Dauntless

Dauntless

Book - 2006
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The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century-and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John "Black Jack" Geary-a man who's emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond belief. Now, he must live up to his own legend.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2006.
Edition: Ace mass-market ed.
ISBN: 9780441014187
0441014186
Branch Call Number: SCI FI Campbell Jack
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,18 cm.
Alternative Title: Lost fleet. Dauntless

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JCLJaredH Feb 12, 2014

Great military scifi of honor and survival as a fleet of ships behind enemy lines tries to fight its way home.

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JCLJaredH Feb 13, 2013

Not a complex read by any means, but that is what makes it appealing. Geary’s struggle with the hero worship and the obstinacies of the fleet helps to bring out Campbell’s view of the need for strong and disciplined leadership in difficult and extraordinary situations. A good readalike for David ... Read More »


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mammothhawk229e
Sep 05, 2017

Ordinary officer wakes up to century long war & a legend based on his "just doing my duty" action blown out of proportion.
He reintroduced tactics & strategy long forgotten.

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LostHistorian
Mar 21, 2017

If you want to start a new Sci-fi series, The Lost Fleet series, beginning with Dauntless, is among the best series to read.

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FantasyFanatic
Dec 22, 2015

This is a fun, exciting, fast paced military sci-fi novel. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone!

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

Well enough written, but with a fundamental misunderstanding of Newtonian mechanics that I find distracting. If that's the kind of thing that bothers you, then you might look elsewhere for your next fix of space opera.

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kmuir10
Aug 27, 2013

Only read it if you plan on continuing the series, as this book doesn't really have an ending of its own; it just kind of picks a point and stops. This book in itself is only part of a greater whole.

The pacing isn't perfect. The plot moves slowly in some areas, with the main character ranting about how much he hates his own status as a hero for several pages at one point, only to be followed by a skip in time over the course of several hours between individual paragraphs.

These are minor flaws.

Overall, it's not perfect, but still a worthwhile read.

JCLJaredH Feb 13, 2013

Not a complex read by any means, but that is what makes it appealing. Geary’s struggle with the hero worship and the obstinacies of the fleet helps to bring out Campbell’s view of the need for strong and disciplined leadership in difficult and extraordinary situations. A good readalike for David Weber's Honor Harrington.

csmo Oct 23, 2012

great read, good characters , and exciting plot.

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msummers57
Oct 18, 2011

Good fun.

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Rae0881
Apr 30, 2011

good book

Librarymans Sep 07, 2010

Despite what the description says, this is really the first book in the series.
Excellent military Science fiction, focusing on logical limits of deep space combat: communcation lag, relativistic distortion caused by high speed, limited windows of engagement etc. Also an interesting character peice, as "Black Jack" Geary must live up to the heroic legend that has been told about him, even though he does not feel to be a hero.

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20KBT10
Aug 27, 2010

For at least the tenth time in the last half hour, Geary fought to suppress an angry comment. The ships that were supposed to have moved into a block-shaped formation to one side of the main body had gotten into some sort of dispute based on the seniority of ship commanders, so that instead of taking assigned stations, some ships were trying to wedge their way into locations where other ships were already in place. […]

“Audacious, did you copy my last?” He waited a minute to see if see if Audacious would response, but the warship kept sidling in towards Resolution.[…] “Audacious, be advised that if you are attempting to mate with Resolution, you might try buying her a few drinks first.” […] He heard no reply from Audacious, but the warship finally angled away and back toward its assigned station. A moment later, Resolution called in. “Alliance battle cruiser Resolution wishes to report that her virtue remains intact.” p. 222-223

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