The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack CampbellThe Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

byJack Campbell

Mass Market Paperback | June 27, 2006

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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...

"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.
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Title:The Lost Fleet: DauntlessFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 0.78 inPublished:June 27, 2006Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441014186

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had its flaws but still enjoyed it. This story had a great premise - many years of war, a society hanging on by the fingernails, a (cold sleep) resurrected 'hero' and the decay of skill due to the constant heavy losses of a decades long conflict. The execution though, left something to be desired. Although the story is told from the main character's point of view, very rarely do we leave the inside of his head, except for some exposition. As a result, the other characters were barely developed, and were little more than cardboard cut outs.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good tread 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.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The lost fleet: dauntless Absolutely fantastic. Definitely will keep u on the edge of ur seats.
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read 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.
Date published: 2014-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless 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.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lost Fleet: Dauntless great action book with technical references, 1st in the series
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not intriguing or well written 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.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not intriguing or well written 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.
Date published: 2013-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good series beginning The book written is by Jack Campbell also known as John G. Hemry (author of the Starks war trilogy and A just determination). The story begins with the re-awakening of a naval captain from a hundred years of cryo-sleep finding a world that has changed in some very frightening ways from his time. This captain is thrust into the role of fleet commander to a desperate fleet cut off from their lines. He must guide fleet that does not trust him and a with unfamiliar tactics home againts much larger forces
Date published: 2006-07-17

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“Captain Geary, I wouldn’t blame you for wondering if you’d have been better off if we hadn’t found you. ‘Black Jack’ Geary, back from the dead to accompany the Alliance Fleet to its greatest victory.” Bloch closed his eyes for a moment. “Now I need to leave the fleet in the hands of someone I can trust.” Geary grimaced, wanting to yell at Bloch, tell the admiral that the man he wanted to leave in charge of the fleet wasn’t the man actually standing here, that such a person had never existed. He finally just nodded slowly. “Aye, aye, sir.” “We’re trapped. This fleet is the Alliance’s last hope.” Bloch leaned close, speaking more softly. “Dauntless has the key onboard. Do you understand? This ship must get home. Somehow. The hypernet key must get back to the Alliance. If we can do that there’ll still be a chance.” It wasn’t like Geary would be in charge forever. Bloch would negotiate with the Syndics, then return and be back in command. Geary would never have to learn any details about some “key” on the Dauntless that somehow related to a method of traveling between the stars, which was much more rapid than even the system-jump faster-than-light transportation used in Geary’s time.“Yes, sir . . . ”

Editorial Reviews

“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