Ascendant (The Genesis Fleet, #2)by Published 15 May 2018
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A young fleet officer and a Marine stand together to defend their colony in the continuation of the powerful and action-packed Genesis Fleet saga from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell.
In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the world of Glenlyon, Old Earth and the Old Colonies have continued to shrink their military forces.
But open warfare erupts once again when Glenlyon tries to force open a trade route. Isolated and alone, Glenlyon places its hope in informal agreements with other worlds also facing attack. But fiercely independent worlds settled by people who wanted to escape higher authority don’t easily agree to such commitments. While politicians try to bring some kind of formal alliance into being, Geary and Darcy once again find themselves fighting desperately to defend their world, hoping they can hold out until help arrives.
If it comes at all.
"Ascendant (The Genesis Fleet, #2)" Reviews
Ascendant is the second book in Jack Campbell’s Genesis Fleet series, a prequel series to his beloved Lost Fleet books. I enjoyed Vanguard, the first book in the series, even if I found it a little slow-going. So much of its word count was tied up in laying the groundwork for the series that there was less space available for the kind of tight, suspenseful action that Campbell excels at. The scales have tipped back in that direction for Ascendant, and it’s a slightly more satisfying experience because of it.
Campbell’s plots tend to be straightforward and uncomplicated, and Ascendant is no exception. Rob Geary and Mele Darcy, the heroes who helped affirm Glenlyon’s independence from the imperialist ambitions of the Scatha star system in Vanguard, are called back into action when the destroyer Claymore is destroyed in an attempt by Scatha to cut off Glenlyon’s trade routes. Geary takes the warship Saber to the Scatha-occupied system of Jatayu to investigate, and possibly avenge, the attack on Claymore, and in the process discovers that Scatha has sent an invasion force to the Glenlyon-allied system of Kosatka and leads the Saber there to help them defend their home.
The bulk of Ascendant’s page count finds Geary’s “space squids” and Darcy’s Marines hanging on by a thread as they try to outpunch, outshoot, and outstrategize the Scathan attackers, and this is for the best. I love Campbell’s massive space battle sequences, where precision matters most – one slight miscalculation can lead to total disaster, and the loss of even one ship can erase any chance of victory. Campbell’s characterizations and plotting are merely adequate to the task, but he really knows how to keep a reader gripped by his action scenes. Ascendant is like a good summer action flick – efficiently entertaining and smart enough to satisfy its target audience, though hardly anything to keep your brain cells churning once its over.
Many thanks to Netgalley and Ace books for the opportunity to read this ARC.
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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.
The series could be read by those not having read the other series. 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 liked the audio as well and have bought some of them.
In these new frontiers, the governments and businesses are new; nothing is quite setup or established. Well, the spacecraft may follow old Earth checklists a bit too rigidly. Overall, people need to make decisions about who they will be and how they will live. The Genesis Fleet series is most like the Lost Stars series because of the new governments being created. At the very beginning, it felt slow only because it is so similar but it got interesting quickly as the world and characters, plus space battles, charged into action.
The stories are Jack Campbell classics of people with character strength and compassion and intelligence. The characters are exceptional; people you would want to know, at least, the good guys. The bad guys are not well developed. I do love the space battles and the ground battles. The technology discussions around repairs and battles are also fascinating to me. There is even some humor! I love these stories.
"We could use some beer. And we're a little low on ammo and other supplies. But there's no beer at all."
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In a universe of faster-than-light travel, humanity has rapidly expanded to new worlds. Most of the settlers are looking for freedom and peace and to leave behind past lives and past failures, but some of the new world powers instead seek domination of others. Three years after the colony of Glenlyon successfully countered such an invasion, Glenlyon is again threatened. Rob Geary, a former fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a former Marine, lead a group of mostly untried recruits to defend their planet, but soon Geary has to decide if the best way to protect Glenlyon might be to help the colony of Kosatka, which is also under attack. Already at work to save Kosatka are their former allies Lochan Nakamura, a self-described failed politician, and Carmen Ochoa, whose early life in the crime-ridden anarchic colony of Mars had given her survival skills she had hoped never to need again. The future of their respective worlds depends on them.
