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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 November 2, 2013

    I have read a number of military sci fi series, but none comes c

    I have read a number of military sci fi series, but none comes close to the story detail and involving personal side to this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    I'm pretty hard to please, but this one struck me right where I

    I'm pretty hard to please, but this one struck me right where I wanted. A great story and plenty of conflict not only with his enemy but on board ship. Real life issues that made it almost believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    This is where it begins. . . great space si fi!!

    This is a great series. I got so wrapped up in the story I had to read every book of this series and feel my time wrapped up in the story of "Black Jack" was so worth it. Having Navy ties, only Jack Campbell could write such believable battle scenes.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    I am in love with this series

    I wanted to get into a new sci-fi series and I couldn't have stumbled upon a better series. This series takes a more realistic look at space combat, taking into account distance and the amount of time it takes light, and there for the information of where ships are and what they're doing, to travel so that captains can react. But as awesome as it is to see a great space combat based on realistic interpretation it's the characters that definitely keep you hooked. I empathize with the main character so much and I am fascinated by the others. Overall I love the characters, I love the combat, I love the plot, I just love this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Best Military/Space Exploration Science-Fiction Series that I have read!

    This is the first in a series of books that are certainly worth a read. The only negative aspect is that it will probably make other books dull by comparison. I can't say enough good things about th book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Cant... stop... reading!

    I cant stop rereading this series, its too good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Excellent!

    Looking forward to reading the next in the series, I finished this one before I'd realized how close to the end I was.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    Excellent science fiction/military book. I went on to purchase t

    Excellent science fiction/military book. I went on to purchase the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Excellent

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Great concept.

    Very entertaining.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    AWESOME - Extremely well done!

    This book and entire series is riveting, characters are awesome, plot is intricate, and the battles are so well written you feel like you are part of the process. I couldn't stop reading once I started and read the entire series in a week. Highly recommend this book and series.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Hooked on the series!! Read it in order.

    The series gets better and better...keep reading !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Great start to the series!

    Once I started I couldn't stop until I had read all of the Lost Fleet book currently out. The intrigue keeps you hanging and the battle scenes are wonderfully detailed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Very good book

    Excellent read! This is good scifi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    a must read if you like action

    great book great series

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended - An excellent example of true scifi

    An "edge of the seat" thriller about space exploration and war. Well written and a must read for those interested in space exploration and adventure. I have read several other books in this series now and all are excellent.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Great series... But price?

    7.99 for paperback, 7.99 for e-book? That is insane for a 236 page book. We are paying $47.00 for 1416 pages worth of series even if it is a good series. How about a box edition for e-book. Or atleast a price difference between paperback and e-book.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Excellent science fiction

    We all know that science fiction is more fantasy than "science"... well usually. In this case, Campbells battle strategy does take into consideration the effects of general relativity. It is a very effective tool in his arsenal to weave his story. His protagonist is made real by self doubt and a reputation thrust upon him. Command is thrust upon him just as he is waking from a 100 year hibernation. His fleet is well behind enemy lines and quickly falls under attack. Each book in the series is a quick read and leaves you hungry for more. I've started to enjoy book series because I'm already familiar with the characters when I pick up the next volume. I also recommend the series "A Galaxy Unkown" by Thomas De Prima, although you might have to pick them up somewhere else.

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