Dauntless

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Dauntless The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century and losing badly Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory Their only hope is a man who s emerged from a century long hibernati

  • Title: Dauntless
  • Author: Jack Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780441014187
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century and losing badly Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory Their only hope is a man who s emerged from a century long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized, beyond beliefCaptain John Black Jack Geary s legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild Revered for his heroic laThe Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century and losing badly Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory Their only hope is a man who s emerged from a century long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized, beyond beliefCaptain 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 Syndics.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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    1. Felicia on said:

      Hey! It's a space story with Marines and no vagina plotlines! And I REALLY LOVED IT!This is the first in a series of a hero brought back from stasis to save the universe. I loved the world, the space fights, the manly commanding of Jack, the idea of a mythical hero that is accidentally discovered and revived in space, and where the myth and reality clash. Dude is a bossy pants, but I enjoyed this a LOT! Good clean military space fun!

    2. Markus on said:

      “Sagas wouldn't be interesting if terrible things didn't happen to the people in them.”Captain John “Black Jack” Geary won his accolades after defending a convoy of Alliance transports against an attack from the Syndicate Worlds. Believed killed in action, he was given the rank of honorary admiral, and subsequently declared a war hero and an example for future generations of Alliance sailors to live by. But a hundred years later, Alliance warships pick up an escape pod in outer space, an [...]

    3. Carmen on said:

      Until I came back, like some ancient general who remembers ways of fighting that the barbarians forgot long ago.I rarely pick up military sci-fi, but when I do I end up enjoying it immensely. As long as it doesn't involve rape (either as a rape-fellow-soldiers-because-they-are-female or rape-as-a-weapon-of-war). This book chose not to have any rape in it, and as a result I enjoyed it thoroughly, just as I'd hoped I would.Captain John "Black Jack" Geary has just been awakened from cryosleep after [...]

    4. Ken T on said:

      Black Jack Geary, famed commander from the beginning of the Syndic/Alliance war is back from the dead only to find that a hundred years of war have left his beloved fleet a shadow of its former self. Thrust into command of the bulk of the Alliance fleet, cut off behind enemy lines, he sets out trying to live up to his legend and to bring the fleet home alive.I started out pretty excited to read this book. It had received some decent reviews and appeared on a few lists. Sadly, it did not live up [...]

    5. Conor on said:

      3.5 Stars Dauntless was an enjoyable naval adventure in space that ignored depth and challenging complexity in favour of cool tech and massive space battles. A hundred years ago the Syndicate worlds launched a deadly surprise attack on a small convoy of Alliance ships, igniting a terrible war. In command of the small Alliance convoy was Captain ‘Black’ Jack Geary. Under his inspired leadership the majority of the convoy was saved, however Captain Geary was lost with his ship. Remembered in t [...]

    6. Mr. Matt on said:

      Dauntless was just what the doctor ordered. The last couple of books that I read were slow, plodding things - all about immersion and realism. All of that was great, but sometimes I want a book to reach out of the cover and slap me in the face with bigger than life action. Rest assured, Dauntless delivered.Black Jack Geary is picked up by a passing Alliance warships. Frozen for a hundred years in deep-freeze hibernation, he was lost and presumed dead. He awakes to find the Alliance still locked [...]

    7. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      Originally reviewed in 2011updated in 2014I like having an audio book on when I'm doing things that require little or no thoughtof course I listen when I'm working on leather crafts. Could that explain the number of unfinished mistakes in that lower drawer??? Oh well, back to the subject at hand.I recently finished the 6th Honor Harrington book and thought it somewhat of a "come-down" from the earlier onesally. She seemed to be closing in on Super-Woman status. When I read the synopsis of the ne [...]

    8. Kathleen on said:

      Well, I tried. Listened to 3/4ths of the book and stopped. Many folks love it, but it's just not my kind of space opera. Unlike The Vorkosigan Series, by Lois McMaster Bujold, or even The Liaden Universe,by Lee and Miller, there is insufficient character or relationship development. Instead, military protocols, jockeying for position, and battles. Some cool scenes. Some good battle strategy. The author embeds a few navigational and tactical ideas about long-distance, time-relative battle plannin [...]

