Fearless (The Lost Fleet, #2)
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Fearless (The Lost Fleet #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  7,944 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Captain John "Black Jack" Geary tries a desperate gamble to lead the Alliance Fleet home-through enemy-occupied space-only to lose half the Fleet to an unexpected mutiny.
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Amanda
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Apr 19, 2013 Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Adult, Young Adult or Mid-Late Teen
Recommended to Whispers from the Pirate's 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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a very 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...more
Stephen
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.
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...more
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
Sandy Williams
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Melissa Proffitt
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
Kristin
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...more
Kat  Hooper
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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...more
James
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...more
Nicolas
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
Mike
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
Max
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.
Andrew O
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...more
Dave
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
Miles
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
Aaron Knockovich
The book that I read was The Lost Fleet: Fearless by Jack Campbell.this is a science fiction story and has 295 pages. My aunt introduced me to this series over Christmas break and I have now read the second book of the series. The famed Captain, Jack "Black Jack" Geary, has his authority as Fleet Admiral, put to the limits. More and more of his ships are disobeying his orders and going after glory in battle rather than following his orders and striving for the common good. An event that made me...more
Dana Stabenow
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.
Henry
Truthfully, when you read this writing you assume 'Black Jack Geary' to always win, with a few obstacles shoved in the way that are somewhat easy to overcome. But the honest truth is the writing appeals to more than the military fiction fan as Campbell commits to writing about the ethical considerations and leadership problems that face good people. Moreover, alot the lessons have more to do with ego, building coherent teams and being able to think out problems.
Mark
"Black" Jack Geary is back. In book 2, having successfully avoided destruction in book one, Jack Geary and the Lost Fleet begin to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding the never-ending war. Where did the hypernet technology come from and does anyone know how destructive it could be?

Plus, never immune to challenges to his command, Jack faces an outright mutiny that puts his fleet in danger of decimation.
Joshua Palmatier
This is the second book in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series, which is military sci-fi but with a decided "hard" bent to it. The situations and battles are realistic, taking into account time lags in communication and the huge distances involved in a massive fleet traveling through solar systems.

In this book, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary has managed to get the fleet he inherited in the first book to a relatively safe system. They encounter a few problems when they arrive--the Syndics were obv...more
Kynan
The story continues...actually, this could almost literally be the same book as Dauntless, it's the same basic plot, leading up to a similar set piece "finale" closing out with a teaser for the subsequent book. The minimal differences come from a new physical location and a slightly stronger threat to Geary from inside the fleet. The major characters reveal slightly more detail with regard to their history but don't develop beyond the boundaries reached in Dauntless. The baddies remain nearly ir...more
Larry
This is the second in the sci fi series. It’s war in space between the Alliance Fleet (the good guys) and the Syndicate (Syndics are the bad guys), both human species.

The story takes up as a continuation of the prior book. The Fleet is still trudging home in retreat but our hero and main character, Captain “Black Jack” Geary, is showing much progress in asserting his command. BUT…A labor camp with Alliance prisoners is discovered…Another former Alliance “hero” is found and tries to take over com...more
Greg
First off, you have to start this series at book #1. But more importantly, don't start it at all! It will take over your life and you'll not be able to put it down or to keep buying the next and next and next... :P
Luke Charles
Lots of action intrigue and even a romance. I keep reading in some reviews how this is not quality science fiction. I disagree this book touches on the nature of war and its morality and the internal conflicts that arise in any group of people. Finally the book attempts to bring real physics into space battle. Some complain about this but it is glaringly absent in most science fiction that I read. This comes from the authors actual knowledge of naval battle physics something most readers have no...more
Jer
Good pace, fun battle sequences. Characters are a little flat and the story is a little predictable, but it was a lot of fun to read and hard to put down. What really makes it, I think, are the likability of the main character, and the difficult position he's been thrust into, the challenges he faces. That facet of the story is fascinating.

Like many military action movies, which we call "popcorn" movies because they're fun and exciting, though frankly not deep cinema; this book and the others i...more
Clayton Yuen
Jack Campbell has gone beyond the space cowboys and shoot 'em ups and battle cruisers and 10% light speed, he has introduced love and relationships, bad guys get what they deserve, and more hope in returning home to Alliance Space.

Wow, all that in one novel, and very well done. Yes, we always like a happy ending with few losses from battles, but this "serial" called Fearless was awesome.

I give this novel 5 stars because I just couldn't stop reading ..... and that is one definition of a level 5 b...more
James Elkins
My second read of Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet: Fearless was just as enjoyable as the first even if it did take me longer to finish. A brief summary of the series should suffice to summarize this volume as well: After a century years in cryosleep John "Black Jack" Geary is rescued, woken, and put in charge of the damaged Alliance Fleet now stuck behind enemy lines. His goal to get the fleet home all the while battling attitudes created by a century of unending warfare, fleet politics, his ow...more
Patrick Gibson
It has the continuing initial situation of a legendary hero seeming to come back from the dead (or rather life-suspension for a century in a damaged escape pod), just as the Alliance Fleet has been lured into enemy territory and a trap that wipes out the commanding officers, leaving Captain "Black Jack" Geary in command.

This second installment continues the story. It, like the first book, ends in a good place. Yes, they are NOT home yet... they are still the Lost Fleet of the title, but the sto...more
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