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Best Book in the Series,
This review is from: The Lost Fleet: Victorious (Kindle Edition)
The Lost Fleet is a series very much in the old school space opera that was popular in the sixties and seventies. You are not going to find yourself struggling with disturbing imagery or plots that twist so far and fast that it's hard to keep up. It's straight forward, honourable and your granny could read it without feeling offended. This is not a bad thing at all. I read many more 'challenging' books and they have their place, however once in a while a bit of popcorn is fine and this is the literary equivalent.
The series is not perfect as a whole. The first book was good enough to get me interested whist the second and third leveled out. By the forth and fifth books I started to think that Jack Campbell had run out of steam and was treading water, however just in the nick of time just like the hero of the books he managed to pull it together and finish with a flourish. Victorious has rescued the series from the doldrums of the fourth and fifth books well. I also think that the writing has improved as well. Jack Campbell isn't going to challenge Neal Asher or Hamilton but he has an easy style that works well in the space opera field.
Without doing any spoilers we have Jack Black getting the fleet back to friendly space more or less intact, a bit of political intrigue and then the final battle. Not quite the end as the alien back story is then brought to the front and I think will probably become a much more interesting follow up series.
Characters are well written for the genre they play out in although the constant "Black Jack thing" wears a bit thin. the technical side of battles has always been a strong point of Jack Campbell as he has given real thought to the mechanics of dealing with vast distance and time. It isn't going to make your brain bleed in any way, but it adds enough detail to give weight to a generally lightweight series.
Overall I would say that you couldn't go too far wrong if you are after an un-challenging space opera sci-fi series. The standard of writing gets better through the books and my gut feeling is that the alien story line will prove to be quite a good one as Jack Campbell carries on with Jack Black Geary.