Triumphant by Jack Campbell @AceRocBooks @LexCNixon @berkleypub

Posted May 14, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 12 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Triumphant by Jack Campbell @AceRocBooks @LexCNixon @berkleypubTriumphant by Jack Campbell
Series: Genesis Fleet #3
Published by Ace on May 21, 2019
Genres: Space Opera
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The recently colonized world of Glenlyon has learned that they're stronger when they stand with other star systems than they are on their own. But after helping their neighbor Kosatka against an invasion, Glenlyon has become a target. The aggressive star systems plan to neutralize Glenlyon before striking again.

An attack is launched against Glenlyon's orbital facility with forces too powerful for fleet officer Rob Geary to counter using their sole remaining destroyer, Saber. Mele Darcy's Marines must repel repeated assaults while their hacker tries to get into the enemy systems to give Saber a fighting chance.

To survive, Glenlyon needs more firepower, and the only source for that is their neighbor Kosatka or other star systems that have so far remained neutral. But Kosatka is still battling the remnants of the invasion forces on its own world, and if it sends its only remaining warship to help will be left undefended against another invasion. While Carmen Ochoa fights for the freedom of Kosatka, Lochan Nakamura must survive assassins as he tries to convince other worlds to join a seemingly hopeless struggle.

As star systems founded by people seeking freedom and autonomy, will Kosatka, Glenlyon and others be able to overcome deep suspicions of surrendering any authority to others? Will the free star systems stand together in a new Alliance, or fall alone?

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, and now Triumphant.

The series could be read by those not having read the other series.  However, 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 enjoyed the audio versions as well and have bought some of them.

Triumphant is like a love letter to fans of the series and it filled my heart.  It has all those ancestors of characters I know and love from the related series. I loved seeing my favorites  from the previous two books and even more of those instrumental in the governing of the newly expanded planets.

The situation is dire. The pirate-like planets who are just taking over all the other planets they can and basically enslaving their people continue from Kosatka to Glenlyon.  Well, Kosatka is the home of the Desjani clan and Glenlyon that of the Gearys, so you can guess whose ancestors are involved, along with other favorites like Mele Darcy and Lochan Nakumura.

These are people with character strength , compassion and intelligence. Characters of this exceptional quality are classic in Jack Campbell’s works.    I do love the space battles and the ground battles. The strategy and technology discussions around the battles is thrilling. I was rooting for my people! I couldn’t put this down and read until 3am.   There is even some humor! I love these stories.

President Chisholm had the look of someone who couldn’t quite believe they’d won the lottery, found the love of their life, and backed up an important file just before their system crashed, all on the same day.  “Glenlyon knew we could count on you, Major.”



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About Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell is a pseudonym for American science fiction author John G. Hemry.

John G. Hemry is an American author of military science fiction novels. Drawing on his experience as a retired United States Navy officer, he has written the Stark’s War and Paul Sinclair series. His father, Jack M. Hemry, also served in the navy and as John points out was a mustang. John grew up living in several places including Pensacola, San Diego, and Midway Island.

Under the name Jack Campbell, he has written three related series: the Lost Fleet, Beyond the Lost Fleet, and Genesis Fleet series, He has also written over a dozen short stories, many published in Analog magazine, and a number of non-fiction works.

John graduated from Lyons High School in Lyons in 1974 then attended the US Naval Academy (Class of ’78) where he was labeled ‘the un-midshipman’ by his roommates.

He lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids. His two eldest children are diagnosed as autistic and suffer from Neuro immune dysfunction syndrome (NIDS), an auto-immune ailment which causes their illness, but are progressing under treatment.

John is a member of the SFWA Musketeers whose motto reads: ‘The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword, but the Wise Person Carries Both’.

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Posted May 14, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 12 Comments

12 responses to “Triumphant by Jack Campbell

  1. Sci-fi is always a bit tricky for me so I don’t know but as I loved some too it’s always interesting to increase my list of potentials

    • This series and the related ones are all military space opera. I really like how it is smart and compassionate, not just brutal war. Certainly the “bad guys” can be brutal but overall I really enjoy this series. The romance is very limited, just in the background. They are not romance books.

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    • I really enjoy this author for his great characters, smart battle strategy and uplifting endings. You could start with this series but I would start with the original one. And I LOVE the audios. They are some of the very first I listened to because AceRoc had sent me like book 15 in the series as an ARC. So I got the CDs and listened to them in my old van or on my boom box. Yeah that’s how I started. These along with Harry Potter, Harry Dresden, Chicagoland Vampires and Robin Hobb. I didn’t do badly for myself.