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Resolute by Jack Campbell
Narrator: Christian Rummel
Series: Outlands #2
Published by Ace, Recorded Books on June 28, 2022
Genres: Space Opera
Length: 10 hours, 39 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the galaxy . . . and beyond. But he views his mission as both a duty and an opportunity to make things better wherever he can. And when a crippled Rift Federation ship tumbles out of jump space, Geary leaps into action. But the survivors' story isn't completely adding up.
As Geary investigates, he soon finds himself fending off spies and assassins while leading the fleet as it fights its way across space controlled by the mysterious and hostile aliens whom humans call enigmas. Challenges arrive at every turn, including an unknown alien species that invites the fleet to visit one of their star systems. With little information to go on, Geary must weigh the benefits of potential new allies against the possibility of a trap. The fate of the fleet--and perhaps even the future of humanity--will depend on him making the right decision.
If he can stay alive long enough to do that.
If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell’s other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars, Genesis Fleet series, you will love this too. I started reading Jack Campbell in 2015 when I was sent an ARC of one of the Leviathon, which was the final book in the Beyond the Frontier series. Of course with my OCD, I had to read the previous NINE books before I could read it. I was in the middle of moving from Minnesota to North Carolina, so I got the audio CDs from the library. And thus, my love affair with this world began.
I LOVE this world and these characters so much. They have survived a lot and struggled and lost close friends and family. There have been traitors and devious politicians and those who just want power for themselves. Throughout it all, they have worked hard and with intelligence and compassion. They have character strength to look closely at the situation with trying to help others and improve relationships.
The smart strategy of the battles always thrills me. The situations are life and death but Geary and his team remain calm and controlled. Geary’s dislike of politics provides comic relief. I also have the advantage of having read all the books in all these series so with the history just a mention of a character brings to mind their humorous antics or strength or troubles from past books. So I would read these in order even though there are many books now.
Resolute is the second in the new Outlands series which is the farthest into the future of the Lost Fleet world. I am thrilled to have the story continue and see my many beloved characters. Geary’s fleet is out on a diplomatic mission to form relations with the Dancers. The politicians want Geary out of the way as he is too popular with the people and there are assassination attempts as well. The Midway system wants in on the negotiation and sends a team along.
There are battles with the Enigmas on the way there and a gamble on forming better relationships with them. The Dancers seem surprised to see them unannounced and take time to come up with a “plan”. While they are waiting for the Dancers to progress communication with them, another alien species comes into the star system. The Fleet sends a friendly message but gets no response. Eventually, they learn the new people are the Taon.
The rest of the story is the incredible development of relations with the Taon, the Dancers and a political conspiracy. It’s exciting and fun. I also admire these people so highly for their skills at dealing with life and death, and developing these relations. I highly recommend all these series in this world.
I’m so comfortable with Christian Rummel. Since this is one of the first series I listened to on audio, he was one of the first narrators. He is a favorite. The voices are differentiated enough I recognize the different people. The narration adds greatly to my enjoyment; I don’t have to figure out how to pronounce anything! I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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