The Lost Fleet: Relentless found its way onto the New York Times best-seller list...Now Victorious leads the charge again - and "Black Jack" Geary is in command....
As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral - even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.
Bonus Audio: an exclusive introduction by author Jack Campbell.
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I was hoping for so much more in this 6th installment of John Geary's adventures. I'm sad to say that Jack Campbell phoned this one in. As I've said in my reviews of the past Lost Fleet novels the man can't write romance and should quit trying. The last 45 minutes was the audio equivalent of a root canal.
Know your limits, Jack! Stick to what you're good at, which is naval strategy and military mindsets.
There are some great moments in this book that occur when the story is moved forward and not the strange character development stuff. I can't stress enough how bad the forbidden romance nonsense is, how melodramatic and forced on the characters it feels. The characters dialogue doesn't even make sense in these contexts.
Christian Rummel does an outstanding job reading the material. His voice acting is second to none, and each character gets a unique voice.
I've already purchased the 1st 'Beyond the Frontier' novel, so I have reason to hope the story gets back on track. I really do love this series. When it's good it's awesome. I just get frustrated by the melodrama. I'm sure there's a lot of people who feel differently.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
The final book in the Lost Fleet series sees the Syndicate Worlds fall and a potential new threat arise. This was an OK book. It didn't do a whole lot new, we have more space battles, we have some political bantering all of which has been done before in the series. The fleet battle wasn't anything special, we'd seen it all before, and the tension was elsewhere in this book. The Syndics weren't much of a threat as their fleet had been destroyed, but there were some interesting tensions between the Alliance fleet and the situation that they Syndic leaders put them in. It was fun, but it wasn't groundbreaking. The resolution and ending was fitting for our Fleet Admiral and Captain. Again, it wasn't unexpected, but it was done in a fun way.
Narration was solid, but that's nothing new for the series. None of the characters really stood out. Tulev and Bidea have probably the best accents in the series.
Overall it's a good book, and if you're invested in the series you owe it to yourself to finish it off.
Below is a review and summary of my thoughts on the entire series, since it was so long, it felt appropriate to summarize my thoughts on the whole series.
The Lost Fleet is overall a solid sci-fi series. It's a six book series, but it could easily have been a four book series. Four books would have taken some fleet engagements out, and tightened up the story, it felt like some of the middle books (mainly 3 and 4) contained a lot of filler. I thinkt he weakest book in the series is book 3, and the strongest is book 5.
The characters are a mixed bag. On one hand they're interesting, Geary is rescued after a century in an escape pod from the start of the war with the Syndicate Worlds. Tonya Desjani is the fearless leader of the fleet flagship Dauntless. Victoria Rihonne is a politician on the ship as a Diplomat on a failed diplomatic mission with the Syndics. We get to meet a few other characters that get developed, but there are hundreds of other fleet personnel that we never get to meet or learn anything about. We only really get into the heads of maybe 8 to 10 characters. Even those characters are somewhat one dimensional. Geary is the reluctant hero. Rihonne is the politican who has her own spies, secrets and more. Desjani is convinced Geary was sent by the gods to save the fleet. There's some adversaries within the fleet who either have no morals, or some twisted morals. The fleet itself is a character because of so many nameless characters. The fleet's charge first with honor has lead to countless casualties in the fleet.
From a story standpoint, it's a bit long in the tooth, but it's a good read. Geary is the "Reborn Hero" who is lead to lead the Alliance into greatness. At least that's what a lot of the fleet believes. Geary was rescued from Survival sleep after nearly a century after the war between the Syndicate Worlds began. Geary leads the fleet on a retreat from the Syndicate home star system. Fleet battles ensue with the Syndics as the Alliance makes their way back home. Some battles are more exciting than others. There's a few encounters that require the Marines accompanying the fleet to have ground engagements against the Syndics. Those are too few in the series. They're pretty exciting and well thought out. I enjoyed the Marines and their dedication to the Alliance and not any one individual. Perhaps some of the most interesting conflicts are not between the Alliance and Syndics, but involving the Alliance and the individual conflict between ship commanders and different factions within the fleet. Factions range from those who want Geary to become a military dictator, to those who want Geary dead so they can become a dictator. Other smaller factions exist to undermine Geary, but most don't pose much of a threat.
Christian Rummell does a pretty good job of telling the story with his voice and reading all the different characters. My only concern is his tone changes between books 4 and 5. He also changes the way he says Auxiliaries. At first he used the term AuxillEaries, but in book five it becomes Auxiliaries. I'm not sure why the change was put in so far into the series, but it is what it is.
Overall, the series is a good one, and I enjoyed listening to it. It's not a masterpiece, but it was fun. It could have been told in 4 books, but I may check out the Beyond the Frontier series at some point.
I've enjoyed the series, and the ending is well crafted.
The narrator has exceptional talent with a diverse set of voices, accents, and characterizations. The consistency of the portrayal of characters helped keep the story "alive" for me even though I took more than a year to listen to the entire series.
I would highly recommend the Lost Fleet books to anyone who enjoys space battles. However, I find it weird that the book covers depict the protagonist off ship in battle gear. Perhaps they are portrayals of the legendary hero?
I like the story telling and the narrator, I wanted to be Captain of a starship. This is great. Good
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I found the Lost Fleet series extremely enjoyable. This final book of the series was the perfect ending and start to the next round of books following Black Jack's adventures. Jack Campbell did an beautiful job of building his characters and the struggles they faced not only by war, but also to live up to their own personal view of honor. Very well done.
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After traveling through Syndic space, the war, the cost in life and ships, this conclusion gives satisfaction. All the trials of living every day just to fight the battles, many with overwhelming odds, comes to an end. The pace and dialog are witty albeit a little predictable. The problems Geary has to face are fun to watch and the tensions with Desjani and Rione keep it interesting. I laughed uproariously on more than a few occasions. Can't wait for more. The only complaint is that Christian Rummel took a slightly different voice rendition for the characters. I liked the renditions of the earlier volumes but it was still good.
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