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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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    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

    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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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-11-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 09-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great..More plot complexity"

    Very good series.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 10-14-14
    Paul United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "The great hero faces doubts"

    This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.

    Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring 07-04-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Bachelder Yelm, WA, US 12-20-13
    Steven Bachelder Yelm, WA, US 12-20-13 Listener Since 2007
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Burke 11-15-13
    J. Burke 11-15-13
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. 10-12-13
    Dr. 10-12-13
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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