Reviewed by Jacqueline Lichtenberg
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Boundless is the first volume in a new sub-series about The Lost Fleet and the legendary Black Jack who becomes Admiral Black Jack Geary.
After settling a century old war, Geary has brought his Fleet home - only to encounter ferocious politics. Wisely, he accepts a new assignment - to go way out beyond the limits of known worlds and make contact with the Aliens he encountered in the earlier adventures.
This #1 in a new series within that series has the characters we learned to love, some new problems, and an example of Geary's ability to maneuver a combat fleet in space.
But it is mostly a political-power story, about personal power, the power of reputation, and the control of the military by civilians.
Geary's fleet is escorting an unarmed Diplomatic ship complete with Ambassador and staff, plus scientific researchers. This puts him in a new position, career-wise, the fate of the maturing combat professional -- desk work and politics.
He is married to the Captain of his flagship, and she is as clever and powerful as he is. Some of the Captains in his fleet are his friends, some maybe not-so-much, and some are competent and some who-knows?
Judging from this first entry in the new series about the same people, this will be a story about Geary's ability to assess the talents, abilities, maturity, and potential of his officers, and very likely of the Aliens he will have to deal with. The Ambassador and her staff are supposed to do that, but it just doesn't seem like that's how it will play out.
I highly recommend the entire LOST FLEET series, and this new sub-series is already a delight. The Romance leading up to the marriage and subsequent career issues truly makes this series a worthwhile read for Romance writers.