Jack Campbell’s sixth volume in his The Lost Fleet series is Victorious. John “Black Jack” Geary has brought his battered fleet back to the Varandal Star System after facing seemingly insurmountable odds. He now must face the daunting task of dealing with the politicians that comprise the Alliance grand council and convince them that the danger lies not in the Syndic opposition but more so in the enigmatic aliens who evidently provided the technology for the hypernet gates. The council must be convinced that not only does Geary have no intentions of becoming a dictator to the Alliance but that he is accurate in his assessment of how to deal with the century old conflict against the Syndic and the threat posed by aliens who have been able to insert worms into the technology currently in use. Geary reluctantly accepts a commission that will make him even less able to honorably act on the mutual attraction between himself and Captain Tanya Desjani but willingly travels back to the Syndic home system intent on achieving a cessation of hostilities. Unfortunately, the Syndic have not gotten any more reasonable in their actions during the 100 years of Geary’s frozen sleep and there may be some goals that even the great “Black Jack” Geary cannot achieve.
Another rousing space opera that blends meticulous descriptions of battles with entertaining storylines of the various types of individuals who are impacted by wars, both civilian and military. A nicely balanced reminder that supposed villains and heroes can be determined not only by their actions but also by the perceptions of those around them, both those contemporary to the event and those who come afterward. Most of the loose ends are tied up with this volume of “Black Jack” Geary’s saga but there are enough threads dangling that one can be hopeful that his adventures will continue.
As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral-even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.