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Dauntless by Jack Campbell
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May 21, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: readers of military science fiction

Another worthy title by Jack Campbell (John Hemry) finds a hero from the past, found floating in cryo sleep after having been lost for a century, out of time and out of place. He is viewed as a hero, and legends have grown over the years that have nothing to do with reality. Posthumously promoted, John "Black Jack" Geary finds himself in charge of a fleet after the death of its admiral. Doomed, surrounded and outgunned, Geary pulls off the unexpected and saves the fleet, which must then find its way back to friendly lines, setting up the series. The captains of the other ships have been trained in a tradition of fanatical, suicidal aggressiveness, and Geary must instill a sense of discipline while teaching his men and women the strategy and tactics that won battles in his day, before hate and anger took all thought out of warfare. He must also deal with those who want to remove him from command, while realizing that he, though not the hero of legend he was thought, is the only one that can get them to safety while cutting a swath of destruction through the systems of the aliens. Campbell does a good job of explaining his tactics without getting bogged down in info dumps, and develops Black Jack into a sympathetic character. He is a man who must try to live up to his reputation while at the same time tortured by self doubt. A great read and a great series.
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