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Courageous (The Lost Fleet #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,559 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
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 huma
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 28th 2011 by Titan Books (first published December 18th 2006)
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LOOKING FOR INTELLIGENT, WELL WRITTEN, MILITARY SF?....Congraties to you maties because here it is... Photobucket

3.5 stars. I read a lot of different genres and sub-genres and not all of them are in my “sweet spot” so sometimes my ratings can be a little lower on books than I think they deserve. This is a case in point. I believe that fans of military SF will likely rate this between 4 and 5 stars and deservedly so as it is definitely a high quality effort. The Lost Fleet series, of which this is the thir
Mr. Matt
Aug 25, 2014 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came very close to not picking up this book. The Lost Fleet series was, based on my read of the previous books, kind of a mixed bag. The space fleet battles were fantastic. I especially liked the way the author handled relativistic problems. On the other hand, the often card board interactions of the characters and the terrible relationship between Geary and Rione were painful to read.

I'm glad I stuck with the series. Dotted throughout books one and two were breadcrumbs that pointed towards so
Jan 30, 2012 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Another excellent sequel in the Lost Fleet series. I have never been a really big military SF fan but I really like the main character in this one. Blackjack Geary is a hard-nosed but likeable leader thrust into really difficult circumstances and having to battle both an aggresive enemy and elements of his own fleet. Solid writing with a nice balance of detail and pace.
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Since this is the third book and I don't want to spoil anything, I'll make this short (which for me tends to mean less editing more than it means fewer words).

This is the best book of the three I've read. The entire series, the third book is no exception, even brought a little piece of me back to my days on the USS WISCONSIN BB64 (Battleship) and the USS RAMAGE DDG 61 (AEGIS Destroyer). Jack Campbell, former Naval Academy Grad (I know that's not his real name, but the author is ex-Navy), really
Dirk Grobbelaar
I'm rather enjoying this series. The author writes action sequences with a casual confidence that make the space battles a delight to read. I can see why some reviewers would, at this stage, complain about a repetitiveness that has crept into the series. I can see, but I disagree with the general assessment that this is a bad thing. To me, it adds to the sense of being trapped, behind enemy lines so to speak, for an indeterminate amount of time, fighting engagement after desperate engagement, wi ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa McShane
Book three of the series, and I'm still interested. At this point it's more obvious that the main point of the series is the space combat. If you're coming to it looking for the kind of extensive character development and non-military secondary plot you get in Elizabeth Moon's or Lois McMaster Bujold's books, you're better off looking elsewhere. I don't mean that the characters are cardboard or that they don't have personal interactions, it's just that this part of the story takes up very little ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Excellent book, highly enjoyable. Another good story of the lost fleet series, this one continues to carry forward with the account of the Alliance Fleet "attacking in the other direction" (a fighting retreat would of course be unthinkable). Captain John (Black Jack) Geary continues with his vowed objective to bring the fleet (and Hypernet Key his flagship carries which is supposed to allow the Alliance the ability to use the enemy's Hyoernat gates) home.

This is the third book in this science fi
Joshua Palmatier
This is the third book in the Lost Fleet series and I'm still thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I've already read book four as well (review up shortly). If you like military sci-fi that's realistic, both in terms of battles, strategy, and characterizations, then you should be reading this series.

The premise is that Captain John "Black Jack" Geary was lost for a hundred years in a hibernation escape pod after his ship was destroyed at the start of the war with the Syndics. Now he's been woken up a
Sandy Williams
This book is just as excellent as the first two, but I docked it a star because it's becoming a little tedious to read. The space battles with all the "degree this" and "degree that" and "at time this" and "at time that" are cool, but they're getting old and I'm finding myself skimming through those sections, just looking for plot pieces or something out of the ordinary.

I must admit that my heart rate went up a bit while the fleet was in the Lakota System. I had know clue how Geary was going to
Mike Salzman
The series is getting a little formulaic.
Argue with captains at fleet meeting- Check
Get harangued by the shrew you're sleeping with- Check
Run into resource problems and have to harvest some more metal- Check
Fight a battle- Check
Fight a battle against impossible odds- Ooh, that one's new
Vague references to a possible alien influence- Check

Still enjoying the series, but I think I'm going to take a break before book 4. Reading them back to back to back is ruining it.
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Jun 17, 2014 Edward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
I really want to like this series, but after this third book, I think I've had enough for a while.

This third book does address some of the big issues I've had with the series. Most notably - the space battles and their effects. In the second book in particular, Campbell throws around battleships and battlecruisers, heavy and light cruisers, destroyers and hunter killers. Yet, there's never really a good feel for what the differences are. The Alliance fleet seems to destroy them all with equal ea
Feb 22, 2014 D.E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have been enjoying this series, but as others have pointed out, it's almost like reading the same book with slightly different specifics. This third book has followed a distinct pattern established in the first two. It's written well enough to keep me interested, but if it wasn't for the ending of this third book that managed to finally shake things up a bit, I probably would have given "Courageous" two stars.

