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“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“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…  ...

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leviathan Reviews

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-02-19 20:24

    This was quite suspenseful, with Black Jack trying to out-think the artificial intelligence of the dark ships. I have really come to enjoy this series and I look forward to the next book.Reviewed for Bitten by Books.

  • Eric Allen
    2019-03-19 20:13

    I have to say, that Jack Campbell really stepped it up for this one. It's probably the best of the series so far. The thing that was really lacking in this series has always been the human side of things. We hear about ships exploding, and numbers, but we never really see any people. This book too a few steps toward remedying that. There's some actual character development here, and real characters other than Geary, which hasn't really happened in the 10 books that came before this one. The action was really good too, with Geary's fleet against an automated fleet of "Dark Ships" that is programmed to use his own tactics against him, and to also be able to learn from their mistakes. Outnumbered and outgunned, Geary has little choice but to fight, basically, to the very last ship in order to keep the Dark Ships from attacking Alliance worlds. There's so much more going on in this book than any other in this series that it really is a step above all the others. The closest one to even being close to as good was maybe book 5 ("Relentless" was it?) when the titular Lost Fleet finally made it back to alliance space. The final battle is pretty awesome, and really exciting. It was basically watching Geary fight to the death against himself, which was extremely entertaining. Though I'm pretty sure this series is going to continue, this book would make a really good ending to the series if there's no more on the way in the future.So yeah, really entertaining, and definitely the best book of the series thus far. The author took steps to correct some of the flaws that I saw in the series up to now, and fans of Campbell, and of military sci-fi will not want to miss it.

  • M Hamed
    2019-03-06 17:06

  • Daniel
    2019-02-27 20:07

    I love these books. Great action, edge of the seat suspense and griping from the first page. If you read the previous books ... well you know what to expect.Great fun.

  • Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
    2019-03-16 23:21

    Husband Allan's Review: Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series is a hard one to wrap my head around. On one hand, I’m all for a good space saga with a well-designed world and technology, but on the other hand, the characters can be kind of flat and sometimes boring. Having said that however, for me, the positives outweigh the negatives, and I will continue to devour future installments of the adventures of Jack Geary and his fleet.Allan’s review: 3.25 out of 5.To get the negative out of the way first, Campbell’s character development is lacking. Other than Jack Geary, and the Alliance Senator/envoy/emissary/persona non grata Victoria Rione, the remainder of the characters are portrayed pretty one-dimensionally. It’s easy enough to decide which characters you like and which you don’t, but you only occasionally get a sense of what they’re thinking, or feeling, or afraid of, and basically none of that occurs outside the context of the fleet preparing for, or actually engaging in combat.Although his characters aren’t the greatest, the world of the Alliance is created with a nice amount of detail, and the overall story arc consists of an easy-to-follow main plot arc, combined with nicely defined and delimited subplots that usually get wrapped up nicely by the end of each book.And speaking of combat, Campbell’s depictions of the battles fought in space are the absolute high point of the book. Written with the knowledge that comes from having served in the United States Navy, Campbell’s battle scenes are riveting. Although it does take some mental gymnastics to picture the various battle formations slicing through three dimensions, he does a nice job building up the tension, making you wonder how the battles are going to end. Campbell also doesn’t fall into the trap of having the “right” side emerge from fights unscathed. Geary’s fleet may win engagement after engagement, but they take losses in the process.Overall, this book was not the most enjoyable in the Lost Fleet series, but it wasn’t towards the bottom either. I didn’t find this one to be particularly memorable, but it was an acceptable vehicle for moving the story arc forward, and contained some twists towards the end that seem to set up some very promising story developments as the series proceeds.

