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The Lost Fleet: Courageous, Jack Campbell 01 July 2014

Third of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home.

More of the same with a downbeat trend.

There's fleet politics, lote more fighting in space, and (right at the end) another driblet of information about the hypothetical aliens who may have set Alliance and Syndics at war with each other. But the book doesn't in any way stand on its own; if you've got this far in the series, you might as well keep going, but without the support of the preceding volumes and the hope of an impressive conclusion it's nothing.

I would be happier with the fleet politics if we ever saw someone disagree with Our Hero without immediately being painted as Wrong. The ongoing romance is adolescent at best. The space fighting isn't bad, but since Campbell/Hemry has written the rules we know he can make it come out any way he likes. (Though it's never even quite clear whether the space drives are meant to be Newtonian or just some sort of "apply power and it goes, stop applying power and it stops" analogue of a wet navy. The idea that slower ships can turn more quickly, introduced here, certainly makes it look like the latter.)

Meh, really. The battle at the end's not bad, but getting there feels like hard work.

Followed by Valiant.

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See also:
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Fearless, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Valiant, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Relentless, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Victorious, Jack Campbell

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