Valiant (The Lost Fleet, #4)
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Valiant (The Lost Fleet #4)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  6,707 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 him both the respect--and the envy--of his fellow officers.

"Black Jack" Geary has made many risky decisions as commander, but ord...more
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Published (first published June 24th 2008)
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Mr. Matt
Black Jack Geary is back! Still trapped deep within Syndicate space, Geary and his ships are starting to feel more confident of eventual escape. They have shattered several Syndicate flotillas, and are now just a few jumps from Alliance space. What could possibly go wrong?

This series continues to exceed my expectations after an extraordinarily 'meh' start. After the first two books I debated going deeper into the series. Now I can't wait to get to the next story. I'll concede that the Space Oper...more
Doc Opp
I still read it in one sitting, but it's starting to get a bit formulaic:

1) Fleet travels to another star system way behind enemy lines, has to fight battle.

2) Main protagonist agonizes over the fact that he's being held up as some sort of deity like hero when he's really just human

3) Some of the captains in the fleet try to undermine his influence and get him out of the leadership position

4) He agonizes again over the fact that he's being held up as a deity like hero

5) Some random romantic ten...more

I found this book to be more engaging than the previous two. I don't know if it was because the book starts with a space battle, or if characters and situation seemed to finally be meshing. Whatever combination of factors it was, I felt more drawn into the story line with one exception - I believe I noted in Book 3: Courageous, that I wished the author would just space Co-President Senator Rione. Halfway through Valient I just wanted to space the woman. The petty jealousy building between Captai...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I've got to say I'm becoming quite a fan of this series (2 to go now). I was reading the Honor Harrington series and hit a wall with "Her Amazingness" after a while. I do like military science fiction and "good" space opera. I forget how I actually stumbled on these (an add from Audible I think) but the space navy adventure along with the "what would happen if" concerning certain standard mythological ideals, drew me right in.

The biggest problem for me in these books (but may be what some others...more
-Fácil, ligera y, además, repetitiva.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. La flota al mando de John Black Jack Geary ha escapado por los pelos de los ataques síndicos en el sistema Lacota aunque con daños de consideración, por lo que su decisión de volver al sistema es algo tan osado que sus enemigos (y algunos de sus subalternos) jamás lo esperarían, con el resultado de encontrarse con un gran número de naves pero la mayoría o dañadas o de carácter auxiliar. Con un mensaje en canal abier...more
Melissa Proffitt
Book four. I'm thinking it might have been a bad idea to read so many of these within hours of each other; it made sense at the time, with Courageous ending at a pause right in the middle of the battle, but I started to get that sort of overwhelmed mental constipation that...okay, that could just be me. Still.

I have the feeling that this book and Courageous are really one long book, and not just because of that not-really-an-ending. Stuff that's brought up in Courageous gets resolved in Valiant,...more
Portions of this installment really, really seemed to drag (quite an accomplishment for a book that doesn't even crack 300 pages). Rione has become an almost unbearably obnoxious character to me at this point, and the first half of the book is basically her being an irritating wench about her relationship with Geary (a relationship she's done nothing but swear up and down means nothing to her emotionally). As a female reader I find it equal parts annoying and mildly offensive that the female cha...more
Well, looks like we've slogged through another volume of this series. I do find myself still wanting to finish the series because of the unresolved conflicts still skittering around the storyline like lit fuses, but there are times that the story really gets bogged down in the main character's personal issues. Before you label me a hater, allow me to explain that the vast majority of the issues I'm talking about are exactly the same ones that we've been dealing with in extensive and sometimes an...more
According to GoodReads there are 3,000 reviews of Valiant. I'll take that on faith. Of the two dozen or so reviews I perused many loved the book, others disliked it and a great number sit in the middle. This middle generally enjoyed the read, has read the first three in the series and plans to finish the series as well. The general classification of the book by readers is as a mixture of "military science fiction" and "space opera" which is perfectly reasonable. For many readers the fourth book...more
By all rights this was a good book. It kept with the series and there wasn't really anything wrong with it per se. As far as a book 4 goes though, this was pretty lame. I say that because the characters have been going through roughly the same motions of combat for the last four books now and there have been no major plot changes or points. There have been a few conspiracy theories here and there, a few ships dying, lots of interstellar combat, but there have not been any major, and I mean MAJOR...more
Blimey, I am getting through these fast. Too fast if I am honest; I don't want these to stop, I almost want the Lost Fleet to stay lost, for the adventures to continue. And while I know that Geary's adventures do continue after bringing the fleet home, I still feel like I am running out of Geary, the Fleet and all that comes with it. Damn.

Okay, so the review. An easy Four Stars verging upon 4.5. This book's plot was a lot more intrigue and subterfuge than there was action, and there was a l...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
This was good, again. I rated it slightly lower than I've been rating the series so far. Considering the cliffhanger ending of Courageous, I thought this book took too long to get into. On the other hand, I was also distracted. I wasn't planning on reading Valiant immediately after Courageous, but I was curious to see what was going to happen at Lakota. There is a noticeable shift in this novel. Expect more intrigue and conniving at the cost of space warfare. Anyway, the series is still going st...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
Valliant by Jack Campbell

This book is in keeping with those that have come before it in the series. It's a solid read that, may not have a lot of bells and whistles, but it does not disappoint. It's straight foreward and interesting.

One thing that raises this book above others in the series is that finally Campbell has a clear message about the only way to honorably participate in war. He set these concepts up in the first three books, but this is the book it becomes clear in.

Let this stand ou...more
Jan 21, 2013 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This is the first Lost Fleet book I have read that gave me what I wanted. Well a little bit of it. In just enough quantities that didn't have me bored to death or overly annoyed by its inconsistencies.

