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Fearless (The Lost Fleet #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,964 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
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 hyp ...more
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Published July 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published January 30th 2007)
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2.5 Stars

Another decent, straightforward read. The 2-D villains (the evil empire and doubters in the fleet... basically everyone not on team Geary) started to get annoying, as did the simplistic analysis of military doctrine (tactics=good, flying your spaceship into your enemies death-ray=bad) which was especially disappointing as I had actually enjoyed it in the previous book. On the Brightside Geary's attempts to maintain morale in the fleet were written with surprising deftness and the battl
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a good book... It holds up well. If you've seen my review of the first volume you know I like it also. This one "held the line" though there was a while when I thought I might end up dropping the rating on this one to 3 stars. It was in danger of becoming a sort of "one trick pony".

Without spoilers I'll simply say that a key plot device has been the problems Captain Geary has with ship commanders who aren't sanguine with his command. The problem is that while it does add realism to the s
Mar 06, 2011 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Matt
Starship battles; big, gratuitous ship-of-the-line starship battles. If you like starship battles you will probably enjoy The Lost Fleet series. If you like realistic characters and character development, not so much.

Fearless continues the saga of Black Jack Geery and the Alliance fleet trapped in Syndicate space. They manage to make it through a few more systems, but in one they pick up a strong willed Captain - fearless Flaco - from a prison camp. He attempts a power play to wrest control of t
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Apr 19, 2013 The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Adult, Young Adult or Mid-Late Teen
Recommended to The Pirate Ghost by: The first book
This series reminds me of Battle Star Galactica 2005. The plots a little different, but the character types look familiar. It's an enjoyable read, though it's taking a while for the main characters to become more than two dimensional cut-outs. It takes to the end of the book before they start to look human.

Having said that. I am enjoying them, if for no other reason that Jack Campbell, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, has a good idea of how and what fleet combat would shape up. I spent some
4.0 stars. Really well done Military science fiction with a fast-moving, well written story and plenty of actions. Interested to see how the series evolves in the next couple of installments.
Tom Gregorio
Popcorn reading, yum-yum. I see a bad trend - repeating boring stuff over and over. I know it's necessary, but does the video-conferencing interface need to be re-explained using the same phrasing? We get the protagonist is conflicted - can't we at least get some more backstory? The space battles are interesting, especially when dealing with relativistic effects, but it still seems like its just a normal naval battle in 3D. The "Fast Auxiliary" factory ships seem odd - not to mention the whole n ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Sep 01, 2013 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I enjoy the fact that the villains are a corporation gone out of control that runs a massive number of worlds and cares more about profit than human life. But overall I find the story to be a bit simplistic and too unreal. Every battle the heroes only loose a ship or two in the fleet while destroying all the enemy ships, thanks to the heroes brilliant tactics. Now I could see the happening once or twice but when it happens every time it gets a little ridiculous.

Other wise it's a fun read, that
That's it, I call it a quit for this series. It is not going worse but not going better either.

This series really reminds me what I love about military sci-fi, which is clearly missing in this series:
1. Military culture. It is obviously the main premise of this series! That the military has lost many of its culture because of the rapid replacement in the ranks. In that case it would not cause the military to loose its culture, but the military itself will cease to exist! Can you imagine a milita
Aug 11, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to come! :D
Jul 13, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Well, 2.5 Stars at most. I basically read it because I had it but didn't get much of a thrill. The space battles were ok, kind of like the Spanish Armada against the English only at a substantial fraction of the speed of light. Kudos to him for fighting realistically with time lag and adjusting for seconds, minutes, hours of communication lag. I still find the premise unrealistic that both sides just execute banzai charges and may the most courageous prevail. And in this story one of the "braves ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Abhinav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series was a part of my 25-in-14 reading challenge where I attempted to, and succeeded in, reading at least the first novels in 25 different series, across a multitude of genres. Reading Dauntless proved to be quite a fun experience actually because I went in expecting some serious military SF, and the experience was much different to that expectation. It had some nice hard-SF elements
Melissa McShane
The second book in the Lost Fleet series lives up to the promise of the first: plenty of space battles, plenty of internal politics, plenty of creative strategy. With series like this I tend to forget what happened in which book, and I don't consider this a problem because in my mind this is actually one giant book, sort of like the Lord of the Rings. It does make it difficult to review sometimes. In this case, though, the story is all-too-easy to remember: the fleet liberates a POW camp whose p ...more
Benjamin Thomas
The second book in "The Lost Fleet" series picks up just after the first, Dauntless and this time Captain John "Black Jack" Geary must deal with a new set of difficulties as he tries to navigate the dangerous enemy Syndic space in an effort to finally make it home to Alliance space.

