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The ninth installment in the adventures of John Geary, all nine of which I've enjoyed.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
This is the ninth book in the Lost Fleet adventures of John Geary, which are told in a consecutive pair of military science fiction series. I am reading these books purely for entertainment, uncontaminated by flimsy excuses such as keeping appraised of the science fiction field (I'm an author as well as a reader), or wishing to learn from Campbell's handling of space battles (excellent though it is). I've read the first nine books in under a month. As you may deduce, they have entertained me well. Yes, they are somewhat formulaic, but the chosen formula suits my mood. Yes, the characterization is somewhat unsubtle, but I've rooted for the hero from the first chapter of the first book through to the final chapter of book nine -- and fully anticipate rooting for him through the remaining two books. A list of three things that I appreciated in book nine follows (medium spoilers ahead).... I appreciate that the latter part of this book progresses beyond the effort to return safely to Alliance space. I like Campbell's depiction of aliens. And I found the book's conclusion moving. I'll be starting book ten soon.
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).