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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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    Charles Howe 08-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Just a good solid read."

    This book (and the rest in the series) made me think about space battles in a new way. Excellent narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Carson, CA, United States 02-20-09
    Jason Carson, CA, United States 02-20-09 Member Since 2006

    Books are like air: I need them to live.

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    "Fantastic start to a fantastic series"

    I didn't know what to expect but this book was fairly highly rated so I figured "give it a go." I LOVELOVELOVE this series. The story is very interesting, the characters are rich, diverse and unique, the conflict is multilayered and multidirectional. I think 5 stars should be reserved for only truly amazingly great works but 4 stars is not enough. I would prefer to be able to give it 4 1/2 stars. It is that good.

    If you find cat and mouse type conflict fun and interesting these books are for you and this one starts it off with a bang.

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    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
    Terra Lodi, CA, USA 02-04-09
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    "Mediocre"

    I purchased this book on a special 'start a new series' promotion by audible. Other reviews of the recording/book had been positive and so I was looking forward to listening but I have to say I was disappointed. The plot itself isn't bad, but I felt the writing was lacking in detail and was highly repetitive. For example: There are no physical descriptions of the characters. There's an 'ancestor' based religion that is referred to constantly, but you don't even find out it's a religion until half way through the book. There's constant reference to the time lag in battles, and while I agree that the idea is good, I found it annoying to have it referred to every other sentence, as if I couldn't remember the fact. That being said, the book might have been okay had I read it in hard copy, but the narrator compounded the problems with the text. I was particularly annoyed by the use of falsetto voices and fake accents which made serious military characters laughable and detracted from the tension that should have been building during the battle scenes. If I could go back I would have chosen a different book.

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    Michael 10-17-08
    Michael 10-17-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding!"

    I had several disappointing experiences with the last few audiobooks. This one hit the jackpot! Excellent narration and an even better story line. You don't have to be a military or Sci-Fi fan to like this book. Well written and well spoken. If you like Orson Scott Card, you'll also like this.

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    Shamgar1 Lubbock, TX USA 10-16-08
    Shamgar1 Lubbock, TX USA 10-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't stop"

    This is the first review I have taken time to write. I was amazed how quickly I listened to this book. I still have half a month to my next credit. The story is very enjoyable. The reader is great. The main character is instantly likable. The methods of space travel and battle are very realistic and refreshingly new. No instant Warp drives. Great Sci-Fi

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 10-02-08
    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 10-02-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Satisfying"

    Slightly 2D characters, but still kept me interested. Feels somewhere in between Star Trek Voyager and the Battle Star Galactica.

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    S. Lipe Missouri 09-20-08
    S. Lipe Missouri 09-20-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Great Series"

    Great series. I quickly went through the first four books and can't wait for the next one to come out in 2009.

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    D. F. Grossett Fort Collins, CO USA 09-16-08
    D. F. Grossett Fort Collins, CO USA 09-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Really Good"

    He is a little light on discription and a little heavy on drawn out space battles but his premise is fantastic. The level of real life physics he brings to the story adds a level of depth lost in a lot of the adventure sci-fi genre. The narrator is amazing as well.

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    Mark VA 09-08-08
    Mark VA 09-08-08 Member Since 2016
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    "good hard sci fi"

    Fascinating to see how the author's experience driving real Navy warships gives him a great point of view for imagining the practical aspects of space combat. He also has interesting thoughts on the potential evolution and adaptation of human nature when faced with a conflict that spans generations. I listened to this book straight through (made a 5 hour drive seem like 10 minutes) and then had to wait a month for more credits.. which I am now about to spend on the next book in the series. You will LOVE this book if you liked those questions in college physics that started with "a train 1 km long is approaching a tunnel 2 km long at 0.99c..."

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    Veronica 08-12-08
    Veronica 08-12-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Dauntless: The Lost Fleet"

    I haven't written a review before so that aught to tell you a little something. Well written, very good book. By the end of the first you will buy the second, and so on. It did start a little confusing
    though... But its still a great read or listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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