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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.

©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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Enjoyable read

I really enjoyed how this book was written. always in space, and never on a random planet. It is really hard writing a book that includes the time delay that comes with space so it was really pleasing to have that always noted and worked around

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  • William
  • 22-07-2009

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2011

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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  • Alison Laura Goodman
  • 12-12-2013

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.

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  • MR
  • 08-04-2013

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.







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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2018

Good but it a few details annoyed me.

While the Auther has a decent idea on writing Scifi a few details annoyed me. To a lesser extent he never describes any ships so I couldn't really picture it as well and then there is his choice of distance and terminology.
All the way through he refers to ships (in the same formation never mind the fleet) being "Light-seconds" and "Light-minutes" away from the flag ship. Ther is also a point where he mentions that an escort group is moving to 5 "Light-minutes" from the thing they are guarding. The Earth is 7 Light-minutes from the Sun. So for and Escort to be half the damn Solar system away it makes little sense.

I honestly don't know if i will bother with the next one.

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  • saori
  • 14-09-2018

Great listen and follow on about Captain Jack.

The attention to detail is just about right to allow the story to flow without getting too technical or too vague. I like the character of Jack. The only thing that bugs me is changing the narrator so Jack had a difference voice.

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  • david
  • 04-07-2018

its ok

i enjoyed the story but there was way too much detail and irrelevant that seemed to go on way too long

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  • Duncan Forbes
  • 01-04-2018

A good read again and again and again

I've read these books so many times and still find them a good yarn. Whenever I get bored and need to return to books I know, Black Jack calls me back.

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  • Sir Greggor
  • 27-11-2017

When you wake up and find everything's ....Gone !

Forced to live in your own shadow and to question everything you do, a gab start to this space epic !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-2017

exciting and gripping

exciting and gripping from the first second till the last. 10 out of 10, brilliant