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Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2006
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About the Author
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He lives with his family in Maryland.
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Each book builds on the previous so it is important to read the books in order. There will be no satisfying conclusion of major plots until the fifth book so be prepared to commit to the series once started. The Lost Fleet Series consists of The Lost Fleet: Dauntless,The Lost Fleet: Fearless,The Lost Fleet: Courageous,The Lost Fleet: Valiant,The Lost Fleet: Relentless and The Lost Fleet: Victorious. Author has also started a new series, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Invincible, in the same universe.
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This is well written, exciting, crisp military SF, with realistic space battles, good (and incompetent) captains, and some good old fashioned politics thrown in. Once started, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in a couple of hours and went straight to the bookshop and picked up the next book in the series.
The action starts almost immediately, and doesn't stop. You become involved in not only the main character's story, but that of the other ships in the fleet. And for the first time in a sci-fi book I have read, there are actually 3 dimensional fleet tactics portrayed. You can see the Naval experience of the author clearly, but he takes it a step farther by describing the battles in ways that allow you to visualize them clearly. I was, and continue to be, very impressed.
The reason for the four out of five, and not five star, review is simple. While I like the main character and the supporting characters very much, I'm not attached to them. I think this may be due to the fact that there are multiple titles in this series and the author's character development takes place over the other titles. If that is the case, I will come back and change this review to five stars after I read the other books in the series. Which I will do immediately. This is a great piece of science fiction. I hope that it continues to be in the other books as well.
Edit: The other books are very good as well. 5 stars all the way. A great reading series.
It’s not just the thrilling space battles and superb military sci-fi. It’s also the tight logic and refreshing approach to the plot. Think about it: the idea of a mind frozen in time to then wake up and contribute long lost tactics that end up tilting the balance; that idea is both simple, plausible and captivating.
If you enjoy space battles with cunning strategies and thrilling outcomes, this book is a gem. The series is almost equally satisfying. It gets a bit repetitive after a while, but that’s hard to avoid in such a long series and the benefits are well worth it.