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The Lost Fleet: Courageous Audiobook

The Lost Fleet: Courageous

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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.

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©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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    Travis Houston, TX 05-05-11
    Travis Houston, TX 05-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good review no spoilers"

    I am very intrigued by this series, and the reader is very good. There are some problems though.


    Each book in the series assumes the reader never read any of the preceding books. You often get descriptions of systems you already have had explained to you over, and over again. The sections dealing with his personal life is very interesting, but the continuing theme of hero worship puts a foreshadow on everything in the book. If he starts thinking about how he can't turn into Black Jack, that probably means he's going to stomp the Syndic fleet into a mud hole.

    This book also has problems with the commander being too perfect. Its like the commander does everything you expect him to do. For this reason he doesn't have a human side to him, not really anyways. He's always minding his honor, and doing everything exactly the way it should be done. Its just not very realistic, and this is brought out by the irony that the main character keeps telling himself over and over he's not perfect. Even worse, when things do go wrong Black Jack can't be blamed for the failure. He's invincible and unfallable...


    Now onto the good. The space battles are nicely done, if you've been loaded with a pretty good 3D graphics card from the womb they come out pretty handsomely. The fleet drama between the characters does wonders to make the plot very interesting and dynamic. You get to see them fail, and then disciplined which is gratifying for the reader. Anything involving Captain Falco is absolutely hilarious. This is only intensified because the reader makes him sound like quagmire from Family guy. I'm just waiting for a giggidy giggidy to be thrown in for good measure where I would lose control and risk a stroke.


    Thats about it for night, i'll see the series through for sure. I just wish the author would of thought it out a little bit more. Some minor tweaks could have removed some of the more glaring inconsistencies.

    7 of 10 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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-11-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-11-17 Member Since 2009

    word man

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    "Great series."

    Great continuation of the story with wonderful characters. Third book in and I'm liking this series more and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 06-27-17
    Dana 06-27-17 Member Since 2012
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    Great story till the end when your left hanging like a season final of game of thrones

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MPITA S.E. Wisconsin 06-16-17
    MPITA S.E. Wisconsin 06-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "uxx76uxx76r is the 3rd 3rqsg"

    h..Arrived onsite abc ANtD jd dumbI 33K us not in the 7on E Moreland dri4cfve up and found a couple items of concern for the re mainder

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan E. Baseman Voorhees, NJ USA 06-14-17
    Susan E. Baseman Voorhees, NJ USA 06-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting, but tedious"
    What did you like best about The Lost Fleet: Courageous? What did you like least?

    The overall story line, including the element of the lead character waking up to find 100 years have passed, are interesting and well done. However, now that I am into this third book in the series, the repetitive nature of the overall story has become tedious. And Mr. Campbell should stick with writing about the military and battles, it is clear he can't write about romance or create compelling female characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    Possbly


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s performances?

    probably


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not likely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alf 05-23-17
    Alf 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story."

    i love the story and the descriptions of spacebattle is great. Only feel the books contain some degree of tedious repetitions, especially when run consecutively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 05-23-17
    Daniel 05-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another Fantastic Sci Fi Installation"

    I love this series and everything about it. The prologue, delivered by the author, was an awesome treat and the story progresses perfectly with a white knuckle finale,, obligatory cliffhanger nailed down tight. Can't recommend this series enough, especially considering the brilliant narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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