For over a century, the Alliance has been embroiled in a
series of battles with the Syndicate, a group of planets
determined to crush the freedoms the Alliance holds dear.
With neither side coming out the clear winner, the Alliance
finally gets a break. A traitor smuggles them a "key" that
will allow them fast access to Syndicate space. The
Alliance assembles their fleet and makes the jump hoping to
surprise their age-old enemy and finally end a hundred year
war that's drained the resources of both sides. What they
find instead is the entire Syndicate fleet waiting in
ambush to crush them. Double-crossed and vulnerable, the
men and women of the Alliance take some heavy hits and now
find themselves badly crippled and far from home.
The name "Black Jack" Geary is legend to the soldiers of
the Alliance. Black Jack led the Alliance to a stunning
victory a hundred years before, sacrificing his own life in
the effort. Or so the story goes. Actually, Geary has been
floating around in hibernation in an escape pod and has
been rescued and revived on the Alliance flag ship while on
their way to the Syndicate home world. After the leaders of
the Alliance fleet are executed, Geary takes command of
what's left of the demoralized Alliance fighters. His
mission is to take the Syndicate hypernet key back to the
Alliance home world. It's an uphill battle all the way as
Geary tries to lead what's left of the fleet back home. The
soldiers are young and undisciplined; jealousy among the
senior officers is threatening to tear them apart; and then
there's the "Black Jack" legend to live up to. John Geary
is only a mortal man like any other. Standing in his own
shadow and trying to live up to an impossible reputation is
enough to drive a man crazy.
Although you've heard it all before, THE LOST FLEET:
DAUNTLESS is well-written with a hero who's all too human
and battle weary. There's much here that will remind
readers of Battlestar Galactica, which is not a bad
thing. The battles are well-done, but it's the characters
who drive the story. This is the first book in a series.
The next, THE LOST FLEET: FEARLESS is due in February 2007.
The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century -
and losing badly. Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in
enemy territory. Their only hope is Captain John "Black
Jack" Geary - a man who's emerged from a century-long
hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized beyond
belief. Now, he must live up to his own legend.