Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – Jun 27 2006
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“A slam-bang good read that kept me up at night.”—Elizabeth Moon
“A rousing adventure…the kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!”—William C.
“The best novel of its type that I’ve read.”—David Sherman, coauthor of the Starfist series
“Military science fiction at its best.”—Catherine Asaro
About the Author
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He lives with his family in Maryland.See all Product Description
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That for me was actually the coolest part of this entire novel: a galacticly historic celebrity, dumped into the laps of his adoring future public. It was a really inventive idea to have a reluctant hero, who actually can't stand the admiration and worship of his peers for something that, to him, hapened only weeks ago. For the marines and captains and starship fighters, the ledgend of 'Black Jack' Geary has given them hope and courage to fight their enemy for over a century.
I recommend this to those who enjoy the rough edged hero, and a fast paced, battle heavey space opera.
What started this war that has been going on for 100 years ? No one seems to remember but the important thing is to destroy the other guy. And that's the premise for the entire series of 6 books, recently expanded to 7 although on a different story arc with the same characters in this series.
Having been in an escape pod frozen for 100 years Jack Geary has the most seniority of anyone on board the Earth Flagship Dauntless. So when the Fleet Admiral and all his senior officers go over to the Syndic flagship to sign off a peace treaty and are killed, Jack Geary becomes the ranking officer and his first task is to get the remaining Earth fleet out of Syndic space and back home.
It isn't going to be easy because the current military strategy is to rush in and see how many enemy ships you can destroy. A good recipe for dramatic fights but as Admiral Jack Geary knows not really a viable method to win a war.
Movement between star systems is via Syndic hypernet gates and jump points and it's up to Admiral Geary to get the fleet home. But not directly to Earth as he doesn't want to bring the Syndic fleet back to Earth (they don't really know where it is).
Also the Dauntless has one of the Syndic hypernet keys that must be returned to Earth. The Syndics are not aware that they have the key.
Combining military strategy from a 100 years ago Admiral Geary manages to get the fleet closer to Earth in this volume of the adventure.
This a great military science fiction series with well developed characters and space battle strategies
Overall this book explodes out of the gate with incredible potential. The ending seems a little truncated, but it sets up the next novel quite well.
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An excellent mix of space opera and space battles. Thoroughly enjoying the The Lost Fleet series and the follow up series.Published on Jan. 29 2014 by Amazon Customer
Every chapter is yet another example of how the current fleet is doing things wrong, and how it has to change, but no reasonable efforts are put into making the changes. Read morePublished on July 6 2013 by Richard Buckley
books arrived wickedly fast in good shape.
the actual book content is more in line with a book review and that is...
not as good as I was expecting.