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The Lost Fleet 2: Fearless by Jack Campbell

The Lost Fleet 2: Fearless (edition 2007)

by Jack Campbell

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Title:The Lost Fleet 2: Fearless
Authors:Jack Campbell
Info:Ace (2007), Kindle Edition, 304 pages. ASIN: B000SEGUL
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Fearless by Jack Campbell


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Not as good as a first one. Probably due to less suspense and mistery and more romance. Quite uneven. ( )
  everfresh1 | Aug 13, 2014 |
You really should read the first book in the series before this one, or you will miss a good chunk of the storyline/history. Essentially, this book is just a continuation of the story begun in book one - but both book one, and this one, are sufficiently wrapped up at the end so you don't feel like you've been duped. Though, you will have to get the next book in the series to find out if they reach their next destination.

It is "medium" science fiction (as opposed to hard or soft)... there is some space/techie jargon, but you won't be overwhelmed with it, and there is some touchy-feely stuff, but you won't forget you are still reading a science fiction novel.

Black Jack Geary is a little more humanized in this installment, and some of the other characters are a bit better fleshed, but, ultimately, this book has John Geary as the centerpiece and everything that occurs is in relation to him.

The plot is tense and well paced. The characters are believable and their actions makes sense, even when we disagree with them. There is a bit of moralizing, but it doesn't become lecture-y or annoying. I will read the rest in the series. ( )
1 vote crazybatcow | Apr 22, 2014 |

Fearless is the second book in Jack Campbell??s LOST FLEET series about Captain Jack Geary who has recovered from 100 years of cold sleep just in time to try to save the Alliance fleet from certain annihilation by the Syndics. As I explained in my review of the first LOST FLEET book, Dauntless, many soldiers in the Alliance fleet think Black Jack Geary is a hero returned from the dead to save their skins. To them, Geary can do no wrong, and theyƒ??re willing to follow him deeper into Syndic space as he tries to find an unguarded pathway home. Other officers, however, resent Gearyƒ??s attempt to instill order on a military that has become unprepared and undisciplined over many years of war. These aggressive glory-seekers are causing a lot of trouble and when they find someone to rally around, Captain Geary has a mutiny on his hands.

But thatƒ??s not all heƒ??s dealing with. Thereƒ??s an underlying problem that affects everything heƒ??s trying to do ƒ?? the soldiers of the Alliance used to fight with honor, but now they have become just as ignoble as the Syndics. They wipe out civilians and non-military targets, use terror tactics to dishearten their foes, and generally revel in the slaughter of their enemies. Geary realizes that with this sort of attitude, there will never be peace. At first his only like-minded ally is Senator Victoria Rione who is traveling with Geary and the crew of Dauntless. Sheƒ??s a politician, so none of the military folks trust her, but she is a much-needed voice for restraint. Thatƒ??s why Geary can trust her with his provocative suspicions that there may be outside forces malevolently influencing the Alliance-Syndicate war, and with his discovery about the powers that can be unleashed when a hypernet gate implodes.

Geary has some relationship issues as well. Since heƒ??s been asleep for 100 years, he has lost everyone he ever loved. Heƒ??s depressed about this, though he doesnƒ??t have much time to think about it. He worries about going ƒ??homeƒ? and wonders if he can find a way to fit into society other than just as a fleet commander. In this installment, Geary begins a romantic relationship that is only partly rewarding and may or may not be significant when he finally gets home.

Fearless is another entertaining installment in the LOST FLEET series. Some of Jack Campbellƒ??s characters are a bit two-dimensional, and one of them (Captain Falco) is totally over-the-top, but Captain Geary is an admirable character whoƒ??s easy to root for. Some of Gearyƒ??s personnel problems ƒ?? especially those involving the mutinous officers and his new lover ƒ?? seem contrived to elevate emotions, but Gearyƒ??s plight is compelling enough to make me feel rather forgiving. Campbellƒ??s space battles are awesome, which is surprising since thereƒ??s actually more waiting around and getting in position than actually shooting at things.

Christian Rummel does a great job with the narration of the audio version Iƒ??ve been listening to. I think he has a lot to do with how much I like Black Jack Geary. Iƒ??ve already downloaded the third LOST FLEET book, Courageous. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
See "Dauntless," first book of the Lost Fleet series - great for any fan of military science fiction, or dedicated science fiction fans. Plan to read all six books of the Lost Fleet series in order; the individual volumes do not stand alone. ( )
  WetheReaders | Apr 30, 2013 |
Right off the bat, for the second book in the series, Fearless holds up well as a sequel to its predecessor, Dauntless. Fearless continues the story of the Alliance fleet, under the command of Captain John Geary who still a man out of his time, making its way home through enemy territory while trying to stay one step ahead of their Syndic pursuers. Essentially, more space battles ensue and the Alliance fleet continues to come out on top. As always, that’s The Lost Fleet series in a nutshell.