This series really reminds me of the newer BattleStar Galactica TV series: a fleet trying to get back home; space battles, a Captain that must deal with factions among his own commanders as well as a high-ranking fem
Mar 31, 2016 Shala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. I enjoyed this second installment more than the first. I felt like the character development and the dynamics between the ship captains was very well written. I am reading these on audio, so that may be part of it, but I will be continuing on.
Jul 25, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This was a massive surprise. When i finished the first book, I felt that it was a 3-3.5 star novel. It was good, but not great. I was looking for a shorter novel to read in between larger works and decided to read this. Now I can't wait to finish the series! The second book is light years better than the first. Better character development, better action scenes (the scene at the hypernet gate is worth the read), just a better overall story. If you are a scifi, space opera, or military sci f ...more
Dana Stabenow
Mar 08, 2010 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember in Empire Strikes Back when Han says to Chewie, "I don't know how we're going to get out of this one" and then the asteroids start hitting the Falcon? The Lost Fleet series is like that, military space opera sf on the order of Elizabeth Moon's Vatta and Serrano series, one un-get-out-of-able situation after another. The characterization is a little thin, took me all of the first two to warm up to protagonist John Geary. Heading into Courageous (Lost Fleet 3) now.
Sandy Williams
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We have here, ladies, gents and aliens, a classic space opera, now complete with a romance. Personally, I do not care for romance in my sci-fi, but that’s my quirk. Still, I thought Campbell handled it well, and particularly enjoyed when Capt Geary reflects that it was easier to figure out how to engage the Syndic’s than it was to navigate the mind field know as ‘woman’.

I couldn’t say exactly why I enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was because of the fairly well constructed space battle scenes. Per
Kat  Hooper
May 14, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Fearless is the second book in Jack Campbell’s LOST FLEET series about Captain Jack Geary who has recovered from 100 years of cold sleep just in time to try to save the Alliance fleet from certain annihilation by the Syndics. As I explained in my review of the first LOST FLEET book, Dauntless, many soldiers in the Alliance fleet think Black Jack Geary is a hero returned from the dead to save their skins. To them, Geary can do no wrong, and they’re willing
Aug 14, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fearless is a good continuation from Dauntless , however I feel that it lacks that same edge, and as a result I would be leaning more towards a 3.5 than a four. That is not to say though that it is a bad book. It is actually a great read, that fully entertained me but I just felt that it didn't have the same quality as its predecessor.

The plot line was definitely as interesting as Dauntless , with Geary now coming to terms with his position and power within the fleet and then having it un
Dans ce second tome, on retrouve John Geary et sa flotte de combat, toujours perdu dans les systèmes de la puissance adverse, toujours en train de chercher un chemin de retour ne les mettant pas directement face à des flottes plus "combatives" (ou surtout mieux organisées) que la sienne. En chemin ils rencontrent des prisonniers de guerre qu'ils libèrent, des planètes qu'ils pillent, et des vaisseaux adversaires qu'il détruisent salement (mais dans l'espace, personne ne voit les tâches de sang). ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Fearless picks up more or less exactly where Dauntless left off. Geary is still struggling with the presence of his legendary alter ego “Black Jack” trying to reconcile who he is now not only with who he used be but with who and what others expect him to be. Geary’s age and “man out of time” status is again at the forefront here though spun slightly different than in Dauntless. In the first novel Geary was focused mostly on coming to grips with what the Alliance fleet had become and how fleet tr ...more
Fred Hughes
Jan 06, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earth is at war with the Syndic. Who are human just like you and me but take an entirely different perspective on what is right and wrong. What’s right is anything that financially or politically benefits them. What’s wrong is everything else.

What started this war that has been going on for 100 years ? No one seems to remember but the important thing is to destroy the other guy. And that’s the premise for the entire series of 6 books, recently expanded to 7 although on a different story arc with
Jun 24, 2014 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline sadly was as predictable as it can be. It was still well-executed, but never managed to surprise me.

I'll go with 3.5 Stars for now. As the books are very short, I'll just finish the series (and, as I said before, this series came highly recommended to me, so I hope it will improve some over the next books). For now, I'd recommend going with Leviathan Wakes and its sequels instead of this series, but we'll see if that changes with the next few books.
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Michael Edwards
This was quite bad. I see the pattern erupting here and it is just the same thing book after book. I confirmed this by checking reviews of the later books and sure enough all the grips are that the story really goes nowhere. I was impressed with the first book and was looking forward to a great tale in sci fi that stretched many books. Unfortunately I need to put a stop here. Another note is the character development is laughable. You really only know 1 character and have a glimpse of about 4 ot ...more
Andrew Hedstrom
Quick read. Not too intensive or thought provoking. If you get through the first book in the series and find that you want to know more about Captain Black Jack, it's definitely worth a read.
Sep 08, 2009 Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, sf
A good book. Campbell does a great job of exploring the feelings of his MC regarding isolation imposed by the burdens of command. This book bridged a few gaps for me, since I ended up reading the third book in the series before it. I fully intend to revisit the third book now that I'll have a better understanding of what's going on. Recommended to the sci-fi militaria buffs out there. It may also appeal to anyone who has an interest in abnormal sociology, because the setting is... well, let's sa ...more
Michael Burnam-fink
Dec 09, 2015 Michael Burnam-fink rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Everything I said about Dauntless applies to Fearless, as Geary leads his fleet deeper in Syndicate space before returning home. There's more battles, more traps, more honor and cleverness on the part of our hero.

Where this book departs is that it introduces some new characters. Captain Falco is a rescued POW and self-proclaimed hero, with a Douglas MacArthur-esque penchant for trying to bend reality to his ego. Captain Falco provides a useful counterpart to Geary's cautious doubt and honor. S
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