    9. David Sven on said:

      No. Can't do it. Shelving this as unfinished after 25%.The audio narration by Christian Rummel was bland. The dialogue was bland. And Captain John Geary didn't grab me.The writing style reminded me a little of C J Cherryh's Downbelow Station. If you like her writing style and you like military sci fi then this may appeal to you. I didn't care that much for Downbelow Station either but I persisted with it and ended up enjoying it well enough. But that was in another time - before I listened to my [...]

    10. D.G. on said:

      Imagine if you spent 100 years in suspended animation and when you woke up, you find out that you had become a mythical hero to your people. That the discipline in the military you had known was lost and they justified all sort of terrible tactics in your name. And now a twist of fate left you in charge of a whole fleet with the responsibility to take them home.That's the situation that our hero, John "Black Jack" Geary finds himself in. After his survival pod is found 100-years later, Geary lea [...]

    11. Anthony Ryan on said:

      As near-perfect an example of military science fiction as it’s possible to find. Campbell mixes real-world physics and far future tech to provide a convincing picture of what fleets of huge spaceships fighting a battle at relativistic speeds might actually look like. In the character of Captain ‘Black Jack’ Geary, a resurrected military genius burdened by unasked for legendary status, this series makes a welcome addition to the ranks of great SF heroes.

    12. Llalania on said:

      This book inspired a whole new shelf on my bookcase. You can guess which one. I was intrigued when I saw this on the all time best military sci-fi books list and I wish I hadn't. I started cringing on the first page. The writing alone is awful! Who edited this book? There is SO much telling, no showing, bad stage directions, little detail of people and things, saying the same thing twice and three times in the same paragraph, I could go on.The MC of this piece does little but mope around and br [...]

    13. Neal Asher on said:

      There’s a whiff of antiquity about this book that reminds me of E.E. Doc Smith and other books I read at about the same time I read the Skylark series. This feels like WWII but with space ships and could easily have been written in the 50s. I felt momentary cringes at the name of the character ‘Black Jack Geary’ at the use of ‘hell lances’ and ‘grape shot’ and at crewmen being called ‘sailors’. The technology felt daft, as if the electronics aboard the ships might have employed [...]

    14. KatHooper on said:

      3.5 starsOriginally posted at FanLit: fantasyliterature/reviJohn “Black Jack” Geary’s escape pod has just been rescued from deep space. He’s been in cold-sleep for a century after he single-handedly held off enemy spaceships while letting the rest of the Alliance fleet escape. Everyone thought he was dead, but his brave sacrifice went down in the history books and many people still whisper that Black Jack Geary will come back to save the Alliance in a time of great need. And so he has… [...]

    15. Leonie on said:

      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 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 [...]

    16. Bruyere on said:

      It is rare to run across military sci-fi that is quick to read and not very complex, but this book is both of those things. The author theorizes - what if there was a King Arthur type character in sci-fi? A "dead" hero is discovered in stasis 100 years later. The book explores how well he is received (adoration and distrust), how does he fit in, etc. The entire novel is several space battles. The author does an excellent job of doing play-by-play of space battles that doesn't sound bogged down w [...]

    17. Stephen on said:

      3.0 to 3.5 stars. Good, solid military SF. I liked the main character and the hint of a larger story in future novels as a result of the discovery of evidence of an "alien" civilization. Will certainly read the next book in the series.

    18. David on said:

      I have been hearing about this series forever. I'm generally somewhat indifferent to military SF — spaceship battles alone are not particularly compelling to me, unless I'm controlling the ships in a game. Much of Dauntless seems inspired by spaceship combat games, where you get to build a fleet, choose your weapons, select leaders based on their attributes, and so on.The Alliance has been at war with the Syndics for a century now. Captain John Geary was in command during an early battle in th [...]

    19. Rob Phillips on said:

      A fairly poor attempt at a sci-fi novel, it's certainly aimed at a younger audience I would assume as they will be more forgiving for the terrible writing.It's quite overwhelming where to start in the criticism for this, technically the picture Campbell paints is very threadbare with very little character development or descriptions of environments. The only mental generated image is generic ship / planet / space / male / female etc.The characters are also incredibly naive and child like, with t [...]

