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Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary must battle dangers both within and without the Alliance, in this exciting continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary must battle dangers both within and without the Alliance, in this exciting continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the galaxy . . . and beyond. But he views his mission as both a duty and an opportunity to make things better wherever he can. And when a crippled Rift Federation ship tumbles out of jump space, Geary leaps into action. But the survivors' story isn't completely adding up. As Geary investigates, he soon finds himself fending off spies and assassins while leading the fleet as it fights its way across space controlled by the mysterious and hostile aliens whom humans call enigmas. Challenges arrive at every turn, including an unknown alien species that invites the fleet to visit one of their star systems. With little information to go on, Geary must weigh the benefits of potential new allies against the possibility of a trap. The fate of the fleet--and perhaps even the future of humanity--will depend on him making the right decision. If he can stay alive long enough to do that.


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Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary must battle dangers both within and without the Alliance, in this exciting continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary must battle dangers both within and without the Alliance, in this exciting continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Geary knows that some political factions in the Alliance were just trying to get rid of him when he was assigned to escort a diplomatic and scientific mission to the far reaches of humanity's expansion into the galaxy . . . and beyond. But he views his mission as both a duty and an opportunity to make things better wherever he can. And when a crippled Rift Federation ship tumbles out of jump space, Geary leaps into action. But the survivors' story isn't completely adding up. As Geary investigates, he soon finds himself fending off spies and assassins while leading the fleet as it fights its way across space controlled by the mysterious and hostile aliens whom humans call enigmas. Challenges arrive at every turn, including an unknown alien species that invites the fleet to visit one of their star systems. With little information to go on, Geary must weigh the benefits of potential new allies against the possibility of a trap. The fate of the fleet--and perhaps even the future of humanity--will depend on him making the right decision. If he can stay alive long enough to do that.

30 review for Resolute

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    2.6⭐ This one barely made 3 stars. I very much enjoy the world of "Black Jack" Geary and his no-longer-Lost Fleet but this installment of the series just didn't seem like value for money. Black Jack returns to the space occupied by the Dancers, the mysterious aliens who seem to be humanity's only friends. His mission, to establish formal relations, is beset by threats external and internal ( of course). My main problem with this book is mostly that, after 20 plus novels, graphic novels and stories 2.6⭐ This one barely made 3 stars. I very much enjoy the world of "Black Jack" Geary and his no-longer-Lost Fleet but this installment of the series just didn't seem like value for money. Black Jack returns to the space occupied by the Dancers, the mysterious aliens who seem to be humanity's only friends. His mission, to establish formal relations, is beset by threats external and internal ( of course). My main problem with this book is mostly that, after 20 plus novels, graphic novels and stories in six series , we've seen it all before. It's also heavily padded with dead end plot twists, repetitious exposition and clunky, boring dialog. This book did feature a heroic duck, though. I liked the duck. I also still like many of the characters and most of the action sequences. This is also clearly a middle book of this (Lost Fleet-Outlands) series and it's often challenging to maintain the momentum of the early and final novels. Here's hoping that as the series winds down it gets more interesting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Long live ensign Duck :) The rest of the book is the usual for the series. Still fun and recommended. Cheers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    DAVID KOBAK

    By far my favorite sci food author! Captivating series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    More Black Jack Geary. I have loved this series and enjoyed this book. But as a member of the series, it had some of the same tropes in other books. It felt like too much of the story was taken up with internal intrigue and less real space opera action, although there is some of that as well. Perhaps the series is getting a bit long in the tooth as there was nothing wrong with the story other than we have been here before. On the positive, we are now set up for a further and likely more dynamic More Black Jack Geary. I have loved this series and enjoyed this book. But as a member of the series, it had some of the same tropes in other books. It felt like too much of the story was taken up with internal intrigue and less real space opera action, although there is some of that as well. Perhaps the series is getting a bit long in the tooth as there was nothing wrong with the story other than we have been here before. On the positive, we are now set up for a further and likely more dynamic storyline in the next book. Also, I enjoy the stalwart, honest to a T, humble Black Jack as the main character as compared to some of the other books. I have read all the novels in this universe to date, and expect to continue.

