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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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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-15-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Midland, MI, United States 03-11-13
    Jason Midland, MI, United States 03-11-13

    I like Military Sci-Fi, regular military and military history. I like sickening amounts of technical details about weapons and vehicles of combat. I love tactics and survival/scavaging. The Bolo! series is by far my favorite series. Keith L aumer, William H. Keith, and David Weber probably my favorite writters for the series. I also love Day by Day Armageddon trililogy.

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    "Awesome Series!"
    Would you listen to The Lost Fleet: Courageous again? Why?

    Yes, technical enough for me, yet fulfills, what I would think is what any sci-fi lover would enjoy.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Fleet: Courageous to and why?

    Not sure, I was hoping you could tell me. Day by day Armageddon is my all time favorite book series. Favorite Sci-Fi series is Bolo.


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

    Christian Rummel, is awesome. Great voices, excellent performance. Just as good, maybe better then Justin Snyder.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I love sicking amounts of technical detail, couldn't be enough. I would love for him to explain more about the ships, the weapons, the jump drives. But understand he would limit his audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 12-07-12
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Saga Continues - the standards are still High!"

    You really can't read one of the Lost Fleet books without reading the other five - it just isn't right. This series is well written, a great story and compelling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aileen Armidale, Australia 03-10-11
    Aileen Armidale, Australia 03-10-11
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    "Good series well narrated"

    I've enjoyed all three books in this series so far, though I fully endorse previous comments about the author's tendency to belabor points unnecessarily without really exploring them in an engaging way. The main character is quite well drawn. The supporting characters tend to be flat and lifeless.
    The premises are interesting, and the hints of a non-human race manipulating the warring parties are intriguing. I hope these are followed thru in the rest of the series.
    The reader has a pleasant voice and style. His accents are a bit cringe-worthy especially the Australian one (not even entirely sure he's supposed to be Aussie. If so, no. Just no.)
    In summary, probably more a three and a half stars. interesting elements. In need of better editing.

    1 of 1 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring God's country 07-04-14
    Joshua Kring God's country 07-04-14 Member Since 2013

    I love epic fiction and really well writen stories and competent narrators. I listen to 2 or 3 audio books a month, sometimes more.

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    "The 3rd Lost Fleet book"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No...

    I thought the best parts of this book was the intrigue it built of a possible nonhuman intelligence that might be pulling the strings behind the curtain. I am excited to see how this develops in the next books.


    Any additional comments?

    OK.

    So, I've listened to the first three books in about six days. The first two were really great. However, this one seemed to lag a little bit. Each sequel repeats a lot of information from the books that came before it, and, while I didn't mind that in the second book, its starting to get on my nerves. Combine that with the fact that I felt like nothing much happened in this one and I start to get concerned that I will lose interest with this series soon.

    I'm beginning to think that I am listening to this series too fast and I'm just getting burnt out on it. After finishing this one I was going to give the series a rest for a while (I have a lot of other audio books in my library that I haven't started yet) and come back to it when it would feel fresh again. But, it ended with a cliffhanger of sorts... so, now I'm a third of the way through book four, and that one seems to be getting better.

    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 2009
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Yelm, WA, United States 12-20-13
    Steve Yelm, WA, United States 12-20-13
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great series and recommend it highly


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening and using ones imagination seems to be is a lost art. I can listen at any time or any place. Can't do that with print. I get more involved with the story when I listen. I prefer dramatized books but when the narrator(s) read and present the story while creating the persona of not just the main character but other important characters as well I "feel" the story better and become more excited as it unfolds. It's easy to close a book but with an audio book you don't have to. Go Captain John "Black Jack" Geary. Mr Rummel has a great ability to create other totally different individual characters when he's narrating. Great job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Burke Boston, Ma USA 11-15-13
    J. Burke Boston, Ma USA 11-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "redundant."
    What disappointed you about The Lost Fleet: Courageous?

    The author had a couple of things to say, then beats you over the head with them. Over and over and over..

    The fleet goes somewhere new. needs something, prepares for battle. The stupid captains make things difficult... Blackjack prevails.... and repeat...


    What was most disappointing about Jack Campbell’s story?

    The dialog and plausibility of the situations are just not believable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Some of the voices were painful to listen to. That said it could have just been the awful dialog.


    What character would you cut from The Lost Fleet: Courageous?

    Co- president what's-her-name


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. United States 10-12-13
    Dr. United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One from column A, One from Column B"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    There are only so many ways a limited number of phrases can be put together. The first two books in the series were sufficient to tell the story twice. The battles have few meaningful differences and the dialog just gets rotated. There are too many instances of exactly the same set of words. The predicable pattern is 1) pick a gate 2) traverse inner-space 3) emerge and have a battle in exquisite detail of ship movements and weapons fired, find the next gate and repeat. I doubt I'll go past the last two hours of book 3 I still have to listen to. The performance is excellent, unfortunately the writing is lacking.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    Unlikley


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotions and clearer sense of personnel relationships.


    Was The Lost Fleet: Courageous worth the listening time?

    This is an iffy response. I will finish listening to it, but will drop the series and find something else rather than listening to "more of the same" in book 4.


    Any additional comments?

    I've chosen "Mote in the eye of God" as an alternative next listen. The writing in Campbell's books is not on a par with say "The Human Division Series" by John Scalzi or the Lois Bujold or Roger Zelazny series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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