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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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    Howard norristown, PA, USA 01-17-09
    Howard norristown, PA, USA 01-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Military Science Fiction"

    One of the hardest things about trying a new series is getting through the first book. This book captures you from the first few paragraphs and never lets you go. The ONLY reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of his rivals in this 1st book are little stupid and illogical in my opinion.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-02-13
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-02-13 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"

    It is military science-fiction - definitely science-fiction in that they are in spaceships, in the future. Definitely military in they they are at war - in their spaceships which are treated like naval ships would be, complete with marines and officer rankings - with a human enemy.

    It is a bit space-opera-y in that the characters will be recurring in future installments, and the overall plot encompasses multiple planetary systems and characters. The story doesn't really end at the end of the book - just the first leg of the journey was completed, not the entire trip.

    There is a bit of character development in the main character, though the rest of them are pretty much cardboard cut-outs. Mostly, they are there for the main character to reflect his own thoughts off. Fortunately the main character is actually pretty interesting. He has a bit of conflict both within himself ("will power corrupt me?") and with the other ship captains ("is he corrupt?" or "will he get in my path en route to glory?")

    I quite liked the story, and how Black Jack's history was brought into the story, and how this history is used to make him who he is. I have bought the next couple in this series.

    The narration is un-obtrusive (i.e. at points I sorta forgot it was narrated). There is no graphic anything (sex, violence or language). And, while there is a tiny bit of moralizing (i.e. "this" is right/moral), it was not excessively so.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-18-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The lost Fleet:Dauntless"

    Was searching around Audibles database looking for a good Sci Fi series to read. Saw the Lost Fleet and downloaded the first one, "Dauntless". It is great, find it interesting concept for a long thought dead hero to come back and save the fleet. The light year lag in time makes an interesting tactical problem in space warfare. It is nice to see so many women in high ranking roles. Downloading the next in the series. It is great that Audible has the entire series so I can listen in the correct order. This is my first Jack Campbell book I will also look for books in his real name John G. Henry.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Gentry 04-23-08
    Jane Gentry 04-23-08 Member Since 2005
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    "fun but endless"

    I enjoyed the first two of these books but I'm declining to read the third. They bid fair for becoming as endless Robert Jordan's "The Eye of the World" series. I liked the first couple of those, too, till I realized that there was never, ever going to be a resolution, as when the goal was accomplished, the series would end.

    The Lost Fleet plots were entertaining. If you don't mind the endless repetitive permutations necessary to this sort of series and the suspicion that nothing's actually ever going to happen because the goal of getting home will be the end of the series, go for it.

    Be nice if Campbell could take a tip from Bujold and Forester, and give the captain a mission, let him perform it and send him out on another one, as he battles to form the fleet into a real honest-to-god fighting Navy.

    Got to say that Campbell's onto a good thing, here, professionally. But eventually he'll figure out why Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill off Sherlock.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. McCarron 04-08-08 Member Since 2001
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    "good sci fi"

    I agree with Michael, at times the author repeats himself about lag. Nevertheless, thats sort of the point. Battles on this scale and at these speeds are all about lag and trying to deal with it.

    BTW I think the narrator is does a great job.

    I enjoyed the book and will read/listen to the next book in series.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Eivind New York, New York 12-30-10
    Eivind New York, New York 12-30-10 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Duty, honor and oh so much pride"

    This is, without a doubt, one of my least favorite science fiction books. I am sorry, I feel bad saying it, but I honestly feel that this might in fact be ???the??? worst SF book the lot. Now, I???ve read a lot of bad books. I???ve even enjoyed a lot of bad books, but this really just rubbed me the wrong way. Tedious and predicable internal monologue; I could have been fine with it in some cartoonish way, but the seriousness with which this is presented gals me. The main character seems to be the only sane character in the galaxy. Sure, this is justified somewhat by the fact that the rest of the human race has spent the last hundred years fighting in a never ending war. But honestly, it still just doesn???t cut it. The sheer, and I shudder to even use the expression, cheesiness of not only the hero worship, but also the stupidity of others does not engender Black Jack Geary to me in the least.

    This is another of those novels where instead of making the main character likeable though faults and obstacles and his overcoming these, the author has instead elected to make everyone else as inedible as possible. It is too simple, too cheap and much too little.

    That the concept, the idea itself, behind the novel is decent in itself, even good, does not change these facts. The book is just poorly executed, poorly written and unfortunately also poorly read.

    54 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 04-30-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Black Jack Geary makes a great hero"

    Originally posted at FanLit.

    John “Black Jack” Geary’s escape pod has just been rescued from deep space. He’s been in cold-sleep for a century after he single-handedly held off enemy spaceships while letting the rest of the Alliance fleet escape. Everyone thought he was dead, but his brave sacrifice went down in the history books and many people still whisper that Black Jack Geary will come back to save the Alliance in a time of great need. And so he has… or at least that’s what many soldiers of the Alliance believe. Geary himself is bewildered to learn that not only is he alive, but that his one famous deed was exaggerated and now he’s a hero of legend. All he really feels like doing is grieving over the loved ones he left behind a century ago. But duty calls.

