Dauntless: The Lost Fleet Series 1

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Teaser: For as long as anyone in the Alliance military can remember, they have been at war with the mysterious and powerful Syndic forces. As the Alliance continues to introduce new technology in hopes that it will improve their chances, they find that they are losing worse than ever. Times are dire, and they are at risk of becoming slaves to the Syndic. All hope is dwindling fast until a ship comes across an ultimate find in an old wreckage site. A legendary soldier of the past that has been in a deep sleep for decades.

Jack Geary awakens to a different world. The Alliance that he pledged his life and service to so many years ago is a different creature. To make matters worse, during his slumber, grandiose legends about the great 'Black Jack' Geary are told by everyone--his story has even made it into the education program of every soldier. If that wasn't enough, all of the crew worships him and views him as their savior and solution to all their problems. Despite his out-dated methods, ignorance of the technological advances, and the impossible expectations of the crew, Geary will try his hardest to get them home safely.

Short Thought:
A definitively masculine adventure that is a wonderful addition to the space opera genre.

Expanded Thoughts
: I must admit that I picked this one up because I saw the words: "space", "military", "hero", and "combat" in the description. Being a long term fan of the Robotech novels (as well as Robotech/Macross animated), I had to pick it up and check it out.

I wasn't disappointed (except no Veritechs, but hey, maybe one day), the combat scenes were well described (like naval warships doing formations in the ocean), and the main guy was a likable 'tragic' hero.

I hope the next book is just as entertaining as this one.

Especially Recommended For: Fans of space-themed television shows (Robotech, Gundam, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, etc.), Fans of stories surrounding militant politics, readers looking to ease their way into this genre

Additional Notes: This is the first book of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell.

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