I started read the Lost Fleet series years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the books. The books tell the tale of “Black Jack” Geary, a spaceship commander whose woken from suspended animation after a century. He finds that he has the most seniority in a fleet embroiled in a war that’s lasted for as long as he’s been asleep.
Far behind enemy lines, thrust into the role of admiral, can Geary lead the fleet back home?
That’s the premise for the original series. However, (mild spoiler) once Geary gets home, that’s where the series should have ended, in my opinion. The Beyond the Frontier series continues the story with Geary facing off against alien threats.
I found myself struggling through the first book in the new series and after finishing it, gave this, the second book, a while before reading it. I’d hoped that I was just tired of the concept and a little time would make it fresh again.
Unfortunately, this second book has just confirmed for me that I’m done with the series. The book dragged quite a bit. I noticed that it’s a hundred pages longer than Dauntless, the first in the Lost Fleet series. It certainly felt like that.
That’s not to say that Invincible is without redeeming features. The alien races were fun and interesting. Jack Campbell writes on the harder end of science-fiction, which is a welcome change sometimes from more action-oriented sci-fi. The battles, as well, were great as always.
I just think that the conflict is gone in other areas. Where in the original series, Geary had to battle with everyone in the fleet to get his way, everyone now follows his every order. There was plenty of conflict outside the fleet, but that only took up a fraction of the book. Geary giving orders and having them obeyed wasn’t interesting enough to keep me engaged for the rest of the book.
Overall, I give Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Invincible two out of five stars (3/5 on Amazon), meaning that it was okay.
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