Captain John “Black Jack” Geary tries a desperate gamble to lead the Alliance Fleet home through enemy-occupied space in this novel in the thrilling Lost Fleet series.
Geary is convinced that the Syndics are planning to ambush the fleet and finish it off once and for all. Realizing the fleet’s best (and only) chance is to do the unexpected, Geary takes the offensive and orders the fleet to the Sancere system. There, a multitude of possible routes home give the Alliance fleet a better chance of avoiding their pursuers—and an attack on the Sancere shipbuilding facilities could decimate the Syndic war effort.
Weary from endless combat, the officers and crew of the Alliance fleet can’t see the sense in charging deeper into enemy territory—prompting a mutiny that divides them, and leaving Geary with the odds higher against him than ever before…
“The longstanding thorn in your side Captain Numos is stupid. In fact, Numos is so dense that I’m surprised he doesn’t have his own event horizon.”
Fearless is the type of book I will do anything to avoid putting it down once I started. There is so much that happens. Each chapter is jam packed of things happening. In my mind while reading, though, there just aren’t any landmarks I can point to to keep my place in the story. If I stop for any real length of time, I will have forgotten everything that happened and what I’m trying to do as the main character. There just isn’t much distinguishing between events. They aren’t generic, they’re necessary, there are tons of things happening. Those aren’t the problems. It is just hard for me to keep track of the ins and outs.
Fearless, at its heart, is about Geary establishing that he is in the lead of this force. Sure, he is still deep into enemy territory and has to pull miracles off. Sure, the goal is still to get home. Yet, there is troubles in the leadership of the other ships. They doubt his abilities because they aren’t what they have come to expect from Alliance leadership. Certain factions think they can do better than him. Some of them would follow him no matter what because he is the Legendary “Black Jack” Geary. A legend who doubts he has the abilities to pull this off himself. A legend who wishes there was anyone who could take over for him instead. Yet, when someone presents himself as another possible leader, Geary finds that he really is the only man for the job. So Fearless is about Geary proving both to others and himself that he can lead them to greatness.
There is also a subplot that is running through the books about the possibility of aliens. To the Alliance, they have yet to find anyone other than humans in space. Yet, the reality is there staring them in the face. It is only a theory, yet there it is. Presented to us readers as a possibility. Interesting times are ahead, aren’t they? Looking forward to it.
There is a second subplot that is romance, too. I wasn’t expecting any romance at all in this series. I was not warned at all, anywhere. There isn’t really any emotions wrapped up in this relationship. It is mostly a convenience of sex. Yet, I was still caught unprepared. They’re going to be on this ship for a long time, too, if the past two books are any indication. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
My biggest issue as a reader is that I have entirely no idea about the scale of….well, anything. I have no idea how many ships he commands. I have no idea how many people are on the ship he is currently on, let alone all the ships in his fleet. I have no idea the scale of the amount of people he is going against, the Syndicate. This is all kept deliberately vague, I think. Easier to pull of when you don’t tell the readers the numbers so they can pick everything apart. I also don’t have a sense of the scale of time anything takes. I’m already bad with time, but this takes it to a whole ‘nother level! I have no idea of his resources, either.
I have more questions than answers right now. We’re still deep in enemy territory, and we’re nowhere near home. This is going to be a long one.
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