The plot actually thickens amongst the Alliance Fleet. Geary and his confidants use their accumulated Intel to piece together a better picture of the mysterious aliens. Begin subverting the Syndic populous in greater, calculable strides. All said they are getting things done. The old formula has be...more
Ian Pattinson
This is the second book in the Lost Fleet series that I've read, and in some ways, it's indistinguishable from the first. The story has much the same steps- the fleet jumps into various enemy occupied systems on the way back to their home space, there are a couple of massed space battles where Captain John Geary's old-fashioned tactics prove superior, the fleet loses a few ships, but destroys far more, someone in the fleet puts the mission in danger because they don't agree with Geary's command...more
Finally, finally, this series is going somewhere! This is the first of the four books that I actively enjoyed (bits of) so far! The template that books one through three followed almost slavishly has been at least partly done away with and the sub-plots are doing interesting things at last!

The good things from the previous books carry through, like the actions between opposing fleets, although the final battle of the book left even me wondering if the maneuvering descriptions could have been sli...more
Joshua Palmatier
This is the fourth book in the Lost Fleet series. It's military SF, which I don't usually read and/or enjoy, but I have to say that this series rocks. So maybe I do like military SF . . . just only the good kind. *grin* In any case, if you like realistic, hardcore, military SF, then you should be reading this series.

In this book, we get the continuation of the battle at Lakota star system, which in the previous book is where Captain John Geary found his fleet trapped and outflanked by the Syndic...more
While still in retreat, Captain Black Jack Geary must engage with the enemy, the Syndicate. It’s a great battle and the author handles it well.

This series is the first that I have read with battling space ships. I have enjoyed the battles sequences – but if this was all that there was to the books, I’d stop reading them. For me, the story and characters are more important – and they’re still pretty good. As the story continues, Geary becomes aware of unknown traitors and saboteurs within the Fle...more
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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...more
Christopher Smith
This series is a lot of fun, and I find myself tearing through it at the breakneck pace of nearly a book per day. There are definitely some inconsistencies in the science and some improbabilities in the back story, but I've hardly paid any attention to that because the action and intrigue are so interesting.

I think one of the things that makes the series so gripping is that in so many ways it's a good old-fashioned, straightforward morality tale. It's all about the characters struggling to stic...more
Valiant. Oh, Valiant. This book honestly deserved to be third in the series rather than fourth; it was so long coming, but it finally delivers on the expectations imparted on me from the start of the series.

A lot of the issues I had from earlier books are quickly beginning to resolve themselves as the story progresses. The laundry list descriptions are smoothing out, and events generally seem to happen at a much quicker pace. I can recall instances where traversing the “dull grey” of jump space...more
Jason Payne
Getting worse and better, but at this point, you're four books in and you're gonna finish the series anyway.


Every conversation with Rione is even more painful. New political bad guys make no sense and aren't anywhere nearly as annoying as the old guard. Melodramatic soul-searching dialogue between characters is now repeated multiple times within the same book. I get that Campbell has to re-establish many things that longtime readers of the series will remember off the b...more
The 6 books in this series (the lost fleet) could probably be compressed into two or three books. Each paperback is about 300 pages long, but it feels that much less is happening in each book than the number of pages would suggest.

The strategic parts and the description of battles near light speed are really thought provoking, fun, and easily the best part of the series.

On the other hand, the characters (with a few exceptions) are poor, and the romantic subplots are even worse. The author's idea...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit:

Black Jack Geary, the crew of the flagship Dauntless, and the other ships of the Alliance fleet are still wandering around in enemy territory, trying to get home (and reminding me a bit of that stupid show I loved when I was a kid: Lost in Space). They’re worried about their stores of fuel, food and the material they need to create weapons. They’re also worried about the Syndicate fleets, but they’ve been successful enough so fa...more
Apr 06, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military sf fans who like large scale ship battles in space
This series of military science fiction is pretty good for large scale ship maneuvers in space and for the the main character John Geary, who has taken command of the Alliance Fleet as it fights various fleets on its way back to the home world of the Alliance with a secret weapon. If you are looking for man to man warfare or major character development, this is not the series, and in some ways its very hard to follow the battles as they do involve lots of ships. One subplot in the novel is an ef...more
Fred Hughes
Earth is at war with the Syndic. Who are human just like you and me but take an entirely different perspective on what is right and wrong. What’s right is anything that financially or politically benefits them. What’s wrong is everything else.

What started this war that has been going on for 100 years ? No one seems to remember but the important thing is to destroy the other guy. And that’s the premise for the entire series of 6 books, recently expanded to 7 although on a different story arc with...more
I'm going to review all five books of "The Lost Fleet" series in one fell swoop here.

I had a love hate relationship with these books. I really enjoyed the space battles and voyage home. Black Jack Geary was an interesting and good character, but at times he'd just annoy the hell out of me with his whiny self-doubt.

The first book was very good. Second book also good. Third started to get me really not liking the whining and self-doubt. Fourth book was about the same and then the fifth book pull...more
"The Lost Fleet: Valiant" is book 4 of the series and still very good. I'm loving it. Essentially it fills out what happened at the battle for Lakota.

In book 3, Captain Geary and the Fleet managed to escape the trap at Lakota, but given that the star system of Ixion offered no safety they decided to reenter jump space and attack Lakota again. The majority of this novel describes that second attack... and kept my rapt attention throughout.

The Fleet is also given an opportunity to show compassion...more
Shane Kiely
Definite return to form after Courageous which I found a little sluggish in pace terms & samey in relation to the previous instalments. I think thingare really kicked up a gear, the interesting subplots are brought to the forefront & the more character development related material isn't as meandering as previously. There's even some nice shifts in the relationships between the main characters. Still a degree of formality in terms of style, but at this stage it can probably be assumed tha...more
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