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Snee

    No matter how many books I've read in the Geary series, I still can't wait for the next one. No matter how many books I've read in the Geary series, I still can't wait for the next one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell's other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet series, you will love this too.  I started reading Jack Campbell in 2015 when I was sent an ARC of one of the Leviathon, which was the final book in the Beyond the Frontier series.   Of course with my OCD,  I had t This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell's other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet series, you will love this too.  I started reading Jack Campbell in 2015 when I was sent an ARC of one of the Leviathon, which was the final book in the Beyond the Frontier series.   Of course with my OCD,  I had to read the previous NINE books before I could read it.  I was in the middle of moving from Minnesota to North Carolina, so I got the audio CDs from the library.  And thus, my love affair with this world began. I LOVE this world and these characters so much.  They have survived a lot and struggled and lost close friends and family.   There have been traitors and devious politicians and those who just want power for themselves.  Throughout it all, they have worked hard and with intelligence and compassion.   They have character strength to look closely at the situation with trying to help others and improve relationships. The smart strategy of the battles always thrills me.  The situations are life and death but Geary and his team remain calm and controlled.  Geary's dislike of politics provides comic relief.  I also have the advantage of having read all the books in all these series so with the history just a mention of a character brings to mind their humorous antics or strength or troubles from past books.  So I would read these in order even though there are many books now. Resolute is the second in the new Outlands series which is the farthest into the future of the Lost Fleet world.  I am thrilled to have the story continue and see my many beloved characters.   Geary's fleet is out on a diplomatic mission to form relations with the Dancers.   The politicians want Geary out of the way as he is too popular with the people and there are assassination attempts as well.  The Midway system wants in on the negotiation and sends a team along. There are battles with the Enigmas on the way there and a gamble on forming better relationships with them.  The Dancers seem surprised to see them unannounced and take time to come up with a "plan".  While they are waiting for the Dancers to progress communication with them, another alien species comes into the star system.  The Fleet sends a friendly message but gets no response.  Eventually, they learn the new people are the Taon. The rest of the story is the incredible development of relations with the Taon, the Dancers and a political conspiracy. It's exciting and fun.  I also admire these people so highly for their skills at dealing with life and death, and developing these relations.  I highly recommend all these series in this world. Narration: I'm so comfortable with Christian Rummel.  Since this is one of the first series I listened to on audio, he was one of the first narrators.  He is a favorite.   The voices are differentiated enough I recognize the different people.  The narration adds greatly to my enjoyment; I don't have to figure out how to pronounce anything!  I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.   Listen to a clip: HERE

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell's other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet series, you will love this too.  I started reading Jack Campbell in 2015 when I was sent an ARC of one of the Leviathon, which was the final book in the Beyond the Frontier series.   Of course with my OCD,  I had t This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If you have enjoyed Jack Campbell's other series, Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars,  Genesis Fleet series, you will love this too.  I started reading Jack Campbell in 2015 when I was sent an ARC of one of the Leviathon, which was the final book in the Beyond the Frontier series.   Of course with my OCD,  I had to read the previous NINE books before I could read it.  I was in the middle of moving from Minnesota to North Carolina, so I got the audio CDs from the library.  And thus, my love affair with this world began. I LOVE this world and these characters so much.  They have survived a lot and struggled and lost close friends and family.   There have been traitors and devious politicians and those who just want power for themselves.  Throughout it all, they have worked hard and with intelligence and compassion.   They have character strength to look closely at the situation with trying to help others and improve relationships. The smart strategy of the battles always thrills me.  The situations are life and death but Geary and his team remain calm and controlled.  Geary's dislike of politics provides comic relief.  I also have the advantage of having read all the books in all these series so with the history just a mention of a character brings to mind their humorous antics or strength or troubles from past books.  So I would read these in order even though there are many books now. Resolute is the second in the new Outlands series which is the farthest into the future of the Lost Fleet world.  I am thrilled to have the story continue and see my many beloved characters.   Geary's fleet is out on a diplomatic mission to form relations with the Dancers.   The politicians want Geary out of the way as he is too popular with the people and there are assassination attempts as well.  The Midway system wants in on the negotiation and sends a team along. There are battles with the Enigmas on the way there and a gamble on forming better relationships with them.  The Dancers seem surprised to see them unannounced and take time to come up with a "plan".  While they are waiting for the Dancers to progress communication with them, another alien species comes into the star system.  The Fleet sends a friendly message but gets no response.  Eventually, they learn the new people are the Taon. The rest of the story is the incredible development of relations with the Taon, the Dancers and a political conspiracy. It's exciting and fun.  I also admire these people so highly for their skills at dealing with life and death, and developing these relations.  I highly recommend all these series in this world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Shellenbarger

