Top positive review
An exciting, tense and dramatic addition to the Lost Fleet series
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2015
Courageous continues the lost fleet's journey across enemy lines under the capable and inspiring leadership of Captain 'Black Jack' Geary. As usual Campbell's characters are well-developed and complex and bursting out of the page - particularly Black Jack who deals not only with issues of being a man a century out of time, but also recalcitrant Fleet Captains and his own legendary status. Campbell's complex battle scenes utilise hard science principles to navigate the reader through the battle engagements of the Alliance and Syndic naval forces. In this latest book, we find the Alliance fleet in a dire way - they are running low on fuel, food and munitions. The irony is that their problem has been created due to the Fleets own efficiency - their auxillary ships have not accounted for a Fleet that has had fewer losses than normal. Under Captain Geary, the Alliance has lost far fewer ships because of his more cautious approach - he is unwilling to throw away his ships and their crews needlessly in demonstrations of glory-hunting. On the other hand, his auxillary vessel's (Witch, Goblin, Jinn, etc) systems are well used to managing a fleet that regularly suffers huge losses and subsequently adjusts the fleet's needs, factoring in these losses - a cruel joke for Black Jack and the Alliance Fleet. With their supplies low, the Fleet jump into the the Syndic system of Lokota where they find a stronger Syndic force than expected - will the Alliance Fleet make it out or will this be their last hurrah? An exciting, tense and dramatic addition to the Lost Fleet series.