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.
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After listening to book 1 in the series and now having finished book 2 "Fearless" I must say I am hooked on the series. It appears to be a short series but Jack Campbell has interested me enought I will go looking for more works by him. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the book The time delay in space travel appears to be emphasized more in these book and the Harrington series by Weber than in the old star Trek movies.
that it was nothing more than a rehash of the first book
sorry that I bought 3 of the books in this series
I love this series. I was listening to this book, and got so agitated about waiting to hear the end that I went out and bought the paperback to read it, then went back and still listened to it. :) This series has a epic quality of honor and pride in oneself and - in this case - the fleet, that I loved. Also, the narrator really brings the characters to life. I can't read the books now without hearing the voices speaking the lines. Highly recommend the entire series.
If you liked Dauntless, then you will like Fearless, and if you didn't, you won't. The characters are still unrealistic and simple, the dialogue sounds like a comic book, and there isn't much real suspense about the events that unfold. The author is still obsessed with speed of light relativity and military tactics in space, which must interest some listeners. I found the 3-dimensional military tactics hard to visualize but that may just be me. I stuck with this book in hopes that it would develop a little more sophistication, depth, and excitement than the first one, but no such luck. I won't bother with the next book in the series.
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.
I found the dialog and characters very simple and juvenile. Constant repetition of the same points was annoying; yes I understand this takes place in space and everyone is far apart and it takes time for light to travel. The narrator was so involved it made the story seem like a documentary with selected conversations between the characters.
On a positive note the performance was very well done.
The story continues...actually, this could almost literally be the same book as Dauntless, it's the same basic plot, leading up to a similar set piece "finale" closing out with a teaser for the subsequent book. The minimal differences come from a new physical location and a slightly stronger threat to Geary from inside the fleet. The major characters reveal slightly more detail with regard to their history but don't develop beyond the boundaries reached in Dauntless. The baddies remain nearly irredeemably bad (to be fair, there are efforts to explain the motivations of the main antagonist) and the goodies continue to lead the charge for universal truth, justice and liberty.
Unfortunately this book continued to strain credulity. There's some really tenuous connect-the-dots going on in the lurking sub-plot. The 100-year war that has managed to pound all traces of intelligence out of the Fleet through raw attrition seemed a harsh juxtaposition against the (SPOILER ALERT: SLIGHT SPOILER IN THIS SENTENCE) sudden discovery of a literal physics genius commanding one of the fleet ships (YOU'RE GOOD TO KEEP READING FROM HERE) and the changes wrought on the fleet by Captain Geary continues to strike me as things that would obvious to even the dullest of people that were still trusted enough to be given charge of what would have to be a very, very expensive piece of equipment (not to mention the numerous lives entrusted to their care).
I'm still reading because the naval theory seems sound (to my civilian mind anyway) and I enjoy that kind of thing. After completing book two I have quite a strong feeling that I know how book three is going to play out and I can't help but feel that this six volume series could probably have been edited down into a more palatable trilogy. But, I've started and I really hate not finishing things so I'm going to push on!
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)
You really should read the first book in the series before this one, or you will miss a good chunk of the storyline/history. Essentially, this book is just a continuation of the story begun in book one - but both book one, and this one, are sufficiently wrapped up at the end so you don't feel like you've been cheated out of a proper book. Though, you will have to get the next (and then the next) in the series to find out if they reach their final destination.
It is "medium" science fiction (as opposed to hard or soft)... there is some space/techie jargon, but you won't be overwhelmed with it, and there is some touchy-feely stuff, but you won't forget you are still reading a science fiction novel.
Black Jack Geary is a little more humanized in this installment, and some of the other characters are a bit better fleshed, but, ultimately, this book has John Geary as the centerpiece and everything that occurs is in relation to him.
The plot is tense and well paced. The characters are believable and their actions make sense, even when we disagree with them. There is a bit of moralizing, but it doesn't become lecture-y or annoying.
The narration is good. There is no graphic violence, language or sex. I have purchased the rest in the series from Audible.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - (Sci-Fi) This is Book 2 of The Lost Fleet series, which follows the 100-year war between two opposing groups of humans, the Alliance and the Syndics. So far the first two books have primarily been cat-and-mouse chases across galaxies with multiple battle engagements. Attack/defense strategies are described in detail and are fascinating (even for this female listener). There is no man-to-man fighting, just ship against ship, so there is no blood or gore.
Book 1 is good, but this one has a whole lot more going on. Various interpersonal relationships become explosive and/or very interesting as different factions of the crew pursue their own itineraries. Also, a puzzling and critical discovery is made which presents a new challenge to Captain Geary. This discovery should add an exciting new wrinkle to the war and to future episodes. You should listen to this series in order to properly follow the drama that's unfolding.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator does a great job portraying the powerful Captain Geary (so sexy) and still manages to do fairly feminine-sounding women as well.
OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) I almost rated this a 5. I love the descriptions of the battle formations and tactics, but there's just a tad too much for my personal taste. That being said, this book is very, very good. Highly recommended.
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Fearless is the second book in Jack Campbell’s LOST FLEET series about Captain Jack Geary who has recovered from 100 years of cold sleep just in time to try to save the Alliance fleet from certain annihilation by the Syndics. As I explained in my review of the first LOST FLEET book, Dauntless, many soldiers in the Alliance fleet think Black Jack Geary is a hero returned from the dead to save their skins. To them, Geary can do no wrong, and they’re willing to follow him deeper into Syndic space as he tries to find an unguarded pathway home. Other officers, however, resent Geary’s attempt to instill order on a military that has become unprepared and undisciplined over many years of war. These aggressive glory-seekers are causing a lot of trouble and when they find someone to rally around, Captain Geary has a mutiny on his hands.
But that’s not all he’s dealing with. There’s an underlying problem that affects everything he’s trying to do — the soldiers of the Alliance used to fight with honor, but now they have become just as ignoble as the Syndics. They wipe out civilians and non-military targets, use terror tactics to dishearten their foes, and generally revel in the slaughter of their enemies. Geary realizes that with this sort of attitude, there will never be peace. At first his only like-minded ally is Senator Victoria Rione who is traveling with Geary and the crew of Dauntless. She’s a politician, so none of the military folks trust her, but she is a much-needed voice for restraint. That’s why Geary can trust her with his provocative suspicions that there may be outside forces malevolently influencing the Alliance-Syndicate war, and with his discovery about the powers that can be unleashed when a hypernet gate implodes.
Geary has some relationship issues as well. Since he’s been asleep for 100 years, he has lost everyone he ever loved. He’s depressed about this, though he doesn’t have much time to think about it. He worries about going “home” and wonders if he can find a way to fit into society other than just as a fleet commander. In this installment, Geary begins a romantic relationship that is only partly rewarding and may or may not be significant when he finally gets home.
Fearless is another entertaining installment in the LOST FLEET series. Some of Jack Campbell’s characters are a bit two-dimensional, and one of them (Captain Falco) is totally over-the-top, but Captain Geary is an admirable character who’s easy to root for. Some of Geary’s personnel problems — especially those involving the mutinous officers and his new lover — seem contrived to elevate emotions, but Geary’s plight is compelling enough to make me feel rather forgiving. Campbell’s space battles are awesome, which is surprising since there’s actually more waiting around and getting in position than actually shooting at things.
Christian Rummel does a great job with the narration of the audio version I’ve been listening to. I think he has a lot to do with how much I like Black Jack Geary. I’ve already downloaded the third LOST FLEET book, Courageous.
"A great if short listen..."
The lost fleet book 2 is an interesting and engaging listen, even if at one point you can hear one of the voice actors drop the script.?
Without giving away too much of the story line, the author manages to continue the all out action space battles seen in the first novel while continuing to expand on the subplots and themes i.e. What would a centry of all out war do to the people that fight it? Power, greed and temptation and the introduction of an anti-hero in this book also helps highlight the dual nature of the human soul... Can someone be both Good and evil??
As a long standing fan of SiFi and military novels both current and historical this series seems to be shaping up well of particular note is the way the author handles the Physic and mathematics required to wage war within a truly 4D environment (3D releativty) Jack Campbell includes just enough so the we get a feel for the complexities without grinding the book to a halt going through formulas and equations.
The only con with this audiobook is it's length, at a little under 10 hours it is rather short however, given the fact that I couldn't stop listening the length was probably a good thing... Otherwise i might never of made it to work.?
"Sci-fi Serial that delivers classic drama."
This is a great yarn told with very compelling voice acting by Christian Rummel. Some of the Space Opera archetypes are played a little strong but that does go along with the "tale of antiquity" mode that it apes and is directly inspired by.
All 6 books in this series will fly by in a weekend and I highly recommend it without reservations.
"A gripping series with big space battles"
Big fleet space combat interspersed with multi-faction political intrigue and mystery. Believable technology and fleet manoeuvres make the battles exciting.
Some of the characters are a little 2D and switch between professional military and childlike attitudes but it does work.
I am consuming the whole series back to back!
Rummel's narration is great and adds a lot of atmosphere . I shall be looking for other books narrated by him.
"More slow motion time late action in space."
I love all of that. Unfortunately the dialogue is feels very stilted and some of the interpersonal conflict feels a bit artificial. It probably deserves 3.5 stars for fun factor, but I can't quite bring myself to round up to four.
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