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Courageous (The Lost Fleet, Book 3 of 6) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jack Campbell
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18 Dec 2007
The Lost Fleet continues its perilous journey home. Badly damaged and low on supplies, the Alliance Fleet is raiding Syndic mines for raw materials and Captain 'Black Jack' Geary hopes they can continue to remain one step ahead of their enemies. But the Syndics are the least of Geary's worries when he learns of the existence of aliens with the power to annihilate the human race.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US; Ace Mass-market Ed edition (18 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015672
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 14.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" -WILLIAM C. DIETZ Praise for The Lost Fleet series: "The most believable space battles I've ever seen anywhere." -DAVID SHERMAN "Good fun." -DON D'AMMASSA "Thoughtful and exciting...loaded with edge-of-your-seat combat." -ELIZABETH MOON

About the Author

Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He also wrote the Stark's War and Paul Sinclair series under his real name. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the fleet flies on 25 Mar 2008
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third in a series of science fiction novels about the lost fleet. There's an interstellar war on between two human groupings of worlds, the alliance and the syndic. the alliance space fleet are trapped behind enemy lines, and only their chance discovery of captain geary, an alliance hero of years before who was stuck in suspended animation for ages till the fleet found him, could save the day.

Can geary get the fleet home? and can he live up to the legend he's become in the meantime?

all these books run for three hundred pages. and whilst not being great literature are quite decent prose and characterisation wise.

For the first hundred pages this looked like having mid book in series syndrome, in that not much happens and things continue much as before.

However the remaining two hundred pages were really rather entertaining, as the space battles carry on in earnest, and the alliance fleet really struggle to survive. this was entertaining and engrossing reading, and the book ends on a cliffhanger that was really quite rousing and makes me desperate to know what will happen next.

I'll be back for more. the aliens promised on the back of the book are only hinted at late on. Doubtless we'll see more of them in future volumes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Courageous is the third book in the Lost Fleet series, preceded by Dauntless and Fearless, and as such you're not going to be getting a stand alone here - this series is one big story. I've really enjoyed the first two books and was very much looking forward to get stuck into Courageous to see where it took the story and just what else could be thrown up for Geary and the fleet to deal with. While Jack Campbell sticks to a formula that has proven successful in the previous instalments, he does introduce some new aspects that help increase the tension and raise plenty of questions about the bigger picture.

As the Alliance fleet travel from system to system through Syndic space on their way home they are constantly overcoming the odds and surviving battle after battle, inflicting heavy losses on the Syndics each time. While this is the more traditional battlefield that Geary is used to, another is always present - the political and argumentative fleet conferences that take place with all Alliance fleet ship commanders. These conferences are the bane of Geary's command and it is during these that those who oppose him manipulate others to raise issues. On top of this Geary's relationship with Rionne is not what it used to be, she appears cold and distant, and rumours are spreading about the fleet of improper conduct between him and Desjani, the captain of his flagship. And then there is the discovery that humanity may not be alone in this section of the galaxy after all as evidence of mysterious foes builds and builds.

Other than the unravelling mystery of non-human intelligences that Geary and his close confidants are slowly discovering, there is a distinct feeling that Geary is playing things a little too well when it comes to avoiding the Syndic forces.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot happens 28 Feb 2008
By Ozwaldo
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I guess if you read book four when it comes out never having read this book (book 3)you would not even notice. Where are these aliens then? A great disappointment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Enjoying This Series...... Just 16 Sep 2013
By M. Hall
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I find these books enjoyable and easy to read. Though I'm hoping the author will use a bit more imagination with the story line in the next books. The same old 'fleet escapes into new system, encounters the enemy fleet, fights/ escapes into new system' and repeat is becoming a little repetitive and boring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stretching A Bit Far 18 May 2013
For me, this is now beginning to stretch out a theme to breaking point.

Most of this book continues in the same vein as the previous two - far too much similarity. This book basically follows the same formula of arrive in a system, beat the living daylights out of the opposition, take some losses, then jump again.

The series needs something new.
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I like this series of books a lot, great characters and a good plot that's original enough to keep me wondering what's going to happen next or how the characters are going to get out of the fix they're in.

These books and Mr Campbell have one great failing in my eyes, and that's the constant repetition of certain stock phrases and descriptions. These can be overcome for the most part with just a little gentle cursing and swearing while skipping to the next paragraph, but by the time i got to third book it had all just got too much and i very nearly abandoned the entire series. Instead after a week away from being told again and again about the sodding lights in hyperspace and what people thought they represented, i picked these books up again and ploughed on.

Three more books in and i'm glad i persisted, because the story does continue to develop nicely, and i have thoroughly enjoyed them.. . And it might be my imagination but it does seem like the repetition of those stock phrases is getting a bit less, a tiny, tiny bit less.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious 14 Sep 2008
By Robert
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I once saw a company report which had pictures of employees and managers throughout. Oddly, only the managers seemed to have names. Courageous is a bit like that. The principle characters all have identities, but everyone else is a cipher. For example, the bridge crew of Dauntless are interchangeable 'watch standers'. The losses of the ships and their casualties appear unreal. That said, the story is a good yarn which does not pretend to real psychology. It does keep you interested, although the battles can become a bit alike. I think it is the concept of mystery being slowly revealed (very slowly), that keep readers coming back.
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More of the same from Jack Campbell, which means its very, very good: Action packed and with some good plot twists.
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This series of books is by far the best series I have read in a very long time. You are kept on the edge of your seat all the time and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Fleet Series
This series must be read in sequence to understand the background to each book in the series - greatly enjoyed the whole series.
Published 11 months ago by Jumbojim
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on this series now
Having read the first in this series, looks like I am now hooked. A good sci-fi read, that has got me back into the genre.
Published 11 months ago by KeithF
5.0 out of 5 stars Good N Fast
Got this book well within the estimated delivery period, arrived in good condition. The book itself was a great read, I am alreafy a big fan of the lost fleet series and really... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Campbell
Can't recommend this series highly enough. Only problem with it is that I read rather than work!! Gets in the way of things I should be doing. But love the series - go on buy it
Published 15 months ago by Michael Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps the story rolling along nicely
The only complaint I could have with this is that it repeats elements of the story. This is required so it can be read as a standalone book, but does get in the way sometimes.
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