I finished reading The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell. If you like spaceships and space battles you might like this book. It is not a great book. The characters are cliche. There’s the standard issue Reluctant Hero who must deal with the standard issue loyal followers, insubordinate subordinates, uncertain allies and of course the standard issue Evil Foe. But it is a fun, easy read, reminiscent of old-fashioned space opera. The story flows smoothly with no “Wait. What?” moments and no multi-page time-outs to catch you up on science or history.
John Geary is presumed dead in the first battle of a war between the Alliance and the Syndics but 100 years later he is found still alive in a survival pod and awakened. To his dismay he discovers that he is now a well-known war hero and that the same war is still going on. He is soon put in command of the Alliance fleet. He finds that knowledge of military discipline and effective tactics has been forgotten and though he has many worshippers in the fleet they expect him to magically lead them to victory without any changes in the way they have been doing things.
This is the first book in a series and there is no resolution at the end. On the contrary, another problem is introduced to lead you into the next book. In this case I don’t mind at all and plan to keep going. I am a little wary though. There are four* Lost Fleet books and I’m hoping that this won’t turn out to be one of those series that goes on and on and on.
* UPDATE: Oops. I meant to say “four more“. There are a total of five Lost Fleet books that I know of.