Monday, October 6, 2008

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell

Fans of good old fashioned science fiction epics can rejoice. Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series is a classic in the making.

From John(Jack Campbell) Hemry's webpage...
The Alliance has been fighting the Syndics for a century - and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who's emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he had been heroically idealized beyond belief . 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 by the Syndics. Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

Hemry does a good job of showing the downside of being considered a legend. If the Alliance fleet is going to survive, Captain Geary will have to overcome his own doubts and build on the legend of "Black Jack".

Fans of the fiction of Poul Anderson will quickly get pulled into the universe of "Black Jack" Geary. The author shows an understanding of how battles might be fought in outer space. Enough mysteries still need solved to make me anxious to read the other books in the series. This series is going on my shelf alongside stories such as Dominic Flandry, Berserker and Dorsai.

John(Jack Campbell) Hemry's webpage.

Interview with the author.

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