    20. Mike on said:

      Decent military scifi, okay start of the series. I particularly liked the science of commanding and fighting while accounting for the time lag for signals to travel back and forth across light-seconds, light-minutes, etc. Other aspects of the story were less believable like the "banzai charge" style of fighting used by both opponents until Black Jack shows up. Conor has the best comprehensive review:/review/show3 Stars from me.

    21. Eric Allen on said:

      DauntlessBook One of The Lost FleetBy Jack CampbellA Review by Eric AllenJack Campbell is the pseudonym for one John G. Hemry, a retired US Navy ship pilot. His long experience in this profession lends quite a bit of realism to his writings of large scale space battles and the way crewmen aboard ships work. After retiring from his career in the Navy, he set about persuing his lifelong dream of becoming an author, and that leads us to his Lost Fleet series.John "Black Jack" Geary has been awakene [...]

    22. David(LA,CA) on said:

      How does a war last for one hundred years when one faction has obviously come down with a case of the terminally stupids? No, really, how does that happen? This book attempts to offer an explanation of how we arrive at this situation, but I can't buy it. The level of idiocy displayed by some of the characters in this story is so great, that I can't help but believe that the enemy faction should have wiped out the guys we are supposed to be cheering for long before the start of the book.The main [...]

    23. Jay Barnson on said:

      Exciting and engaging. Campbell makes his more "realistic" space combat every bit as tense and fun as the more fanciful space opera, proving it can be done. He does it very well, mixing it in with a clash of wills, personalities, and loyalties in a thrilling combination. One of my all-time favorite space opera / mil SF series.

    24. Matthew on said:

      Solid military science fiction, enjoyable but not mind blowing. Full review to come.3.5 stars.

    25. An Odd1 on said:

      "The Lost Fleet: Dauntless" (Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell is the flagship of the Alliance fleet that rescues the almost dead stasis pod of John "Black Jack" Geary, posthumous Captain, one hundred years after his final battle, in charge of three ships. That first enemy surprise attack has not yet been explained. (view spoiler)[Evidence now points to another secret alien enemy, material for sequels. (hide spoiler)] His last order then, suited for the particular circumstance in time, has become [...]

    26. Melissa McShane on said:

      I like military fiction anyway, and this is some good military SF. You've got this guy, John Geary, who wakes up from 100 years of drifting in an abandoned survival pod to find that a) the war that had just begun back then is STILL going on, b) he was "posthumously" promoted to captain after his disappearance, c) in all that time, he's become something of a folk hero, and d) thanks to fleet rules about seniority, when the Alliance fleet's leadership is massacred, he's the senior ranking officer [...]

    27. Robert on said:

      There are some glaring issues I have with Dauntless. These inconsistencies have hampered my enjoyment of the later half of this novel.Here goes, if Greary has this knowledge that was lost in the relentless war efforts wouldn't computers have them too. I mean if they had his maneuvers from his battle, why wouldn't they have simulations as well. It's half explained as due to attrition but even now, everything we have is recorded in videos or in text. Unless the entire galaxy had devolved in one ce [...]

    28. Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan) on said:

      🚀Fantastically written military science-fiction with smart tactical space battles & encounters.🚀Intellectual examinations on morals & ethics amid an exhausting & intimidating time of war.🚀MC is imperfect & the struggles he has are empathetic, realistic, & perfect complement to the situation/scenarios involving his specific existence.🚀Thought-provoking exploration of how prolonged periods of war can affect human psyche in disturbing ways.🚀Slow pacing that still [...]

    29. Nikki on said:

      This is pretty solid military SF, compelling enough to keep one turning pages to see how the fleet gets out of the scrape this time. Geary's PTSD is a background issue which I'd like to have seen dealt with head-on -- but that'd get in the way of the pace Campbell's trying to invoke.Ultimately, though, this seems like a rabbithole of a long series. I didn't feel attached to the characters, and while it's competent enough, it's not as compelling to me as, say, the Honor Harrington books. It doesn [...]

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