THE LOST FLEET: DAUNTLESS by Jack Campbell – Chapter Two

In chapter two, DAUNTLESS by John Hemry turns into the ANABASIS of Xenophon. Way cool!

No, I am not actually going to review each chapter separately. I just wanted the world to know that I really liked this book, and reading it was long, long overdue. Had I been a better friend to Mr Hemry, I would have bought it the day it came out, in hardback.

7 Comments

  1. Comment by blainemono:

    The Lost Fleet is the first novel I ever read by Jack Campbell. Before I finished the first book I had already ordered the rest of the Lost Fleet series and then all his other series. Few authors catch my attention so well. I did the same with The Golden Age. The peril of the protagonist who holds himself to a higher moral code in face of all adversity.

    • Comment by John C Wright:

      Maybe John Hemry and I should start a club! My protagonist in JUDGE OF AGES also wakes up from cold sleep, and finds that the ‘currents’ (non-hibernators) have invented legends about him!

      It could be its own longstanding Literary Movement — H.G. Wells and Philip Francis Nowlan could retroactively join! We could call it the BIG SNOOZE CLUB.

  2. Comment by David_Marcoe:

    There’s a subplot that will develop through the later books, but won’t fully pay off until the sixth, that will pleasantly surprise you and warm the cockles of your Catholic heart. Now, I am going to go re-listen to the series and wait for the fourth entry in the “Lost Frontier” continuation.

  3. Comment by Andrew Brew:

    On your recommendation, I bought this on Friday to read on a long train journey. I am up to chapter six, and I love it! I am pretty sure Xenophon would have come to my mind in chapter two, also, even without your prompting. The religion fits, too – worship of the ancestors, and the living stars (very Platonic). It reminds me somewhat, perhaps just because it is technically hard Naval SF, of Star Hunt, by David Gerrold. Do you know it? “Run Silent, Run Deep” meets “The Caine Mutiny” in space.

    • Comment by Andrew Brew:

      And in chapter nine, hints of Ceasar about to return from Gaul…

    • Comment by John C Wright:

      I have not had the pleasure of reading STAR HUNT by Mr Gerrold. I have read and reread his THE MAKING OF STAR TREK, and I have watched and enjoyed the TARZAN cartoon done by filmation, where Mr Gerrold was the chief writer; I have also read the first few books of his ‘War against the Chtorr’ series, his version of STARSHIP TROOPERS. That series started with great promise, but became a bit self indulgent, concentrating on preaching a type of Zen Erhard Seminars Training. My favorite book by Gerrold is his THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF, which is one of the best time travel paradox stories I’ve ever read.

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