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The Lost Fleet: Relentless, Jack Campbell 18 July 2014

Fifth of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home. Spoilers will follow.

A recovery from the slump that hit books three and four; we're taking a run up to the finish line now, and the middle volume blues are behind us. Plenty of space battle, though kept reasonably short, and some of the bad guys have finally started learning from their previous tactical errors. Some surface fighting too, and the problem of how to deal with senior officers in a PoW camp who may have been collaborating with the enemy just a shade too much.

There's more consideration of supply, as the fleet auxiliaries' manufacturing capacity can't keep up with demand when the fleet isn't stopping to loot raw materials from each world it passes.

The political strife within the fleet is wrapped up neatly and quickly, perhaps too much so. So's the problem of the potentially explosive hypernet gates: oh, here's a hardware patch that can be trivially manufactured and applied. On the other hand, we get very little additional information on the mysterious aliens; I imagine that's being saved for book six, because the fleet does get back to Alliance space at the end of this book.

Still not much character development, though distinctly more than previous books have managed, and one of my favourite NPCs gets killed.

On the other hand, the plan to dive back into the hypernet system (knowing that the mysterious aliens can redirect or lose ships from it at will) seems… foolhardy. Still, we'll see what happens.

Followed by Victorious.

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See also:
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Fearless, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Courageous, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Valiant, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Victorious, Jack Campbell

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