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 Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, 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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"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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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 22-07-09

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MR on 08-04-13

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.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 27-07-12

Enjoyable, light read

This entire story takes place in space, no planet of the week, but actual space travel. It takes a good writer to keep a story in space and not have to resort to landing on weird planets to make the story interesting.

The hero worship theme gets real tiring after a while and it gets a little preachy, but I enjoyed the story and it kept my attention. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series.

The narrator was pretty good. I did have problems sometimes in knowing if the main character was thinking something in his head or saying it out loud. The main character has conversations in his head while he is talking to others and it is not always clear which he is doing.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 31-08-13

Idiocracy in Space, Almost as Funny

What disappointed you about The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

It's hard to believe that a war fought by so many people hell bent on self destruction could possibly last 100 years. Perhaps in the previous 99 years, a very large battle is fought every 10 years that literally destroys every space going warship in each fleet. Then, the next 10 years are spent rebuilding said fleets. Rinse, repeat. This must be the case given that modern tactics require throwing all assets into a battle with little to no thought given to tactics. Any future fleet officer with an IQ greater than 60 is either forcibly removed from command or assassinated. Such a waste that the writer attempted to make his main character look like Caesar by making everyone else as head-smackingly dumb as Gomer Pyle. The space battles are quite thrilling and seem realistic enough despite the unbelievable carelessness off the enemy or for that matter all of the captain's subordinates.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

I have. I'm a space fight junkie and the space battles in these books were good enough to keep me running back for more. Up to a point anyway. Careful though. The last book in the series was the weakest.

What about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell ’s performance did you like?

The narration was great. Not surprisingly, the main character is voiced powerfully and believably. The rest are passable which is quite impressive given the material.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless?

Every scene where the captain is talking to anyone but himself.

Any additional comments?

If you've read this book, watch the movie Idiocracy.

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