Two more years have passed for the Lost Fleets trapped in the Triangulum Galaxy. It’s becoming more apparent with each passing day that the Dyson Sphere of the Simulins must be destroyed if Fleet Admiral Jeremy Strong and his people want to survive.
Rear Admiral Kathryn Barnes sets out on a mission of discovery seeking allies against the Simulins. What she finds threatens to increase the conflict between the Lost Fleets and the Simulins to a whole new level. Can she make it safely back to Gaia with her discovery, which could change the entire war in the Lost Fleets favor?
Admiral Race Tolsen is assigned a new mission in the home galaxy. Simulin ships have been detected in Shari space, and the Federation needs to know why. Race is sent to the Shari Empire with the knowledge that if his small task force is discovered it could lead to a new galactic war.
This is yet another entertaining instalment in the Lost Fleet series. It is the third instalment in the Lost Fleet series and this series build upon the Slaver Wars series with 7 instalments if you include the Moon Wreck episodes. All of the books in the series have been quite enjoyable. They are simple, straightforward space opera with a mix of space battles, exploration and adventure.
This book takes off pretty much directly from the previous book in the series, Into The Darkness. A good chunk of our heroes are still trapped in a distant galaxy. A galaxy which, unfortunately, is inhabited by the Simulins who where behind most of the bad things that happened in the Milky way in the previous books.
The book follows both our heroes in the Triangulum galaxy as well as our remaining heroes back home. As usual there is plenty of fleet action and both sides do get their behinds whooped although the Simulins as well as the Sharis do end up with the short end of the stick…well, at least in the short term. The humans are still a bit of the underdog at least as far as the Simulins with their vast empire are concerned.
When our heroes are not out fighting the Simulins or the Sharis they are building their forces or exploring the galaxy to try to find remains of the old race that once existed in the universe. Needless to say they do indeed find a few interesting items. Unfortunately, in order to secure said items (or at least keep them out of the hands of the bad guys), sacrifices had to be made. Dire sacrifices.
There is a wee bit of political nonsense in the book as well but it is quite miniscule and do not really cause much annoyance. Given the previously mentioned sacrifices I do indeed hope that the Alton’s revise their stance on certain issues though.
As usual the book as a pretty fast paced ride with a lot of good action as well as likable characters and in general it is a good, not too heavy though, space opera. I like that the author still, even though we are quite far into the series, manages to get a few surprise moments for the bad guys into the book. In particular this goes for the Shari’s who, until now have not really encountered the humans. At least not on the wrong end of human guns and missile launchers.
Again I am looking forward to the next instalment in the series.