Courageous (Lost Fleet Series #3)

Courageous (Lost Fleet Series #3)

by Jack Campbell

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781101147375
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Series: Lost Fleet Series , #3
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 23,738
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

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 lives with his family in Maryland.

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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

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Courageous (Lost Fleet Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Kyle0622 More than 1 year ago
7.99 for paperback, 7.99 for e-book? That is insane for a 236 page book. We are paying $47.00 for 1416 pages worth of series even if it is a good series. How about a box edition for e-book. Or atleast a price difference between paperback and e-book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I mistakenly read this book first rather than 'Dauntless', which is the first book in the series. What's so good about it, though, is that it can easily stand alone even though it's the third book in the series. The story gripped me immediately and kept me interested---so much so that I finished this one and have now started at the beginning of the series. The other reviewer was correct, however, the previous book could have been lengthened to finish the whole story but I like how it's been broken up and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
Steve Hicks More than 1 year ago
These books are great! I enjoy the situations as well as the battles.
Donald Sloven More than 1 year ago
Great read, I couldn't put it down!
Wegg More than 1 year ago
If you have read the first two books in the series then you may feel like things are dragging out a little bit for the first half of the book. There are twists with the romance and a bit of drama here and there with dealing with the fleet itself but for the most part it feels like an extension of the other books. But then there are a few more interesting twists and turns towards the latter part of the book that really kept me on the edge of my seat. The implications of which seem to be real game changers and it is starting to feel a lot less of a sure thing that things with wrap up all nice and tidy for our Lost Fleet. I am really enjoyed it. I wouldn't give it 5 stars because as with the others it feels short and a little bit like the books are divided up too quickly. . . but I'm really enjoying myself in reading them so I'll be a sucker and pony up for more. :-)
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conformer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All of the books in the Lost Fleet series contain more or less the same elements arranged in different ways; political intrigue, treacherous power plays, and a repeating Buck Rogers motif of a man-out-of-time; all interspersed with the Campbell's hallmark kick-ass sublightspeed space battles. It would be potboiler-grade material if it wasn't so compelling and the characters so crisply sketched out as to make even the bad guys (on either side of the seemingly endless interstellar war) relatable to.The only drawback is that the series is now five books long and shows no sign of a conclusion, which puts it at risk of alienating its audience, much like Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time books did.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve come to truly enjoy Jack Campbell¿s ¿Lost Fleet¿ series and his third book ¿Courageous¿ is no exception. Mr. Campbell, whom I discovered is actually John G. Henry, is able to portray future fleet-to-fleet space combat on a grand scale with style and brevity. And Mr. Campbell does this while bringing to the fore its inherent eccentricities and idiosyncrasies better than other sci-fi writers and a number of nautical warfare writers I¿ve come across. I impatiently await my next opportunity to crack open his succeeding novel.
Hiromatsuo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third book in The Lost Fleet series by military science-fiction writer Jack Campbell, Courageous continues the story of the Alliance fleet, lead by Capt. John Geary, as it works to evade the Syndics and make its was home. Unfortunately, for a vast majority of the novel, the only thing Courageous gives us is a ¿continuation¿ of the story in the strictest sense of the term. In fact, it¿s largely a rehash of the previous two books, Dauntless and Fearless. Although Campbell¿s writing hasn¿t necessarily taken a turn for the worst, the story and plot conventions in Courageous are boring and repetitious. Essentially, this book is a 300 page summary of the previous two books, but worded differently. We have the same characters, same personalities, and same type of space battles, only the scenery has changed. Not that it makes much of difference anyway. To make matters even worse, the character of Victoria Rione, Geary¿s lover, has decided to develop some kind of schizophrenic, bipolar disorder on us. She constantly flip-flops between supporting Geary and second-guessing his decisions. One minute, she¿ll go along with his plan and the next she¿ll be calling him power-mad and crazy. Campbell¿s intention to make Rione a sort of moral compass for Geary, has instead warped her into a nagging, nutjob. I found it hard to swallow or even take seriously. If she¿s not yelling at him, she¿s sneering. The rest of the characters don¿t fare well either as their personalities aren¿t developed any further and instead, like the plot, we get a rehash of what we already know if we followed the previous two books.Perhaps the one good aspect of this book comes in the last 100 or so pages. Here we have a battle in which the Alliance fleet has found itself in a very bad situation. It¿s low on ammo, fuel, and is badly outgunned, with little means of escape. It¿s the most serious trouble the fleet has been in since the start of the first novel. It is a somewhat tense situation, but unfortunately, it¿s short-lived. Furthermore, the evidence of an outside alien race influencing the war is only briefly touched upon in a handful of pages and then the novel ends on a cliffhanger.Obviously my biggest gripe with Courageous is that it doesn¿t take us anywhere. The battle stations are manned, the fleet is assembled, and the engines are running, but we don¿t make any progress in terms of character or story development. Dare I say that this book is unnecessary and redundant to the Lost Fleet series? I¿ve read similar reviews of the fourth book Valiant, and that both this and that novel could actually be either combined into one, or even skipped entirely if the reader so desires. However, this reader has decided to review each novel on a separate basis, as I progress through the series. Just to try and be fair to Campbell.Overall, I¿d give Courageous 3 out of 5, which is being rather generous in my opinion. The writing is the same as the previous two novels in the series; however what Campbell gives us is a differently worded revision of those particular books. If you¿ve read those, then you already know pretty much everything there is to know about this book. I guess I¿ll have to see if the next book, Valiant picks up some of the pieces at all.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like military SF at all, you should be reading this series. After a century of war with the Sydicated Worlds, the Alliance fleet, led by the reluctantly legendary Captain "Black Jack" Geary, is trapped deep in enemy territory, trying desperately to get home with technology that could finally win the war. If they fail, the Alliance is left with no defenses to speak of. This is the third book. Don't start here, start at the beginning.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit repetitive compared to the first two books, this is still a good example of 'space opera' type science fiction. Jack Geary is still trying to get the fleet under control, and gradually succeeding, but their circumstances gradually get worse.
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