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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (28 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681300
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is pulp fiction at it best, and it's great fun, with a quality of earnest integrity that comes from its author's real-world experience in the US Navy.' --GQ Magazine

'This is certainly one of the best examples of military science fiction I've read.' --Walker of Worlds

'4.5/5 It's fascinating stuff... This is military SF where the military and SF parts are both done right.' --SFX Magazine

'A compelling read.' --Horror View

'If you like your sci-fi to be action packed I would highly recommend this.' --Libri Populus

'With a rock solid central premise, an interesting and engaging central character and a fluid writing style, this is a very enjoyable book and I shall be continuing the series with anticipation.' --Book Geeks

'This is solid military SF... the energy of the narrative and and broad sweep of the battles keep the reader engaged.' --SFFWorld

'If you like your sci-fi to be action packed I would highly recommend this.' --Libri Populus

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 also wrote the Stark's War and Paul Sinclair series under his real name.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Bourne on 15 Jun 2009
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This is a very odd book. It's not great literature. It's not a revolutionary leap forward in the genre of military Sci-Fi. There are no startling revelations. The plot is transparent. The space battles are repetitive. There are cloistered nuns who have a better grasp of tactics than the commanders of the opposing space fleets. The military situation is ludicrous - the Human race seems to have stopped inventing things for a century. You can pick hole after hole in the assumptions and the tech.

And yet, and yet, I found it impossible to put this book down - and for a long time I really didnt know why, beyond recognising that it's easy to read.

I think the real reason is the superb characterisation of the major characters, particularly Rione. The best battles in this are fought with words, not missiles, and in conference rooms, not deep space. You can spot what is going to happen 90% of the time, but actually reading it come to fruition is immensely satisfying.

The one unique aspect I really liked was the religious angle. Its just made clear how important it is (a form of ancestor worship in fact) to most of the characters, without swamping with pious mumblings.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun 2007
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Space fleet of the human grouping known as the alliance have gotten themselves into trouble. stranded well into enemy territory, outnumbered and outgunned, and about to possibly make a big mistake in accepting an offer to negotiate. Fortunately, they've found legendary ship captain john 'black jack' geary, who's been in suspended animation for a hundred years after fighting a battle right at the start of the war.

He doesn't quite live up to the legend he's become in the meantime. But when things go wrong and he ends up in command of the fleet, can he save the day and get home?

This is not great literature, but for a readable and entertaining story, it's quite good. The last third of the book doesn't grab as much as the first, and whilst the characterisation isn't great it's better than you might expect. And best of it all it's not a long book. I appreciate a few short reads from time to time. Although it's just the beginning of a series. It's just entertaining enough to make me order the rest
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 28 Aug 2007
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As an opening book to what promises to be an interesting saga I was keen to see how Dauntless would fare. I have enjoyed other science fiction sagas in the past, especially the Nights Dawn Trilogy, and I was keen to try out an author that I had heard nothing about.

The story that is introduced in The Lost Fleet is not remarkable, in essance a story of a stranded military fleet's efforts to return home. The lead character, Greary, has only recently been awoken from a cryogenic sleep to find that he is revered as a legendary hero by many. Greary suddenly finds himself in command of a fleet where his authority is questioned, in a position that he seems unprepared to accept.

Though the story would seem to be quite interesting the execution did seem somewhat lacking. For a two hundred page novel very little happens, moreover there is very little character development, presumably it is the author's intention that this happens over the series of books. There are several sections that go into great detail about space battles, however the descriptions are seriously lacking and centre upon command dialogue as opposed to really describing what happens. A good example of this is that it is never explained what the ships look like. Moreover I didn't connect with the main character as I think it is essential to do in any sort of fiction, perhaps in some ways I was often annoyed by the author's need to constantly show the inner monologue of Greary, leaving no space whatsoever for a readers own interpretation.

In spite of the books shortcomings, insofar as little happens throughout and the writing style seems slightly weak, the story is really very addictive. I have spent entire afternoons reading, as such it shows that the novelist does have talent that hopefully will be better augmented in the later novels of The Lost Fleet.

Worth a read at very least should you be, as I am, a hopeless fan of the genre.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Haines on 19 May 2007
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The premise of Dauntless is very interesting. An old lost war hero, who has become a legend since his 'death', is discovered floating in space by a fleet trapped in enemy space and desperatly trying to get home. But of course he is not the mythical hero, but a man.

The space battles are very well written indeed and allot of thought has gone into the actual physics involved in space combat, this is not Star Wars. It is the kind of book that is hard to put down and you stay up rather longer than you should.

Why then only 4 stars, well it is a little short and feels like half a book that ends just as it is getting going. Perhaps a commercial decision to maximise revenue by dragging out a series. Characterisation is a little lacking as well. You only really get to know 3 characters in any detail at all.
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107 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Roy Larke on 10 Jun 2007
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I bought this book based on the previous, glowing reviews and I'm hugely disappointed. It's very short compared to similar books in this genre, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, and has a few interesting plot ideas, but the writing is amateurish, the plot lines very simple, and the science ancient. Worst of all, it's incredibly repetitive and the characters are cardboard -- they are supposed to be military personnel, but act and think more like school teachers.

The idea is that, in some distant future, a massive fleet of ships is attempting a final (and so stupid a 5-year old could see the flaws) strategy to wipe out their long term enemy at the enemy's home world. Unfortunately, the whole thing is a trap, and the story begins with the fleet making a rather obvious escape to fight another day. They have to make their way back to earth led by the main character who, somehow, has been found after surviving 100 years in an escape pod. Luckily for the fleet, this particular man hasn't lost the common sense that everyone else clearly lacks. I liked the main character, but the writer draws his thought as if he's more of a manager at Tesco than a star ship captain. His chatty relationship with his second in command suggests a romantic relationship in the next book -- just guessing, but, as I said, the plot is fairly transparent.

Apart from some interesting political problems for the fleet's new leader, the rest of the book is a far too simple story of how the fleet escapes, jumps to two star systems and fights a minor battle against its pursuers. By the final battle, the writing has improved slightly, but even then it's hard to believe anyone would have to command a fleet to such stupid people. Perhaps things improve in the next book.
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