Now Victorious leads the charge again-and “Black Jack” Geary is in command…
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.
“What are you going to do for fun if you can’t devastate planets anymore?”
“I’ll have to find another hobby, I guess.”
Wow, what a book. What an interesting end to the series. We deal with politicians, aliens, alliances and more throughout the course of Victorious.
In the beginning, the slowest part of the book, we’re just dealing with the Alliance politicians. Throughout the last couple books leading up to Victorious, we have slowly been trying to kill any hope for a military coup on returning. We have to walk through a minefield as soon as we start this book. Too bad it wasn’t a literal minefield.
Then there is the really quick jaunt back to the Syndicate homeworld. Along the way, we can see just how much the Syndicates have changed over the course of the series. They are fracturing, splitting off into groups who look after themselves. Then, when we get there, it is a slow battle of the wills. We see the dying vestiges of what was once the mighty Syndicate empire, nearly extinguished by one man once thought dead.
We also cannot forget the mysterious alien race. The one that was littered throughout the first five books of this series. We’ve seen hints, we’ve theorised they could exist. And now we know. Well, we know some things, at least. We’re not done yet. If you have looked into this series at all, you know that book six is not really the end. It is the end of this arc, perhaps, but not the end of the story. There are currently 3 separate series that take place before and after this series starts. We do not experience a hard ending with these aliens in this book. It is a jelly sort of ending with room to do whatever Campbell wants to do in the spinoffs with them.
All this said, I felt it was just too easy. Everything was basically just laid down in front of John Geary by almost divine intervention. The sort of divine intervention that Geary has been trying to deny the entire series. There was only a token resistance. The hardest part of Victorious was dealing with the politicians. It was a slow burn to the end that seemed to just get pushed off to later. I’m kind of disappointed, but I enjoyed my time reading this series. I’ll probably continue on at a later date.
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