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Victorious

(The Lost Fleet #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  13,943 ratings  ·  396 reviews
Now Victorious leads the charge again-and "Black Jack" Geary is in command...

As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral-even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Ace (first published April 19th 2010)
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Tim
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two stars is more than generous. 3 of 10 stars
D.w.
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Finally, it is over. This series should have been half the size it ended up being. Why, because it repeated. Then the next failing of the author, it repeated. So all these extra pages, were just rehashes of scenes that had already taken place with a new noun to show that it was a different place, but the same thing happening, or all the characters talking about how that thing that happened before was just like this, or do you remember the thing that happened, let me refresh your memory by descri ...more
Mr. Matt
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The story of Admiral Geary the Lost Fleet comes to a close. Wracked by massive losses in the war, and with their economy pushed to the brink, the Syndicate worlds collapse into chaos. Star system after star system is engulfed in Civil War. Into this fray, the newly promoted Fleet Admiral Geary leads the Alliance forces to the Syndicate home system for the final battle to end this hundred year war.

The remnants of the Syndicate fleet are waiting for Geary. They are led by the same ruthless, cunnin
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...great book, great series. I almost went down to 4 stars because of the continuing underlying love story, the unspoken (because of honor) love of Black Jack ("I'm not Black Jack") for the Captain. Still, handled well and I got passed it. At least it wasn't still with our resident politician who has been one of the great annoyances in this series, neither did the love story overwhelm the storyline.

Still one of the better military/semi-space opera reads I've come across. Dealing with two lo
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AndrewP
The final book in the Lost Fleet series, or at least the last book in the story arc. If you have read any of these then you can partially guess how it ends up. There is still one huge unanswered question and the later parts of this book does start to explore that. I'm guessing that later books from Jack Campbell carry on this story and I look forward to reading them at a later date.

My four star rating reflects my overall enjoyment of the 6 books in the series. Reading them quickly one after the
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Mike
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
A good but not terribly great ending to the story. 3 Stars.
C.T. Phipps
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The finale of THE LOST FLEET SAGA is one which ends the major story arc of time-lost Captain John "Black Geary" and his quest to bring the Alliance fleet home after a disastrous mission traps it light years from home behind enemy lines. The fleet successfully brought itself home in the climax of the previous book and this story deals with the follow up as well as questions of what to do next. Also, whether John Geary is now too dangerous to be allowed to live for the civilian government.

I'm not
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D.G.
What a boring book! That final battle with the Syndics was like seeing grass grow - mostly because they had to just wait, wait, wait. If it hadn't been for Geary almost getting arrested - yup, that's the thanks he got after saving the Fleet! - and the showdown with the aliens, Victorious would have been nothing to write about.

I really like how Mr. Campbell brings politics into the action. I'm so naïve that it would have never occurred to me that Geary was in so much danger after all he did! I k
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
At last – it’s come to this. The final instalment in the Lost Fleet series, except I see there is a new sequence that’s just kicked off with Dreadnaught. Not quite sure what that is about even though I can garner a good guess, but for now, this is where the metal meets the meat.

For a final book in a military Sci-Fi series, Victorious is perhaps a bit subdued, at first glance. There are none of the huge space battles, which pretty much defined the series up to this point, for the full first half
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Colin Mitchell
This is the final book in this part of the Lost Fleet saga and finds John Geary and the fleet returned triumphant to Alliance space. There is has to convince the General Congress of the Alliance federation of his action. Then there is the possibility that he might be about to start a military coup. The story moves on to his overcoming the politicians and moving back into space in order to try to bring the 100 years war with the Syndicate Worlds to an end. Then there is the threat posed by the su ...more
Claus Aranha
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Kat  Hooper
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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Victorious is the sixth and last book in Jack Campbell’s original LOST FLEET series. (If you haven’t read the previous books, you’ll want to read them before reading this review.)

Captain Black Jack Geary and the Alliance fleet have finally arrived, battered and bruised, to their home in the Alliance system and Geary’s feet touch ground for the first time in 100 years. Not surprisingly, the Alliance senate is leery of Geary (ugh,
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Melissa McShane
Victorious is a good conclusion to Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series, turning it from being about a war against a human enemy to being the beginning of a conflict with an alien one. There were a few times that that turning point felt a little anticlimactic because almost all the fighting that brings an end to the war happens in the first five books, but the final battle in the Syndic home system was plenty serious enough to at least make the Alliance victory satisfying. Although (view spoile ...more
Denise
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
Despite numerous losses and having had to face one perilous situation after another, the Fleet has finally made it back to Alliance space and the ruling council, despite fearing a military coup, has chosen to trust Geary and promotes him to Fleet Admiral. The new rank comes with authorization to launch one (hopefully) final attack against the Syndic home system and negotiate an end to the war. Even if the fleet prevails in this encounter, however, a new and potentially far more dangerous enemy r ...more
Paula
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a joy these books were to read. All out action, I've started the next series but will take it slow cause I need a break from full on scifi.
M Hamed
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military-sci-fi, 2015
what if the Yuuzhan Vong warmaster was Thrawn

and that is pretty much the plot
Debrac2014
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read! This story is the last of the Lost Fleet, enemy vanquished and fleet returns home!
keikii Eats Books
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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71 points/100 (3 stars/5)

