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Dauntless by Jack Campbell
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Dauntless (2006)

by Jack Campbell

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Series: The Lost Fleet (1), Admiral John Geary (1)

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A good military SF tale (albeit a bit light). I think I like space battles written by naval officers, although Hemry sometimes ventures a bit too close to describing sea manoeuvres. Light on the characters and heavy on the military, but overall I enjoyed it. I guess I was able to keep my critical eye mostly closed for once. Part of what drew me in was the emphasis of military discipline over heroic dogfights, so if that sounds dull, you may want to steer clear. The crews' reactions were sometimes forced (well, more pushed a little too far), but I got past it. The ending is soft, since it is evidently part of a series, but there is no outright cliffhanger.

Those marines were rather convenient, though.

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  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
An interesting story about a person who has survived a century of cold sleep to find the war was still continuing. Captain John “Black Jack” Geary struggles with having lost all those who he knew through the time that had gone by. He has to rise to do his duty to the space navy as he unexpectedly becomes the fleet commander. There is some good space opera as he deals with the problems that arise from the fleet being so deep in enemy space. I did find the series title “The Lost Fleet” odd because they know exactly where they are and how they can make it back to their own territory. ( )
  John_T_Stewart | Mar 18, 2018 |
Highly entertaining military sci-fi with an engaging hook (a fleet trapped deep in enemy space that needs to overcome its internal issues if it is going to survive the journey back home). A certain level of philosophical introspection on the de-humanizing effects continuous war have on a society adds just that extra shade of depth to the slam-bang action side of things. A short, sharp, entertaining and uncomplicated read. Will definitely be reading the next installment. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Feb 7, 2018 |
Awesome space battles against huge odds. ( )
  libgirl69 | Jan 14, 2018 |
Fun military science fiction, nothing extraordinary, but an interesting way to spend a few hours. ( )
  caitief | Dec 20, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jack Campbellprimary authorall editionscalculated
del Rosario, KristinDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiore, AnnetteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcos, Roberto GeladoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reichert, FrankTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rummel, ChristianNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sander, RalphÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szmidt, Robert J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turner, PatrickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The cold air blowing in through the vents still carried a faint tang of overheated metal and burned equipment.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441014186, Mass Market Paperback)

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 Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century-and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John "Black Jack" Geary-a man who's emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief. Now, he must live up to his own legend.… (more)

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