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Series: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
Author: Jack Campbell
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Geary is being given the run-around by the Political Leaders, sent to put out one brushfire after another, in hopes to wear down his fleet and destroy him as a threat.
And Black Jack gets the job done but in the process discovers that Responsibility has been completely abrogated and a worse threat than the Enigma’s maybe right in the midst of the both the Alliance and the former Syndic worlds.
I gave the previous book, Guardian, 3 stars because it felt kind of wishy washy to me.
Well, this book cleansed that feeling away in a wave of hell lance fire and pure awesome intrigue!
Geary continues to do his job while being actively worked against by his own government, even those friendly to him. The fact that he has not become Supreme Leader is a testament to Campbell’s writing skills, as that would be the easy path and solve a LOT of problems.
Lack of overly detailed space battles [like in the first 6 original Lost Fleet books] made this much more readable. It flowed easier, felt more polished and along with Imperfect Sword, really feels like Campbell [aka John Hemry] has come into his own as an author, almost like he’s found his footing for his audience.
The ending. It was awesome! I’m sure more astute readers will pick up the foreshadowing, but it completely went over my head and so I was punching the air, almost yelling, when we find out about the new threat. I was just plain excited. Because Aliens are cool and all, but autonomous rogue A.I.’s have always had a soft place in my heart as being the best bad guys 🙂