The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century, and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John "Black Jack" Geary....
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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.
I think it is interesting that the book starts out with an Intro where the author, tells you his name is Jack G. Henry not Jack Campbell. I don't understand the use of a pen name, if your going to tell us right away that ain't your name.
If you have not read the first, do not go pass go, and get Lost Fleet: Dauntless. These books build upon each other and you need to read them in order. I did like this book a little better. There was less of the "I am scared of being a hero" and more story.
CAPT. NEMOES IS SO DENSE, I AM SURPRISED HE DOESN'T HAVE IS OWN EVENT HORIZON.
I really like the co-president character. She is trying to make sure Black Jack does not get the big head or become just like his enemies. While Geary surrounds himself with yes men and yes women, Reone is not a yes woman, Except when it comes to sex. I do like also that they don't try to deny that humans need sex. Although Capt Geary his pretty dense when it comes to women and Co-presdent Reone almost has to rape him.
Falco reminded me a little of my wife. Once when I accused my wife of 35 years that she would never admit when she is wrong, she responded by saying she could admit when she was wrong, but it had not happened yet.
I was disappointed in how fantastic all of Black Jack Geary's plans came out. Everything almost always seems to go exactly as planned. I was excited when Falco appeared, believing that would lead to some real conflicts, but Falco leaves so soon after showing up and then does exactly as Geary predicts that it really was not much of a confrontation. Real life does not work out that great.
Narrator is excellent.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
The second book in Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series builds upon the story set in the first. "Fearless" is definitely a step or two better than "Dauntless" was. The story grows and becomes a bit more complex in this installment, although it is still quite linear in that it follows only one character's viewpoint through it all.
This is straight military sci fi, and I enjoy hearing and considering all the tactics used. Some of the elements could be a bit more interesting, and more character dynamics could also lend a hand, but it was still an entertaining listen. I think would like to get around to reading or listening to the whole series at some point. It is clear that these guys won't make it home until the series is done.
9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
13 of 18 people found this review helpful
Originally posted at FanLit.
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The writing has not changed and the characters have stayed as they should. I often find that some authors keep on writing a series because they know they can spin it out for more money. This doesn’t feel like this. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ?
I've listened to three of the books in the "Lost Fleet" series and though it was an interesting series to begin with, by the third book I've become pretty bored hearing the same reminders about time lags over and over and over. I've even read one of the second Lost Fleet series, but it's pretty much the same as the first. Same battles, same story lines, same boring reminders about time lag.
Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Campbell? Why or why not?
I might listen to another sometime, but for now I can't even remember what book I'm reading because they are all starting to sound the same.
What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?
The performance is very good. The narrator even seems to sound interested in what he's reading. I would definitely listen to his reading again.
Do you think The Lost Fleet: Fearless needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No! I think the whole series could have been much shorter if the repetitions were omitted. It's not just the repetition in the time lag, it's repetitive in describing the enemy of the moment, it's repetitive in the battle scenes. After a while you just don't care anymore.
Any additional comments?
I've been reading Science Fiction for about 50 years now, and I always go into a new tale with optimism. I can forgive a lot of "shark jumping" but I can't forgive an author for treating me like an idiot. I don't need to be reminded over and over again about the same thing. Make a point then move on.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about The Lost Fleet: Fearless?
that it was nothing more than a rehash of the first book
Any additional comments?
sorry that I bought 3 of the books in this series
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
an enjoyable continuation from the first book. the space battles are excellent as well as the narrator describing it.
the music is a bit annoying though.
I love this series. I really do. I finished the first book yesterday. finished the 2nd book today and even though I have the 3rd book in my library im looking for a way to get books 4 and 5. and even though the narrator makes all the girls sound like powerful girls it's amazing given the number of voices in the book how I can still mostly tell the characters apart
Excellent narration of a great story. Somehow captain Falco sounds like zap branagain but doesn't detract from the story.
The story started strong, in a sense that it picked up smoothly from the the last book and got things moving. But then it basically stayed like that for the whole book!
Nothing overly dramatic happens, nothing unexpected. Boring and predictable battles. No grit or edge. The characters don't grow at all. Everything works out too smoothly. Geary is a likeable character but not as smart as the writer wants you to think, it's just that the enemy is very stupid. The bad characters are too stupidly bad and the good are too good. No gray characters.
The voice acting was fine. The females were too soft spoken but I don't expect a man to get it perfect anyway.
such a good story and action, a good lead from the first book, looking forward to the next one
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.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Jack Campbell has successfully pulled me in without boring me with over complicated jargon and overcomplicated systems. I've come to care for characters as well as despise others. It will be interesting seeing what turn the series's character development will take. would recommend wholeheartedly with even a passing interest in military sci fi.