    It's rather strange to think that here we are 13 books into the Lost Fleet series (not counting the Lost Stars and Genesis Fleet books (including those, he's up to 20! I still remember reading a mass-market paperback copy of Dauntless while waiting for a plane to DC back in '06... how time flies!)) and honestly, I think this may be the best book in the series yet. The basic premise is that Admiral Geary and the Alliance Fleet have been sent to escort humanity's first embassy to the "Dancers," on It's rather strange to think that here we are 13 books into the Lost Fleet series (not counting the Lost Stars and Genesis Fleet books (including those, he's up to 20! I still remember reading a mass-market paperback copy of Dauntless while waiting for a plane to DC back in '06... how time flies!)) and honestly, I think this may be the best book in the series yet. The basic premise is that Admiral Geary and the Alliance Fleet have been sent to escort humanity's first embassy to the "Dancers," one of three alien species that Geary and his fleet encountered in a previous exploratory effort, and the only one to have not been murderously xenophobic (although they do look like spider-wolves, but nobody's perfect). Of course, there's several problems involved in this. First, going back to Dancer Space means crossing the territory of one of the aforementioned murderously xenophobic aliens, the obsessively private "Enigmas". The second problem is that there are factions in the fleet who aren't necessarily eager to see the mission succeed. Some of this is that because with the war over between the Alliance and the Syndicate (at least for now), many Alliance politicians would like to see Geary fail just to reduce his popularity and influence. Likewise, there are factions who view the Dancers as an existential threat (or that they're just plain too ugly to be anything other than evil monsters from beyond). As if that wasn't enough, the Fleet doesn't just represent the Alliance as there are political representatives from several other friendly powers along for the ride with agendas of their own. Then there's the fact that the Dancers aren't expecting them and it's not clear how they will be greeted upon their arrival. Basically, there's a lot of problems and very few of them are the sort of things that can be solved with superior tactics and firepower (there's still SOME of that, which is good as Campbell is probably the best author I know for writing believable large space fleet battles (Weber's better for smaller space battles (where individual ship maneuvers are a bigger deal), but I feel Campbell has a much more intuitive grasp of the flow of what a large space fleet battle would be like)), which means that Admiral Geary and his officers (and allies) have to think and guess their way through a very intriguing knot of conspiracies and communications issues.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Romero

    Well thought out continuation of the first LF Outlands book. In the first book, the author had to do alot of setup for this new series, connecting the dots and transitioning to this new arc. In this novel, he takes it to a whole new level while involving many of the characters he has cultivated over the years. My favorite aspect of this book is the deeper behavioral analysis of extraterrestrials, their cultures and motivations which was present, but not as prevalent in the other novels. And whil Well thought out continuation of the first LF Outlands book. In the first book, the author had to do alot of setup for this new series, connecting the dots and transitioning to this new arc. In this novel, he takes it to a whole new level while involving many of the characters he has cultivated over the years. My favorite aspect of this book is the deeper behavioral analysis of extraterrestrials, their cultures and motivations which was present, but not as prevalent in the other novels. And while the book does have its share of space battles, its also part scientist and spy. I think it had just enough balance as well, never over doing it in one area. And the ending makes me believe we're in store for a lot more from this series. Can't wait.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Mcallister

    This is a continuation of a series that is always engaging. Larger than life characters, sneaky politicians and tons of action. Each novel is complete yet leaves you wanting more. After being found and revived 100 years later, Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary has a lot to live up to. He's become a legend twice the size of ordinary people,someone all his family have fought to live up to and now it's his turn . He's on a diplomatic mission that maybe has been set up for failure. Enjoy the adventure! This is a continuation of a series that is always engaging. Larger than life characters, sneaky politicians and tons of action. Each novel is complete yet leaves you wanting more. After being found and revived 100 years later, Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary has a lot to live up to. He's become a legend twice the size of ordinary people,someone all his family have fought to live up to and now it's his turn . He's on a diplomatic mission that maybe has been set up for failure. Enjoy the adventure! I received this book from Netgalley. Thanks to the author and publisher for making it available.

  11. 4 out of 5

    MAB LongBeach

    Adm John Geary and his fleet's diplomatic mission to the alien race known as Dancers continues, as elements within both the fleet and the civilian experts seem to want the mission to fail. Leaving the former Syndicate planet Midway, first they must fight their way past enigma-held space. Then they will have to persuade the Dancers to talk to them. And a new danger awaits. A worthy continuation of a worthy military science fiction saga, with much less jingoism than most of the genre. I was given a Adm John Geary and his fleet's diplomatic mission to the alien race known as Dancers continues, as elements within both the fleet and the civilian experts seem to want the mission to fail. Leaving the former Syndicate planet Midway, first they must fight their way past enigma-held space. Then they will have to persuade the Dancers to talk to them. And a new danger awaits. A worthy continuation of a worthy military science fiction saga, with much less jingoism than most of the genre. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Artem

    good but not particularly consequential? While I still very much enjoy the pros of these books as well as most of the characters the pace and the events of this particular book felt off to me. It is possible that I wanted more action, more space battles but I do not believe that to be the case. I think this is more about minuscule steps in the overall story progression. I did not feel like I got a book’s worth of plot here. I will continue following this series but there will be less anticipation f good but not particularly consequential? While I still very much enjoy the pros of these books as well as most of the characters the pace and the events of this particular book felt off to me. It is possible that I wanted more action, more space battles but I do not believe that to be the case. I think this is more about minuscule steps in the overall story progression. I did not feel like I got a book’s worth of plot here. I will continue following this series but there will be less anticipation for the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Edward C. Moore

