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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless Audiobook

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

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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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    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 09-19-17
    Melvin PALMDALE, CA, United States 09-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Old Fashion Science Fiction "

    Good enough to make me laugh and smile. Just ready to down load book two.

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    john 09-06-17
    john 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Worst book ever"

    Terrible do not buy, run away. My ears actually were in pain. Try ember wars

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    Alexander Tartter 08-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "It was okay"

    The whole premise is somewhat unbelievable. small spoiler alert. The idea that a society with not only books but video logs, training programs, advanced simulation software and an entire culture focused on war would just collectively forget how to fight in formations or how to think even a little strategically is well idk unbelievable. also the constant reference to hero worship gets old. I got through it but it never gripped me, or pulled me in past mild interest.

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    Mike T. 08-18-17
    Mike T. 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic military space opera."

    Pros:
    Easily digested military space opera.
    Good narration.
    Speed of light time lag concept is somewhat fresh for these kind of books.
    Good pacing on the story and the action (battles).
    Concept of the returned living legend is interesting.

    Cons:
    The writing is surprisingly amateurish.
    Overuse of made up (mild) expletives.
    Overuse of time lag explanations.
    One dimensional (and stupid) characters.

    The book reads as if it was a TV-series pilot. I knew this was a long series going in, so I'm not too annoyed. Would I have watched the TV-series? Probably. Will I read more Lost Fleet books? Probably.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-11-17
    RJ Cottage Grove, MN, United States 07-11-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Black Jack Geary returns."

    Good intro to a well-reviewed space opera series. Jack Campbell is one seriously prolific sci-fi author. I enjoy this genre once in a while to break up the paranormal, fantasy, and horror titles I usually find myself drawn to. Interesting character in "Black Jack" Geary and I'm looking forward to exploring the rest of the series.

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    TAMMY ROBINSON MOORE, OK, US 06-23-17
    TAMMY ROBINSON MOORE, OK, US 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awsome"

    This is an awsome series excellent characters, wonderful story I will be listening to all of it

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    LoneStarJeffe Houston, Texas 04-28-17
    LoneStarJeffe Houston, Texas 04-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent start to a great series!"

    The action starts immediately as an untested Jack Geary finds himself in command, facing overwhelming odds, and a long way from home.

    The narration was excellent and the story brisk and fast paced. what I like most is how the book properly shows getting the fleet to believe they can get home is just as important as getting ready for the next battle.

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    Marisa Talley SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN, US 03-21-17
    Marisa Talley SOUTH PITTSBURG, TN, US 03-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved this book. Capt Geary is a great character full of honesty & bravery to do the right thing in a time when everyone else seems to do as they want & call it right in their own eyes. It is full of wonderfully written action that makes you feel like you are there. I look forward to the next book.

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    cavason J Sutton KALISPELL, MT, US 03-16-17
    cavason J Sutton KALISPELL, MT, US 03-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Scifi"

    Not to bad. good battle scenes and the science and tactics are great. 2 words

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    Lakhota 03-11-17
    Lakhota 03-11-17
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    "awesome"

    I could not stop listening to this. He nails the relativistic difficulties of space combat in a way that really brings the images to the forefront, easily understood but still technically realistic ( I think). definitely worth the read if you like space combat, or general sci-fi.

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  • William
    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.

    6 of 6 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.







    3 of 3 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alison Laura Goodman
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tombo
    Wirral UK
    9/4/17
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    "Little science plenty fiction"

    A naval strategy story set in space
    Substitute submarines for spaceships and the story would be no different
    Good characters and strategy but precious little science in the fiction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    8/30/17
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    "Rollicking Good Fun"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Fleet the most enjoyable?

    The pace. You are thrown in at the deep end, as is Black Jack Geary and expected to cope. You get fed snippets of information about the universe your in. Not so much that you are swamped and not in a way that it detracts from what else is happening. The story justs keeps going the battles are good, the negotiating is fun, even the administration makes you smile.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You are not bored. The science makes it real. There may be faster than light travel, but you still have to get to the point where it can be used and that takes time. Physics means that conversations and information happen in real time. You tell the enemy that you have no intention of surrendering and have to wait 6 minutes for that message to reach him. Then wait another 6 minutes for his response to get back to you. While this is going on you repair your fleet. Wonderful.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I like the book as a whole. The pace of the book kept me hooked and I finished it in one day.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I did have the occasional chuckle. Just one thing though the enemy have the kind of superior english accent that makes you hate them simply for existing. No Englishman I have ever come across speaks like that, they'd never make it past kindergarten!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so impressed with the first book that I bought the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ho-Man Yau
    8/22/17
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    "a decent start"

    not a bad start to the series, I kinda enjoyed the politics that were happening as well as the space battles.
    however I didn't think the music was necessary and kinda put me off the story, just a little bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul A. Adams
    8/17/17
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    Far far better than expected. In fact I purchased 3d book before finishing this the first book in the series.
    Nice see the internal thoughts and external actions of the lead character. See the effect of time and direction on the fleets movement and battles.
    Excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/22/17
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    "Im such a groupie for a fleet"

    I don't know anyone in the military but im fascinated (in a star trek way)with command and rank and ships with fancy regulations. I loved the time travel aspect of the book. just the difference that 100 years can make to persons perspective.
    I just got the next 2 books in the series. I could binge read these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. H. Ford
    Manchester UK
    5/3/17
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    "Excellent adaptation"

    This is one of my favourite series and it has been adapted very well. Recommended for any war in space fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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