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Deep within Syndicate Worlds' space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who was revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary's victories over the enemy have earned him both the respect and the envy of his fellow officers.

Geary has made many risky decisions as commander, especially in ordering the Alliance fleet back to the Lakota Star System, where it was nearly destroyed by the Syndics. It's a desperate gamble that may buy Geary just enough time to prepare for the Syndics' inevitable return, and give the fleet a fighting chance at survival.

But even as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the enemy, Geary must face conspirators within his own fleet who want a change of command and are willing to do anything to bring it about. Geary knows that his fleet must stand together or the Syndic forces will tear them apart.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains why he sees Valiant as the latest in a long tradition of "sea stories".

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I like honorable heroes!

This is one of my favorite series and I look forward to see how the fleet will get back home. I guess you could criticize some of the redundancies found throughout this series (such as the retelling of Black Jacks 100 years in the freezer, or the delays caused by the limits to the speed of light, etc.) but I guess if you didn't include them, readers of later books, who did not read earlier books would complain. I also enjoy the interplay between the main characters and the voices provided to them by the narrator. If you like honorable heroes (like I sometimes do) you will like these books, if not, you might not. Enjoy!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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I can't wait for the next book!

This series continues to get better after each novel.

If you enjoy space battles and sci-fi "war" novels, you can't go wrong with all of the Lost Fleet books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • St. Johns, FL, United States
  • 06-19-13

The lost fleet is still wandering around...

Originally posted at FanLit.

Black Jack Geary, the crew of the flagship Dauntless, and the other ships of the Alliance fleet are still wandering around in enemy territory, trying to get home (and reminding me a bit of that stupid show I loved when I was a kid: Lost in Space). They’re worried about their stores of fuel, food and the material they need to create weapons. They’re also worried about the Syndicate fleets, but they’ve been successful enough so far that the Syndics are equally afraid of them. In Valiant, there are more Syndics to fight, civilians to rescue, and sabotage to discover. The Alliance fleet will also witness the terrifying collapse of a Syndicate hypernet gate and learn the truth about their suspicions of an alien presence that may be influencing the war from afar.

Personally Geary is still dealing with some treacherous ship captains and he must make some hard decisions about how to handle them. He also has a problem with the women in his life — co-president Victoria Rione and Tanya Desjani, captain of Dauntless. Up to this point I mostly appreciated Campbell’s depiction of the women in his space fleet, but now they’re starting to act unprofessional. For such strong women, they sure can be catty!

Overall I continue to enjoy Jack Campbell’s LOST FLEET series. Valiant is the fourth book and while some of it is repetitive in both language and plot, and while some of the plot is really far-fetched (most of that having to do with how they manage to guess the intentions of their enemies and the aliens) it does serve to increase tension as we find out about the aliens and the potential danger in the hypernet gates. The romantic jealousies add emotional drama, though I could have done without some of that (or at least I would have preferred for the women not to be so silly about it).

Tanya Desjani is given more development in this installment — we’re finally shown some agreeable aspects of her personality. When we first met her she was rather bland. Her two main personality characteristics seemed to be blind devotion to Captain Geary and an almost bloodthirsty lust for battle. Now that she is a potential love interest for Geary, Campbell has decided to give us someone to love. The devotion has been toned down — Tanya will now offer her opinions and will display skepticism or even disapproval of some of Geary’s plans. She has also acquired a touch of snark and a much-needed sense of humor.

Speaking of humor, there were actually times I laughed aloud while reading Valiant, and I’m not sure that has happened before in this series. Campbell is most funny when he’s poking fun at navy officers, intelligence officers, engineers, and Marines.

I’m moving on to the fifth book, Relentless, but I can’t shake the feeling that this series should have been condensed to a total of four rather than six books.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-14-12

Valiant

Christian Rummel does an excellent job narrating this book. I have enjoyed the series so far a bit more repetition than I like but does serve to remind me when it has been awhile since the prior book in the series. Great battle scenes and both fleet and world politics going on. Great series that allows one to obtain a fun getaway from the stresses of life. Like the fact that Black Jack is bring back ethics to the fleet.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • United States
  • 04-20-09

Fantastic

This is a fantastic series. It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator's voice. But he really is a great fit as a narrator.

