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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"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)
Campbell keeps to the most realistic depiction of speed vs. relative distance in space. Unfortunately, that realism by its nature slows down the action as the characters must wait hours for ships to get close enough to engage. Campbell's portrayal of the technology is fascinating and well thought out, more so than the character development. The characters were flat, and Geary was such a recluse that he failed to engage in any relationship close enough to bring interest. The main problem was Campbell's unwillingness to leave the bridge of the Dauntless, and the "almost first person" point of view. Though the book was written in third person, Campbell never left Geary's side, and the character's reluctance to engage with anyone else made it a somewhat boring perspective. Main case in point - we watched one ship sacrifice itself to give the fleet enough time to escape, all from the point of view of Geary's bridge. With the half an hour delay, the scene played out like a TV show playing on the other side of a crowded room with the sound turned off. If Campbell had instead portrayed the scene from on board the doomed ship, the action would have been riveting. Likewise, if Campbell had brought us aboard the ships of Geary's rivals so we could hear their complaining and plotting, that would also have made it more interesting. There was nothing that I particularly disliked about the book, but it didn't interest me enough to want to read the next in the series.
I've been a fan of CJ Cherryh for 50 years, but somehow missed Jack Campbell. Out of curiosity, I downloaded this book despite the wobbly underlying premise (space navy hero retrieved from long lost cold sleep awakens and saves the day for the good guys) and was delighted to find a well-written space navy battle fleet story with convincing science, believable characters and a compelling narrative. I recommend the book to any Cherryh fans reading this review. I've now downloaded the next two books in the series and look forward to finding the time to listen to them.
part of greatness
It's not just one moment, but a whole series of moments a long the same track. It's how much things have changed during Geary's 100 year sleep, and it's because of the war that's raged on during that whole time. Almost everything Geary was familiar with from technology, procedures, protocols, strategies, tactics, beliefs, and even the rules of war have changed. So with all of those things that Geary considered standard practice being forgotten or changed and command of the fleet suddenly dropped on him while deep in enemy territory, he has to figure out how to lead the lost fleet home in more ways than one.
Seeing all of that play out throughout the entire series is my most memorable moment.
Jack Campbell created this amazing story with a lot of characters and conflicts, but Christian Rummel brings that story and its characters to life. Christian Rummel has this great way of injecting and emphasizing emotions in the narrative and the characters in any situation. It draws you in and makes you really feel what Jack Campbell wrote.I was also very impressed at how consistent Christian Rummel was at voicing all the characters throughout the entire series, especially given how many characters there were and how varied he made their voices.
If you're looking for a good military Sci-fi series, then this is a fantastic one to pick up. I just finished The Lost Fleet series last week, and loved every moment of it. Christian Rummel's narrative performance does an AMAZING job at making everything and everyone in Jack Campbell's story come to life. Definite thumbs up on this series!
The storyline is riveting. The narration is stellar !!!!!!
The writer is constantly talking about the characters praying to their ancestors and thanking the living stars. I know it's science fiction, but this is disturbing and will prevent me from purchasing any additional books from this author, permanently. I find it repulsive enough that American society has rejected the Bible and Christ, thinking (just like the scribes and Pharisees did) that man is smarter than he really is. I know that a lot of science fiction is non-religious or has alternative beliefs, but this series is blasphemy. If you worship your ancestors (they are dead people) and thank the living ??? stars (they are rocks), then I pity you.
Red hair with a big head and an even bigger ego.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
"the lost fleet book 1"
Don't be fooled by talk of physics, The Lost Fleet; Dauntless book 1 is pure space opera. You've got good guys, bad guys and plenty of battles and things blowing up. And don't forget the love interest (ok you do have to wait to book 2 buts its fairly obvious). The premis of the book is fairly simple - the Alliance fleet was suckered into a trap and badly mauled. All the leaders have been murdered and it up to a hero to save the day. The book is exciting and well paced. The physics of space travel are fairly consistant and true to life from what i remember of the subject. On the negative side, the way the book and author goes on about it can grate at times, after all the author didn't seem to mind making up the faster than light stuff, so why preach? The only other main flaw, to my mind, was that i found it hard to believe that a military force would lose it capability to use tactics. That aside, its well worth a listen to.
"Hard SF Naval combat in space."
As the author says in his preface, this is a retelling of the classic 'sleeping hero returns in his country's hour of need' Arthurian style story - but, of course, 'In Space'. Captain John Geary finds himself in command of a battered fleet needing to get home the hard way, but helpfully also in possession of fleet combat skills lost to his side by a century of war. He also finds his command weakened by the shining example of his own tactics in his last battle, and his 'outdated ideas' on morality.
The most unusual thing about this series is the hard scifi treatment of relativistic speeds and distances. Fleets of ships must act like WW2 bomber squadrons - as a lattice of fields of fire. Commands take time to reach the edges of the formation. Ships take time to turn. Arriving ships take time to be seen. etc. It works rather well.
The narrator is excellent - managing to make all the characters distinctive and instantly recognisable.
The story's narrative is entirely from Geary's POV, and is well written but maybe lacks the masterful touch - possibly because it is so simply done.
This is a reasonably short book, made shorter by the fact that it is gripping enough to blast through in no time. Fortunately there are plenty more in the series.
"Best SciFi I've read in years"
As they used to say a "rip roaring yarn". Superb piece of space opera. No deep philosophical navel gazing in this book, just good old space warfare and petty political backstabbing.
"A truly stunning read about a space journey home."
In The Lost Fleet: Dauntless, you are introduced to Captain Black Jack Geary and the one hundred year war between the Alliance and the syndicates.
Still recovering from his stint in survival sleep, he is thrust into command of the Alliance fleet when all higher ranked officers are killed, he is forced to try and save the fleet using long forgotten tactics in an endless journey home.
Jack Campbell is an excellent author who knows how to keep the suspense going whilst telling a great story that the reader just has to keep reading.
The way he describes the space battles is a skill that I just envoy as it is so simple but brilliant at the same time.
Alison Laura Goodman
The way he describes the space battles
The fact that the characters are human and show it with all of their faults.
No as I enjoyed the whole book.
"Can't put it down 2nd time reading the series"
Sure some of the descriptiveness of the maneuvers is hard to fully grasp. but totally love the fight to become the hero he needs to be. And parallels between the space ship's and current sea ships adds a nice grounding.
"Great listen, but its not unabridged."
When people rejected his advice
This book has lost of missing content not in the book.
"Lovely story telling. Struggle for a man out of time"
I enjoyed this book greatly. Nice concept of man out of time. With lost knowledge of combats.
As for some comets that say there is no character depth, I do not understand this as I found there was a deeper characteristic in these characters without have to understand in a deeper form.
There is some repetition of some fact but this I did not feel was much of a problem
Was a pleasure and good gripping story balance of tatics and story love it worth several reads
"a good read"
about mid way of all the books i have listened too.
it all seems well thought out
"Far too predictable "
I downloaded this in the hope of epic Sci Fi but was left wanting. The premise is strong; a long fighting retreat through space, but it all feels very 2 dimensional. The interactions between characters are cumbersome and it's extremely easy to read how the conversation will end. I'll be reverting to Peter F Hamilton I think.
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