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The Lost Fleet: Courageous | [Jack Campbell]

The Lost Fleet: Courageous

The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.
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Publisher's Summary

The Alliance has been fighting a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

After a series of deadly engagements, the Alliance fleet is severely damaged and its arsenal is running low. Forced to halt in the Baldur Star System to raid the Syndic mines for raw materials, Geary is anxious to get moving again. But what should the fleet's next move be? The Syndics are starting to catch on to Geary's tactics, and as the Alliance ships jump from system to system, it's getting harder to keep one step ahead.

What's more, Geary has started to piece fragments of intelligence together into a highly disturbing picture: the Syndics have been keeping the existence of another potential player in the war a secret - and this unknown power may have the means to annihilate the human race.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains how his own background in the military shaped the Lost Fleet series.

Get Lost! Listen to the rest of the Lost Fleet series.

©2008 by John G. Hemry; (P) 2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jack Campbell has written the most believable space battles I've ever seen anywhere." (David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series)
"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz, national best-selling author of When All Seems Lost)

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    D McConaughey 05-26-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Not the end"

    I started this book with the expectation that the 3rd book would be the last. I was wrong. There are only 3 available in audio, but there are 6 books planned in this series. The 4th installment will be released to paperback on June 24th, 2008. I don't know when the audio version is due.

    The story is still interesting, but it's getting a little tired. We need some closure. Once that happens, I think there would be a strong interest in other stories set in the same universe.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Grant Loving Los Angeles, CA United States 10-11-08
    Grant Loving Los Angeles, CA United States 10-11-08 Member Since 2003

    Show me your paso doble.

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    "same 'ol same 'ol"

    Nothing really new in this book. Just a repeat of everything we know so far. I don't think I'm gonna get the next book in the series. There are some interesting parts that foreshadow possible stuff to come, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 02-22-15
    Kelly 02-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Anything new?"

    It's starting to sound the same! The senator is always cranky. The captain of the Dauntless is always awestruck. Black Jack is having the same struggles. Are we going somewhere with this?

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    Andrew Tressell 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A very solid space epic with all the elements!"

    Intriguing....with a very powerful inquiry into the nature of human beings...especially how easily we "compromise" our values in the name of "winning"!

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    Tim C. Perkins Portland, OR United States 02-06-15
    Tim C. Perkins Portland, OR United States 02-06-15
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    "More of the same."

    I feel like this third book in the series basically repeated the first and second books so much that the author was treating me like a dumb ass. He'd rehash the same concepts over and over.

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    William Seattle, WA, United States 01-24-15
    William Seattle, WA, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Best performance"

    This story has some powerful moments, and these books are some of the best performances you'll ever hear. Clean adult fiction.

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    Origasmart 11-08-14
    Origasmart 11-08-14 Member Since 2014

    Love Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy & Alternate History genres. Prefer action over romance.

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    "Love the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Courageous to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I like audio books better than print books books because I have more time to listen than I do to sit & read, so I get to enjoy more books this way. I listen every day for at least several hours. While I'm working, driving, walking, at the beach, shopping, house keeping & even as I go to sleep (use timer).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to hear more about Captain Jack Geary's adventures.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I've listened to the entire series & love it. I've also done the Lost Stars series & loved it too.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a fun series with lots of action, adventure, political intrigue & best of all, space ships & space battles. Has a brash, ballsy lead who cares about people & has a strong moral code. Also like that Campbell has strong female characters in his books. Not a lot of dead spots or repetition as the series progresses either, which happens too often in other long series (David Weber's Honor Harrington or Weber/Flint's Ring of Fire series for example, though I still really liked & read most of them both any way).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-01-14
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Copy 'n paste plot, readable story."

    Off we go again! I really want to like these books but they're the same basic plot over and over again (much like my reviews of the books in this series). I like the concepts spelled out in the introduction, in theory it all sounds great, and bits of it are quite readable but the constant theme of "Geary considers his future options and has a miraculous realisation that saves the day", especially when said "miraculous realisation" is always blindingly obvious (to me at least, and I'm pretty sure to everyone else who reads them) really takes away from the story. That and the fact that the author specifically calls out his desire to write well-rounded characters...and then doesn't.

    Once again though, I enjoyed the details of keeping the fleet running and the space battles and since the sub-plot is finally surfacing as an actual thing I need to read episode 4 and find out what happens next.

    With regard to the narration, it meshes perfectly with the prior books as far as character voices are concerned. The only jarring note was what I assume was an Australian accent for Lieutenant Iger, that was a mistake.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-22-13
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 05-22-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "I enjoyed the entire series"

    The series is well written. It is, however, predictable. I enjoyed listening to it, It was very "boys own adventure" in space. An impossible hero and an equally impossible relationship that works out in the end in perhaps the soppiest ending I have ever heard/read in my life. It made me smile. So yes it's cheesey and it's really really obvious, like a brick in the face but it is fun. I mean it's nice every now and then to get on a roller coaster, you know that the danger is false, you know what happens to you but you enjoy it anyway once in a while. That's this series.

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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-15-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "2 Thums Up!"

    Great story with out standing narration. Lots of action everything to hold your attension every minute of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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