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary woke up after a hundred years in survival hibernation to find that he has been revered as a hero. He also finds himself in command of a fleet in enemy territory with only one goal: get home. Geary has managed to do the impossible and they are once again in Alliance territory. He has a goal though - prove to the Council that he is not going to stage a coup and conv
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KB
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Victorious falls short of expectations, despite providing an adequate resolution to the primary conflict of the Lost Fleet series.

Instead of allowing his audience and his characters to enjoy a satisfactory conclusion to the overall plot established in the preceding five books, author John Hemry (a.k.a., "Jack Campbell") chooses to diminish the potential enjoyment value of this novel by using it as a vehicle to introduce his next series of books (Beyond The Frontier). Additionally, the tedious a
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Benjamin Thomas
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the final book of the “Lost Fleet” series featuring Captain “Black Jack” Geary, and as such, it has a lot of wrapping up to do. The Lost Fleet has finally made it home, Captain Geary has left a trail of destroyed and/or embarrassed Syndicate war ships in his wake, and it is time to see what is next.

Geary has built such a fine reputation over the course of bringing the Lost Fleet home and has built so much power that he could, if he so chooses, take over and become the political leader o
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Anika
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
I found the author's habit of constantly repeating what had gone before or how things worked was really wearing a trifle thin. Do we honestly need to know how the conferencing software works every time the hero has a conference? Why do I have to be told ever other chapter that Black Jack woke up after a hundred years in survival sleep? I can understand that the author does it so new readers can just pick up the book but there really is a limit to how much is required. You can't help but being le ...more
Banner
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The last in the series and I can say that it ended well. Just a bit of comment about the overall series first. These six books could have been reduced to five or even four. Really I wouldn't have been disappointed with three. But I did enjoy them for most part. The characters were repeating themselves a little too much, kind of like an old married couple that has been having the same argument for years. The love triangle was getting a little worn out. But enough of that negativity. The space bat ...more
Fred Hughes
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Hali Sowle
The final book in the Lost Fleet series clears up all of the threads that have been lurking. We finally get to an end of the war between the Alliance and the Syndicate, and Jack Campbell does it in such a way that it is never really obvious what is going to happen. The book starts after "Black Jack"'s return to Alliance space and after he saves what is left of the Alliance fleet at Varandal from the Syndicate, but there are members fo the Grand Council who think, despite his protests that he doe ...more
Josh
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The conclusion of the original six-book arc of Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series ties up the main ends in a satisfying way. Another plus is that the overall quality of the books has continued to grow. The space battles, which are the main driving force of the series, are kept interesting by constantly changing strategies and tactics, and situations. Not only does this one tie up the war with the Syndics, but also opens the way for the follow-up series, "Beyond the Frontier". One small caveat I ...more
Jacqueline J
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, sci-fi
I'm really sorry to see this series end. It has been an enjoyable ride since the very first book. I've loved to watch all the myriad ways that Black Jack Geary has pulled the Alliance fleet's butt out of the fire time and again. The series has been realistic in that not everyone lives but it hasn't been so maudlin and depressing with everyone dieing so that you couldn't enjoy it either.

This book started a little slow but once they left Alliance space and headed out things picked right up. Good s
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Michael Lauck
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
My one and only complaint is that the title is a bit of a spoiler. I truly enjoyed the entire Lost Fleet series but, for now, will not read any of the related titles. Six books was enough to get very used to these characters and I am not interested, at the moment, in exploring more of this universe without them... at least for now. My honest guess is after I read a few other things that will change.

Bottom line: if you are a hardcore military science fiction fan, you should have already read this
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Ren Santos
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, sci-fi
Great series!

Definitely one of the best sci-fi books I've come across so far. Love the characters although I think they could have evolved just a bit more across the series, although that doesn't take away their depth and overall construction at all.
The political dealings and intrigue continue to play an important role in our hero's path, and also his personal battles and how will that play at the end (no spoilers :) ) Overall the story developed quite well and kept me intrigued and willing to
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Jacob Proffitt
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sci fi fans and military geeks of all stripes.
Shelves: sci-fi
Good wrap up, and about what you'd expect given the series so far. Jack Campbell manages to surprise me, now and then. And I like that, though sometimes I can't believe how clueless Geary can be. (view spoiler)

Edit: Wh
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