Author: Jack Campbell.
Title: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Guardian.
Publisher: Ace Science-Fiction.
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.