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The Lost Fleet: Fearless

Written by: Jack Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.

Geary is convinced that the Syndics are planning to ambush the fleet and finish it off once and for all. Realizing the fleet's best (and only) chance is to do the unexpected, Geary takes the offensive and orders the fleet to the Sancere system. There, a multitude of possible routes home give the Alliance fleet a better chance of avoiding their pursuers - and an attack on the Sancere shipbuilding facilities could decimate the Syndic war effort.

Weary from endless combat, the officers and crew of the Alliance fleet can't see the sense in charging deeper into enemy territory - prompting a mutiny that divides them and leaves Geary with higher odds against him than ever before.

BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell describes how he brought real-world physics to the Lost Fleet series.

©2007 by John G. Hemry (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)

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  • AudioAddict
  • 2013-11-26

This series is really starting to ROCK!

STORY - (Sci-Fi) This is Book 2 of The Lost Fleet series, which follows the 100-year war between two opposing groups of humans, the Alliance and the Syndics. So far the first two books have primarily been cat-and-mouse chases across galaxies with multiple battle engagements. Attack/defense strategies are described in detail and are fascinating (even for this female listener). There is no man-to-man fighting, just ship against ship, so there is no blood or gore.

Book 1 is good, but this one has a whole lot more going on. Various interpersonal relationships become explosive and/or very interesting as different factions of the crew pursue their own itineraries. Also, a puzzling and critical discovery is made which presents a new challenge to Captain Geary. This discovery should add an exciting new wrinkle to the war and to future episodes. You should listen to this series in order to properly follow the drama that's unfolding.

PERFORMANCE - The narrator does a great job portraying the powerful Captain Geary (so sexy) and still manages to do fairly feminine-sounding women as well.

OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) I almost rated this a 5. I love the descriptions of the battle formations and tactics, but there's just a tad too much for my personal taste. That being said, this book is very, very good. Highly recommended.

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  • Sharon
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 2013-05-14

Another fun ride

The writing has not changed and the characters have stayed as they should. I often find that some authors keep on writing a series because they know they can spin it out for more money. This doesn’t feel like this. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Dennis
  • 2013-03-11

A MUST LISTEN!

It seems that I'm gonna have to repeat myself for all the books in this saga. GREAT! Not a dull moment. Narration can made a book great or ruin it. The books have Great Narration!

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 2011-10-27

Solid and linear continuation of the series.

The second book in Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet" series builds upon the story set in the first. "Fearless" is definitely a step or two better than "Dauntless" was. The story grows and becomes a bit more complex in this installment, although it is still quite linear in that it follows only one character's viewpoint through it all.

This is straight military sci fi, and I enjoy hearing and considering all the tactics used. Some of the elements could be a bit more interesting, and more character dynamics could also lend a hand, but it was still an entertaining listen. I think would like to get around to reading or listening to the whole series at some point. It is clear that these guys won't make it home until the series is done.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 2011-07-18

The lost fleet: fearless

After listening to book 1 in the series and now having finished book 2 "Fearless" I must say I am hooked on the series. It appears to be a short series but Jack Campbell has interested me enought I will go looking for more works by him. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the book The time delay in space travel appears to be emphasized more in these book and the Harrington series by Weber than in the old star Trek movies.

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  • Richard
  • Cleveland, GA
  • 2009-04-16

More of the same space opera

If you liked Dauntless, then you will like Fearless, and if you didn't, you won't. The characters are still unrealistic and simple, the dialogue sounds like a comic book, and there isn't much real suspense about the events that unfold. The author is still obsessed with speed of light relativity and military tactics in space, which must interest some listeners. I found the 3-dimensional military tactics hard to visualize but that may just be me. I stuck with this book in hopes that it would develop a little more sophistication, depth, and excitement than the first one, but no such luck. I won't bother with the next book in the series.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2013-08-13

Watching Makes No Difference

I think it is interesting that the book starts out with an Intro where the author, tells you his name is Jack G. Henry not Jack Campbell. I don't understand the use of a pen name, if your going to tell us right away that ain't your name.

If you have not read the first, do not go pass go, and get Lost Fleet: Dauntless. These books build upon each other and you need to read them in order. I did like this book a little better. There was less of the "I am scared of being a hero" and more story.

CAPT. NEMOES IS SO DENSE, I AM SURPRISED HE DOESN'T HAVE IS OWN EVENT HORIZON.
I really like the co-president character. She is trying to make sure Black Jack does not get the big head or become just like his enemies. While Geary surrounds himself with yes men and yes women, Reone is not a yes woman, Except when it comes to sex. I do like also that they don't try to deny that humans need sex. Although Capt Geary his pretty dense when it comes to women and Co-presdent Reone almost has to rape him.

Falco reminded me a little of my wife. Once when I accused my wife of 35 years that she would never admit when she is wrong, she responded by saying she could admit when she was wrong, but it had not happened yet.

I was disappointed in how fantastic all of Black Jack Geary's plans came out. Everything almost always seems to go exactly as planned. I was excited when Falco appeared, believing that would lead to some real conflicts, but Falco leaves so soon after showing up and then does exactly as Geary predicts that it really was not much of a confrontation. Real life does not work out that great.

Narrator is excellent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2012-07-12

Very Flat

The story is moving so slooowly. After 2 books I really have to throw in the towel. The story is flat and repetitive, the characters are even flatter.

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  • Dale
  • goring, Reading, United Kingdom
  • 2011-06-24

Great book!

This book surprised me by how it drew me into the action. I came across this book by chance, not quite knowing what to spend my credit on next. The story is very engaging and portrays the scope of the battles really well. I would like to know a little more about the history leading upto the books, how the syndics and the alliance formed but that may become more apparent as I get further into the books.

I'm very pleased with my random choice of audio book!

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  • Rex
  • Rosetta, South Africa
  • 2010-04-14

The Lost Fleet: Fearless

This is my firs Jack Campbell and I enjoyed it. The linking of light speed reality made me think and made me get a feel for what he has to deal with in space.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful