Saphira (saphirablue) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 40

Title: The Lost Fleet: Valiant
Author: Jack Campbell
Series: part four of "The Lost Fleet", follows Courageous
Pages: 284
Summary: 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 him both the respect - and the envy - of his fellow officers.

"Black Jack" Geary has made many risky decisions as commander, but ordering the Alliance fleet back to the Lakota Star System, where it had nearly been destroyed by the Syndics, has his officers questioning his sanity. It's a desperate gamble that may buy Geary just enough time to prepare for the Syndics' inevitable return - and give the fleet a fighting chance of survival.

But even as he struggles to stay one step ahead of the enemy, Geary must face conspirators within his own fleet - an unknown number of officers who want a change of command. And Geary knows that his fleet must stand together or the Syndic forces will tear them apart . . .

My thoughts:

I just really like this series. I like the plot. I like the premise. I like the characters.

I really like the way Geary teaches his crew and fleet about honor and what is not okay to (civilian and military) people even in war. I like that he still doubts himself if he's the right one to lead this fleet and get them home and that he still struggles with the hopes/demands/fears everyone places on him.

I'm really curious about how is sabotaging the fleet (even though, my gut feeling tells me I won't like the reveal :/) and how they'll end the war (or at least negotiate a ceasefire or something) and how they'll deal with the aliens.

I'm a bit "hmmm" about the relationship drama that crept into this part though. It's not a huge thing but it kept popping up. :/
Tags: sci-fi

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