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Victorious (The Lost Fleet, Book 6) Paperback – January 1, 2011
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- Publisher : Titan Publishing Company (January 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0857681354
- ISBN-13 : 978-0857681355
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.63 x 1.14 x 7.8 inches
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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).
Victorious is a worthy end to this series as Captain Geary takes his fleet to the Syndic home system to confront the mysterious aliens. His fleet has faith that if it comes to war with the aliens, Black Jack will lead them to victory, but Geary isn't so sure. He is worried about the firepower of the aliens, and just the strangeness of them, the fact that they don't think the same way as humans.
I like the attention to the little details such as the effect of light years of distance upon devising battle strategies, or even just communicating with other ships, and the need for auxiliary fleets to manufacture replacement supplies. In the Star Trek era, we've grown accustomed to thinking of space travel as fairly comfortable- luxurious even, but this series is probably much more realistic. The ships do run out of armaments, they don't have food synthesizers, holodecks, or transporter rooms.
In this book there seems to be a little more symbolism tied to politics on earth- the rapid crumbling of a super power as a result of the Alliance whittling away at their supplies and ships, and the internal rebellion against a totalitarian regime.
There's also the Alliance fleet, sent to fight a seemingly hopeless battle with ships that are poorly designed for war, because the politicians who approved the ships did not talk to anyone in the military about how they should be designed.
This is a terrific end to the series, and I can't wait to start the next series.
Geary has managed to get the fleet all the way back into Alliance territory, and he has managed to make use of the technology that the brilliant Captain Cresida invented, to stave off disaster with the hypernet gates. Now, safe for the moment, a lot of things happen very quickly, many of which were predicted by Geary's officers. But, once the initial political issues are dealt with (I won't say how ^_^), there are more immediate concerns.
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Geary is tasked with leading the fleet back into Syndic space, this time with the aim of ending the war, for good. The fleet is given minimal time to repair the worst damage, resupply, and lick their wounds, and then sent out again. The Syndics are reeling, their fleets have been (mostly) destroyed, and the alien threat is looming large. Many of the Syndic star systems are in open revolt/civil war and everyone is looking to Geary for leadership and answers (poor Geary must be popping antacids like skittles at this point).
The story ramps up to a major confrontation and satisfying conclusion, then it takes a turn and provides a nice setup for the next series that continues where the Lost Fleet leaves off, the Beyond The Frontier series (see, because, they aren't lost any more). The ending of the book is especially nice, and long awaited. I highlighted like the last 10 pages of the book. Very sweet, and very satisfying payoff to a long-running story thread.
The Lost Fleet series is one of my favorite Military Science Fiction series, and frankly, it is one of my favorite series, period. It is a story told in the grand tradition of Star Trek/Star Wars and epic space operas in general. The Lost Fleet series is what got me majorly hooked on Military Science Fiction, which lead to me discovering other excellent series after that, such as the Man of War series by Honsinger, and the Frontlines series by Kloos, and the Shadowstorm series by Almasi. Read it, you won't be disappointed.
Book Content Guide For Parents:
Sex & Nudity: [1/5] sex is discussed in the book but not described, and it is all past-tense. There are minor romantic interactions, such as kissing.
Violence & Gore: [1/5] fairly minimal-- almost all of the story takes place aboard the space ships, so any violence is via naval space battles, which do result in the deaths of people, but they are never described, so feel very abstract.
Profanity: [1/5] minimal, not nearly as much or as often as you might expect from a military science fiction story.
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: [1/5] minimal. No smoking or drug use, and only minor alcohol use.
Frightening/Intense Scenes: [2/5] the ships and crew are in mortal danger pretty much all of the time while behind enemy lines but nothing like a character being chased down a dark hallway followed by a homicidal maniac.
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6 books of will-they-wont they. SIX. BOOKS. And when it FINALLY happens , its over in like a page, there is no amazing lovemaking scene, or anything YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME.
On to the Enigma race...i'm just going to assume there is another series addressing them as otherwise why introduce one of the main protagonists in the plot just to end it there?
Despite exposition to bring readers up to speed at the start of this volume are you really going to begin a series by reading the final book? Start with Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) to see if this series is for you.
So what can those who've followed this all the way expect from the final volume?
It runs 331 pages and is divided into twelve chapters.
After a little bit of exposition at the start we're then into political discussions between geary and the alliance leaders. These are pretty good and the pages fly by as you read.
Then the fleet has the mission that the end of book five set up for them to do. The battles that result are different from the ones before because the syndic is now facing lost resources and political infighting and how they respond to this becomes quite interesting. It can also result in a good amount of tension.
This section does lose a little bit of pace in it's second half though, but it's all resolved in a rather realistic manner.
The alien threat is also dealt with well, giving them a decent amount of page time, keeping them nicely enigmatic, and not dispatching them too easily.
Which just leaves the love triangle. It's been obvious from the end of book five how this will go, but will the two of them manage to get together, especially when one keeps putting their foot in it? Let's just say that the final chapter is pure hollywood, but It made me react in the same way as the characters who watch these scenes unfold do. And it also made for a very satisfying ending.
This really does wrap up the whole story nicely, but it does keep a few little doors open for possible future stories in this setting. And on the basis of this, I'll be back for them. A good final volume to an enjoyable series.
The books are about a fleet, trapped in an alien start system that is at war with the one the fleet comes from. A captain, John Geary, who was in the first battel of the war a hundred years before has been rescued from a suvival pod. The commander of the fleet and other senior officers go to negotiate with the enemy and the commander nominates Geary as his successor because of his seniority of rank, The commander and he officers are murdered by the enemy and Geary takes command.
Over the hundred years the fleet tactics have degenrated into mad charges regardless of casualties.
Using his experience and training Geary turns the fleet into a lethal tactical force to fight their way back to their own star system.
I did wonder how such a story could be stretched so far without becoming boring hwoever it never did.
With the various threads of the constant battles, the varying threats, the internal conflicts betwen the various factions and personal relationships on board the flagship the story never lags. Here we have real space opera and a good human story all rolled into one.
In fact I enjoyed it so much that I ordered books one and two of "The Lost Fleet Beyond the Frontier" before I had finished this set. I can say that that is a continuation of the story but going even further. Not only that I have been ordering other books by the same author. He is great.
I confess that I bought the first book in the series purely out of curiosity, and really not expecting too much. To my surprise, I quite enjoyed it, and kept coming back for more, until here I am, at the last. They are undemanding reads with two good female co-stars, strong, if somewhat repetitive, characters. Mr. Campbell does a good space battle, and is especially good with the distances and times involved (the fact that light takes time to cross distances in space, and that therefore things can only be seen sometimes hours after they happen). There is also a refreshing absence of "technobabble" - it is a given that there is the ability for spacecraft to "jump" from one star system to another, and that there are (unstated) fuels that can somehow drive these ships. These things don't exist, and probably never will, but, hey, who cares? Just assume they do and enjoy the ride.
One annoy ance is a poor standard of edit ing. It's quite comm on to find breaks in words that act ually don't have breaks. This hap pens to a surp rising extent.
Story is simple but well written, yes it's predictable but in the same way a Bond book is. Good addictive story telling.