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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The only negative thing about this book is that the battles are weak and that I am a little fed up with the holier than thou attitude of the hero and his captain girlfriend, I mean you can take this honorable thing too far and I think that this series is getting there, I would just like Geary to just tell someone to get lost and shut up, just once.
I will keep on reading the following series because this is still a good series.
I made it to the "end" of the Lost Fleet series!
This book covers the conclusion of the Syndic/Alliance war and, of course, the beginning of the Enigmatic War. The story here, particularly the first half, shows the flashes of brilliance that kept me coming back over the course of six books. There are some great moments as the fleet returns to grapple with the Syndics and a plot twist that I genuinely didn't see coming, but once that little story arc comes to a close it kind of feels like the rest of the book was dedicated to wrapping everything up in a neat parcel despite that fact that it lays the groundwork for Dreadnaught and the rest of the Beyond the Frontier series.
I think that Mr Campbell's best work with regard to this series' characters is in this book. The Rione/Desjani adolescent sniping goes away and both characters manage to do some reasonably interesting evolving (although the love story really takes a hard turn into some rather trite dialogue - at least we don't have to deal with any more explanations regarding the impossibility of Geary and Desjani talk lest their respective honours be forever tarnished).
Overall, Victorious was OK. Not a glowing endorsement exactly but there you go. I'll not be carrying on with the next two series because, honestly, I just don't care about the characters at all. The Lost Fleet story was just "OK", it wasn't compelling. I think it could have been in two or three books rather than the six it ended up in.
With regard to the audio quality: Mr Rummel finishes up nicely, no-one's voice changes over the course of the series and he does an admirable job of differentiating the various characters (although Lieutenant Iger still grates). The only weirdness was the beginning of Chapter 7 when there's a musical interlude and the "Audible Frontiers" intro plays.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
Christian Rummel's performance is, as always, almost spot on. I can easily distinguish the voices, even the female ones, from each other. Not a minor achievement! If he fails to excel at any part of the performance, it's when the characters display strong emotion.
I won't recap the publisher's intro here. If you are considering this book, then you should just know that this is the last in the series, and wouldn't stand alone well. You wouldn't be totally lost, but the experience wouldn't be the same as if you start at the beginning of the series. Aside from the existence of hyperspace travel between systems, this is space combat with the normal laws of physics applied. It's also about political combat with all the laws of human self-interest applied. It's the story of humanity's attempt to end an internal civil war and deal with an almost unknown external threat.
I completely enjoyed this series and can't wait to start 'Beyond the Frontier,' which continues this story line for another three volumes.
First, as others have said, it's a well-written series of books with a lot of suspense and several intriguing characters. Reminds me of Star Trek Voyager in that the fleet is trapped deep in space, essentially. The reading is strong and brilliant.
Most like another great series, Star Force.
I like all three major characters, but Christian Rummel is truly amazing in capturing both the manly brave captain voice of Captain Jack, and the voice of the two strong female protagonists. Arguably the best male performance of two women I've heard--and he lends such strong sensuality and uniqueness to each woman. Amazing!
The whole series rocks
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
The series is well written. It is, however, predictable. I enjoyed listening to it, It was very "boys own adventure" in space. An impossible hero and an equally impossible relationship that works out in the end in perhaps the soppiest ending I have ever heard/read in my life. It made me smile. So yes it's cheesey and it's really really obvious, like a brick in the face but it is fun. I mean it's nice every now and then to get on a roller coaster, you know that the danger is false, you know what happens to you but you enjoy it anyway once in a while. That's this series.
Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.
Completely unexpected and simply couldn't stop listening. Went through all six books back to back. You'll find the premise of a calculated retreat in space from your enemies capital star system completely and utterly believable.
The descriptions of the strategy used to out maneuver the dreaded Syndics was creative and so well articulated you began to "see", to imagine, large space warships maneuvering into and out of position to out flank and out smart your opponent. I equate it to seeing numbers move when variables in equations display cause and effect (but that's just me!).
The narrative is so clear, you begin to understand the dance of warfare at the speed of light.
Honor plays a large part in the Lost Fleet, lead by the charismatic and honorable Captain John Geary. The narration of the players central to the story is spot on; it feels like you would imagine, character by character. Christian Rummel's description of the battles, the strategy, the relationships and the humanity is one reason I kept going into book 6. In all sincerity, I believed him and when listening to a book, more important, nothing is.
However wonderful the narration, it is the story of the Lost Fleet that will ultimately win you over. Trapped in enemy space due to your fleet admiral's murder during "peace" negotiations, you must find a way back to your Alliance star system with a ruthless enemy close behind.
Do you head straight back? What about provisions? What happen's when the enemy knows your coming through a hyper-gate, lay millions of mines at the point of exit and wait with pointed weapons for you to arrive?
And yet, through strategy and experience, you escape and live to retreat another day.
The story line between characters is wrought with emotion, feelings, betrayal, treason, and a learned respect for Captain Geary's kind and honorable consideration on all things love and war. I found listening to the other captain's in Geary's fleet, enjoyable - the differing perspectives was a nice touch - not everyone wants to do the honorable thing - some just want to leap in a kick the Syndics....well you know....just like they've done for years without consideration to their own losses.
Bottom line on the Lost Fleet: the strategy and descriptions of the narrow and harrowing space escapes was both Incredible and Fearless. Jack Campbell ran with a premise of retreat and never gave it up through the series - that consistency and the variance in how the Alliance lived to fight another day is truly well thought out and I have no doubt he spent hours with pen and pencil mapping out clever and creative exit strategies.
What he couldn't count, however, was Christian Rummel's narration and spot on interpretation of events that together, makes the Lost Fleet one of my top all time space epic story lines.
Good or bad - The Lost Fleet will be a movie someday and I look forward to seeing the imagery of space strategy dropped into CGI animation. The honorable and epic retreatism (Yes! That's now officially my word!) of this story proves both unique and fresh.
Well done Jack Campbell, I salute you sir!
A great book well written, very good story line, interesting plot, strong character development
This is one of the better space faring adventures that doesn't leave the reader grasping for your physics books.
these books in the series contains the same things that all humankind continues to deal with without getting too moralistic like the the future of Star Trek,
the feel of NAVY and that is a feeling not the actual. there is something about being in the Navy or Naval forces that is hard to define yet Jack can transpire his experiences to the page.
I love the series as it is part of my 2 hour commute twice a day and hated for it to end.
i like how he brought the story home overall i would say it was a good series,
good, not overly long
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