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Valiant (The Lost Fleet, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2008
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About the Author
"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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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.
Also, instead of the more typical prelude that says "here is what came before" you get the noxious interweaving of prose that explains and justifies the backstories of the previous books in the series. I found myself constantly skipping ahead a few pages. In fact, the actual story in this book didn't start until page 25 or so. Then later I'm skipping past all of the dreck of the love triangle.
This thing really became a drag to read. I stopped a little over halfway through. Military sci-fi is what it is. Don't try and make it something else (love story), and don't treat the reader like an idiot.
Best advice? Read stories 1-3 and then ignore the rest.
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.
I read the series while I was sick. It made the bed time fly by.