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Dauntless by Jack Campbell
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Sep 21, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: sf
Read in September, 2007

A starship captain sacrifices his own ship to preserve the rest of his fleet. One hundred years later he is found floating in his barely functioning life support pod. He is revived to discover that the same war is still going on, the navy training and discipline is sadly decayed, and history has portrayed him as a glorious hyper-aggressive hero that little resembles reality. He is forced into leadership with expectations he knows are impossible to meet.

Obviously there is quite a bit of suspension of disbelief needed to accept the set up. Given that, I enjoyed the book immensely. The military parts are fine but this is not primarily an action story about military tactics. The captain's struggle with his burdens and his culture shock breathe life into his character. The presence of a foreign ambassador serves as a counterpoint to the military mind set of all the other characters.

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