Dauntless

Dauntless
(The Lost Fleet #1)
by Jack Campbell (2006)

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.


This series is always at the top of the list for best Military Science Fiction. It’s easy to see why. All the physics of interstellar movement and warfare is well thought out.

The main protagonist, being revived from the dead acts as an outsider, making characters explain things to him (and the reader) without massive info-dumps. The book does rely on internal squabbling among the crews to generate the drama. But with the potential for aliens to turn up this may change.

It’s well researched and solidly written. Although without the breathless action style of BV Larson it still was a good read. It will be interesting to find out what the series has to offer.