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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless | [Jack Campbell]

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - If there's ever a space war, the Lost Fleet series could well be the military's manual. Author Jack Campbell, a former Navy officer, infuses the first book, Dauntless with the kind of details that make "Black Jack" Geary's futuristic exploits seem as if they're ripped from today's headlines. Narrator Christian Rummel gives this blood-and-guts adventure just the hard edge it needs. —Steve

Publisher's Summary

The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century, and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who has emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief.

Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains how the legend of King Arthur, the Greek historian Xenophon, and other writings influenced the Lost Fleet series.

Get Lost! Listen to the rest of the Lost Fleet series.

©2006 by John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell; (P) 2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best novel of its type that I've read." (David Sherman, co-author of the Starfist series)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)

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    Aaron Westwood, NJ, United States 08-31-13
    Aaron Westwood, NJ, United States 08-31-13
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    "Idiocracy in Space, Almost as Funny"
    What disappointed you about The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    It's hard to believe that a war fought by so many people hell bent on self destruction could possibly last 100 years. Perhaps in the previous 99 years, a very large battle is fought every 10 years that literally destroys every space going warship in each fleet. Then, the next 10 years are spent rebuilding said fleets. Rinse, repeat. This must be the case given that modern tactics require throwing all assets into a battle with little to no thought given to tactics. Any future fleet officer with an IQ greater than 60 is either forcibly removed from command or assassinated. Such a waste that the writer attempted to make his main character look like Caesar by making everyone else as head-smackingly dumb as Gomer Pyle. The space battles are quite thrilling and seem realistic enough despite the unbelievable carelessness off the enemy or for that matter all of the captain's subordinates.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    I have. I'm a space fight junkie and the space battles in these books were good enough to keep me running back for more. Up to a point anyway. Careful though. The last book in the series was the weakest.


    What about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s performance did you like?

    The narration was great. Not surprisingly, the main character is voiced powerfully and believably. The rest are passable which is quite impressive given the material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    Every scene where the captain is talking to anyone but himself.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read this book, watch the movie Idiocracy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 05-28-13
    Paul Flowery Branch, GA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2003

    Sci-fi/Fantasy geek :)

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    "Just The Facts, Rinse, Repeat"

    I didn't care for this book at all. In fact, I got so disillusioned with it that I almost quit listening several times, but kept going so I would be sure I had given it a fair try. The only good thing was the obvious knowledge that the author has about naval inner-workings. There were no descriptions about the look-and-feel of anything or anyone. While some authors can overdo this aspect, this author gave us none of it. It was clearly written by someone who is a very straightforward thinker who thinks explaining how anything looks, smells, feels, etc. is a waste of time. Same for the characters, at the end of the book you know about as much about them as you did by the end of the 2nd chapter.

    The author repeated for many chapters that the hero is reluctant, to the point where I physically yelled out "I get it already, I get it!"

    The author showed us all of the thoughts in the head of the characters, then made us sit through reading them again as they spoke their thoughts to the other characters.

    The characters are mostly simplistic and one-dimensional. There is almost no mystery, at least none that lasts more than about 5 minutes.

    So, if you like being spoon-fed a dry story from simplistic characters without getting emotionally invested and without seeing/touching/hearing/tasting/smelling anything, this is the book for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence United States 03-31-13
    Lawrence United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011

    lgaretto

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    "I'm Hooked..."

    I'm always leary about starting a new book that's a part of the a series. You have to go back to the beginning to understand some of the complexities of what's going on and that means that you don't read the book that's most current and about which people are talking. Well, I'm glad I started this series because the first book in it (Dauntless) has been great. One of the messages of this story is that just because something is old, that doesn't make it bad. In the case of this book, only John (Blackjack) Geary has the ability to see that his society has, to some degree, taken on the dispicable attributes of the enemy they have been fighting for 100 years. It appears that no one else can see this because they have a vision of the past that is distorted by myth and legend. Geary as a character shows his humanity and his abhorrence of the inaccurate legend that has come to reprepresent him. The book is about leadership that is ethical and humane as much as it is about cool and seemingly well-research science. A great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 12-15-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "A Great Start To A Space SciFi Series"

    This audiobook ranks up there with the Prince Rogers, Miles Vorkosigan, and Honor Harrington series. There seemed to be more space battles in this story than the others; so if that is what you like in a space novel, then this book is for you. However, the best part is a strong character whom you can cheer on. Captain John Geary is a man out of time having recently been rescued from stasis after a long time lost in space. He is a battle hero from his days and is worshiped by many of those in the fleet that picked him up. However, timing is bad for Geary as the fleet has headed into an ambush deep in enemy territory. This is the line of events we are thrust into at the very beginning of the book and may be a little confusing at first. This story is about how Captain Geary must take hold of the fleet and save it from destruction with the goal to get everyone back home to safety. Enemies and difficulties may not only lie out in space but in the fleet itself. A long time of war has changed the hearts and minds of those that serve in the Alliance fleet and Geary must come to terms and live up to everyones expectations or find control of the fleet to slip out of his hands. The reader did an excellent job. I had no problem distinguishing characters. This is one of those books that made me want to download the follow up right away.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 04-23-08
    Ethan M. Cambridge, MA 04-23-08 Member Since 2000

    On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through

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    "Fun military SF that falls prey to cliche"

    This book is solid enough military science fiction, delivering some dramatic space battles and heroic actions, but at the same time falls prey to almost every genre convention. It delivers some of the most awkwardly motivated descriptions of how technologies work that the science fiction world has to offer; the main character is (of course) a hero from another time, providing an excuse for yet more info-dumps from the author, characterization tends to be pretty one-dimensional, and so on. Not terrible stuff, but it started to drive me a bit crazy after awhile.

