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The Lost Fleet: Fearless | [Jack Campbell]

The Lost Fleet: Fearless

Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.
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Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

Geary is convinced that the Syndics are planning to ambush the fleet and finish it off once and for all. Realizing the fleet's best (and only) chance is to do the unexpected, Geary takes the offensive and orders the fleet to the Sancere system. There, a multitude of possible routes home give the Alliance fleet a better chance of avoiding their pursuers - and an attack on the Sancere shipbuilding facilities could decimate the Syndic war effort.

Weary from endless combat, the officers and crew of the Alliance fleet can't see the sense in charging deeper into enemy territory - prompting a mutiny that divides them and leaves Geary with higher odds against him than ever before.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell describes how he brought real-world physics to the Lost Fleet series.

Get Lost! Listen to the rest of the Lost Fleet series.

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What the Critics Say

"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)

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    Nathan Cook 01-07-15
    Nathan Cook 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent work"

    Just finished listening to the second book in this series, and I must say that I'm still throughly impressed with this novel universe that's been created. I get impressions of several different story lines that the author has seemed to draw inspiration from for this story. Including, Mass Effect, the pre-covenant halo universe, and surprisingly, Battlestar Galactica. I'm very impressed so far and I hope the feeling continues throughout the rest of the remaining books.

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    Ronald H. Mers 10-22-14
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    Where does The Lost Fleet: Fearless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Lost Fleet series has a good selection of well developed characters and a compelling story line. I like the way everything does not always go Black Jack's way... he must overcome challenges and deal with people who do not necessarily trust him... yet.


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

    When the rogue ships from the fleet had to come limping back to Black Jack.


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    they bring attitude... I might not get that if reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Black Jack is back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 10-19-14
    Kelly Howard Oregon 10-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "meh at best"

    Campbell clearly is proud of the fact that he realizes that with light-distances, you can’t know what’s going on in a battle because what you see is what happened minutes or hours away, and it could really be over & you wouldn’t know it until the info had time to get to you. We know this because he said so in the intro and re-said so approximately every 8-10 pages throughout the entire book, it seemed. I’ve seldom felt so beaten over the head by anything in a work of fiction; usually that type of repetition is reserved for super-extremist propaganda written by wacko fanatical types.
    The main breaks between reminders of how brilliant the author was to think of this time thing occur by having Geary & the Co-President compete to see who can come up with the most paranoid theories of the other’s vile, devious plots ‘n’ machinations as their relationship progresses. These two are suspicious enough of each other to need tinfoil underwear to go with their lined hats.
    Plot-wise, this second book advanced things very, very, very little from where things were at the end of Book 1. Nearly the entire book was taken up with the light-time wowees & Captain/Co-Pres bickerfests. Campbell did introduce a significant inter-ship conflict, but does almost nothing with it. All he did was set it up early on, wedge a brief mention now & then between "me so brilliant" & Suspicionpalooza episodes, then dash off a quickie few sentences about it toward the end.
    What fun. I thought the first LF book was okay, decent enough that I tried #2. Big oops, big waste of a credit, big waste of time. The only thing approaching entertainment was listening to the various ways the reader mangled Geary’s name; my favorite was the numerous times it sounded like “Gooey.” Good Cap’n Gooey, hero of the space ways. Henceforth, Gooey will have to try to save the Alliance without me. If this book's degree of plot advancement is any indication, there'll be a few dozen more before they get anywhere or accomplish much of anything against the Syndics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 08-22-14
    Paul United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "The journey continues"

    The second entry in the Lost Fleet series fits the mold with book 1. It's got some good twists and turns, but it largely follows book 1 in terms of the journey. I don't know if there's enough substance to keep the series going for 6 books as they journey home. I know the battles are good and well written, but 1 large scale battle per book becomes very formulaic. I think there's some good likable characters, and I'd like to see the other fleet captains get more plots. I'm interested in book 3, but after that, there needs to be more in terms of plot, not a just new star system and a fleet battle.