  • Jo(Mixed Book Bag)
    2019-03-08 23:13

    I was disappointed in Steadfast, the last book of the series, but Campbell is back on track with Leviathan. Once again Geary has to save the Alliance. This time he has to save it from its own mistake. He does not do it alone. The final save comes from a very unlikely source. If you like space battles, interesting characters, unusual aliens and impossible odds Leviathan is for you. It can read as a stand-alone but read the entire series starting with The Lost Fleet for maximum enjoyment.Ace published Leviathan by Jack Campbell in 2015.I received an ARC of Leviathan from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-03-17 00:20

    Jack Campbell is one of my favorite Sci-Fi authors and this book “Leviathan “does not disappointing.Apparently the Alliance Worlds has created a fleet of ships that operate on Artificial Intelligence, only the flag ship has a human on board. The Alliance has kept the existence of the AI fleet a secret. Two syndicate world Star Systems have fallen prey to this “dark fleet.” Now they are attacking Alliance space and Geary goes out to stop them. The dark fleet has the AI programmed with the tactics of the legendary Black Jack Geary.Geary is having problems stopping this dark fleet. He calls for help from the Dancer species of aliens. Geary must stop this fleet before the Syndicate Worlds think the Alliance is renewing the war. Victoria Rione attempts to discover information and stop this fleet. In this book a few of the major long term characters in this series die a hero’s death.The book is well written and moves at a fast pace. Lots of action and space battles, Campbell fully understands the implications of 3-D combat in space and does not waste the reader’s time with dry explanations, he just flows it simply into the story. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating this series.

  • L.E. Doggett
    2019-03-13 00:22

    Closer to a 3.75. Good descriptions, a plot with some twists and an ending that was something of a surprise. Not sure if the hero really was in that much danger though. I still think Jack is too easy on Black Jack. Still in this one there was more danger than usual. More getting into Black Jack's psychic. The action scenes were well done and this one had some different ones, which is good. For a fun read this is good and I recommend it but after you read the ones that came before it. There are things you need to know and contexts that people, events and sayings, you need to know.

  • Mandapanda
    2019-03-03 19:26

    Nothing I enjoy more than when an author brings home a series with a smashing last book.

  • Per Gunnar
    2019-02-17 17:07

    My review of the previous instalment in this series was less than stellar. It was luckily not a bad book but, nonetheless, my disappointment with this series have been growing since some time. Therefore I am quite happy that, to me, this book represents a big improvement compared to the previous books.One of my gripes with the previous books have been the unbelievable obstructionism and stupidity of the useless politicians, their endless machinations and how great a role this played in the story. Another one was the lack of direction. Geary was simply solving one problem after another that was thrown at him and a goal to strive for was sorely missing.Happily this is not the case with this book. Sure, the utterly useless politicians are very present in this book as well but this time they are finding themselves trapped in the hole that they themselves have dug. Not only that but in said hole there are a whole lot of shit sandwiches that they also made themselves and now they are all forced to take a bite. Naturally it is Geary and the men and women serving under him that have to pay the biggest price for the politicians stupidity but, at least, it is a somewhat humbling experience for these assholes and, as it turns out, there are one or two of them that are not as useless and morally corrupt as the rest of the fuckers.The book also have a clear goal. The path to said goal have a few twists along the way but there is no mystery about what Geary have to achieve. How he is supposed to achieve it, well that is not so clear until after quite a few revelations, twists and a LOT of action.Some of the aliens, the “Dancers”, the friendly ones, that Geary had encountered during his adventures are back and they do indeed play a rather crucial role in how things play out. I quite liked this since I felt that all those aliens that Geary encountered were kind of left out of the story arc in the previous book. Not wanting to leave too many spoilers around but the communications between the “Dancers” and the humans do improve quite substantially which in turn improves the changes for Geary to succeed in his quest by an equally substantial amount.As usual the writing is very good, the characters are well done and the action, the manoeuvres in space and the combat physics are really, really good. Speaking of combat, the losses on both sides are quite staggering and this is one thing that annoys me somewhat with this series so far. Not that there are losses in combat but in every book Geary’s fleet is whittled down by a fairly substantial amount and nothing is really replaced except possibly for Geary getting some already worn out leftovers. I really hope that we are going to see Geary getting some new hardware sooner or later. Especially since, in previous books, Geary encountered quite a few hostile species and I certainly hope that, when the formerly mentioned politicians, climb out of their self-made shithole that they actually start to use whatever brain cells they might have left and actually consider this threat to humanity.The ending, although generally on a positive note, is not entirely a happy one. There are sacrifices that have been made and several characters that have been with us for some time are written off which saddens me somewhat.It took me some time to get around to read this book after having purchased it due to my disappointment with the previous instalments but after having read it I have to say that I was quite happy with this one and I am now looking forward to the next instalment. I certainly hope the author continues on this path and, above all, keeps the political stupidity toned down. After all, if I wanted to read about political stupidity all I need to do is open a newspaper and read about the latest nonsense from the EU oxygen wasters.

