After reading The Fault in Our Stars I was going to start Tell the Wolves I’m Home, but I needed a break from death. Instead I read The Lost Fleet, which is military sci fi. This book is about Black Jack Geary, a military legend who supposedly went down with his ship. One Hundred years later, a military fleet found him in a survival pod. The fleet that found him ended up deep in enemy territory and after an unfortunate event with the fleet commander, Black Jack must take over and get them home. I give it 3 (of 5) stars.
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Here’s a breakdown…
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Everyone thought John Geary went down with his ship, while holding off the enemy long enough for the rest of his fleet to get away. He was able to escape in the ships survival pod, which was damaged so it didn’t send a signal. After being found 100 years later, he realizes that since his death he was promoted to captain and made into the legend ‘Black Jack Geary’. Uncomfortable with that, he was happy to hide in his stateroom until the fleet arrived back home, but there was a confrontation with the Syndics and the fleet commander dies, leaving Jack in charge. In addition to the military strategy involved, there are a lot of politics around having someone, out of touch with current military strategy, take over the fleet.
Plot Score: 3/5
John Geary- He reminded a bit of John Carter (minus the ego), the hero who can get out of any situation. He was even perfect in his uncertainty and his treatment of his staff. I liked that we got to see his self doubt and that he knew he wasn’t perfect (although, let’s admit, he was pretty perfect).
Characters Score: 3/5
This is a future world where humans have populated more of the universe. They have split up into the Alliance and the Syndics. The Syndics are “A corporate state run by dictators who call themselves servants of the people they enslave. The free worlds of the Alliance were a constant threat to the dictators of the Syndicate Worlds, living examples that representative government and civil liberties could coexist with greater security and prosperity than the Syndics could ever dream of. ”
There is a war going on between the two groups, and at this point, no one remembers exactly why it started. The war is at a stalemate, neither group able to win.
World Building Score: 3/5
There was a lot of talk about light speed and time delays, that I didn’t completely follow (required too much brain power for a fictional story).
Skim reading scale (0-5: 5 = no skim reading): 4- I only skim read the more technical aspects of the story.
Style Score : 3/5
Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)
“This fleet fights for victory, not pride. It is held together by honor and courage, the belief in what we fight for and the belief in each other. Pride is nothing by itself. Nothing but a weapon in our enemy’s hands, a weapon he will gladly use to help bring about our destruction.”
Life Lessons Score: 3/5
– Will the war ever end?
-Is there non-human intelligent life?
-Will the fleet make it home?
-Even though the ‘star’ of the book is Black Jack, there were several women in high positions.
Total Score and Recommendation
15/25- Enjoyable read. I’m not sure if I will read the next one, but I think it’s a good back up book