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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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    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Mercadante 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More Grand Space Opera"

    If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.

    It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.

    My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.

    I said it was petty.

    Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.

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    Jeffrey Tampa, FL, United States 07-20-12
    Jeffrey Tampa, FL, United States 07-20-12
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    "After good first 2 books just pass on this one"
    What would have made The Lost Fleet: Courageous better?

    The reader is fine but after liking the 1st 2 books I would recommend against buying this one. Unfortunately a large portion of this 3rd book as others have mentioned is taken up by the repeating and boring interaction with Geary Reon, and Dajani....yada yada yada we've heard all of this tiresome stuff so many times now! And you need a strong protaganist! I really had to force myself to finish this, only the last 60 minutes were even a little bit interesting. My impression is this series could and should have been edited down and sold as 1 or 2 books maximum. To bad it started out well.


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    Nils heber, UT, United States 07-04-12
    Nils heber, UT, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Probably gonna skip the next one"

    This is the third one of these I have listened to. The first was pretty good, the second was not quite as good, and this one has way too much of the bad parts of the first two. The infantile relationship between Black Jack Greary and Co-President Reeown takes up a significant part of the book. Personally I found myself hoping she would end up a casualty so we wouldn't have to listen to her self-righteous preaching. But I digress. Basically I would advise skipping this one unless you really thought her character was enjoyable. The narrator was good, no problems on that front.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pasquale NOTTINGHAM, PA, United States 03-12-12
    Pasquale NOTTINGHAM, PA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Remarkable"

    I've been forgetting to write up this review for like almost 2 weeks now. I completed this wonderful novel probably March 1st. Like all my other reviews on the Lost Fleet series I don't want to sound bias or anything, but this is truly a 10/10 read(listen). The reader, Christian Rummel, is perfect he gives voice and life to the characters with his change of pitch to sound like a female to a male and back. I don't think I can hear another voice read this book to me ever... never ever.
    So about the book then... With out spoiling anything I will say this: You will be on the edge of your seat through out the whole book. I've been on edge when ever I read this series since the first novel. It's just that great! Theres action and... well slightly romance. The way Jack Campbell brings these characters to life is plain astonishing. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I do :)

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    finhead 09-29-11
    finhead 09-29-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid Military Sci-Fi"

    As I continue through this series, it really reinforces my initial feelings from the first two books. From technical vantage points, the books are really fantastic and give you a birds eye view of military operations and space warfare which is explained in great detail. I, for one, really enjoy it but I think more casual sci-fi fans might find it somewhat boring.

    The characters do tend to come across to me as somewhat two-dimensional and there's honestly not a lot of emotional impact in this series but the technical detail is keeping me very entertained despite the character shortcomings.

    I do still wonder if another narrator might have improved the experience a bit.

    1 of 2 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 05-07-10
    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book bad narration"

    the narrator not sure witch one keeps drinking and does not pause correctly for chapter changes. or part break ups. really can pull you out of what other wise is a great book. you think they could edit that out?

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Varba 05-06-13
    Varba 05-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Avid science fiction & fantasy reader.

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    "3rd book's not the charm"

    By this point in the series, we understand the relationships between characters. We understand how the universe works. However, we are slowly dragged through in depth descriptions of both. Again.

    You will be begging the narrator to skip ahead and get to some actual story and not read the parts copied and pasted from book 1.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Pine City, MN, United States 10-18-10
    Amy Pine City, MN, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Too much repitiion"

    The overall series is ok but the author repeats himself constantly. Did I mention that he repeats himself. Each and EVERY book he retells the entire story from the beginning. That means that the first book is good and each one afterwards gets more frustrating. If he had cut out the repetive parts the series would be much better and more cohesive.

    The other thing about the series that I don't like is the way that the author wrote the 2 main female characters. They are uninspiring and many times I wanted to smack the author for the things that they said to the main character. I was at first glad to hear that the author had a female character in a strong role. But the bickering and in-fighting between the leads was horrible.

    The reader is a good one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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