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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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    mark hollywood, FL, United States 03-05-13
    mark hollywood, FL, United States 03-05-13
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    "not what i expected`"
    If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Dauntless in three words, what would they be?

    it was an excellent story with well developed characters and a continuous sense of excitement weaved into it.


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    Peter PICAYUNE, MS, United States 03-05-13
    Peter PICAYUNE, MS, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fast paced and authentic"

    Written by a former naval officer, this story is more about the traditions of naval life than about space battles. That being said, the effort put into shifting gears and theorizing what a three dimensional battlespace at near light speeds would mean for altered tactics is also a big part of the story and the author spends great effort making it come to life and seem credible.

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    robin olympia, WA, United States 03-05-13
    robin olympia, WA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very solid listen"
    Would you listen to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless again? Why?

    Probably not. But not becaus it was bad, just not extraordinary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the space battles, but mostly the scenes with Jack and co-president Rione.


    Any additional comments?

    Solid listen for a good price.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kip COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-02-13
    Kip COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 03-02-13
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    "Why haven't I heard of this before? It's great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to be better than the print version?

    This story and series is just plain great. But what makes it special is the reader, Christian Rummel. I have heard many readers but no one else compares to him in his ability to make multiple characters sound so unique so instantly. I just got sucked in as I drove so many long hours.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to and why?

    This is a great version of The 10,000.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell – was your favorite?

    It's hard to choose a particular favorite character because each one is written so strongly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love sci fi/adventure/politics/sub plots/reluctant romance/anything space technical/ and intrigue, then this was written for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hoefling 02-20-13
    Hoefling 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible beginning"
    What would have made The Lost Fleet: Dauntless better?

    Depth for the characters; less naivete - the whole starting point of all officers in the fleet looking hopeful to a guy who was in deep-freeze for decades is just not believable.The reactions of Geary after he wakes up are also one-dimensional. And why the admiral put him in charge I have no idea - the given reason that he has "seniority" after being in deep-freeze for a hundred years is just laughable.The natural choice would have been the captain of the lead ship. But she doesn't really give the impression of a warrior with hundreds of soliders under her command.I can't say more - I stopped listening after an hour because it was just too painful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something from a different author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s performances?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I hadn't bought it ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Tulsa, OK, United States 01-24-13
    Darryl Tulsa, OK, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This Series is AWESOME!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John "Black Jack" is my favorite character because while he lives up to the "hype" of being a hero, he's the most real person in the fleet.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None that moved me, but many that me in suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    Once I start one of the books in this series, I find it hard to stop until the book has been completed. I can't wait for the next book in the following series.

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    Paul 01-24-13
    Paul 01-24-13

    Paul in Boston

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    "Jack Campbell - B and Christian Rummel - A"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Fleet: Dauntless the most enjoyable?

    I really like Christian Rummel as the story teller. He has enough voices to make it enjoyable without taking away from the storyline.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This is a continuing story so ask me again in another 5 books.


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

    As noted, I very much like Christian Rummel as a story teller. Having Mr. Rummel as the reader would get me to buy a borderline book selection. I enjoy listening to the author for a few minutes before the book is read. I would like this feature added to more books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Its a little too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    A book that does not require your full attention to keep the storyline going.

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    Timo 01-14-13
    Timo 01-14-13
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    "Good idea, not so great execution"

    I really liked the idea of this book: an almost mythical character from the past turns up again in times of need but it turns out he is just as human and fallible as everyone else. That's a really nice idea. I also really liked that Campbell cares about physics and manages to integrate the difficulties that would potentially occur in space battles into the book quite neatly, for example that it would take time to see and hear about events that are a couple of light minutes away because communication cannot travel fast than light.

    What I didn't like is that he belabours these points a bit too much. I don't need him to explain the laws of physics to me every three minutes. I also though the whole "we are better than this"-mantra intertwined with the "I'm just human like you"-theme was way to repetitive.

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    Steve Auckland, New Zealand 01-07-13
    Steve Auckland, New Zealand 01-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Pulp SciFi"

    For any fans of the recent Battle Star Galactica TV series, or the Mass Effect video games, this is a great book for you. Complex ideas about space travel are written and narrated very clearly, and the political conflicts among the various ship captains really gets you behind the reluctant hero.

    Great pulp science fiction!

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    C. 01-06-13
    C. 01-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Military Scifi / Space Opera Done Right"

    Excellant military action with all the political officers that everyone loves to hate. Book doesn't bog down with in depth information on the hero's past, but rather gives little glimpses between major and minor plot twists.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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