There were more battles in Ascendant than in Vanguard, the first book in this series, which is not something I would normally consider a plus, but in Campbell’s hands even I enjoyed them. Jack Campbell is a Naval Academy graduate and retired naval officer, and his professional expertise lends a very authentic feel to his novels. The reader gets a vivid sense of the best of military dedication, ethics, and bonding, as well as the frustrations of dealing with the (mostly civilian) bureaucracy! The military tactics and battle descriptions are convincing and interesting, and I was especially entertained by some clever tricks the good guys pulled on the invaders.
What really makes me come back to Campbell’s writing, though, are his characters. These are real people, who react as real people do and cause the reader to care about them and the problems they face as they risk themselves to defend their families and their worlds. The following is a good example of Campbell’s blend of military thinking and genuine humanity:
“Carmen took a look back at the park, wondering how much longer those trees would stand. If the fight went on for long inside the city, the enemy would realize those leaves offered too much concealment. A single overpressure munition would strip the trees of leaves and bark and smaller branches, leaving bare trunks where a small, cultivated forest had once stood.
Somehow the thought of that bothered her more than the craters in the streets and the holes in some of the buildings.”
Although they are clearly part of their series, both Vanguard and Ascendant have natural and satisfactory conclusions, but I recommend reading them in order, both to avoid spoilers and because of the strong character development that begins in the first book. I highly recommend this series and look forward eagerly to the next instalment.
Stellar military SF!
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an Advance Review Copy of this book.
In this sequel to Vanguard, Jack Campbell takes us back again to the early years of his Lost Fleet universe. After a rag-tag group of volunteers managed to save the new colony world of Glenlyon from the imperial ambitions of its neighbors, things have been fairly quiet for a couple years as Glenlyon procured a small but professional space navy (crewed by veterans of Earth's mothballed fleet) and its enemies looked for easier targets. However, an ambush leaves Glenlyon with a single warship and highlights that their position is more tenuous than they believed. Fearing renewed hostilities, the government turns again to Rob Geary. Geary is given command of Glenlyon's surviving destroyer and has to find a way to balance Glenlyon's tenuous protection with the need to build an alliance against their predatory neighbors.
As usual, Jack Campbell has a good handle on the whole space navy novel and the battle sequences are exciting and thanks to that it's a fast moving and entertaining read. On the other hand, the characters in this book were... not good. This is a shame because I thought he put some of his best work to date into the previous book, but in this book, the characters all just felt stereotypical to me. Worse, the novel is overwrought with prequelitis (a rarer strain of sequelitis), which is the need to provide, in the most heavy-handed way possible, the origins to all the world building in the series to which it is a prequel (Could it be we need an ALLIANCE? Yes, an ALLIANCE! Indeed, an ALLIANCE would solve many of our problems, we most definitely would like an ALLIANCE). Thanks to these problems, the fact that the story doesn't ever really surprise you (and the rather overly dramatic subplot with the diplomats on the transport), although Vanguard was the first Jack Campbell book that I gave 5 stars, I seriously considered giving this one 3, though ultimately I chose to give it 4 (though in my mind it's really a 7/10), but it was close.
When I first heard that Mr. Hemry was going to do a prequel series to his Lost Fleet novels, setting out the origins of the Alliance and the Syndics, my reaction was, to put it kindly, meh.... I had no interest in the subject, I wanted more Geary, Desjani, et al.
Well, the first book blew me away. so I was REALLY looking forward to this one.
Once again, he doesn't disappoint. This book is a definite MUST READ (I bought it yesterday, I finished it yesterday).
I will admit that at first I was a little 'concerned' that it appears that most of the main characters are direct ancestors to the heroes we know and love with the same last names (what are the odds) but then, the whole universe follows a sort of ancestor worship and when you look at it through that spectrum, its not quite so jarring. In fact, I ended up playing a little game of spot the ancestor (with a special shout out to the reference to the appearance of a sibling to a possible ancestor of Morgan from the Lost Stars.
It's too soon to decide if its going to be one of my best of 2018 but it is Highly recommended.