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The final book of the Fleet Ops series finds the strike force on the run from the Brood. They enter a part of space un-corrupted by the Brood and find the remnants of the Yin civilization and place where they can rest and repair. They find another race of scavengers known as the “Junlo” who are “salvaging” Yin technology – technology that they may need to defeat the Brood. After they liberate the last of the Yin species from the Junlo he brings them to the Yin Space yard where they repair, re-arm, and resupply their ships. They also find a weapon that is capable of destroying the Brood. But will they be able to use it before the task force is destroyed? The space battles are relentless and exciting, each one more intense than the last. I found myself unable to put the book down, reading faster to get to the next page and see what happens. The final climatic space battle is incredible. Your only regret is that the book had to end.
With the third book of the Fleet Ops series, Captain Husher is in a coma and abroad the Providence after surviving the destruction of Relentless through the efforts of Jake and Fesky. The Providence, commanded by Admiral Iver, is still in the Pocket Galaxy and is being pursued by the “Brood”, an alien species controlled by an AI.
Husher finally awakens from his coma but things are in dire straights. The remain battle group, looking for some help from their previous allies the Scion, arrive at the Scion homeward to find it destroyed. Later, through some luck, the battle group finds a lone Yin, Calder, another alien species not friendly with the Scions but with extremely advanced technology. Calder agrees to help the battle group and leads them to the Tunderall, the ultimate warship developed by the Yin.
With the acquisition of the Tunderall, the battle group embarks on a last effort to defeat the AI controlling the Brood. Even with the remaining battle group and the newly named Relentless, all simulations for the final battle end with the destruction of the entire battle group. Survival does not appear possible.
No matter how one may look at it, the loss of the Relentless was a major setback for this small Earth Force trying to contain the Brood in a pocket universe. However, the people that used to man the Relentless, are all one of a kind and even on the Prosperity seemed to still identify with the Relentless. But the numbers of the Brood are overwhelming and it very much look like a foregone conclusion that the the Earth Force will probably have to battle somewhere soon in a last suicide mission trying to prevent the Brood somehow gaining access to normal space again. Suspense there are aplenty. So are a number of surprises, mostly of the unpleasant kind. And each skirmish is laden with a feeling of doom. Author Scott Bartlett with Relentless certainly created a fine military space force that embodies the finest in human endeavour under extreme threat. Which is also rather interesting as to the feeling of pride that envelopes the reader whilst reading this book. Enjoy.
The battle group has to be missing something. The brood has to have a weakness somewhere. If they can only find it before the battle group is exterminated. "Relentless" is the third and final installment of the Fleet Ops trilogy. Relentless is destroyed and Captain Husher is recuperating from his close call in book 2. While Admiral Iver is coming into his own, they desperately need Husher's battle intuition and tactical expertise. Husher's XO, Shota, tries to fill the gap, but with his ship gone he has no place in the chain of command. No matter what they do, the brood somehow always finds them and with each encounter, the battle group gets weaker. They urgently need a safe haven for repairs, new tech to defeat the brood, a way out of this "Pocket Universe", and they need Husher. The reader will find plenty of action and close calls in Relentless. I read through a good portion of the book wondering why it was entitled Relentless. Then came the Aha moment and possible solution to there problems. To be up front, I did receive an advance copy of the book but have purchased several of Bartlett's books. Hold on to your seats and stay away from acid!
This story is part of a series, book 3 of Fleet Ops. I recommend that readers enjoy the first two books first. As with the rest of the series the world building is exotic full of alien backdrops. The characters continue to be defined by the plot and it’s environment. This story is driven by the stresses that the characters endure in their service to mankind’s and their allies survival. The authors are masters of military sci-fi some of the best writing today IMHO. I recommend this book to all those that enjoy this genre but also anyone who enjoys a well written book.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
The Relentless may be destroyed and Captain Husher in a coma, but all is not yet lost in Scott Bartlett and Joshua James’ Relentless (Fleet Ops Book 3) and as a result we readers are in for a treat in this exciting tale. I’m not going to say anything more as I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I will say that it’s well told - and I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this book, but for me, this isn’t my favorite series from Scott. I found it a little hard to get engaged as I started this book, to remember what was going on in this series. But once I was caught up again I was engaged and reading right along. By the time I got to the last quarter of the book though, I couldn’t put it down.
So the big question: Is this the end of this series? It wouldn’t surprise me we haven’t heard the last of Husher and his crew. We’ll see.
BTW, Spacers is my favorite series. When is the next one Scott?
While escaping from the Brood, the ragtag fleet meets up with space scavengers and as they fight their way to freedom, they find that the scavengers were holding the last of the Yin captive. They free him and are rewarded with the Yin home world location. There they find salvation, but you need to read the book to see the final chapter!