack Campbell for another great book and to Christian Rummel for another brilliant performance and I look forward to the next in the series.
Military and Science
...and better than ever! I really enjoy reading about the political side of this universe from time to time, looking forward to the next book.
Christian Rummel is always awesome, he along with a few other narrators are the reason I like to listen to the audiobook version after I read the ebook version.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Don't Trust Machines
Who else? Black Jack Geary. He continues on his streak of absolute domination over everything everywhere. Black Jack is literally running out of enemies to hate, pursue and destroy, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
This book seemed to focus on him a smidge more than earlier ones. Why? Because Geary deserves it. This guy has earned every second of story time. For Christ's sake, he's saved humanity's ass from complete annihilation what, about 14 times so far in this series? And along the way shacked up with the galaxy's hottest battle cruiser captain. In my opinion, the right call is for more Black Jack and less whining Alliance senators who spend their days waddling around the bridge bleating nonsense to Black Jack, backstabbing each other and second guessing Black Jack's every move. If I were him all three of those loud mouths would have been flushed out the airlock about 40 seconds after blasting off three books ago.
He has the right voices for the right characters and belts them out effortlessly.
Not really. At some point in my day I have to work and throw in some sleep. Bought it yesterday, finished it this afternoon. Good enough for me.
A solid addition to a top notch series. I would not put this one at the top of the rankings. But anything new about the adventures of Black Jack Geary and his wife Tanya, the ultra dedicated, motivated, space academy educated Captain of the Dauntless, and who in my struck in 161/2 year old mind's eye when it comes to beautiful women, does what she does best - takes charge and shakes that beautiful ass as she struts around her ship's bridge in that royal blue skin tight body suit / mini skirt uniform confident as hell and looking clean.
Books like this in a series like Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier is why I subscribe to Audible. I really enjoy a well written book performed by a great narrator, and there are few if any better teams than the two in this series. Jack Campbell's creative writing matched with Christian Rummel's professional narration keeps me coming back for more.
I have a feeling that the next book will be a doozy. Black Jack will have to be on top of his game and trust in his instincts if he is to lead his fleet to victory against an enemy blind to mercy and led by an A/I doppelganger that only he can understand and destroy.
I listened to the first series and enjoyed it. This series demonstrates much more mature writing, both in characterization and plot. Geary faces many moral dilemmas. Dejani doesn't whine as much. The other starship captains are real humans, not one-dimensional. There are many unanswered questions making life challenging and difficult for the protagonists. And, the events are not predicable. Very good writing and a good listen Strongly recommend if you like this genre.
This is one of the better Black Jack novels. I've read or listened to all of them. The overarching concept of both series is creative an holds our interest. The action scenes and battles are usually well done. But they all share two problems that keep them from being great. First, the dialogue is often too verbose. Second, is it just me or does Black Jack talk and sound just a little too much like Buzz Lightyear? 😎
I like the characters, as remarkably brought to life by Christian Rummel. I like the lessons of a universe in chaos where virtue and "core values" eventually bring order and victory. I like the rich complexity of the many political and social pieces of the Alliance universe. I like the mind expanding physics of battles that span light-hours of space, but where Einstein's rules still apply (at least within a star system). I think Hemry must be a clever, thoughtful guy (I was disappointed he didn't do a forward in this audio book) and I like his writing. Listening to these books makes me happy. But I may wait a few years before reading another one so that a couple of them can build up. I DON'T like waiting for a year between books!
I am getting tired of waiting an hole year for each and every book! SPEED IT UP Jack!!! You can write faster! Now about the book. As usual another great book. I just love this saga! I just don't want to wait a year for each book! Just when you think all foes are beaten NEW ones pop up!
If you're reading this then chances are that you are already familiar with the series. For me, Jack does a good job balancing details that bring the book to life- without bogging it down with inconsequential details.
The story itself is a pretty good one. I'm only halfway through but so far I'm enjoying it. Not quite as action-packed as some prior titles but the stage is being set.
The narration by Christian is as good as prior books. He has a good range of characters and IMO it adds to the story.
Overall, if you enjoyed the previous books in the series then this one is a definite buy.
A SciFi fan, roboteer and inventor. With a personal library over 2000 real books, 20 gig of bought Ebooks,and a gold membership here.
As I don't spend time on an audiobook that can't capture me in the first 10 minutes, all rank high in my spending of time. The narrator makes or breaks this. Even if the book in itself is great, I can't keep on listening with a narrator that doesn't meet my standards.
The transfer from a typical traveling dialogue to the classic Admiral Geary storyline. Refreshing, inserting a tad of otherness to the storyline.
When Dauntless without firing 1 shot solves the attack on Geary's shuttle.
Guiding stars, ancient earth, great struggle.
It's a huge change from the 6 lost fleet originals. I see a new trilogy in the Beyond the frontier series.
"A Great Stoery continuation"
I bought the whole series for listening to on holiday and was glad that I did, I couldn't take my earphones off once I started and cannot wait for the rest of this series to come along.
I would recomend these stories to other listeners.
Right, Audible is doing that annoying thing of asking arbitrary, pointless questions without letting me change them, so I'll answer my own questions anyway. I apologise in advance for any confusion!
There's a lot more to this one than the last book, and it rattles along nicely with some new and very different combat/potential combat and political situations for Geary to cope with you. The change between war-fighting operations and peace-time operations (and the various grey areas between) are very well portrayed, on personal and professional levels. In particular, as ever, I like the way Geary worries and runs through his options in his head, explaining his moves and why he makes them, rather than instinctively or intuitively jumping to the correct solution as many 'heroes' do.
All of them. As usual, Mr. Rummel does a superb job on the narration.
The book ends on a very interesting twist, albeit no more than the other parts of the series do. Frankly, Mr. Campbell can't write the sequel fast enough for me to find out what's going to happen next!
A great book, one of the best in the series, I'd say. A good mix of action, politics and personal issues, and a good mix of types of action to.
This book stops in not so much of a cliffhanger, it's more like a car crashing into a brick wall at 100mph
I liked welcoming back the characters but it finishes so abruptly it feels like some chapters are missing!
As someone who has all the Lost Fleet and spinoff audio books as well as the printed ones, I feel Christian brings alive the characters so that anyone would want to hear more about the admirals adventures!
Not with its current ending.
Poor ending, to many loose ends!
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