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Steadfast (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier Series) Audio CD – Unabridged, November 4, 2014
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New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell’s action-packed Lost Fleet series has propelled readers from deep space to the very edge of their seats. Now Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary embarks on a thrilling new adventure to defend the Alliance and safeguard the future.
Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.
To make matters worse, strains on the Alliance are growing as the Syndics continue to meddle. Geary is ordered to take a small force to the border of Syndic space. But what he finds there is a danger much greater than anyone expected: A mysterious threat that could finally force the Alliance to its knees.
As Geary spearheads a desperate battle to protect the Alliance against a shrewd and powerful enemy, he’s left with just one question: Who are they?
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 4, 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1491549602
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491549605
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,431,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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).
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.
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.
As I wrote, the book is not really going anywhere. It is just one problem for Geary to solve after another and all of them are created by various more or less intelligent (usually less) political manipulators and career hunters. Geary has recently come back after having discovered not one but several civilisations, all of them travelling the stars but not all of them friendly. Even the [censored]politicians in these books should start to get concerned by this. But they continue with their political machinations as well as trying to cut corners and costs for the military.
To constantly read about these [censored] politicians, their screw-ups, the constantly failing hardware and Geary having to wade through this swamp of political nonsense seeing his fleet gradually being whittled down is tiresome and not at all fun reading. It is really a shame because when the action starts it is quite good. The fleet action is among the better ones around. So are the characters, at least the ones that are not in the political [censored] camp.
I really hope that this series will be shaping up and that the next instalment will bring not just be another string of screw-ups for Geary to solve, tone down the political [censored] and bring back some focus on a larger goal, preferably involving some of the aliens.
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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.
Jack Campbell gave up providing star charts for his novels around vol 5 of the original series, but 4 charts compiled from the descriptions and brought right up to the current volume are available free at [...] You can argue with them if you will!
I've already pre ordered his next book too, which is due for release on 15th June.