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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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Praise for The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier novels
“Absorbing…Neither series addicts nor newcomers will be disappointed.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera to launch a new adventure series…Geary’s Star Trek–like mission of exploration sets the fleet up for plenty of exciting discoveries and escapades.”—Publishers Weekly
“The story line is, as always, faster than the speed of light…Jack Campbell creates a terrific, unexpected spin to his great outer-space saga.”—Alternative Worlds
About the Author
“Jack Campbell” is the pen name of John G. Hemry, a retired naval officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving with the surface fleet and in a variety of other assignments. He is the author of The Lost Fleet series as well as the Stark’s War series and the Paul Sinclair series. His short fiction appears frequently in Analog magazine.
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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.
The character development has rather stagnated. All of the characters have grown basically as much as they will grow. All the manuevers have been used before, and all the encounters are basically rehashes of preivous battles. Even the cloak and dagger fights with the Syndics are basically reduced to raid manuevers.
I was enthusiastic for this series initially, and while the asepcts of the series that made it great are still there, its just all of the same at this point. All of the alien races that made the exploration beyond Alliance so much fun are basically gone, barring some mention and discussions about how they'll affect the society. But the story has jsut reduced to mostly political machinations and pawns being moved around the board. In the overall plot arc, this is the second book that has been a majority of repeated material
Steadfast starts off very slowly as Geary and company are on Old Earth visiting several sites (Kansas and England). The action picks up when Geary is almost kidnapped and a tense moment around the moon of Europa. The Marine assault was described so well here but soon afterwards the story slows again when much of the boom revolves around political manuevering within the Alliance government scheming against Geary.
The story again picks up when Geary takes a modified Task Force to return displaced Syndic refugees. From here the story is typical TLF action where we see series of space battles and a standoff between Alliance Army Groundforces and former Syndic "troublemakers". The book ends in a great space battle between Geary's task force and an Alliance AI designed to beat Geary. And of course the book ends with you wanting more.
The series has run its course and I wonder if Leviathan will be the last book. I enjoyed the interactions of Geary and Duellos. It is refreshing seeing their dynamic of Fleet admiral and Ship captain instead of Geary's usual interaction with Desjani. The introduction of pilots and their squadron was a nice little addition which I hope Campbell will incorporate more of.
Overall not the strongest book in the series but adds more new features.
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.
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