  • MABLongBeach
    2019-02-21 22:15

    The Lost Fleet is one of the most realistic, least jingoistic military SF series being written. In this installment, Admiral "Black Jack" Geary and his fleet are faced with a serious threat to the Alliance and to the fragile peace from automated warships run amok. The "dark ships" are deliberately hidden from Alliance sensors and are very tough and fast. They are almost more than Geary can handle in a straight-up fight, especially since they were programmed to mimic his tactics. Finding and destroying their base may be the only way to destroy the dark ships, but it won't be easy. And it may not be survivable. But Geary is going to do it anyway.A worthy contination of this lengthy series.

  • Anne - Books of My Heart
    2019-03-20 00:04

    4.5 stars Review at The Book Nympho. is the latest in a spinoff series. The original series is The Lost Fleet; this series is Beyond the Frontier. It all feels like one series, even one story, as each book picks up where the last one left off. I listened to every book but this one on audio, CDs in my car. I enjoyed them so much and the world feels very comfortable and dear.The narrator was Christopher Rummel. I enjoyed his voice for the different characters. His steady rendition seemed to fit the strength of the main character, John “Black Jack” Geary. I liked the occasional feel of fear/frustration; the character feels honest in this vulnerability. The voice was clear and easy to understand. It didn’t feel like Rummel was doing different voices for characters just that there WERE different characters’ voices. This is better in my mind, than an obvious try for a different voice/accent which takes me out of the story. He held my attention well through all ten books.Leviathan, however, I read the Arc paperback sent to me by Ace Roc stars last year. Of course, since I’m OCD I had to read (well listen) to the previous TEN books in two series first. So here is this review to coincide with the paperback release of this book.One really needs to read the whole series in order as I did. Some people will find it slow, or that each book seems the same. They are all part of the same long story, people! But each book adds to the details, the depth of the characters, new characters and even new species. The bit of humor based on character’s personalities is pleasing. John Geary continues to grow, and learns and tries so hard to get it right. The guy is a total white hat.There are military aspects throughout these series. The battles in space and war strategy are interesting. But the unease in the background is the political maneuvering and secrets and lies which form the problem threatening everything in this installment. The losses and death are much closer and more real this time.I am happy to report reading on a website this is not the end of the series, more of a pause. I really want more and to see where things go for the Alliance, the Syndicate and the other species they have discovered. “Black Jack” may deserve a break, but I want him in my life in the future.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-06 00:23

    Wow!! Just Wow!!The last book in the series, Steadfast, was a bit of a let-down. However, with this book Mr. Hemry has once again hit it out of the park.Some mil-sci-fi authors have been accused of writing war-porn... that is definitely not Mr. Hemry's style. He once again demonstrates the costs and sacrifices that are often made in war as well as the harm that war does to a society and to the people within it, without making a polemic out of it. More than any author I can think of, he clearly demonstrates how war changes people... and not always for the better. That is not to say that Leviathan is some sort of treatise on the psychology of war. It is space opera at its best with aliens, AI's and great space battles as only Mr. Hemry can do it. Yet, for all the action, this book is really just as much about the characters, and when one of them dies, and yes characters do die in this book, it is as heart-wrenching as it should be.Highly recommended. My only complaint? There are still a number of storylines left open and Mr. Hemry has indicated that he won't be returning to Admiral Geary's adventures for a little while.