    Good read but weak ending! Well worth the money and time to read. Black Jack at his best! Enjoyed the storyline but the ending disappoints, should ended at Midway. Also Unresolved who wanted the mission to fail? Fell like I paid money but only got 75% of a book! Again, it is a fun read well done. May be Personal preference about the ending, I am just a sci-fi junkey!! Thanks. Great read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Spitzer

    Good follow up book to Boundless. This one has consistent characterization with past books, political maneuvering, action, tension.... There are several new characters introduced of whom Ensign Duck is the most fun. The various maneuverings seem to conclude and new aliens are encountered. Likely it will be a year before book three in the Outlands sub series. I will be worth the wait.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ircel

    Great Read! Campbell has provided another engaging book in this series. He ably balances space battles, internal intrigue, alien discoveries, and human interactions. Admiral Geary continues to be a fallible, engaging man out of his own time who is learning and growing. Looking forward to next offering.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Derek

    Another very good book in the Lost Fleet series. Conspiracies and political intrigue, combined with a moderate amount of space combat. Admiral Geary must summon his wisdom and leadership skills to navigate the perils in this book. He does not disappoint in showing moral excellence and clarity in leadership. A very satisfying book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

    Satisfying Space Battles Continues the Lost Fleet series from Boundless. Admiral Geary and the Alliance and former Sindic fleet head for Dancer Space. New aliens, more Space battles and internal fleet problems try to get "Black Jack" to die or fail. A really good read! If you liked The Lost Fleet books Boundless and Resolute are the continuation. Satisfying Space Battles Continues the Lost Fleet series from Boundless. Admiral Geary and the Alliance and former Sindic fleet head for Dancer Space. New aliens, more Space battles and internal fleet problems try to get "Black Jack" to die or fail. A really good read! If you liked The Lost Fleet books Boundless and Resolute are the continuation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    SANDMAN

    You Can’t LEAVE IT THERE !!! God I love this series, so we’ll written, great intrigue, we’ll written character & keeps you guessing with no hints as such until later on you go … oh yeah! Starts where it left off & you have a bit of everything in this book! Mr Author just needs to hurry up & get the next one written & published!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nick Morris

    Jack faces new challenges I like this series for the acceptance that other species may not be like us. There are physical constants but thought processes, even amongst different human cultures, can be different. There is just enough action to counterbalance the thought provoking narrative

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie Welcheck

    Awesome Jack Campbell continues to write an evolved story with exciting characters. I hope the story continues. It really makes you think about how humanity has good and bad and hopefully good wins.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Friede

    read this the day it came out! Loved the continuing adventures of Geary. Really really excited to see what happens next. Overall, fantastic read, super excited for the next installment!

  22. 5 out of 5

    IMMANUEL

    Absolutely brilliant Another riveting story in the "Black Jack" series full of all the twists and turns of the previous books in this new and epic installment I believe that there will be a third book in the Boundless series can't wait for it. Absolutely brilliant Another riveting story in the "Black Jack" series full of all the twists and turns of the previous books in this new and epic installment I believe that there will be a third book in the Boundless series can't wait for it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Another pretty good book I enjoy these books. I'm not really a huge fan of Jack's writing style though. He does spend a lot of time repeating himself. A lot of the "rules" are repeated, and people's full names are used again and again. Either way, I look forward to the next one. Another pretty good book I enjoy these books. I'm not really a huge fan of Jack's writing style though. He does spend a lot of time repeating himself. A lot of the "rules" are repeated, and people's full names are used again and again. Either way, I look forward to the next one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Duff

    Well done again Loved it. Mr. Campbell I know you are retired but you gotta start writing faster. Maybe a reread is in order.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raymon

    Great Another fun time with Blackjack and the crew of dauntless the universe is getting bigger and I don't see how this can end in one more book Great Another fun time with Blackjack and the crew of dauntless the universe is getting bigger and I don't see how this can end in one more book

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ron Kastner

    There are a lot of unresolved issues; but it is a taut narrative with lots of space excitement. The Admiral is resolute but much is unresolved as we move into the next volume.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Woody James

    After getting started I couldn't put it down finished it a 3:20am Saturday morning. It's a good thing I'm retired and didn't have anything planned for Saturday! After getting started I couldn't put it down finished it a 3:20am Saturday morning. It's a good thing I'm retired and didn't have anything planned for Saturday!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Craig Thomson

    absolutely amazing. 5/5 Loved it. I wish his books came faster but I’ll continue to read them whenever they come!!! A little different than usual but still a great story!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jkane

    Admiral Geary hasn’t lost a step!

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Bengier

    Outlands series is a great follow up for Black Jack and his fleet. Only thing I hated was finishing it, and having to wait a year for the next book in the series.

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