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Ascendant by Jack Campbell
Series: Genesis Fleet #2
Published by Ace on May 15, 2018
Genres: Space Opera
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In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the world of Glenlyon, Old Earth and the Old Colonies have continued to shrink their military forces.
But open warfare erupts once again when Glenlyon tries to force open a trade route. Isolated and alone, Glenlyon places its hope in informal agreements with other worlds also facing attack. But fiercely independent worlds settled by people who wanted to escape higher authority don’t easily agree to such commitments. While politicians try to bring some kind of formal alliance into being, Geary and Darcy once again find themselves fighting desperately to defend their world, hoping they can hold out until help arrives.
If it comes at all.
If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell’s other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars, Genesis Fleet series will feel familiar. The writing style, space opera and military strategy are all here. It is a prequel series. Ascendant is the second book, following Vanguard by three years.
The series could be read by those not having read the other series. It is rather fun and comforting to be with characters having the last names of those to follow 100 years later. And I like the style so I have read them all. I liked the audio as well and have bought some of them.
In these new frontiers, the governments and businesses are new; nothing is quite setup or established. Well, the spacecraft may follow old Earth checklists a bit too rigidly. Overall, people need to make decisions about who they will be and how they will live. The Genesis Fleet series is most like the Lost Stars series because of the new governments being created. At the very beginning, it felt slow only because it is so similar but it got interesting quickly as the world and characters, plus space battles, charged into action.
The stories are Jack Campbell classics of people with character strength and compassion and intelligence. The characters are exceptional; people you would want to know, at least, the good guys. The bad guys are not well developed. I do love the space battles and the ground battles. The technology discussions around repairs and battles are also fascinating to me. There is even some humor! I love these stories.
“We could use some beer. And we’re a little low on ammo and other supplies. But there’s no beer at all.”
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