  • Josh
    2019-02-26 00:25

    Recovering from the last installment, "Leviathan" is a strong finish to the Lost Fleet series - if indeed this is the end.This does seem like a good spot to end it on, though. Astonishingly, Campbell has tied up not only the main conflicts and issues up to this point, but also most of the loose ends of the subplots, and mysteries that have been lingering around since the early days.This book is chock-full of the space battles that have made this series so popular, raising the stakes the highest we've seen them yet, and pushing the peril to levels we've not seen since the climactic finish against the Syndics. This one throws out all the stops, ladies and gentlemen; it's undeniably the series' climax, and in many ways it feels well worth it. The characters have all come into full fruition, and it's pretty remarkable considering that we never really leave John "Black Jack" Geary's viewpoint for the entire run of these books. I think he's done just about all he can with Black Jack, and certainly the other characters have hit the top of their arcs as well. If you've been following this series, this is the one you've been waiting for. Well done, Campbell - you pulled it off.

  • (Kevin Bayer)
    2019-03-15 20:03

    Wow. What a ride.Black Jack Geary has certainly taken the First Fleet into battles where the odds seem insurmountable, but he's Black Jack and has always managed to scrape through. Now he's facing the dark ships, and their AIs are designed to act and react like he would! I really enjoy the Lost Fleet novels. There's plenty of action and down-time as well, but when the combat starts I can't put it down. There's plenty of character within these stories as well, and when we lose one it hurts; when we lose ships-full, it's incomprehensible.Many surprises lead Geary to the dark fleet's home base where he hopes he can destroy their repair and replenishment facilities since he can't outright destroy the fleet the itself without significant losses to his own fleet. Old friends and new return to help out where they can. An emotional ending brings the book to a close, though the First Fleet sails on.Leviathan is great read!

  • Mayank Agarwal
    2019-02-20 00:09

    Read it twenty days back and right now i can't remember much of details, just the overall plot, maybe it's cause all of Campbell's book's are very similar to each other and i had read through them all in under a month in wanting to complete the story. If i had ranked it immediately after reading may have given it a 3 star, now that i can't even remember why i liked it besides it being a lite book will go with a 2 star.This was suppose to be the last book in the series but it's so open ended that you can be sure a new one will be coming out soon, not sure will pick up on the new book when it comes out.

  • Andrew Rose
    2019-03-02 19:11

    The chickens of the Alliance distrust comes back roost when the automated Black Fleet begins to target Alliance planets and shipping due to conflicting programming. Admiral Geary is once again forced to make hard choices with an aging and broken fleet to take on the newest and most advanced fleet known to man. This was a new wrinkle that hopefully will tie up several political angles that had been in previous books and will allow the series to move forward to the unknown where it functions best.

  • Ivan Piñeyro
    2019-03-16 19:01

    Esta serie ha sido uno de mis placeres culpables.Es una serie de aventuras espaciales de lo más clásica, de personajes no muy bien desarrollados pero muy entretenida.Luego de 9 entregas la pasada se sintió un poco floja, pero preparode buena forma este libro.Aquí la acción es permanente, Jack Black no tiene descanzo.Sin hacer spoilers el mundo de nuestros personajes cambia, si me preguntaran a mi sería un excelente momento y forma de cerrarla.

  • Tamer Sadek
    2019-02-23 00:06

    Better than Steadfast - easily. But being honest Steadfast was awful so to improve on it wasn't setting the bar particularly high. The series is beginning to suffer from Geary fatigue. There are only so many permutations on the one man vs. the world/galaxy etc...It needs to come to a end now.

  • DemetraP
    2019-02-22 20:07

    What an amazing ending. I don't know if this is the end of the series but it could be. I admit I cried. You must read the series in order. If you like military spaceship battles, then read this series.

