Friday, July 22, 2016

Review of The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian by Jack Campbell

Author:  Jack Campbell.
Title:  The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier:  Guardian.
Publisher:  Ace Science-Fiction.
Copyright:  2013.
Pages:  407.
Price:  $7.99 (US).

Overview and Impressions:

Alliance Admiral "Black-Jack" Geary has his hands full in The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier:  Guardian.  Geary has to lead his vessels back to friendly space.  His travels take him to the former Syndicate World of Midway, where he beats off an enemy fleet.  After packing up with the liberated locals, Geary's fleet moves onto other Syndicate Worlds who offer guerilla resistance to his demands, even though the Syndicate Worlds have sued for peace and lost their century long struggle against the Alliance. 

Though trial and error, Geary comes home with an alien battleship and friendly "wolf-spider" extra-terrestials named the Dancers.  However, the war has not been kind to the home front.  The Alliance is on the verge of collapse and civil war itself.  The Dancers want to go to the cradle of humanity, Sol itself.  Geary takes his flagship, the Dauntless, with the rest of the Dancer ships to Sol, which is demilitarized.  There, he is forced to deal with a minor power who has been holding Sol hostage. 

After smashing the upstarts' flotilla, the Dancers proceed to Earth to return the body of a former astronaut who died in Dancer space.  The aliens land in Lyons, Kansas, the dead man's birthplace...

I devoured this book and read it through several sessions.  I'm a fan of Jack Campbell.  He writes decent military science-fiction.  After reading several of his series, some things repeat themselves.  But that is the nature of sequels.  Recommended.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mid-July 2016 reading: part III

I spent the weekend reading.  Here's what I covered:

1)  The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier:  Guardian by Jack Campbell.  Determined to make a dent in it, I read another fifty pages.  I was sucked in following Alliance Admiral "Black-Jack" Geary as he led his flotilla from Midway to Alliance space through a "hyperlink" system.  Even though the Syndics have been defeated, they still want to wreck Geary's plans to get home.  I'm only a third of the way through Guardian.  It's getting interesting...

2)  Analog Magazine July/August 2016 Issue:  Some of the stories are good.  Some aren't.  The nonfiction articles have been interesting concerning the art of writing.  Outside of a steampunk novella, I'm about done writing original material.  Most of my time has been spent editing.  I'm at a point I want to stop editing and just write.  I'm afraid that might not be until the end of summer.

But the Niven short story was disappointing.  I thought the trick ending was rather shallow for someone like him...


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mid-July 2016 reading: part II

I spent this week on my NOOK e-reader.  I read several more chapters in Proxima.  Yuri Eden and another survivor spent their time in an alien "fall-out shelter."  Some that was designed to withstand solar flares from Proxima Centauri.  The two protagonists were away from their shelter and were forced to spend time with the "builders," natives of Proxima c. 

The action then moved back to Earth with a scientist who studied a fuel source for interstellar travel being recalled back to Canada for a meeting with several bigwigs.  One being a hologram of the computer complex that ran North America.  That is where I left on on Proxima by Stephen Baxter.

This morning, I read more in The Last Stand of Fox Company by Drury.  Fox's first platoon had been overrun by the People's Liberation Army.  The company's second platoon held their ground, but lost half of their effectives.  Dawn was coming and it was still snowing on Fox Hill near the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.  I'm been impressed by what the Marines went through.  And this is only Day 1 of the week long battle!

I'll have more blog postings as I read more chapters read in my electronic and hard copies...


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mid-July 2016 reading...

I spent the weekend reading.  Here's what I accomplished:

1)  Analog Magazine July/August 2016 issue:  I read another 35 pages in Analog Magazine.  There was a story about a sentient Chinese starship and its wayward captain stranded in a newly discovered star system.  The second story was about an alien anthropology professor teaching on Earth.  His subject was the "Stone Age," lol...

2)  The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier:  Guardian by Jack Campbell.  I read another 50 pages in my latest The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier novel.  Admiral "Black-Jack" Geary had a tour of an alien battleship his fleet is towing back to Alliance space.  Geary also has a game of chicken with Syndicate CEO Boyens fleet over the Midway star system, which Boyens bugs out via a Starjump portal...

Those are my latest selections.  I'll post more as I continue reading.

Monday, July 4, 2016

WIP, 18mm Fantasy Elf Football Team, 04JUL16

Here's a completed 18mm Fantasy Elf Football Team for a friend of mine:

Early July 2016 reading...

I spent the weekend editing a manuscript.  That set my reading time back a few days.  Here's what I got accomplished:

1)  Proxima by Stephen Baxter.  I read another three chapters on my NOOK e-reader.  The main characters are conversing with their robotic advisor on Proxima c, an Earth-like planet circling Proxima Centauri.  The star is a red dwarf that supports alien life-forms.  The human colonists are learning more about them and try communicating with them...

2)  The Last Stand of Fox Company by Drury.  Read another chapter about a night attack on the Marine company by a battalion of Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army infantry in November 1950 on the Chosin Reservoir.  This was also done on a e-reader. 

3)  The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier:  Guardian by Jack Campbell.  Picking up with Admiral "Black-Jack" Geary and his Alliance Fleet in hostile territory near the star system of Midway.  Just got through the first chapter before I had to put the book down this weekend.  Ugh!  I started with The Lost Stars series.  Campbell originally started out with The Lost Fleet series.  I read some of those books after getting started on The Lost StarsThe Lost Stars is based on the characters who rebelled from the Syndicate World's empire at Midway.  The Lost Fleet series is complete.  The Lost Fleet:  Beyond the Frontier is still going (I think).

4)  Analog Magazine/July/August 2016:  Read a short story about a British princess falling in love with an alien ambassador.  Followed by nonfiction on possible future energy sources.  I'm still behind on my weekly reading for Analog Magazine, though... 

Sunday, July 3, 2016