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.
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)
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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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By Amazon Customer on 24-08-11
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.
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By breckoz on 15-12-12
A Great Start To A Space SciFi Series
This audiobook ranks up there with the Prince Rogers, Miles Vorkosigan, and Honor Harrington series. There seemed to be more space battles in this story than the others; so if that is what you like in a space novel, then this book is for you. However, the best part is a strong character whom you can cheer on. Captain John Geary is a man out of time having recently been rescued from stasis after a long time lost in space. He is a battle hero from his days and is worshiped by many of those in the fleet that picked him up. However, timing is bad for Geary as the fleet has headed into an ambush deep in enemy territory. This is the line of events we are thrust into at the very beginning of the book and may be a little confusing at first. This story is about how Captain Geary must take hold of the fleet and save it from destruction with the goal to get everyone back home to safety. Enemies and difficulties may not only lie out in space but in the fleet itself. A long time of war has changed the hearts and minds of those that serve in the Alliance fleet and Geary must come to terms and live up to everyones expectations or find control of the fleet to slip out of his hands. The reader did an excellent job. I had no problem distinguishing characters. This is one of those books that made me want to download the follow up right away.
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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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