Leviathan is the latest novel by Jack Campbell in his popular Lost Fleet setting, with this one being the fifth novel in the Beyond The Frontier series. Focusing once again on the exploits of Admiral John ‘Black Jack’ Geary, his flagship, Dauntless, and its captain (and Geary’s wife) Tanya Desjani, plus the ships and captains of all the Alliance First Fleet, it’s easy to say one thing: if you’ve not read the previous Beyond The Frontier novels, this really isn’t the place to jump in. If, like me, you’ve been keeping up with Campbell’s output, then what you’ll find in Leviathan is an interesting novel, one that returns the quality of the series to expectations, and one that resolves the much of what Steadfast, the previous novel, spent time in setting up.
We also get to see more of the Dancer aliens in Leviathan, and it leads to a big step forward in communications between them and humanity. It’s interesting to finally hear more in-depth knowledge from them, and to see just how far behind humanity is in their understanding of interstellar travel. It’s nice to see an alien species being developed like this, and I hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of them.