Now for some details (ALERT: SPOILERS TO FOLLOW)

Fearless introduces a leadership rival to Captain Geary in the form of Captain Francesco “Fighting” Falco whom they liberate from a Syndic POW camp. With a reputation nearly equal to Geary’s, Captain Falco immediately sets about changing the culture of the fleet. However, the leadership styles/personalities of these men could not be more different. In contrast to the more introspective, analytical, and “ideal” Geary, Falco is an egotistical, power-hungry, manipulative, brown-nosing talker. He’s a man with a great deal of charisma but with little tactical acumen to show for it. Essentially, he’s an officer whose career is made on politicking rather than fighting. The introduction of Falco sets the stage for a titanic leadership struggle between these two men as Falco attempts to sway the non-Geary believers toward his camp. Unfortunately, what culminates in a mutiny does not necessarily play out, as readers would expect. A tad on the anticlimactic side would be the appropriate word for it. That being said, perhaps the author Jack Campbell was aiming for something less clichéd. If that’s the case, then he succeeded and ultimately, the Falco led mutiny is in many ways effective at developing tension. I won’t spoil the rest for you.
The plot involving the manipulation of the war by an unknown, possibly alien, faction is developed a bit more, but the details are still left vague and speculative (but this is only the second book of the series need I remind you).
Thankfully, the main characters are fleshed out a bit more. A romance develops between Geary and Co-President Rione that starts off a bit wooden (and a bit hard to swallow), but thankfully doesn’t really bog down in mushy sentimentality. Campbell wisely keeps it a sub-plot since, in the opinion of this reviewer, he is not really cut out for writing romance novels. In short, the romance is kept tasteful and actually serves to add some depth to our heroes. In addition, a few other Captains are fleshed out a bit in terms of their leadership capabilities which is nice.


The writing of Fearless sees more of the good stuff we expect from Campbell. It’s fast, easy-to-read, and the battles are exciting and well thought out. As with the first book, don’t expect any micro-level tactics here; it still takes place from the seat of the fleet commander, but that’s what Campbell seems to be aiming for. Unfortunately for the first two-thirds of the book, Campbell has a habit of needlessly repeating easy-to-recall details from the first book. This can get a bit tiring (although I’ve heard it really gets aggravating in the third book). I’ve read that Campbell’s reasoning for this is to help those who jumped into the story mid-series get a footing for the backstory. However, in the opinion of this reviewer, why can’t he have just labeled the books (in addition to their subtitle, book 1,2,3 & so on) then readers would know which book to start with anyway.
Campbell’s writing is not particularly deep; however, the series is not completely devoid of themes and morals. As with the first book, Fearless touches on the philosophical topics of the laws of war, fighting honorably and for honorable reasons, and finding closure to years of bloodshed. Campbell addresses these fairly well without the reader feeling like he’s holding them at gunpoint. However, those looking for anything super-deep will probably be disappointed. The themes are discussed, but ultimately, the conclusions are fairly simple.
My main gripes with Fearless pretty much remain the same as they did with Dauntless. While the characters are fleshed out a bit more, I still wish for more thorough characterization. Furthermore, it would be nice if Campbell discussed the ships in a bit more detail, such as what they look like (both inside and out), what their armaments and crew complements are, and what about the enlisted crew? It would also be nice if these books contained some kind of index showing the composition of the fleet and who commands what ship (I’ve had to make a chart just to keep track of who’s who). Those are really my major gripes.
Overall, I’d give Fearless the same score I gave Dauntless, 4 out of 5. It’s a quick and entertaining, popcorn military science fiction read that I’d recommend to fans of the series or of the genre. ( )
  Hiromatsuo | Feb 23, 2012 |
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To Stanley Schmidt, a great editor, a great writer, and a very decent human being. Thanks for helping so many writers, including myself, become better at our work. And I have no doubt that despite this dedication, Stan will continue rejecting anything that I send him that doesn't meet his standards.
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Captain John "Black Jack" Geary tries a desperate gamble to lead the Alliance Fleet home-through enemy-occupied space-only to lose half the Fleet to an unexpected mutiny.

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Captain John "Black Jack" Geary tries a desperate gamble to lead the Alliance Fleet home-through enemy-occupied space-only to lose half the Fleet to an unexpected mutiny.

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