The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell
Beyond the Frontier: Invincible

56%

11 Critic Reviews

the human characters are plentiful rather than highly developed. We're offered little hint of how any of this advanced technology might actually work.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary was revived from cryogenic sleep to lead the Alliance against the Syndicate Worlds. But his superiors question his loyalty to the regime. Now in command of the First Fleet, he is tasked with exploring the frontier beyond Syndic space, a mission he fears deliberately puts the fleet—and himself—in harm’s way...

An encounter with the alien enigmas confirms Geary’s fears. Attacked without warning, he orders the fleet to jump star systems—only to enter the crosshairs of another hostile alien armada. Ignoring the First Fleet’s peaceful communications, this species sends its ships into battle while it guards the exiting jump point with a fortress of incalculable power. Now Geary must find a way to reach the jump point without massive casualties—even though the enigmas could be waiting on the other side…

 

About Jack Campbell

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Jack Campbell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis before serving with the surface fleet and in a variety of other assignments. He lives in Maryland.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Ace. 402 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lost Fleet
All: 11 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 01 2012

the human characters are plentiful rather than highly developed. We're offered little hint of how any of this advanced technology might actually work.

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SF Site

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Jones

his emotional beats tend to be somewhat on the shallow or sparse side. Take Geary and Desjani, for example. Supposedly in love (they got married during the fifteen minutes or so between postings, when they weren't commanding and subordinate officer), their relationship feels more like best friends than it does a couple sworn 'til death do them part.

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Night Owl Sci-Fi

Excellent
Reviewed by ELF on Jul 01 2012

Another exciting installment in a series that is set in space but provides an entertaining analysis of human behavior viewed through the lens of interaction with those who are truly aliens

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SFF World

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Bedford on May 15 2012

Another solid Military SF/Space Opera from Campbell.

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Falcata Times

Good
Reviewed by Falcata Times on Jun 02 2012

for me the real triumph is the authors use of character dialogue to futher the tale as well as help the reader to enact with this future. Magical elements all round and for me a real treat to indulge

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Alternative Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on Mar 21 2012

The Beyond the Frontier Black Jack military science fiction is an entertaining thriller with great space battles between the First Fleet and the aliens.

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Walker of Worlds

Good
Reviewed by Mark on Sep 18 2012

if you enjoyed the previous Lost Fleet books you're going to find things here that you'll enjoy. As a newcomer, I believe the Beyond the Frontier series is written well enough to be read without reading the previous six-volume series. Invincible may not break new ground in the genre, but boy is it a fun read!

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Below average
Reviewed by Jim Haley on Jul 27 2012

It’s taken 8 books, but for the first time I felt like it was a bit of a struggle for me to get through a Lost Fleet book

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The Dead Robots' Society Podcast

Below average
Reviewed by Terry Mixon on Aug 24 2012

The story was told solely from the point of view of Black Jack Geary. That meant every other character was not as fleshed out as it could be. Many authors manage to give the supporting cast the feel of real people in similar circumstances, but that didn’t seem to happen for me in this series.

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King Of The Nerds

Good
Reviewed by Mike on Jul 03 2012

Invincible feels like coming home again. The Beyond the Fleet series is an immensely satisfying read that still manages to leave me wanting more. This is another stellar entry into what has become of my favorite series and universes.

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The Renaissance Troll

Below average
Reviewed by joe5mc on May 27 2012

the last book in the series was just a bit of a letdown for me. Campbell obviously had a lot of ideas to present to get the second series started, and I found the whole thing a bit slow.

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