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4.0 out of 5 stars Not great writing, but entertaining
Similar in plot and structure to the last three books. The love triangle between Geary and the two women in his life is becoming a bit of a soap. However, Campbell has found a formula and is sticking to it. good for him!
Published on 14 Sep 2008 by Robert

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3.0 out of 5 stars the enemy within
for the uninitiated: this is a series of science fiction novels telling the ongoing story of the lost fleet, a group of spaceships in a future war between two human groups called the alliance and the syndic. the fleet comes from the former, and they got lost behind enemy lines and would have been doomed had they not found john geary. the legendary black jack, who fought...
Published on 30 Jun 2008 by Paul Tapner


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3.0 out of 5 stars the enemy within, 30 Jun 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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for the uninitiated: this is a series of science fiction novels telling the ongoing story of the lost fleet, a group of spaceships in a future war between two human groups called the alliance and the syndic. the fleet comes from the former, and they got lost behind enemy lines and would have been doomed had they not found john geary. the legendary black jack, who fought in a battle at the start of the war one hundred years previously and was stuck in suspended animation ever since. geary is now in command, struggling to deal with the myth that has built up around him in the meantime, and trying to get the fleet back home. These books are not great literature by a long way, but they're capably written and feature good space battles.

you could probably pick the story up here, but to get the most out of the series go back to the first volume and read them in order.

for those who have been following this series:

this one like all of them runs roughly 286 pages, and picks up where the previous book in the series left off. like that one, it also takes about a hundred pages to really get going. the first hundred pages are taken up with more space battles, which are well described but not the most exciting ones so far.

after this, though, the book does get going. geary this time faces the threat of his enemies inside the fleet taking action. he has to try and find them, and make a few more tough decisions along with it.

subplots do move on a bit here. the romantic love triangle he's been in gets a bit of resolution. the aliens mentioned in book three don't appear but we learn a little more about them. and an interesting subplot about the course of the war begins. it will be interesting to see how it develops.

not quite the best in the series, but enough to make me want to know what will happen next
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not great writing, but entertaining, 14 Sep 2008
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Similar in plot and structure to the last three books. The love triangle between Geary and the two women in his life is becoming a bit of a soap. However, Campbell has found a formula and is sticking to it. good for him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Space Warfare, 28 Dec 2008
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I normally don't read this kind of starship trooper stuff but after the first book bought at an airport I too am hooked. Campbell writes with authority as though he has personal experience of space warfare and has obviously done a lot of research of the factors involved. He describes tactics and battles in an approachable way but I bet if you plotted it all out in three dimensions, it would check out. His characters are also well fleshed out within the limits of the scanerio and the power politics and machinations of the envious inept against a competent man will strike a chord with any adult. His hero is also believable, filled with self-doubt and trying to balance all the factors for the best outcome. Will he save the fleet? Will he win the war? Will he get the right woman? Will he discover the secret of the myesterious aliens? Of course he will but don't miss any of the exciting episodes on the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Space, 28 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Lost Fleet: Valiant (Volume 4) (Lost Fleet 4) (Paperback)
This fourth book by Jack Campbell is an excellent read and once the full six volumes are published they will almost make a Si-Fi classic like the thinking man's Battlestar Galactica. The first volume was brilliant. The presentation of the sequels suffer from unnecessary repitition that spoils the flow of the story dialog. If you are like me a buy all the books to read from start to finish the story resume at the beginning of each seqel, the many references to the character and story histories, and the free first chapter of the next story, mean that there is not much meat left in the sandwitch. So one starts to think are the author and publishers worried more about book sales than producing the classic that is almost there. The problem is exacerbated buy the extensive extra notes from the author at the back, interesting, but I would prefer more story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Series is maintaining a good pace, 12 Feb 2009
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Mr. B. Moylan "Sci Fi Reader" (Australia) - See all my reviews
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I bought the series based on the reviews and have found them to be a good read. The author seems to be building up a lot of subplots for resolution in the final two books which I hope will cover the lost fleet actually making it back.

Having read a lot of Weber I found the authors tendency to skip over the mechanics of the ships took some getting used to. That said, the machinations of a thoroughly politicised, "professional" navy has made for good reading.

Overall I can recommend the series as a solid read for those looking for a good space yarn that doesn't concentrate too hard on how it all works but rather concentrates on character development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black jack continuesssss, 2 Jun 2014
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Great book as the plot of black jack continues..it's one of those can't put it down book...a must read for all science fiction fans!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, easy reading, 23 Mar 2014
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Enjoyable series of books, a single story line so it is not jumping between a myriad of different situations.
Starting to wonder how long the return journey home is going to take though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sci fi adventure for all ages, 15 Mar 2014
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An excellent rip roaring space adventure which I found difficult to put down. I can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read, 26 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Lost Fleet: Valiant (Volume 4) (Lost Fleet 4) (Paperback)
This story continues from the previous in the series, it remains true to the approach of the previous book namely the story line is simple, the book is very easy to read and it doesn't demand huge amounts of concentration but is hugely enjoyable to read. If you enjoyed this you will read the next in the series.

Worth noting that there is a small degree of repetition but it doesn't distract from the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Fleet: Valiant, 25 Jan 2014
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The pressure mounts with developing betrayals, battles and personal relationships to endure! Intriguing complications abound - got to move on to the next book!
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