Ascendant (#2)

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A young fleet officer and a Marine stand together to defend their colony in the continuation of the powerful and action-packed Genesis Fleet saga from New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell.

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse.

When one of Glenlyon’s warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary’s decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

Kosatka has been fighting a growing threat from so-called rebels–who are actually soldiers from aggressive colonies. When a “peacekeeping force” carrying thousands of enemy soldiers arrives in Kosatka’s star system, the people of that world, including Lochan Nakamura and former “Red” Carmen Ochoa, face an apparently hopeless battle to retain their freedom.  

It’s said that the best defense is a good offense. But even if a bold and risky move succeeds, Geary and Darcy may not survive it…


“The second installment of the Genesis Fleet […] offers a great entry point for new readers looking for realistic military science fiction […] Campbell builds compelling characters and surrounds them with authentic details of skirmishes in space, on the ground, and everywhere in between that make this adventure a page-turner of the first order.”


“The second book in the Genesis Fleet series launches readers right back into the early, tumultuous years of Glenlyon, and the rich characters who have already made this series so engaging [...] The action and suspense of this voyage will certainly hold readers’ interest.”

RT Book Reviews

“This prequel series to Campbell’s Lost Fleet saga offers fascinating backstory, but also stands alone nicely.”

Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Fans of David Weber, Ian Douglas, and John Scalzi should find plenty here to enjoy […] The action and adventure keep coming and there is a lot to come in the third volume of the series.”


“The stories are Jack Campbell classics of people with character strength and compassion and intelligence. The characters are exceptional; people you would want to know, at least, the good guys […] I do love the space battles and the ground battles. The technology discussions around repairs and battles are also fascinating to me. There is even some humor! I love these stories.”

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