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The Lost Fleet: Fearless Kindle Edition
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“Straightforward, solidly written military space opera...It’s all good fun and Campbell has actually given some thought to the problems of combat in space.”—Don D’Ammassa, Critical Mass
“Another satisfying [Campbell] cocktail to slake the thirst of fans who like their space operas with a refreshing moral and intellectual chaser...The Lost Fleet deserves to find a home on your bookshelf.”—SF Reviews
More Praise for Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series
“Jack Campbell has written the most believable space battles I’ve ever seen anywhere—David Sherman, coauthor of the Starfist series
“The Lost Fleet is some of the best military science fiction on the shelves today.”—SF Site
“Fast-paced and enjoyable.”—SFRevu
“Will grip the audience...Black Jack is a fascinating hero.”—Alternative Worlds
About the Author
- ASIN : B000SEGULG
- Publisher : Ace (January 30, 2007)
- Publication date : January 30, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 1320 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,228 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Pros: The main plot. If you liked book 1, this is more of the same. The author tells a cliched tale, but manages to put enough of a spin on it to keep the reader guessing.
Cons: The minor plot and character motivations. The subplot involving a politician starts poorly, turns believable and interesting halfway through, and finally becomes eye-rollingly tiresome by the final chapter. Indeed, the novel ends not with a dramatic hook but with a feeling of irritation, and the reader is left wondering how Captain Geary (or any human) could feel anything but anger towards a certain character. The main problem is that the personal motivations and actions of the characters don't make sense.
Different people would see the story in different ways but to me it was the consideration of the realities of space that kept me connected. Few people realize how large space actually is. Sci-Fi had lead us to think of space warfare as happening at visual range and perceivable speeds. It just wouldn't be like that. Even modern air warfare strains this idea. The Enterprise would never be nose to nose with a Romulan vessel and shots would be fire from such distances that you might not even see if you hit or missed for a long time.
Black Jack Geary has to deal with the truth of relativity and distances measured in light travel time. Even communication is complicated when there are minutes or even hours of transit time for messages.
If you throw out sub-space the plot thickens and that is what kept me coming back. Not to mention the subterfuge and intrigue.
I liked this book a little bit more than Dauntless with Jack rescuing a infamous military maverick from a prison camp, Captain Falco, who threatens to usurp his command over the fleet. This wouldn't be a problem if not for the fact Falco is incompetent, dangerously charismatic, and possibly insane after twenty-years of imprisonment in a labor camp. Morale is also dangerously low in the fleet and John has decided to do a daring raid on the enemy's largest shipyards while the rest of their fleet is (ironically) chasing them.
I was hoping for a lengthier conflict between Captain Falco and Captain Geary for control of the fleet. I really enjoyed the battle between Captain Adama and Admiral Cain in Battlestar Galactica's reboot. This is much shorter with the two characters only sharing a short number of encounters before things come to a head.
Fearless is a solid piece of military science fiction that I found quite entertaining. There's a few minor developments character wise but the focus in this series is squarely on the tactics in space, the chain of command, and other Naval details which military enthusiasts will enjoy. I'm not a big fan of one character who gets promoted to love-interest in this book but she's also the only one not in Geary's chain of command so I suppose that was inevitable.
Fearless continues the struggle Captain John Geary has, as he tries to demonstrate to his Captains a different way of thinking that will ensure as many of his ships and personnel make it back to Alliance Space. He also battles against the legend of 'Black Jack' Geary that could lead him to take the easy route - domination, power and control - through taking advantage of that legendary status. He would rather people in the fleet saw him as the very ordinary Captain John Geary, not as 'Black Jack'. There is some brilliant battle action; a discovery about the hypernet gate system that has the potential to be devastating; Geary has to match wits with a liberated Alliance Captain who has the potential to undermine his role as Captain of the Fleet and mutiny by some of his more recalcitrant Captains. A thoroughly enjoyable read that is as much character driven as it is tense battle action. I highly recommend this series for its attention to detail, complex chracters, fantastic plot, setting, and solid hard science.
Top reviews from other countries
Story is simple but well written, yes it's predictable but in the same way a Bond book is. Good addictive story telling.
this is not really a trilogy to come in on the middle of so start with volume one first. the writing in both of them is much the same. It's not great literature, but it's a little better than average and not as bad as it could be, and it does try to give depth to it's characters and explore strong themes of duty and what people become during wartime. All these books are a little under three hundred pages so they're short and easy reading. the space combat tries to be realistic and within the laws of physics.
And when reading this, you know what I kept feeling? the desire to know what would happen next. so the writer has done their job. entertaining pulp science fiction
As with all the books in this series, it is entirely focused on the main story arc and does not waiver and wonder with multiple events. I found it really easy to follow and get through.
Very good series for anyone who is just starting out wants to get into sci-fi and reading novels in general.
Slightly repetitive & for my taste overly detailed "action" sequences which hold up & slow the story lines
However, I do like (& keep buying) his books, my only real complaint being I might well be dead from old age before they reach
any real defining endings
I read a review elsewhere of the latest book in the series that thought he might be running out of ideas & quite a few of his books sometimes give that impression, but he is a good writer & as I stated at the start of this review very readable