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)
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.
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.
he was good
Good concept, just unlikeable characters who you just wish would all die.
I thought The Lost Fleet would be exciting and thought provoking but it wasn't not to be. The author provides numerous distractions within the story. Constant explanations of scientific theories of relativity and flight while storytelling takes me out of the story. Constantly hit over the head with jealousy and envy regarding Black Jack Gerry and other officers as well as family takes away from the thin character development.
I will not continue with the series.
The way they make the most technical term seem simple to understand the story is easy to follow it just pack with all the catalyst that a book need to become grate and this is the first book in the series let see........................
How the narrator use his voice variation as to depict some scenes in the book that create an image that will keep you engage it kept me engage for sure what about you. Also this book is well put together the way each ship and battle is depicted make this book mouth watering and should be a best seller.
This was without any hesitation the grate capt Black Jack John Garey this is my favorite reason being he is smart and innovative he can fix any problems. also he is a good leader and doesn't stand for mediocrity but strive for success and he is a man to remember and there is something to be learn from this character.
well hell yes and i am on the second book now and jack Campbell is amazing this is a true hero of the people for the people
WELL TO MR JACK CAMPBELL WHERE ARE YOUR MOVIES YOU HAVE SUCH GRATE STORIES SHARE THEM WITH THE BIG SCREEN MAN I PAY TO SEE THEM ANY DAY
Aside from some painfully dumb side characters, this story is fun and interesting. It has a solid feeling of what a current navy would be like if it operated in space.
Near the top of the Sci-fi military books for the story.
Star Force by B.V. Larson
The narration is not very good. He sounds like a teen and doesn't fit the main character well. He changes the tone of the book from reading it to hearing it.
"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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