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4.0 out of 5 stars The fleet fights back, 4 May 2010
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Book six in a series of six military science fiction novels about the lost fleet. In an interstellar war between two groups of humans, the alliance and the syndic, an alliance fleet is lost behind enemy lines and must rely on man out of time John 'Black Jack' Geary to get them home.

Despite exposition to bring readers up to speed at the start of this volume are you really going to begin a series by reading the final book? Start with Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) to see if this series is for you.

So what can those who've followed this all the way expect from the final volume?

It runs 331 pages and is divided into twelve chapters.

After a little bit of exposition at the start we're then into political discussions between geary and the alliance leaders. These are pretty good and the pages fly by as you read.

Then the fleet has the mission that the end of book five set up for them to do. The battles that result are different from the ones before because the syndic is now facing lost resources and political infighting and how they respond to this becomes quite interesting. It can also result in a good amount of tension.

This section does lose a little bit of pace in it's second half though, but it's all resolved in a rather realistic manner.

The alien threat is also dealt with well, giving them a decent amount of page time, keeping them nicely enigmatic, and not dispatching them too easily.

Which just leaves the love triangle. It's been obvious from the end of book five how this will go, but will the two of them manage to get together, especially when one keeps putting their foot in it? Let's just say that the final chapter is pure hollywood, but It made me react in the same way as the characters who watch these scenes unfold do. And it also made for a very satisfying ending.

This really does wrap up the whole story nicely, but it does keep a few little doors open for possible future stories in this setting. And on the basis of this, I'll be back for them. A good final volume to an enjoyable series.
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