    Now Geary finds himself again trying to save the Alliance fleet. They’re still fighting the Syndicate Worlds — the same enemies they’ve been fighting since Geary’s time — and they’re stuck in enemy territory with damaged ships. They’re also carrying a stolen key to one of the Syndics’ hypernets — a tool which could help them finally win the war. Can Geary get the fleet and the key back home safely?

    Well, that’s a hard enough task for any fleet commander. What makes it even harder for John Geary is that this modern Alliance fleet is far different from the one he knew before. The technology has advanced enormously (Geary doesn’t even know what a hypernet is!), but what has changed even more is the structure of the military. Geary lived in a time when the military was well-trained and the leaders gave orders which their subordinates obeyed. But because of the devastating losses the Alliance has suffered over the past several decades, younger commanders have had to step up. They lack skills and experience and the military is now run more like a democracy than a hierarchy, with commanders discussing and voting during meetings instead of receiving and following orders from superiors. Black Jack Geary’s own legendary exploit is also a factor in this decline — his heroic status has caused many ship commanders to try to seek their own glory. Geary recognizes that all of this is bad for the Alliance Worlds, but changing an entire military organization may be too much for one man. Unless that man is a legendary hero who has returned to set his people free…

    Dauntless, the first book in Jack Campbell’s LOST FLEET series is highly entertaining space opera. Black Jack Geary makes a great reluctant hero. He’s smart and experienced, but 100 years behind in his understanding of technology. He has a disadvantage when he has to rely on others to help him understand and navigate his controls, but his old battle tactics, which rely on careful fleet coordination rather than personal glory-seeking, are an advantage. Not only are they better for the fleet as a whole, but they confound the enemy who is now unable to predict what the Alliance forces will do.

    I didn’t much care for the other characters in Dauntless, but I enjoyed the story enough that I didn’t mind. One thing that sets this series apart from other space opera is Campbell’s attempt to deal with the problem of relativity in a war that spans so much space. For example, if your computer is reporting the location of an enemy that’s lightminutes away from you, they are no longer in that location when you get the report. This distortion has a lot of implications, especially when you’re trying to shoot the enemy and the enemy is trying to shoot you. Campbell’s constant reminders about this get tedious, but I appreciated that he tried to deal with this problem that’s too often ignored.

    I listened to Audible Frontier’s production of Dauntless. Christian Rummel was a perfect narrator and I thought the voice and tone he used for Black Jack was a perfect reflection of Geary’s humble but confident personality. After listening to Dauntless, I immediately downloaded book 2, Fearless. THE LOST FLEET looks like it’s going to be a good series.

    Jack Campbell is a pseudonym for author John G. Hemry who writes other military science fiction under his real name. He’s a retired Navy officer.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald San Jose, CA, USA 04-01-08
    Ronald San Jose, CA, USA 04-01-08 Member Since 2002
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    "One of the BEST!"

    I loved this book, and the ones after it in the seriers. It got me hooked in the very first chapter. It is very well crafted with attention to betail, however that detail dosn't slow the story in the slightest. Action packed, and a thrill ride for the mind. A must book for anyone who likes the Miles Vorkosigan seriers by Lois McMaster Bujold, or The Prince Roger McClintock stories by John Ringo.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09
    Chance Louisiana, LA, United States 02-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Ranks up there with Star Wars!"

    This is perhaps the best Sci-Fi story since Star Wars. I downloaded the first book "Dauntless" and before I was finished with it, I had the next two on my Ipod. I then downloaded the 4th book the day it was released, and am now counting the days until the 5th book is released, "Relentless" . There is not another Science Fiction book I would rather read or would rather suggest to another listener. If you have a credit, USE IT; if you don't, BUY IT! You will not be disappointed.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence United States 03-31-13
    Lawrence United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011

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    "I'm Hooked..."

    I'm always leary about starting a new book that's a part of the a series. You have to go back to the beginning to understand some of the complexities of what's going on and that means that you don't read the book that's most current and about which people are talking. Well, I'm glad I started this series because the first book in it (Dauntless) has been great. One of the messages of this story is that just because something is old, that doesn't make it bad. In the case of this book, only John (Blackjack) Geary has the ability to see that his society has, to some degree, taken on the dispicable attributes of the enemy they have been fighting for 100 years. It appears that no one else can see this because they have a vision of the past that is distorted by myth and legend. Geary as a character shows his humanity and his abhorrence of the inaccurate legend that has come to reprepresent him. The book is about leadership that is ethical and humane as much as it is about cool and seemingly well-research science. A great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • William
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    7/22/09
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MR
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    4/8/13
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    "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.



    Recommended.







    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/24/11
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    Rugby, United Kingdom
    12/12/13
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    "A truly stunning read about a space journey home."
    What did you like most about The Lost Fleet?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Fleet?

    The way he describes the space battles


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The fact that the characters are human and show it with all of their faults.


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

    No as I enjoyed the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Saltdean, United Kingdom
    8/2/11
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    "The Lost Fleet: Dauntless"

    Sadly I found this audio book very predictable and unoriginal. I am a big fan of Alastair Reynolds style of mind blowing techno and wild character settings, and thought this may be similar... but this book is just like out takes of old Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek. I could not even finish it!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Marlow, United Kingdom
    6/21/12
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    "Should be in the children's section"

    Great book, if you're a 12 year old boy.

    Self gratifying 2 dimensional tedium.

    I think that about sums it up.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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