Book Review: The Lost Fleet, Dauntless by Jack Campbell
~ Contributed by Ian, Young Adults’ Services
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless is the beginning of an earlier story in the Lost Stars series. Captain John Geary, popularly known as Black Jack, is found in suspended animation in an escape pod 100 years after being presumed killed while his ship was protecting the Alliance from a surprise attack by the Syndicate Worlds. The war started with that attack still going on and Geary has been made into a hero of the Alliance — but his name and legend are now used to justify poor tactics and decisions. The plot centers on Geary being thrust into the role of commanding a fleet facing destruction, due to more poor tactics and decisions, and his efforts to get the fleet back to Alliance space. This is the first of six books.
The story is good and the characters are good. I do have a minor quibble with the science though; the fleets enter into combat engagements at 10 percent of light speed, but at the end of the battle, the survivors are able to easily pick up escape pods, salvage or scuttle ships, etc. The problem is that a damaged ship is still going 10 percent of light speed, and so are those escape pods, and they’re not all going the same direction, since the ships maneuver during battles — there would be a lot more time involved in traveling to get to escape pods and ships that have had their propulsion systems knocked out. Still, fun to read.