  • Elar
    2019-03-21 00:21

    I like Beyond the Frontier series much better than the original one, it has much more diversity: different alien races, their interactions with humans, epic space battles with scheming factions. All of it make these books very enjoyable entertainment.

  • Christopher
    2019-03-02 20:04

    Leviathan is a great continuation from the previous books with Geary Tanja and co taking on the Dark ships and straightening out the politicians! :D This leads to great scenes with the political elite and setting up events for future books! :D At the same time the battles are constant with Geary having to put the first fleet though everything in order to hold ground against them. This leads to very unexpected manoeuvring and results in genuine tension on each pace as Weber syndrome could catch at any point! :D The story also addresses the Dancers and expands on the them and references the other alien races involved setting the stage for future events as well! :D Throughout the humour is there as ever which is rib cracking and brilliantly staged! :DLeviathan is in incredibly fast-paced and never lets up! :D The storyline also sets things up for future events with events politically being in a position that the storyline could go anywhere! :DLeviathan is brilliant, clever, funny, intense and action packed! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  • Cam
    2019-02-19 22:00

    Nice ending to the post-Syndic war series with the First Fleet leading an effort to defeat a fleet of AI-controlled ships gone berserk. Turns out secret factions of the Alliance government had a fall-back plan if the seat of government at Unity was destroyed. A secret replacement capital and a fleet of ships that wouldn't need crews. Great plan, except the war ended the need for secrecy or the new fleet. Didn't stop the people running the program, though, and they lost control of the dark ships. Geary et al. lead the effort to defeat the secret fleet and maybe buy enough time for the Alliance government to clean up it's act and survive.

  • Matt Plum
    2019-02-27 21:20

    Absolutely loved Leviathan! Imagine taking nautical combat tactics, strategies and terms and superimposing them on three dimensional space. Then toss into the mix the mystery of unnerving alien cultures, the thrill of overwhelming threats beyond your ability to overcome them and the reality of your own government trying to stab the greatest hero it has ever known in the back and you'll have a fair idea of what to expect. Definite must-read for Military and/or Sci-Fi fans alike, but only after enjoying the rest of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series first!

  • Tari_Roo
    2019-02-20 16:03

    I love this series. As a whole, it was magnificent and full of characters who caught the imagination and a plot rife with tension, drama and humour.As a finale book, Leviathan was almost perfect, but not quite. The ending struck a powerful emotional note, and yet, offered too little resolution. If Jack Campbell intends to continue Geery's adventures, then perhaps the incomplete ending can be forgiven. If not, well...I needed a little more. A little more post-action explanation, a little more emotional resolution. I felt that perhaps the book was a good 3 chapters short. We needed to see the reaction of the Senate. Geery and his Captain needed a moment off the ship. It just needed a little more.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-03-18 22:59

    The war with the Syndies is over but a new threat to humanity raises its head. The Alliance developed a fleet of automated warships that are now destroying ships and planets without human controls. Admiral "Black Jack" Geary engages in a mission to hunt them down even though the government is trying to manipulate everything computerized.

  • Cody
    2019-02-27 21:17

    This was probably the best of the series.Lots of space fights, not much not so dangerous politicking from afar (I liked the politics in the first series but it didn't seem dangerous enough in this one)So series rating is probably3.5 whereas the first series was 4 - 4.5

  • James Paden
    2019-02-23 23:10

    This was one of my favorite sci-fi series....but maybe I was just crazy when I read the first four books. This was insanely repetitive and boring. Hard-to-follow space battle. Talk about what about the expectations of being a back from the dead war hero. Repeat.

  • Adam Vanderlip
    2019-03-06 19:00

    a series of 11 books that I demolished in a few weekends. what fun sci fi. I'm very sad I wont be able to enjoy the adventures of Black Jack Geary but it was a real treat to come along for the ride.

  • Catherine
    2019-02-23 22:26