After reading the first 6 " Lost Fleet series", I realized that I was hooked so I had to continue with the series. I have not been disappointed so far. I have really enjoyed the whole concept of future space travel as described by Jack Campbell. I look forward to reading the next five novels in the Beyond the Frontier series.
This series needed this book as Black Jack Geary had rescued the Alliance Fleet, kicked the Syndics butt, and discovered an alien race called the enigma who were just sitting by and watching the Syndic and Alliance forces destroy each other so they could move in and take over the neighbourhood.
Having returned to Earth the politicians had to do something with Black Jack Geary because he was just too powerful after this triumphant return with what remained of the alliance fleet.
What better way then to give him back the fleet and ask him to explore the limits of Enigma space and while there please negotiate a truce with the Enigma. Well the Enigma are in no mood for that and even worse they are so paranoid that as soon as the Alliance fleet gets close enough to any of their population or star ships they blow themselves up leaving Black Jack with nothing but dust.
At the end of the book there is a cliff hanger, and a potentail new enemy, that of course will lead to the next book in this series.
All the books in the Lost Fleet series are highly developed military science fiction and highly recommended flag
SPOILER WARNING - I have every book in the series and as each book comes out, with the exception of books 3 and 4 (which lacks the polish of the other books and seems a bit lost and repetitive - as others have noted, books 3 and 4 could have been combined into 1 book), the series gets noticeably better. This book, which starts a new series after the Syndic war, is full of interesting discoveries about the internal politics of the Alliance, the Enigma race and at the very end, following the start of an epic battle, the discovery of another race it seems. This book is by far the best ever written about Black Jack Geary, and leaves you hanging on your seat, waiting for the next in the series. This new series seems to be more complete, better thought through and has more engaging characters.