Jack Campbell – The Lost Fleet: 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 has emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief.

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 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.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell explains how the legend of King Arthur, the Greek historian Xenophon, and other writings influenced the Lost Fleet series.

Author: Jack Campbell
Narrator: Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
Duration: 9 hours 56 minutes
Released: 8 Nov 2001
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English

User Review:

intonation vested

I didn’t care for this book at all. In fact, I got so disillusioned with it that I almost quit listening several times, but kept going so I would be sure I had given it a fair try. The only good thing was the obvious knowledge that the author has about naval inner-workings. There were no descriptions about the look-and-feel of anything or anyone. While some authors can overdo this aspect, this author gave us none of it. It was clearly written by someone who is a very straightforward thinker who thinks explaining how anything looks, smells, feels, etc. is a waste of time. Same for the characters, at the end of the book you know about as much about them as you did by the end of the 2nd chapter.

The author repeated for many chapters that the hero is reluctant, to the point where I physically yelled out “I get it already, I get it!”

The author showed us all of the thoughts in the head of the characters, then made us sit through reading them again as they spoke their thoughts to the other characters.

The characters are mostly simplistic and one-dimensional. There is almost no mystery, at least none that lasts more than about 5 minutes.

So, if you like being spoon-fed a dry story from simplistic characters without getting emotionally invested and without seeing/touching/hearing/tasting/smelling anything, this is the book for you.