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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
Written by: 
Jack Campbell
Narrated by: 
Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

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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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    Benjamin 07-22-13
    Benjamin 07-22-13 Member Since 2014

    Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.

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    "Entertaining without character depth"

    It reminded me a lot of the game AI War. A small fleet on the edge of destruction trying desperately to stay ahead of a much larger enemy. The technology was interesting, as was the organization of the ships and a lot of the problems they faced.
    However, all the characters except the main were so obviously incompetent. Most the secondary characters felt very two dimensional. That may be something that improves as the series goes on, and I do intend to keep reading, but at least for this book I'd like little more depth of character.
    Overall, I would recommend this to people looking for a quick read who enjoy shows such as Battlestar Galactica.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    K 10-25-10
    K 10-25-10
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    "Worst Audible book ever!!"

    A personal fault of mine that I have to listen to the entire book, even one this tiresome.
    Its juvenile moralizing/philosophizing/religulous tone is teeth grating. After a couple hours this book was almost humorous, except for how bad it was.
    Since Audible deems that every book is worth at least one star I was forced to give it that. Which does not go to explain how it garnered the positive reviews it did.
    Hands down the worst book I have every listened to.
    I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JH 05-18-10
    JH 05-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A great space conflict."

    I am an avid reader and listener to SciFi novels and this is one of the best Space Navy series around. It is very much a hard scifi novel and, while avoiding excess scientific theories, Campbell maintains an extremely consistent universe. As a member of the US Navy the methods and actions of the Navy and Marine personnel hit very close to home. The story is engrossing and characters well developed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mitch 05-10-10
    Mitch 05-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Sierra Hotel !!"

    I don't usually write a review but after reading the one before mine I felt the need to bump it down.

    As a Naval veteran I find the authors' use of relative motion simplistic and realistic. Meaning, it adds a realism to the story you don't get in any other sci fi novels. It has added a dimension to the story and gets you thinking and trying to visualize the relative motion and drift. Scenarios sailors have to deal with day in and day out. Ships simply don't stop on a dime. The important factors are the characters are likeable, the story flows and the battles are very interesting. I loved the balance between the politico and the captain of the ship on each side of Black Jack. I am going to purchase the entire series. Great book...Keep them coming!!

    -Mitch

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    Michael J Lopato 05-17-09 Member Since 2006
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    "military command structure rediclous"

    It is a good story. What bothers me is that to make captain greary look like great leader he creates a command structure in which subordinate captains can question or ignore his orders as they see fit. Then after combat captain greary can say,
    "look if you did it my way things would have been so much better." I can't think of any military in history that allows undisciplined insubordination. I wont read the rest of the series

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Martin Coto de Caza, Ca USA 05-14-09
    Gordon Martin Coto de Caza, Ca USA 05-14-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Sunday School"

    Thinly veiled Christian ethics lesson proffered by a fleet commander who has yet to grow a pair.
    I'm holding out hope for book 2 if I can tolerate the guilt and self-abasement of the protagonist.

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    gardener97 Atlanta 08-16-15
    gardener97 Atlanta 08-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "What a Stupendous find!"

    This is the kind of series you wish would come along much more often and you just have to have them all. Hard core space opera at it's finest. Jack Campbell tells a great story with characters you love and hate and hey, that's storytelling. Excellent narration.

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    crunch27 06-26-15
    crunch27 06-26-15
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    "Good book"

    Good book enough said. Except that I have to put fifteen unique words here ugh...

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    Michael 06-11-15
    Michael 06-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Dry and incomplete"

    Very technical story and lacking emotional character development. Also somewhat preachy regarding war ethics. The story line is incomplete, leaving of at no logical point.

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    bubbaben 04-17-15
    bubbaben 04-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A dime novel. Not worth a credit"
    What disappointed you about The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

    Unrealistic characters


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    no idea


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he was good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good concept, just unlikeable characters who you just wish would all die.


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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