Leviathan (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5)

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Title: Leviathan

Series: Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4  of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 324




Geary tracks down the rogue A.I. fleet with help of the alien Dancers. He must destroy them at all cost or civilization, both of the Alliance and the Syndics, will fall.

But with secret black agencies working against him and the Government, can Geary do his job and still abide by the laws he believes are necessary?


My Thoughts:

Now this is a good military SF book. I like a main character who has character. I like space battles, just not too much [this book was balanced perfectly in that regards]. I like happy endings.

In short, this book is why I buy certain books in hardcover. I like it, I’ll re-read it in a decade or so and I want to have it on hand should I decide to do a year long re-read of all my favorite books.

I truly enjoyed the “If I do that, then they’ll do that, then I’ll do..” kind of logic chains that went on between Geary and the computers in the A.I. fleet which were coded based on him. How cool is that, fighting a version of yourself?

Since Campbell wrote 6 books in the original Lost Fleet series, I am hoping he keeps up the symmetry and ends this sequel series in the next book.


Steadfast (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #4)

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Title: Steadfast
Series: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #4
Author: Jack Campbell
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 417




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.


My Thoughts:

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 🙂



Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #3

Jack Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


At this point in the game, you’re either reading this series because you love it anyway, or you’re a sick twisted person who has some real issues with self-punishment.

thankfully, I love this series 😀

Really not a lot to say. More of the same. Which is good as far as I’m concerned. Just wish I knew if this was the last book or not.

It could have been, and in many cases, should be. But there was no big This Is the End of the Series. THE END.



The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #2

Jack Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I thoroughly enjoyed this. A lot happened, so the space battles were pared down, which I am completely ok with.

Several alien races, some good, some bad. And LOTS of politic’ing. Ends up with the fleet heading back to home with the spectre of old rivals perhaps in charge.

If I was Geary, I’d get my fleet ready,and just take over. And that is why I really like this series. Geary has a moral compass, and he sticks to it. Even when it is to his, and others[!!], disadvantage.

It is kind of odd knowing that he and Desjani are married, because they don’t act like it at all.

Dreadnaught (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #1)


Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #1

Jack Campbell

4 Stars


I dreaded this book, I have to admit. I didn’t see how Campbell could continue the series WITH Geary without losing much of what I loved about the original Lost Fleet books.

Thankfully, I was hugely disappointed 🙂 This was just as good as the previous books, and in some ways, better. There was not nearly as much explicit space battle tactics explained in painful detail. Whoohoo!

Geary is still Geary and dealing with a government that doesn’t want him, balancing those who hate him, love him, want to use him and want to kill him. And he has a wife. A strong spirited woman. [I suspect a good strong spanking might work wonders, for both of them ;)]

We get lots of kind of info about the aliens, and new ideas about them and it is made real just how ignorant humanity is about the universe they live in.

Good stuff! Looking forward to the rest of these…