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Boundless (The Lost Fleet: Outlands Book 1) Kindle Edition
"An excellent blend of real science and space action. I enjoyed myself thoroughly from first to last page."--Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Oathbringer
"Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera."--Publishers Weekly
“Campbell builds compelling characters and surrounds them with authentic details of skirmishes in space, on the ground, and everywhere in between . . . a page-turner of the first order.”—Booklist
“Fans of David Weber, Ian Douglas, and John Scalzi should find plenty here to enjoy.”—SFRevu
"Campbell's genius is action in space."--Tor.com
"The story grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go. Strong characters, complex politics on multiple worlds, battles against impossible odds, this book has the whole package."--Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award-winning author of Cold Welcome
About the Author
- ASIN : B08GJVC9DZ
- Publisher : Ace (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1843 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593198964
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,055 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Those complaining about the price don't understand publishing. Giving the book a bad review because of the price only punishes the author, who didn't set the price, it's not going to affect publishing's pricing model. And the last time a book in the series came out, I paid hardcover price of over $25. This book cost less.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in this new series. Thank you, Jack Campbell, for writing more.
After having proven the existence of the AI fleet that imperiled all of humanity was created by his own government, Blackjack returns to the capital and presents his evidence to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate's guilty are determined to obfuscate the truth in a deluge of lies as well as victim blaming. Blackjack is forced to go on yet another long-term mission in hopes of getting out of the way until democracy prevails--but will it?
There's a lot of references I enjoyed, including to the short-run comic book series but newcomers will not have difficulty catching up. Admiral Geary just wants to make sure the Alliance continues but so much corruption, lying, and politics have infested it that it remains ever in danger of collapse. Even worse, he is viewed as a threat to his own people just because he's won the hearts and minds of the people through both victory as well as honest behavior. Jack Campbell remains determined to make sure that we know our hero will never betray democracy, though. Even when it seems to have utterly failed.
A thing that feels all too relevant these days.
The reluctant Black Jack Geary is back again and back again trying to save the Alliance, this time from himself and itself. New orders, a new alliance ambassador to watch over, and a new adventure call Geary out into the black and back towards the Midway star system where the newly formed independent system is still trying to survive.
Space warfare is a little light in this book compared to some others, but it's setting up for future books.
If you haven't read any of the series, I'd probably describe it akin to a procedural monster-of-the-week; the good guys mostly win and the majority of the protagonists survive. Space battles are not the WWII dogfighting sci-fi à la Star Wars; rather the jousting, fly by each other at 0.2 light speed/ fire control solutions happen by computer only type of space battles where the fighting happens in an instant and you're just waiting to realize who didn't survive the fly-by.
I managed to skip the one before this somehow, though there is enough
recap that I don't feel that I missed any plot points. The last Campbell
I read was a sea story which I really didn't care much for at all, but
in this setting he is as dependable as usual.
Having ended the Syndicate war, discovered, and to some extent dealt with
a hostile alien race and disarmed his own government's errant doomsday
devices, Black Jack Geary is off again this time to try and tie the
defeated Syndicate worlds hypernet to the Alliance's, and make better
contact with the enigmatic, but so far helpful, spider-wolf aliens on
the far side of Syndicate space.
As usual, apart from the very real external threats, Geary faces internal
threats a-plenty as his government would not be at all unhappy should he
fail to return from the dangerous mission, and neither the government
representative nor the hypernet scientists he is charged with ferrying
are at all what they seem. Not to mention getting shot at in person is
quite a bit different than having your ship shot at in battle.
Not everything is doom and gloom however, and there are some nice scenes
where Geary finally visits his homeworld 100+ years after being lost in
If you like this series, you'll like this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Boundless is the old friend where you pick up the conversation from the last time you saw them. It also sets the stage for the Outlands adventures to come.
We visit Midway which allows me to mention that I really need more LOST STARS books. I'm hoping the next 17 months will give us a Lost Stars book and another Outlands book.
Please sir, may I have some more.
Still, it is a very fine reading, especially for those wanting to understand something of the military mind.
May God keep blessing his work.