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  • Title: Dauntless
  • Author: Jack Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780441014187
  • Page: 329
  • 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
    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

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    1. 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. 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, and find a body [...]

    3. 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 100 y [...]

    4. 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 to [...]

    5. 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 the Allianc [...]

    6. 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 in a de [...]

    7. 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 next it wa [...]

    8. 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 planning, etc [...]

    9. 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 inner ra [...]

    10. 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 learns t [...]

    11. 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. 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 brood It [...]

    13. 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 thermionic valves, as if the [...]

    14. 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 or at least that [...]

    15. 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 than cardboard cut outs.I ve read qu [...]

    16. 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 with detail [...]

    17. 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. 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 that war [...]

    19. A fairly poor attempt at a sci fi novel, it s certainly aimed at a younger audience I would assume as they will be 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 the explanatio [...]

    20. 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. 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 awakened fro [...]

    22. 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 cha [...]

    23. Exciting and engaging Campbell makes his realistic space combat every bit as tense and fun as the 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. 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 military mantra [...]

    25. 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 by abou [...]

    26. 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 centur [...]

    27. 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 manages to feel comfortable due to intense nature [...]

    28. 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 t see [...]

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