Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan

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Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan

The Lost Fleet

The complex science fiction tales that comprise this series continue to provide both the expected intense space battles and unexpected surprises that have been an integral part of the stories thus far. There are some rather unwelcome revelations unveiled in this particular story and a couple of nice twists to the alien relations puzzle that has been unfolding. For some reason, I didn’t have the intense connection to the story that I usually do and I found myself frustrated that there hasn’t been more progress made over the course of the series, so perhaps it is time for me to step back for a while because I seem to have gotten tired of the constant battles and loss, and I was saddened by the sacrifices that had to be made in this story. Nonetheless, this is an imaginative and creative story chock-full of tension-filled war maneuverings and mysterious enigmas and I am sure that the inimitable courage and ingenuity that has carried the Allies thus far will continue to form the basis of exciting adventures in the future.

“The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan” by Jack Campbell is part of the aforementioned spin-off series about John “Black Jack” Geary, who is still dealing with the repercussions of changing the structure of the societies that have previously only known war. Ably assisted by Tanya Desjani, the Admiral faces the threat of the Dark Ships, only to discover that he may be involved in an epic chess match…against himself. The race to find a way to neutralize the threat of a weapon that was originally visualized as a defense becomes more and more of a challenge as Geary must find a way to counteract his own allies’ safeguards, deal with yet another supposedly mythical concept, and interpret messages from the mysterious aliens known as the Dancers, while staying alive long enough to accomplish something positive—in other words, situation normal for the legend known as Black Jack.

Book Blurb for Beyond the Frontier: Leviathan

“One of the best military science fiction series on the market,” (Monsters and Critics) The Lost Fleet delivers thrilling combat on a grand space opera scale. Now, Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary embarks on a brand new mission—to defend the Alliance from itself—in New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell’s latest action-packed novel…

Two Syndicate World star systems have fallen prey to a mysterious fleet of warships—a fleet controlled entirely by artificial intelligence—that is now targeting Alliance space. The warships are no mystery to Geary. They were developed by his government to ensure security, but malfunctioned. If the Syndics learn the truth, the war with the Alliance will resume with a vengeance.

As the government attempts to conceal the existence of the A.I. warships—and its role in their creation—Geary pursues them, treading a fine line between mutiny and obedience. But it soon becomes clear that his fleet is no match for the firepower of the machine-piloted armada.

With the help of the Dancer species of aliens, Geary has tracked the A.I. ships to their secret base in the supposedly mythical Unity Alternate star system where his fleet, the last hope of the Alliance’s future, will end the conflict at any cost…

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.00