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    Joshua Kring 07-04-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "The 2nd Lost Fleet Book."
    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell – was your favorite?

    Captain 'Fighting' Falco was my favorite character in this one. I thought he was very well imagined by Campbell and brilliantly brought to life by Rummel. He is a character I loved to hate and pity.


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

    No. I enjoyed the book (and the series) as a whole. The characters are starting to get more depth and are becoming more complex. The situations feel more real and I'm getting more comfortable in this universe.


    Any additional comments?

    This is part 2. So, if you haven't listened to part 1 yet do that first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Waite Maine, USA 05-20-14
    A. M. Waite Maine, USA 05-20-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Glad I Stayed for the Next Book"

    I found this second installment a tad more exiting than the first one. My initial complaints and hang-ups about the first book still stand: there little to no visual cues outside of space battles, we're stuck on the bridge with Geary, and the supporting cast still seems to have little to no depth. The brave Captain did seem to ease up on the reminding us about his self doubt every other thought, so I was encouraged by that.

    This second book introduced some new problems other than enemy ships. There were some interesting logistical conundrums to iron out like supply shortage and some new characters with very distinct (albeit, still not bright) personalities. I imagined Captain Falco to be the very stereotype of the futuristic space captain, complete with a dimpled chin and a hands-on-hips stance for every sentence that is confidently stated. Rummel did another excellent reading and this book seemed to fly by - I was incredibly surprised when I reached the end. I'm taking that as a good sign and I'll be moving on to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14
    Tq White II Minnesota 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good continuation of a solid series"

    These books represent no stroke of brilliance. It is Master and Commander Go to Outer Space. It draws heavily on the author's real-world experience in the Navy. That makes it feel almost historical and real.

    I compare two categories of science fiction. Some elucidate a brilliant new idea and its consequences. Others, this kind, use a change of context simply to tell a story. Both have their place. Each has different pitfalls for author and listener. This book avoids them quite well.

    This is the second that I have read and it is every bit as good as the first. In both cases, I can see some flaws. The author is a Navy-guy, not a literature guy. His prose is grounded. His relationships are, shall we say, not as well reasoned as his space warfare concepts. But the flaws are minor and the pleasures great.

    Each time the protagonist has to figure a way out of some box for his fleet, it's just great. The author goes to great lengths to imagine real solutions to real problems of space warfare. The plotting is good. This is a fun, interesting book. Having read two of the books, I will read the rest.

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    Willie bedford, TX, United States 03-01-14
    Willie bedford, TX, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "So glad I stayed with the series"

    Wasn't a huge fan a the first book. While it did have superior space battle action scenes, the character development was very lacking. Since I put in some money to get the first installment, I decided to give it a second chance and was very happy I did. This book left me wanting more. The battle scenes were among the best I've ever read. Campbell grabbed my imagination right away and I am in for the long haul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 10-23-13
    Alan 10-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Going home has never been this exciting"
    If you could sum up The Lost Fleet: Fearless in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, suspenseful, satisfying


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

    Dauntless, the first in this series which was great and this was even better. Fearless the Narration was just as good and the story was better as you get to see the relationships evolve and the Fleet mature and more questions arise.


    Any additional comments?

    the first book got me hooked and this one kept me wanting more. I recommend both this this book and the first in the series and I just downloaded the third because I can't wait to hear how this story continues.

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    Ryan Weatherston 08-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Much shorter than the first book"

    Not as good as the first book in the series, but it was a good follow-up to it. The characters' personality and etc. are not detailed as was in the first book, but I guess they don't have to as there are only a few new characters. I loved the space battles descriptions; they feel more real than any other SF story. However, the love relationship between "Black Jack" and "Madame Co President" feels forced, like it was added later. Another thing that I didn't care for is the first book seemed to go on for a long time while this book seemed short and abrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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