Valiant (Lost Fleet Series #4)

Valiant (Lost Fleet Series #4)

by Jack Campbell

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Legendary war hero Captain “Black Jack” Geary fights to stay ahead of his enemies in the fourth novel in Jack Campbell’s New York Times bestselling military science fiction series.

Deep within Syndicate World space, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous journey home under the command of Captain John “Black Jack” Geary—revived after a century spent in suspended animation. Geary’s victories over the enemy have earned both the respect—and the envy—of his fellow officers...

Geary has made many risky decisions as commander of the Alliance fleet, but ordering them back to the Lakota Star System where the Syndics nearly destroyed them has his officers questioning his sanity. It’s a desperate gamble that may buy the fleet just enough time to prepare for the Syndics’ inevitable return.

Even as he struggles to give the fleet a fighting chance at survival, Geary faces dissent from within. An unknown number of officers want a change of command, but Geary knows that the Alliance fleet must stand together, or else the Syndic forces will tear them apart...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440637568
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Series: Lost Fleet Series , #4
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 22,817
File size: 993 KB
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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Valiant (Lost Fleet Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 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.
Wegg More than 1 year ago
This book is almost twice as long as the others in the series which answers a complaint I had about the earlier books. They were too easy to blow through. Not enough meat. The length of this book feels just right. Plenty of time to get into more interesting changes to the overall story, the battles were more epic and there were quite a few more interesting plot twists that were quite cool. The romantic entanglements are dragging a bit. They aren't acting "human" enough. Maybe I haven't known enough people in the military but they seem so starched. In stark contrast to the crew of Battlestar Galactica who would find every opportunity to sneak in a bit of human romance/intercourse even if it was against the rules, the crew of the Lost Fleet seem to cling to those rules. . . yet don't salute? Don't even follow formations in battle? Seems illogical and kind of started bugging me a little as the story progressed. I think I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the romantic elements being botched up so much. One good thing is that this book seems to have solved the formatting issues of the two prior ones in the series. The borders on my nook were quite nicely spaced and I could adjust my font size just right. Made for a much more pleasant read.
Coyotepedia More than 1 year ago
Campbell keeps up the momentum of his previous Lost Fleet books, keeping it believable and maintaining both quality and style. The interpersonal drama between the two female leads was a little wearing, although realistic enough.
oldcrow More than 1 year ago
Superb grim science fiction, like bolos for it's intensity. I read all five in the series, in 7 days. Could not stop. Great space navy action, descriptions as good or better than the harrington series (for space combat).
harstan More than 1 year ago
Captain John 'Black Jack' Geary knows his Alliance fleet is in deep trouble as they struggle to return to home base. He knows his numerous enemies from within Alliance want him to fail as his heroism and that of his unit allowed others to escape a death trap, which made him a legend embellished by his return from the grave generations after his peers and family died out. However, his predicament is that supplies are extremely low and an external foe is preparing to attack.------------- Desperate Geary chooses a Hail Mary strategy that he prays will get his force safely into the Alliance sector. His feint gambit works and it seems he has bought the time needed to escape. However, someone apparently wants Geary dead and collateral damage by destroying several vessels and their crew is acceptable.---------- This military science fiction tale will grip the audience as realism in terms of the vastness of space as communications and maneuvers take time and can be countered leading to the loss of ships and lives this concept is critical to the story line. Black Jack is a fascinating hero mindful especially in his decision making of Honor Harrington as both accept death as real outcome. His family¿s descendents detest him as much as his jealous Alliance fleet leaders several who choose betrayal to eliminate him. Fans will appreciate the fourth Lost Fleet tale, but to better comprehend how many light years Black Jack has traversed, this reviewer suggests reading the previous entries first (see THE LOST FLEET: DAUNTLESS, THE LOST FLEET: FEARLESS, and THE LOST FLEET: COURAGEOUS).------------- Harriet Klausner
jessicariddoch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Black Jack¿ Geary has ordered his fleet back to the Lakota Star System where the Syndics nearly destroyed them, a desperate gamble that may give them a fighting chance of survival¿or tear them apart. this is book four in the lost fleey series and it still feels as fresh as book one. It is a book that you could read alone, yet it does not have the repititions that you can find that slow a book down. On to the next one
DWWilkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to this as the series has kept my interest so far, but now it seems to be rehashing the previous plots. Did anything new happen?Do we not see the plots of the previous books,Flee from the enemy, can't seem to shake them, have a battle, survive, find a new idea based on an old idea, have plotters and detractors, fight the feelings of love...This book didn't move enough of the overall plot. Perhaps Campbell got a multi book deal and is stretching it.
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 fourth book. It's as good as the others, with the familiar space battles, fleet politics, and ethical questions. New treacheries unfold, and potential allies are found in unexpected places. Captain Geary's fundamental decency continues to stand him in good stead. And he remains clueless about women. (To my mind, those are the weakest bits of the series, but you don't read military SF for the romance.)This is very much a middle book, with all that implies, but it's well worth reading. Start at the beginning, not here, but don't skip this one.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is still one of my favorite series, but this book was not quite as engaging as the others. There was a lot of very good action and then a lot of huffy romance that was not really that well done. I did not understand where some of the childish behavior and tension was coming from. There was also less introspection then in previous book, still this is a pretty good and entertaining book.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Alliance Fleet let by John Geary isn't back to Alliance Space yet, but they are still alive and fighting. Somehow Campbell makes this book worth reading, even though it seems like it should be just a repeat of books 2 and 3. Definitely worth it if you are a fan of this series.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Lost Fleet: Valiant¿ by Jack Campbell is his fourth installment in the military sci-fi series. Once again Mr. Campbell¿s writing is excellent and his technique in portraying the overall continuity and logistics of ship-to-ship battles are some of the best I¿ve read. What I felt was missing in this chapter were Captain Geary¿s three tiered self-rationalization for many of his motives and subsequent actions. I felt that this ongoing internal dialogue of Captain Geary was what set him apart from many of the cookie cutter characters I¿ve read in the past. In any case, this was a decent volume and I shall be picking up the next chapter soon enough.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books are pretty much like candy...a quick, pleasant hit with not much nutrition. :-)Imagine E. E. "Doc" Smith writing a Hornblower novel and you sort of have the plot basis. If Campbell doesn't get the fleet home and turn the novels in another direction, I think they will get boring soon. However, for the moment they are a trashy diversion from anything serious and I suck them down in a couple of hours.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the shortest in terms of internal chronology, I found that Valiant was also the most enjoyable, as the focus for this novel was more about the depth of the events, as opposed to the width of events that's been happening up till now. You could say, quality over quantity of events. Nothing shows this change more than the battles themselves as they were depicted in this volume.Another improvement (though still not quite perfect), was the human factor of this series. It's simple enough to just paint Geary as a fish out of water/King Arthur prototype, but when it comes to his background and his personality, it's still somewhat of a cliche. I have to admit, it's surprising that after four volumes, we have yet to know the name of the ship that was his previous command that led to his fame as 'Black Jack' Geary. In addition, the way the relationships are written is as clunky as ever, but not bad as it was written in Fearless, on the relationship of Geary and Rione.Overall, the series is definitely heading in the right direction, as each successive volumes makes improvements over the previous book in terms of story, character, and entertainment value.
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This is a good series
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