The series reminds me a lot of the 'Honor Harrington' series. So if you liked those, then you'll like these (and vice versa). There is a little more focus on the technical details of battle in the 'Lost Fleet' series than the 'Honor Harrington' ones, and it really brings a sense of realism.

I cannot wait for the next book!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • kodiak, AK, USA
  • 01-25-09

Sci Fi Fun

As number four in the Lost Fleet series, Valiant is more of the same. Despite this, I am looking forward to a number five? The whole series has been favored with excellent narration & production.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Shazam!

Each book in this series just gets better. The pace is back to normal after the rushed feeling of the last. Exquisite detail of space organization for those who enjoy meat and potatoes with they SF fluff. 3 dimensional character, and great plot are just a few of the weapons in this writers incredible arsenal.

Our hero the revived and thawed Jack Black Geary has finally got his game back on. After the brutal crush the Syndics had served his fleet Geary is back in top form. However great things are moving with the Syndics treachery strikes from home. Someone is sabotaging the fleet, betraying not just Geary but the entire Alliance. Betrayed, battered but not beat Geary must put an end to the mischief threatening the rag-tag fleet and get the key back to Alliance space.

There is also some romantic interests burning down the hallways of the fleet, try not to get burned!

Enjoy the entire series of "The Lost Fleet" it is one of the best written Sci-Fi series since EE Doc's immortal series.

Also the narrator is perhaps one of the best character driven narrators I have heard. I really enjoy his telling of the story. As good, if not better than Jim Dale. Great job on this most excellent audio book.

-Tizroc

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Love the series but...

STORY (sci-fi) - I love this series and, don't get me wrong, I'm sure I will continue to love it, but this book is my least favorite so far. There is the usual cat-and-mouse game with the Syndics and the strategic battles we have all come to love and expect. There are more inside attempts to sabotage the fleet, and the unknown alien presence continues to aid the Syndics against the Alliance. Geary continues his policy of preserving the lives of innocent civilian Syndics and starts to plant the seed of peace-talking with them. The love triangle between Geary, Rionne and Desjani becomes more important in this book, but I'm thinking (and hoping) it will return to its usual smaller background role in future books.

While the book is good, it is kind of SSDD (same shit different day). You could probably skip it and not really miss anything important that contributes to the future of the fleet. The opening battle takes an extra long time, seems like about half the book, and there are constant references to Geary's being considered a hero and how he's sent by the ancient ancestors to save the human race, blah, blah. I know that from the previous books and I didn't need it repeated 20 times in this book alone.

PERFORMANCE - Love this narrator! Not only does he have a sexy low voice for Captain Geary, but he gives Rionne and Desjani two completely distinct female voices. They actually sound feminine and not like drag queens! The only thing I'd complain about (and maybe this is just me) but the word "auxiliaries" comes up a lot. A whole lot. In my part of the world we say it four syllables (aux-il-a-rees) but he makes it five syllables (aux-il-ee-air-ees). Kind of drove me crazy.

OVERALL - No sex or cursing. There are space battles but no talk of blood or gore. This is the third book in the series and it can stand alone, I suppose, but I'd recommend starting with Book 1 and following the series in order.

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  • Eric
  • Palm Springs, CA, United States
  • 03-15-15

Deity worship in a space adventure...?!

while hoping for a great space adventure...and then hearing all the Deity praise &worship throughout the story was extremely irritating....chewed nuts and bolts painfully..to get through it....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Addictive

I got this book when it was on sale, but as I listened I was quickly drawn into the story and eventually got all of the audiobooks in the series. The same thing happened with my son when I let him listen. Fun story and good idea for the plot. Very well narrated as well. Definitely worth getting. Prepare to download the others.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul A. Adams
  • 09-08-17

Brilliant

So much more than just a tactical battle in space, but has intrigued, politics and the struggles of life.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 08-31-17

look forward to what happens next

the story gets more interesting as we get closer to the end. the space battles are epic and the politics just got more intense.
I look forward to seeing what happens next.

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  • 06-26-17

another nail biting book

Talk about shocking revelations in this here book!! love how its written and love who is in it. I just need to pace myself now because I have many more books to buy from this author. I get what the people were saying about the author repeating concepts again and again but I feel like its world building I love those marines I feel like the viewer the captain uses is like some of today's video games ... infact a game with a fleet and marines in space would be nice!!