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Dauntless (Lost Fleet Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

All Around Outstanding Story: Strong Science, Ideals, and Action

While military science fiction is not usually my favorite SCIFI genre, I have in recent years become fascinated with it. I think it is because authors like Jack Campbell write such authentic, captivating stories. Mr. Campbell captures the current tone of a nation's m...
While military science fiction is not usually my favorite SCIFI genre, I have in recent years become fascinated with it. I think it is because authors like Jack Campbell write such authentic, captivating stories. Mr. Campbell captures the current tone of a nation's military concerns, especially 'tradition'. Tradition isn't something that just pops up in the last generation, it is the bedrock of a civilization's moral standards, no matter how other people and countries act. The loss of history and the breakdown in tradition and the military rules of war make the strange actions of the Admiral and other characters plausible, even inevitable. One critical measure of a great book, especially a great SCIENCE fiction novel, is how easily the story flows. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless fits the bill nicely, as the reader enjoys the story without having to pause in the reading process. The author is very knowledgeable about the SCIENCE needed for the story. Jack Campbell's describes ship movements and tactical training in a most realistic manner. These scenarios draw the reader into the story to 'see' what was happening as the ships move through space and time. For instance, Jack Campbell's descriptions of the direction of the ships' movements as a blue or red shift was very impressive. The author explained the concept in a way that didn't intrude on the flow of the fast paced action narrative. It was part of the story. Also, the details of equipment, situations and people really pulls the reader into the story. Jack Campbell is a most thoughtful author who has written a compelling story that makes the reader a participant who looks forward to the next part of the journey home.

posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2007

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6 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

When you're in desperate need of a good military sci-fi series....

When you've wrapped up all the Harringtons that Weber has graced us with thus far.... When you've done marching upcountry... When Drake and Moon have captivated you with their high-powered tales of space adventure filled with really fascinating characters and you just...
When you've wrapped up all the Harringtons that Weber has graced us with thus far.... When you've done marching upcountry... When Drake and Moon have captivated you with their high-powered tales of space adventure filled with really fascinating characters and you just plain Need something new and exciting.... Don't get this piece of trash! The thing that got me was the Elizabeth Moon quote on the cover. I Love Moon. Hope she got a real good buck for saying anything good about this garbage. The whole semi-religious pseudo-indian ancestor cult thing is very annoying. And, oh yeah, an Admiral is just going to stop in the middle of an attack and just take his staff over to the enemy to negotiate an end to hostilities when they've been at war for over a hundred years!!!! Idiocy. And just for kicks he's going to leave command of his entire fleet to someone who has been in hibernation for a hundred years. Uh-huh. Yeah, I'm buying that one. If you can persuade yourself to suspend reality enough to get past these and other bits of utter nonsense, then by all means, you should read this schlock. If, on the other hand you want something good try re-reading Enders Game for the third or fourth time. At least it's worthy. Something that this will never be.

posted by Anonymous on May 30, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2006

    I liked it...

    I don't read much sci/fi, but I really liked this book. So much so that I signed on just now to see if the author had any other books. This book kept my attention and spark my imagination. What else can you ask from a book?

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    The Start of a great series

    I received the first in this 6 part series for Christmas. It was on my wish list but I don't remember how or why it got there. It was recommended from some podcast or some "People who liked this, like that" List. I wish I could remember how it got on my list because I owe them a thanks.

    The story starts off great from the first page. You're not hit with 20 pages of "Get to know Me!" character development. That comes later and mixed in with storyline so it doesn't get tedious.

    The story is original and very interesting but the main character John Geary reminded me of Ender of Card's Ender series. I kind of wish this John Geary storyline (waking up 100 years later to the ongoing war) was how the Ender series playout.


    I'm not a fast reader but somehow I finished through Book 5 in mid January. Only to realize I have to wait until April for the 6th! That hurt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    Original and well thought out

    John Hemry (or Jack Campbell) lived up to his meticulous style of futuristic space warfare. The 'technical aspects' are very inventive, always finding new ways in his novel to do something other than mainstream sci-fi. This is an excellent read, I read it in about a day and will buy the second one next week.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Great Series!

    Big SciFi reader here. I read the whole series . . . twice. Fast paced, plenty of action, some intrigue and good character development for the most part. I thought maybe Tanya's and Rione's background could have been developed more. I also like how Black Jack Geary has to deal with many personality types, snakes included, just as in the corporate world. Would have been 5 stars because most of the books are about half the length of typical sci fi books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Decent start to a series

    Enjoyed this tale from a storytelling standpoint. The relativistic space and time portions were a bit much when presented over and over again. Overall I was pleased with this book and will likely continue reading the remaining books in the series.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    If You Like Battlestar Galactica, You Will Love This

    I am about halfway through this, book 1 of the Lost Fleet Series, and I have to say I'm really enjoying it so far. I'm a huge Battlestar Galactica fan and I feel this was highly influenced by the series. In fact I have a hard time NOT picturing Bill Adama (played by Edward James Olmos) as Capt. Geary in this book. I'm fairly certain that is who the author had in mind when he wrote the character of John Geary.

    My only complain is I wish they'd left out all the time-delayed stuff. I know it's probably a realistic depiction of space travel, but it seems every other paragraph during key scenes revolves around describing how what they're seeing on the sensors happened 10 minutes ago, or an hour ago, because they are 10 light minutes away, or 60 light minutes away. The author spends way to much time talking about the light distance and time delay stuff. But I can overlook it.

    I definitely plan on reading the other books in the series once I finish this one.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    Outstanding

    I liked this book so much I have already purchased and read the rest of the series. It does get expensive to have to purchase six books to finish what is essentially one book. Maybe have a deal on the entire series. It was well written and a great story.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great read.

    I thought it was a great read. It took me to a future, which intrigued me.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

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    What a great book.

    This book kind of has a similar feeling to the old Master and Commander series from way back. It doesn't mess around too much with layers of plot or complex characters or even large amounts of creativity. . . what its really good at is making you care about the characters and setting and throwing them into really descriptive battles that don't insult the reader with psudo science. This is hard core stuff. The author really thought through a lot of the crazy aspects of space travel and the laws of physics. But he does it all in a way that doesn't confuse or insult the reader's intellect. Its awesome to try and picture whats going on in your mind through the vastness of space and think about the motivations and what the challenges of fleet on fleet space combat would be like.

    I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint I think is that it is a little too short and a touch repetitive.

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