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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 Syndic.

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...

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
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4.2 / 5
A good tread
June 19th, 2014
Quite enjoyed the book! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of politics and the military factor. Reads like an old navy war novel with a modern twist.
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The lost fleet: dauntless
March 7th, 2014
Absolutely fantastic. Definitely will keep u on the edge of ur seats.
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Enjoyable read
January 17th, 2014
This is an excellent debut instalment in a series. In comparison to similar books in the genre Jack Campbell does not resort to a Deus ex Machina technical advantage or "stupid opponents" to allow his protagonist to succeed. Instead, he posits that a July attritional war that has lasted over generations has slowly reduced the professionalism of the two sides until they are essentially reduced to head long charges at each other. The protagonist, who has been hibernating throughout this period of time, comes back and begins to recreate a professional navy with all the attendant challenges. Excellent read with good, sparse prose.
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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
December 5th, 2013
An excellent start to what promises to be an excellent military sci-fi saga. The author clearly knows some of the motivations faced by the military and extrapolates these seamlessly into the far future. The characters, in the mold of this milieu are the required degrees of stoic and/or tortured and self doubting without ever losing their essential believability or humanity. The action is convincing without ever becoming bogged down in the "how" of any of the events being accomplished. Highly recommended.
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October 16th, 2013
great action book with technical references, 1st in the series
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Not intriguing or well written
August 29th, 2013
Literally one quarter of all the words are about how light travels and if you're so many light hours away it will take you that many hours to see the event. It is written in such a way that it is painfully obvious that the author just found out how light travels and if something is a light year away you are watching something that happened a year in the past. Literally one quarter of the book is about his new found knowledge of how light works. The rest is split between how the lead character is the best tactician to ever have lived and how he thinks the modern military is undisciplined and how a democratic society is better than the evil communist society. It's poorly written at best and the characters are as well rounded as a flat sheet of paper. Stay away from this book.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
July 30th, 2013
Lots of technical battle details in a 100 year war between the Alliance and the Syndic fleets in deep space. Far from home an Alliance fleet gets caught in Syndic space and under the leadership of the legend Black Jack Geary, they manage to get away from the Syndic home world fleet, and begin the long journey home. Captain Jack Geary must maintain and keep the confidence of his newly aquired fleet after he is rescued from 100 years of suspended animation in an escape pod and raised to legend status by a new navy who only read stories about him while growing up. He is uncomfortable with this adulation, but realizes it is what the men and women in the Alliance fleet need to feel hope about a long devistating war perhaps coming to an end. Will Geary get the lost fleet home to turn the tides of war in their favour? A well written and gripping story.
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