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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

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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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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Fallen Fleet 17 de julio de 2006
Por Mel Odom - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
Captain John "Black Jack" Geary received his field promotion after everyone thought he'd died in battle. Instead, he'd been in suspended animation for a hundred years when he was found and revived. During that century of warfare that passed, the Alliance struggled against the Syndic, falling prey to the same kind of methodology employed against them by their enemy. Promoted to Fleet Commander after a Syndic betrayal, Geary wants to save as many of his people as he can. Boldly, he begins a campaign that will strand them light-years from home, with the only way back through enemy-held territory. If the Alliance had been the same Alliance he had died for, the chances would be slim. But now the Alliance is a shadow of its former self, no longer a competent force, broken down into segments of selfish officers who won't take orders.

Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for an accomplished SF author. THE LOST FLEET: DAUNTLESS is the first book in a new series.

The authors handling of the military is pitch-perfect. He knows the rules and regs, and he conveys the feeling of battle and being under fire really well. More than the sheer action, move and counter-move, though, he also understand the politics of running a large force and dealing with the enemy in an honorable fashion. The "science" that he's set up to deal with his universe is intact and he adheres to it. Not only do readers learn that the rules of engagement do allow mercy to an enemy, but also that anything over .1 light-speed leaves every other starcraft blurred and in uncertain positions. The military and scientific applications of the story, dealing with honor and command as well as real physics regarding how fast light travels, come across as real. For a science fiction author, it doesn't get any better than that.

Geary's character is a little thin, as is the whole background of the Alliance and the Syndic. Hopefully future installments will illuminate a little more of what Geary gave up, where he came from, and what the societies are like -- other than just opponents.

Readers who enjoyed Robert Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPERS, Joe Haldeman's FOREVER WAR, John Ringo's Posleen novels and John Scalzi's OLD MAN'S WAR will enjoy THE LOST FLEET: DAUNTLESS.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Original and Fun 4 de julio de 2006
Por N. Burt - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
I picked up this book and read the back cover and thought well that sounds different. I was not disappointed. The book is original in that it is military sci-fi with character development and growth. Black Jack Geary's thoughts as he trying to adjust to his new surrounds are amusing and totally in character. This book not only has great space battles and a 100 year war, but interesting characters that are more than military automatons. This is a full and interesting world I look forward to reading more about.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas The Burdens of Leadership 21 de abril de 2007
Por J. Brian Watkins - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
I was very impressed with this book. The highest praise I can give this book is that it is worthy of the comparison to the Hornblower series of C.S. Forester. It is the study of a leader who improbably finds himself thrust into a future war where the highly-developed tactics and strategies of space war have been lost owing to the severe attrition in the officer's ranks. It is a Rip Van Winkle tale of a man who must now live in the world of those who would be as old as his grandchildren and finds that much of the honor and discipline of his fighting force has been cast aside of seeming necessity.

Our leader, John "Black Jack" Geary has been picked up after drifting in space for over a hundred years. His exploits in the battle that stranded him are now legendary. Therein lies the unique power of this book--it allows the study of a character with all of the skills to be a fine leader who is unexpectedly thrust into a situation where suddenly he holds all the power and is forced to retrain an entire navy. What does he do? What are the effects of his virtually unlimited power?

The author takes every opportunity to teach the reader the value of discipline and military honor. It is this strong moral undertone that gives the book its power. It is far better than most books of its genre; indeed, this is the first author I have ever encountered who deals with relativistic effects in his portrayal of space battles.

Yet make no mistake, this isn't about battles. This is about a man who is in a position to lead and how he goes about persuading others to follow him. Fascinating five-star stuff.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I Really Liked this Book 14 de junio de 2007
Por Nicholas Doles - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
This isn't a complex space opera full of twists and turns. This isn't a new epic full of multiple characters and story lines. This isn't the next great series against which all other Sci-Fi series will be measured.

What it is is an extremely enjoyable read with good plot, characters, pace, and one of the most accurate depictions of real space battles that I have ever read.

The main character is the very real, very human Jack 'Black Jack' Greary. Greary had taken part in the open engagement of a century spanning war and his actions had made him a legend. Believed to have died in the battle his life pod is discovered and Greary awakes to find himself a living legend.

Greary is a good character. He struggles with his status as the greatest warrior of his time, struggling to live up to an image that he doesn't feel he matches. The supporting cast is not as dynamic, but they're real and interesting enough, but the focus is definitely on Greary.

My favorite part of the series is the use of relativistic science. Campbell takes into account the speed that light travels in relation to figuring out where objects based on where they were when the light reaches you and where they have moved to in the interim. Communication delays are taken into account with co-ordinating millitary actions in a way I've never seen. This level of use of real science in science fiction is what really sets this apart from the rest.

Some reviews have argued against a higher rating because this isn't a complex novel or an epic saga like the Dune series. But it doesn't try to be. I couldn't wait to pick it back up when I was made to sit it down and it does what it does excellently and what it does is entertains.
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3.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Long on exposition, short on action. 18 de marzo de 2007
Por Orion - Publicado en
Formato: Libro de bolsillo
It's been said that Arthur Conan Doyle created Watson because that was the only way he could make Holmes look like a genius. That is, by making Watson dull, plodding, and unimaginative he accentuated Sherlock Holmes' intellect, making him look more brilliant than he actually was.

The Lost Fleet series is much the same. Captain "Black Jack" Geary is a competent though not brilliant starship captain in the Alliance fleet who executed a covering action for a convoy he was guarding against the Syndic, an archtypical Evil Empire (tm). Stuck in a cryosleep pod for a century he just "happens" to be found and thawed out by an Alliance fleet on a mission to attack the Syndic home system. Over the past century war seems to have wiped all all the smart Alliance officers and left the navy with a bunch of morons who can't fly in formation or spot an obvious trap w/o sticking their heads in it first.

Thrust into command because all the higher ranking officers flew off to a meeting aboard a Syndic fleet and got shot (I said all the bright ones were long dead) he finds himself in charge of a fleet run by kindergardeners who incidentally worship the deck plating he walks on. I said "kindergardeners", I meant to say, "not-very-bright" kindergardeners, the kind who don't tend to go on to college, much less become naval officers aboard extremely expensive warships. Collectively they seem to have IQs in the range of their shoe sizes and act accordingly. The Syndics in contrast act like The Evil Overlord Manual was required reading in school and think rings around the poor Alliance saps. All except Black Jack Geary, who singlehandedly whips the Alliance Fleet into shape and saves it from disaster time after time after time...with lots and lots of exposition between himself and his wooden-headed officers to explain in excruciating detail why 2 + 2 = 4 and the ground gets wet when it rains.

This is not to say Geary isn't an interesting character. He's Hornblower w/o the sexual overtones and well-portrays a poor Everyman who has to become a Hero because everyone else is so...helpless. Halfway through the book I started rooting for the Syndics to kill off the fleet so he could escape with the Hypernet key back to Alliance space. If he didn't have that gaggle of blockheads to shepard there wouldn't be a sequel, though, so I guess he'll have to suffer the fools a bit longer.
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