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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.

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©2006 by John G. Hemry writing as Jack Campbell; (P) 2008 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"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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the best I've heard

I have always been a StarWars reader, got this book by mistake. but I listened to it, then the rest of the series, and was amazed. I have since listened to this series, and his two others 4 or 5 times, well done. I loved them the history of the navy, the movements of the fleet, the explainatiuons of what was happening, and it wasnt mushy even with two warring women! Mr Cambell I applaude you. as an avid reader it takes alot to get me away from Anne McCraffrey, and Starwars. owning over 12000 books, I add yours to my most loved shelf. and hope to see more from you soon.

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  • M J
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 04-07-11

Very enjoyable!

I was pleasantly surprised at how engaging the story & characters were and how well the book was written. The author's emphasis on the value of morals, honor, mercy and the value of human life during war and even in the face of a cruel enemy was simple yet profound. It seemed very timely with so much of what is going on in the world today and in the military. Although the book deals with serious and mature material the book lacked any major profanity which allowed me to enjoy it with my kids in the back seat. I look forward to the next book.

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The lost fleet

I loved the complete lost fleet series. The naration was good and the story even better. This is what I want in a good sci-fi book. If you like Honor harrington and old man's war than you are going to like this too. And it's nice that jack campbell does an intro on some of these books. Allthough he sometimes tend to give away some of the story to much ;-).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Pine City, MN, United States
  • 10-18-10

Frustrating series.

The overall series is ok but the author repeats himself constantly. Did I mention that he repeats himself. Each and EVERY book he retells the entire story from the beginning. That means that the first book is good and each one afterwords gets more frustrating. If he had cut out the repetitive parts the series would be much better and more cohesive.

The other thing about the series that I don't like is the way that the author wrote the 2 main female characters. They are uninspiring and many times I wanted to smack the author for the things that they said to the main character. I was at first glad to hear that the author had a female character in a strong role. But the bickering and in-fighting between the leads was horrible.

The reader is a good one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • lowfat
  • Sask, Canada
  • 09-10-10

Epic space battles. Great Narration.

All I can say is if you like space combat, this book may be for you. Just don't expect BSG type combat. This is considerably more realistic and slow compared to other SciFi combat. But just as exciting.

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  • Bill
  • Grand Blanc, MI, United States
  • 09-09-10

Great Series

This is a great series that I have become hooked on. The only hard part is waiting for the next book.

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A grand series!

I purchased the paperback edition of Dauntless and with limited time, could not really get into the story although the plot line was very promising. I now have the whole series and the story of “Black Jack” really comes to life with an excellent reading by Christian Rummel. For those interested in military science fiction, this series rates more highly with me than other better-known authors. It is always interesting to read the work of former military officers and especially those from the Navy. Somehow, life on starships seems to be an extension of life aboard a submarine, with its tensions and an added complication of civilians aboard. I enjoyed them so much that I have read them twice, just to make sure I had nodded off in my armchair but I hadn't.

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Fantastic! Buying the Full Series

Loved the main character, and the premise of the Arthurian hero back from the proverbial dead to save his people - but with the twist that his legend grew after his "death" into someone he really isn't. Great perspective on this classical twist.

Also, fantastic ship battles in space as it's never been told before - found that I was eagerly putting other downloaded books on hold to get the rest of the series. Highly recommended!

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This is not a novel

This is a quarter or a third of a novel at best. I wish I knew if it sleazy editors/publishers or the authors themselves that break up a single story into multiple books (that filled with needless trivia and detail) just to sell more units. This is just plain dishonest.
If you do decide to listen, make sure that you bank on buying at least 3 of the series in order to get a novel's worth. The story is not bad overall, I just hate being deceived.

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Just a good solid read.

This book (and the rest in the series) made me think about space battles in a new way. Excellent narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful