The Genesis Fleet – Book 1: Vanguard – By Jack Campbell

Hey Jared,

Have you read any of Jack Campell’s books? Their pretty good and other than one series having staggered releases their worth looking at.

vanguardTitle: Vanguard
Series: The Genesis Fleet; Book 1
Author: Jack Campbell
Genre: Science Fiction, Military
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: CU, Distant Future, FTL (Jump Drive), Energy Weapons
Synopsis: Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted Marine. With nothing but improvised weapons and a few volunteers, Geary and Darcy must face down warships and armored soldiers–or die trying. As battles rage and pirates take an increasing toll throughout the colonies, the only hope for lasting peace lies with Carmen Ochoa, a “Red” from the anarchic world of Mars, and Lochan Nakamura, a failed politician. They have a plan: to lay the groundwork for mutual defense that could someday grow into an alliance. But if their efforts don’t succeed, the growing power of aggressor worlds could turn regions of space founded on freedom into battlefields between the first interstellar empires…
the first interstellar empires…

Recommendation: It’s a good series, but I would recommend being familiar with Lost Fleet or Lost Stars before starting this series.

That was a great book. It had a lot of things that I love in books. A fairly big perspective grounded with a handful of good characters, a dash of politics, smattering of dry humor, a healthy dose of action, and a plot that makes me question if the characters will survive at every step of the way.

For me the beginning third of the book was a slow burn. Not exactly boring but the pace was slow. Getting a good grasp on the characters and the plot were the biggest reasons for that. On the flip side, knowing what happens in the future was a good motivation to keep going however for those without such knowledge they should be aware of that.

As soon a the second third of the book started it was amazing. The pacing was really good and it built up to the end perfectly.

I thought that the choice to have a Geary as a main character was a silly one. The connection is tenuous but it made estabilishing Rob Geary as his own character a tricky prospect. Even having finished it he still blends with John Geary for me and that’s a shame.

Additionally, I thought that there were several things that were too matchy-matchy with the Lost Fleet that goes beyond foreshadowing. This book was great, don’t get me wrong. But there is such a clear connection between Genesis Fleet and Lost Fleet that I don’t feel like I need more books between them.

In summary, it’s a solid book that might be a little difficult for readers unfamiliar with the universe to get into and a little slow in the beginning. Beyond that it was entertaining and I intend to try and keep up with this series.



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The Genesis Fleet – Book 1: Vanguard – By Jack Campbell

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