The only thing I've been having trouble with is the actual flight in space. It's not
Kat  Hooper
May 14, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

In Courageous, the third book in Jack Campbell’s LOST FLEET series, the Alliance fleet is still wandering from star system to star system, trying to get back home by some path the Syndics won’t predict. It seems like a hopeless situation, but the legendary Black Jack Geary, who’s been revived out of cold sleep after his suicidal mission 100 years ago, is just the hero they need. He’s proved himself so capable so far that some o
Jun 30, 2014 Kynan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Off we go again! I really want to like these books but they're the same basic plot over and over again (much like my reviews of the books in this series). I like the concepts spelled out in the introduction, in theory it all sounds great, and bits of it are quite readable but the constant theme of "Geary considers his future options and has a miraculous realisation that saves the day", especially when said "miraculous realisation" is always blindingly obvious (to me at least, and I'm pretty sure ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
By this, the third book, the series is losing steam. What's worse, it's losing the plot. While the battles are still very nicely done, the backstory is wearing quite thin. Nothing much happens to move the plot forward. The fleet continues to struggle on in its quest to reach alliance space. Captain Geary continues to struggle on his quest to retain command in the face of insubordinate subordinates. Geary continues struggle to figure out his relationship with Senator Rione. Nothing new to see her ...more
Why is Co-President Rione such an abrasive character? She even refers to herself as a female dog. And the main character Black Jack doesn't deny it, and she says I knew you thought I was one. Grow up, Rione.

Lots of great military tactics and spaceships fighting in space though.
Feb 28, 2013 Banner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Honestly I had decided to stop the series as I was about 3/4 into this book. It had 2 star all over it. Then bam what a strong finish! I will have to go on to the next one ( after a short break for other readings).

But as redeeming as I found the ending it could only move the review up one star.

Ok I just don't like the romance. I don't mind having characters fall in love, that's real life. But this is so full of adolescent drama for adult military men and women. I begin to see elements of this in
Mar 05, 2016 EggSalad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was worried this series was going to be a little repetitive as the fleet tries to get home, but there are things happening. Interesting things! So, still enjoyable. A little cheesy. Easy to read.
James Cox
There were ship battles that were good. I liked the characters too. The world building was all right.
Patrick Gibson
This book sat on the nightstand for a year--with the bookmark, right where I left it, somewhere a third of the way through. Then, a few nights ago, I finished whatever I was reading at the time and too lazy to get out of bed, picked up ‘Courageous’ and started over again. I liked the first two novels in the series…so what was my problem with this one? Ah, yes, now I remember: the space opera devolved into a space soap opera with the main character John Geary (mythical hero, long thought dead, fo ...more
Robert Bruce Wooten
I am reviewing the entire Lost Fleet series, not just this title:

I loved the fresh look at space combat. Instead of going the way of Hollywood and countless other authors, by having space combat be atmospheric combat, just in space, this series immerses you in a believable and intriguing life aboard a fighting starship.

As for the main plot, a familiar two faction human civil(spanning many solar systems) war. Nothing groundbreaking, but, it works well.

I want get into the sub-plot, suffice it to
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I read this third entry in the Lost Fleet series during a vacation trip. It was difficult to put down, and more of a 3.5 stars than 3 (though not quite 4...).

Once again we have the Alliance fleet, lead by Captain John Geary, surviving intricately described space battles. This will definitely not appeal to everyone, but I've found it to be fascinating and one of the things that keeps me coming back to this series.

Some random spoiler-filled thoughts in list format:

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Gareth Lewry
Oct 30, 2014 Gareth Lewry rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, war, series
Originally reviewd on Short Rambling Reviews

This is the third book in the series following the trials and tribulations of the Alliance fleet under the command of the legendary Captain “Black Jack” Geary. This is much like the other books in the series. Jumping from star system to star system trying to get back to Alliance space while inflicting damage to the syndics as they go.

I have mentioned in other book reviews relating to the series Jack Campbell’s take on combat in space is great, however
Aug 07, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. I'd forgotten how much I love military space futuristic stories.
I don't know why I keep coming back to this series as so much of it is dull and the same. The author literally repeats bits of information a half dozen times over the course of the book which any other SciFi author would state one or twice in the first book of the series and expect you to remember or would at least work into the narrative better than Mr. Campbell does here.

I did think it was interesting how in the foreword the author states that part of the point of the book is to convey to an i
Jan 17, 2016 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook_2016
This is the third book in the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell.
More epic space battles that sound intense, end up taking hours/days. This is the part that i find hard to get my head around - mainly due to not comprehending the size of the galaxy etc.
I am enjoying the main characters in the book - but am not bowled away by them. I sometimes forgot who is who, as there are a lot of captains within the fleet. I do root for them to win the battles, and was pleased that they lost a little in this
-Todavía más consumo fácil y ligero.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. La flota en fuga de la Alianza llega al sistema Baldur, considerado como de “segunda clase” y antiguo destino turístico habitual mucho antes de la guerra. Los síndicos no tienen apenas naves de combate en el sector porque no esperaban que la flota al mando de John Black Jack Geary hiciese un salto a esta zona. Al descubrir que los sistemas logísticos de la flota no han calculado correctamente las futuras necesidades
Jan 26, 2014 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far, this “series” is actually just one long sci fi book. Yet, a new reader could enjoy any one of them. (There is a short summary in the first chapter of this one.)

Our, hero, Captain Black Jack Geary has his challenges as he enters a great battle….Supply systems are all screwed up and his retreating Alliance Fleet is running out of essentials – because they’ve won too many battles instead of losing ships! The officer corps is topsy-turvy – the worst officers are on the most powerful battlesh
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