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|Book 5 of 6 in The Lost Fleet|
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0020BUX0Y
- Publisher : Ace; Original edition (March 24, 2009)
- Publication date : March 24, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1302 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 291 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,997 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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).
In this book, we get a lot more up-close and personal interaction with the Marines, who we follow for decent lengths of time as they liberate a POW camp. We also see the culmination of the fears Geary has had about the gates, and the suspected aliens, leading to an intense finale and ultimate showdown as the alliance approaches the borders of their home territory.
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 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.
Violence & Gore: [2.5/5] 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. However, we stay with the Marines a lot more in this one, and some of the battle field wounds, and fighting is covered when that happens, so the violence bumps up a bit in this one.
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. There is a scene where a character commits suicide, but it is describe in abstract terms, and is bloodless to the reader.
On an earlier review, I commented that Geary could not picture what he looked like to others. However, he now does- and it unsettles him. Now, it becomes evident: he needs a political counterweight, a staff to prep for coming boards of inquiry, and... a refuge, preferably a distant planet, for R&R.
Books 1-4 represent the refining nature of battle; only the best (and luckiest) ships and captains survive. In Relentless, the fleet rescues yet more Alliance POWs. Who will come with them? Even then, you feel vague dread that the Syndics are somewhere waiting for their chance to end his run.
Most important, there are the problematic Hypernet Gates. Useful, mysterious, powerful, and something else. Fleet officers analyze them, the forces involved, and regard them with suspicion. This is the most difficult discovery to accept. What do you think?
Top reviews from other countries
Enjoyable, gripping, full of action. Highly recommended.
The series (three books) of "Stark's War" by John G Hemry is also a good read, depicting in graphic detail what happens when Senior Officers lose the plot and ignore the consequences of their decisions and how it affects the "grunts" on the ground.
Story is simple but well written, yes it's predictable but in the same way a Bond book is. Good addictive story telling.
I would like to say that the author is listening to feedback on the earlier books, but although there is slightly less repetition of stuff we know it is still there unfortunately, and there are still painful/dull/silly scenes with Rione and Desjani.
Having said that I get the impression the book is shorter than previous instalments and whilst things progress nothing much new is added to the plot, so I must admit I was a bit underwhelmed, even a bit disappointed.
Overall, I have to say a good fun read, nice to see progress of the fleet but at the same time I could do with a longer book and less of the silly romantic/social interactions with President Rione & Captain Desjani - they are getting a bit annoying now.
In my view, this book, number 5 in the series, is of the same quality and possibly even better than the first, which given it is number 5, is some achievement. The politics have increased, the intrigue is great, and the way the series is coming together is special, something I've found other series have failed to do.
It still rankles that some things are explained in each book but for some reason, due to all that went on and the developing plot lines and the subplots that have come to the fore, it didn't bother me as much. The rate at which I am racing through this series concerns me in that soon I will be up to date.
If you like science fiction, military sci-fi, and space opera, then this series is absolutely for you