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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 19 May 2013
I mostly enjoyed reading this latest instalment of the Lost Fleet - Beyond the Frontier series, but not quite as much as most of the previous volumes. I largely had the same feeling I had with the previous volume and a sense of "déjà vu". The book "recycles" many of the features that have already been used in previous volumes, including the romance and bantering between admiral "Black Jack" Geary and his flag captain, the devious and unscrupulous "Syndicate" regime who seems to be crumbling forever, and the "almost-as-devious" politicians of the Alliance. Even one of the "new" characters, such as a young lieutenant with green hair, seems to be a recast of a previous character "killed off" in a previous volume.

Having mentioned this, the book also has some of the qualities of the previous volumes and a number of differences. For starters, there are no huge and desperate space battles pitting numerous enemies against Geary's veteran, worn and torn battle fleet. Instead, as the fleet struggles to return to Alliance space through the Syndicate Worlds, there are a series of smaller engagements as the latter spring one trap after another to destroy it, despite the peace treaty that supposedly ended the war against the two superpowers. These engagements are rather well thought out and well told, with these being perhaps one of the best parts of the book.

Another piece which is emphasized rather more than in previous volumes is the political upheaval in the Alliance as the "Lost Fleet" once again returns victorious from a mission it may not have been expected to survive. While the author, like many ex-members of armed forces from a number of countries that have recently been involved in wars, may (understandably) have little sympathy for self-interested "politicians", the way the squabbling senators are presented in the book felt like a caricature at times and did not entirely ring true. I was also rather confused (but perhaps was I meant to be?) and failed to identify the various factions that the senators was supposed to represent. I am still unsure as to what exactly each of them was supposed to stand for, apart from the personal rivalries that they seem to indulge in. My credulity was somewhat stretched to the limits by some sweeping generalizations, particularly when one particularly disenchanted senator "self-confesses" that they are all professional liars.

While the author does make some effort, particularly at the beginning of the book, to fill in the reader with events that have taken place in previous volumes, a number of features - such as the decision of some of the Alliance's allies to pull out, or the importance of the "errand" given to Admiral Geary - are left unexplained (or unsufficiently explained).

The "new" enemy that they encounter felt also like caricatures while the "moralizing" tones of the inhabitants of the planet that they rescue towards the end of the book felt somewhat "naïve". In any case, I would have liked to learn more about the history of the Alliance, and of Man's colonization of the stars, but there was very little about this in this volume. There is also very little new about the alien races. Apart from some moralizing lessons for humans (again!), these remain mostly enigmatic (no play on words intended).

While still a good read, I was a bit disappointed by this volume...
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VINE VOICEon 26 October 2013
A great continuation to a great series, the continuing trials and tribulations of Geary and the Alliance fleet, in this one we do have the added interest of the Dauntless being along during a mission and we find what the Wolf Spiders are hoping to accomplish by accompanying the Alliance Fleet home.

I have read each and every one of the books in the series and have enjoyed every one, this is there with the rest of them, less combat maybe but plenty of scope for more books. Very recommended.
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on 7 August 2017
Really enjoyed this book and indeed series of books and to listen to it was great too
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on 6 September 2017
arrived on time without any problems
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on 8 May 2017
The whole series is fantastic; I read them back to back and couldn't stop until I had finished them. More please!
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on 16 July 2014
The latest in the Black Jack Geary saga, living well up to all the previous ones. The finest military sci-fi I have read in years. I can hardly wait for the next instalment, either in this series or the "Lost Stars".
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on 12 October 2017
Good book and good series.
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on 11 August 2013
Great characters and technology, very engaging, I have read this entire storyline through many times and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment. buy the lot, read the lot!
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on 23 July 2013
Been looking forward to this third book for a year or so, came completely up to expectations. Please hurry the next in the series.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 23 September 2014
Fourth volume in the military science fiction series of novels 'The Lost Fleet; Beyond the Frontier.' Which follow on from an earlier series 'The Lost Fleet.' So thus this is the tenth book in a long run. And despite some early exposition it's not really a jumping on point.

Start here if you're a new reader to this series: The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Book 1) (Lost Fleet 1).

Regular readers, read on.

We wondered if book three of this current run was the end. It wasn't.

This volume runs for four hundred and sixty one pages. Is divided into sixteen chapters. And the way it ends means there is most definitely more to come.

It's a book of thirds. The first one being more of what we saw last time, with a look at life on old Earth as it is in this setting. Then a kidnapping leads to the fleet having to prepare and launch a very tricky rescue mission.

This is a decent section because the setting for it is interesting and well done. With some delightful logical arguing between various characters. It's all a bit different to what has come before.

Geary is as ever troubled by moral questions and various issues, all done in a way that does give some food for thought.

Then he has a new mission. And not quite his usual resources for it.

Also quite a decent section, as it does take him somewhat out of his comfort zone, and contain one rather good battle sequence.

All the time, there's hints of other things going on. Which all comes to a head In the final third. More good space battles result.

This could feel like it was all being strung out. But it doesn't. Because it takes a pretty realistic look at what happens when a war ends. The politicans cut spending on defence and the military and have plans for what will happen next. Refugees look for safety. Soldiers look for new purpose. That's all here. Done in a believable way.

All of which means there's clearly a way to go with the story yet. But it left me looking forward to finding out what does happen next. Another enjoyable read in an entertaining series.
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