    In fact, it reminded me constantly of Rosenfelder's essay "If all stories were written like science fiction stories":

    "Do you think we'll be flying on a propeller plane? Or one of the newer jets?" asked Ann.

    "I'm sure it will be a jet," said Roger. "Propeller planes are almost entirely out of date, after all. On the other hand, rocket engines are still experimental. It's said that when they're in general use, trips like this will take an hour at most. This one will take up to four hours."

    ... if the tedious explanations don't bother you, and you like military SF, this is a fine choice. Otherwise, you can do better.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09
    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Ranks up there with Star Wars!"

    This is perhaps the best Sci-Fi story since Star Wars. I downloaded the first book "Dauntless" and before I was finished with it, I had the next two on my Ipod. I then downloaded the 4th book the day it was released, and am now counting the days until the 5th book is released, "Relentless" . There is not another Science Fiction book I would rather read or would rather suggest to another listener. If you have a credit, USE IT; if you don't, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.

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    Professor United States 10-31-12
    Professor United States 10-31-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "MILITARY SCI-FI WITH LEGEND OF "KING ARTHUR""

    The best book series by Jack Campbell AKA John G Henry

    In the future people finally moved to other planets, Hundreds of planets are populated.

    Years later the major rift appeared in human politics , some planets kept their Democratic form of government "Alliance" and some other decided to go with evolution of free market in which companies became the new government "Syndics".

    And the WAR began:
    Syndics attacked!
    During the first battle, the ship "Merlin" under command of John Geary protected merchant ships and helped them run away from the star system, and this became the first battle of the great war.

    As the last of his actions Commander Geary ordered to abandon ship, and commenced self destruct sequence, Commander Geary was posthumously promoted to the rank of Captain.

    Hundred years later the war still goes on!!!!
    Just as it always happens the war evolved, it became the thing of stupidity and atrocities, of war crimes and annihilation, the war in which strategical and tactical thinking was replaced with brutal frontal attacks, the time when battle promotions became normal career advancement,..

    The human kind dwelled in stagnation for almost hundred years. As an act of desperation the great fleet was built by the Alliance to finish the war once and for all. During the movement of the fleet the escape pod was recovered in long abandoned star system, containing a man of legends, a man of myths "Black Jack Geary".

    How timely, because the fleet is going directly into Syndics Trap!!!!

    If you are not hooked yet,I don't know what to say.

    PS
    There are rumours, that there maybe a movie based on this series soon. :-)

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Sacramento, CA, USA 07-02-09
    Victor Sacramento, CA, USA 07-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Read Me First!"

    That old label used to come with your new Kodak SLR camera in the old days. It is still an important message to this day. before you read any of the other books, read Dauntless! For us technical science fiction fans it is a very satisfying read. The tale of how "Black Jack" was recovered and returned to duty is a bit subtle but it is an enjoyable listen anyway!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Oakland, CA, United States 05-22-14
    Jamie Oakland, CA, United States 05-22-14
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    "Stop Explaining..."

    I really wanted to like this. I wanted it to be a rip roaring space adventure-hopefully with some identifiable or with some luck, interesting characters. But not really....'Black Jack' Geary is not lovable, he's completely self obsessed, so you are always hearing him repeating lots of inner dialogue about 'woe is him'...because everyone worships him... We also hear,ad nauseum, how far away everything is in space and exactly what the time lag is for each and every maneuver. Sounds like he's describing a video game screen or trying to 'teach' us about what it would be like, really, to fight at faster than light speeds. These never ending reflections during 'battles' actually makes the fights strangely disjointed: They fire on the enemy and...now let's stop and remember, "they really fired this over 3 minutes ago because they are 3 light minutes away, so it's already happened....and Now -back to the action....
    Didn't work for me- and I love good space opera, give me some Old Man's War, or some Larson over this any day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diomedes 05-09-14
    Diomedes 05-09-14
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    "Flat and Feeble-minded Characters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys being lectured endlessly about military regulations while fantasizing that they are an average minded adult in a universe full of toddlers.


    Has The Lost Fleet: Dauntless turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I am a fan of this genre, but this author is the Terry Goodkind of this genre. The universe is completely derivative and the characters are so two dimensional and undeveloped that it is hard for the reader to care what happens to them.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian Rummel's narration made it possible for me to finish the book. If I had tried to read this as a paperback, I would have donated it about 1/3 of the way through.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    The repetitive internal moralizing of the main character could have been cut down by 80% and been more effective. This would have freed up enormous amounts of space for the development of other characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Just don't do it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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