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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Steadfast Kindle Edition
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“To round out what makes the Lost Fleet series, and Steadfast in particular, great reading is the characters...Fans of the Honor Harrington series, Star Wars or Star Trek, or any other military science fiction series will enjoy [this] series.”—Sporadic Reviews
“[Steadfast] was emotional, humorous, packed with social commentary, and we got to see more space battles where the combatants take every advantage they could out of the laws of physics.”—Amazing Stories
More Praise for The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier Novels
“One of the best military science fiction series on the market.”—Monsters and Critics
“Once again, the visceral action comes fast and furious...Well up to the high standards established by this intriguing series.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[An] entertaining entry in an always-enjoyable series…Something to be savored.”—SF Site
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- ASIN : B00FX7LVS0
- Publisher : Ace (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1319 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,605 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once Campbell found himself dealing with matters that needed fixing by Geary, whether it was combat or personal interaction, the book picked up. Geary grows as a leader, using his ideals and conduct that seems "old fashioned" persuade people to take the "right" action, rather than the self-interested action. There's a bit of cartoonish general in the book that embodies the worst of the career bureaucrat that Geary neutralizes nicely.
One complaint I have about the book - it felt a bit like filler in the series. We've been told that there are forces in the Alliance that are being built to confront Geary and keep his influence in check, and that there is a leader waiting in the background to lead those forces. We don't see any of this in the book until nearly the end. The entire book is a bit of a set-up to perhaps a significant confrontation in the next book. While the story developed the main character, it felt a bit of letdown for the real showdown to be put off to at least the next volume.
One theme from the book that was clear was the author's message that a government keeping secrets against it's citizens is a government that is rotting from within. This point was hammered by Campbell so many times you have to wonder if he is making a statement about our current state of affairs. It's a theme he plays on greatly...too many secrets for the wrong reasons leading to disaster.
Sorry but the story is falling apart, because no one, regardless of how honorable would allow themselves to be toyed with repeatedly, especially when their own lives were at stake, not to mention their nation, and especially when that person had more than enough power to do something about it.
About my reviews: I try to review every book I read, including those that I don't end up enjoying. The reviews are not scholarly, but just indicate my reaction as a reader, reading being my addiction. I am miserly with 5-star reviews; 4 stars means I liked a book very much; 3 stars means I liked it; 2 stars means I didn't like it (though often the 2-star books are very popular with other readers and/or are by authors whose other work I've loved).
We don't get an explanation who the military defending the planet in the previous book and I find that to be a disappointment. Still, we have a decent plot about trying to retrieve two lost crew members stuck on a planet under the strictest biological quarantine. There's less space opera fleet battles in this book and I think it benefits from that as Black Jack trying to figure out a way to solve a non-military problem is more interesting than watching him pound fleets with genius tactics.
At least for now.
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That said, I do believe this is a stepping stone book that will continue what has been a great series and I am looking forward to more in the BTF series as well as Lost Stars! Bring it on Mr Campbell.
The syndicate in disarray, the enigmas keeping their heads down and the kicks so far away that humanity could rise to the challenge when they needed to.
I was expecting the next series to be set Alitalia down the line with Geary leading a fleet against the kicks,
but Campbell hasn't finished with this thread yet.
The earth system is hilariously beaurocratic and Geary has a few hurdles to overcome before returning to the post war swamp of alliance space.
Overall a book that zips along and was finished too soon for me! Roll on the next one!
On another note the Alliance's politicians are so relentlessly duplicitous that Jack's loyalty to the Alliance govt must surely be exhausted. They clearly need sweeping away and at some point any reasonable person would realise "they're trying to kill me."
A good series but I'll wait for the tanks to refuel before buying the next.
This series is great but you kind of get the impression the author is running out of ideas with the last books
I still love these books and recommend them
I've already pre ordered his next book too, which is due for release on 15th June.