Valiant

Electronic resource

English language

Published April 17, 2009 by Penguin USA, Inc..

ISBN:
978-1-4362-2938-8
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4 stars (74 reviews)

“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.

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reviewed The lost fleet by Jack Campbell (An Ace book)

Review of 'The lost fleet' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Great news! Valiant continues to deliver exactly what the previous Lost Fleet novels delivered: clever protagonists to cheer for, lots of action and victories, all wrapped up in a well-thought out military organization and a greater science fiction setting. We finally get interactions with Syndics that are worth recalling and foreshadowing of the greater battles to come.

Sadly, everything that was a weakness continues: the novels are just a bit too short, the antagonists are one-dimensional, undeveloped or incompetent, and there's still very little suspense as there's insufficient foreshadowing.

At this point, I've made my peace with the weaknesses of these fun, easy to read novels. Valiant is better than average, as Geary does have a match in the conspirators amongst the fleet. I don't know if Jack Campbell is intentional about this, but I view the Lost Fleet series as an internal conflict first, with the Syndics being mostly …

reviewed The lost fleet by Jack Campbell (Ace science fiction)

Review of 'The lost fleet' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

As the third novel in the series, I think you know what you're in for from Jack Campbell. Everything that was a weakness continues: the novels are just a bit too short, the antagonists are one-dimensional feckless incompetents, and a lack of foreshadowing means that there's insufficient suspense. On the bright side, the protagonists are sympathetic, clever, and they win. It's a feel good novel with plenty of action and few flaws to be found in its primary goal of describing a military science fiction setting.

I'd normally give such a novel 3 stars, but Courageous does something different... and it shows how world-building can be shown without info dumps, and how very small changes can have cascading impacts. I'm also impressed by how much of the setting we're exposed to despite the Alliance Fleet being restricted in where they can go, as well as the viewpoint being restricted to …

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