Valiant (The Lost Fleet, Book 4 of 6) (英語) マスマーケット – 2008/6/24
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Legendary war hero Captain “Black Jack” Geary fights to stay ahead of his enemies in the fourth novel in Jack Campbell’s New York Times bestselling military science fiction series.
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 both the respect—and the envy—of his fellow officers...
Geary has made many risky decisions as commander of the Alliance fleet, but ordering them back to the Lakota Star System where the Syndics nearly destroyed them has his officers questioning his sanity. It’s a desperate gamble that may buy the fleet just enough time to prepare for the Syndics’ inevitable return.
Even as he struggles to give the fleet a fighting chance at survival, Geary faces dissent from within. An unknown number of officers want a change of command, but Geary knows that the Alliance fleet must stand together, or else the Syndic forces will tear them apart...
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He lives with his family in Maryland.
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Victorious is a worthy end to this series as Captain Geary takes his fleet to the Syndic home system to confront the mysterious aliens. His fleet has faith that if it comes to war with the aliens, Black Jack will lead them to victory, but Geary isn't so sure. He is worried about the firepower of the aliens, and just the strangeness of them, the fact that they don't think the same way as humans.
I like the attention to the little details such as the effect of light years of distance upon devising battle strategies, or even just communicating with other ships, and the need for auxiliary fleets to manufacture replacement supplies. In the Star Trek era, we've grown accustomed to thinking of space travel as fairly comfortable- luxurious even, but this series is probably much more realistic. The ships do run out of armaments, they don't have food synthesizers, holodecks, or transporter rooms.
In this book there seems to be a little more symbolism tied to politics on earth- the rapid crumbling of a super power as a result of the Alliance whittling away at their supplies and ships, and the internal rebellion against a totalitarian regime.
There's also the Alliance fleet, sent to fight a seemingly hopeless battle with ships that are poorly designed for war, because the politicians who approved the ships did not talk to anyone in the military about how they should be designed.
This is a terrific end to the series, and I can't wait to start the next series.
The premise for this whole series is great, it really is. The attention to detail the author has put in really makes you think this is how space operations will be in the future. The problem I am finding with this series (and was the same with another series by another author, set in near the same time frame) is that they assume they have to keep reminded the reader of the main plot line or of key facts that happened in earlier book. If this is to help people who haven't bothered to read the earliler books in the series - then please stop. They should want to read the series from beginning. But for the reader that is on the journey, this constant repeat of information becomes very irritating, and I find myself groaning when I see it happening again. Don't get me wrong, this is a great story but I have to believe that if a screen writer were to have to make this series into a film, they wouldn't need 5 films to do it - maybe 2. And that is really how I wish this had been written, maybe as 3 novels.
From this point on for the rest of the series, the actions Geary has been taking in the series start to pay off. Syndics are listening to him, and even reluctant officers under his command begin to believe in what Geary has to say. Of course, there are still some die-hards who will stop at literally NOTHING to stop Geary from ruining the way they think the war should be governed.
The Lost Fleet series is very entertaining, very realistic Military Science Fiction told in an epic space navy/space opera sort of way. There are huge space battles, Marine actions, love and hate, revenge and loyalty, duty and valor. The books ring with the power of those words, and even though the writing can get corny at times (sometimes SUPER corny) I never want to stop reading.
Book Content Guide For Parents:
Sex & Nudity: [1/5] sex is discussed in the book but not described, and it is all past-tense.
Violence & Gore: [1/5] fairly minimal-- almost all of the story takes place aboard the space ships, so any violence is via naval space battles, which do result in the deaths of people, but they are never described, so feel very abstract.
Profanity: [1/5] minimal, not nearly as much or as often as you might expect from a military science fiction story.
Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: [1/5] minimal. No smoking or drug use, and only minor alcohol use.
Frightening/Intense Scenes: [2/5] the ships and crew are in mortal danger pretty much all of the time while behind enemy lines but nothing like a character being chased down a dark hallway followed by a homicidal maniac.
Hope the author is considering a new follow-on series, I don't think the aliens will stay peaceful.