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Outnumbered by the superior forces and firepower of the Syndicate Worlds, the Alliance fleet continues its dangerous retreat across the enemy star system. Led by the legendary Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, the Alliance is desperately trying to return home with its captured prize: the key to the Syndic hypernet, and the key to victory.Geary is convinced that the Syndics are planning to ambush the fleet and finish it off once and for all. Realizing the fleet's best (and only) chance is to do the unexpected, Geary takes the offensive and orders the fleet to the Sancere system. There, a multitude of possible routes home give the Alliance fleet a better chance of avoiding their pursuers - and an attack on the Sancere shipbuilding facilities could decimate the Syndic war effort.Weary from endless combat, the officers and crew of the Alliance fleet can't see the sense in charging deeper into enemy territory - prompting a mutiny that divides them and leaves Geary with higher odds against him than ever before.BONUS AUDIO: Author Jack Campbell describes how he brought real-world physics to the Lost Fleet series.
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Critic Reviews

"The kind of hero Hornblower fans will love!" (William C. Dietz)
"Military science fiction at its best." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Alpha)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-13-13

Watching Makes No Difference

I think it is interesting that the book starts out with an Intro where the author, tells you his name is Jack G. Henry not Jack Campbell. I don't understand the use of a pen name, if your going to tell us right away that ain't your name.

If you have not read the first, do not go pass go, and get Lost Fleet: Dauntless. These books build upon each other and you need to read them in order. I did like this book a little better. There was less of the "I am scared of being a hero" and more story.

I really like the co-president character. She is trying to make sure Black Jack does not get the big head or become just like his enemies. While Geary surrounds himself with yes men and yes women, Reone is not a yes woman, Except when it comes to sex. I do like also that they don't try to deny that humans need sex. Although Capt Geary his pretty dense when it comes to women and Co-presdent Reone almost has to rape him.

Falco reminded me a little of my wife. Once when I accused my wife of 35 years that she would never admit when she is wrong, she responded by saying she could admit when she was wrong, but it had not happened yet.

I was disappointed in how fantastic all of Black Jack Geary's plans came out. Everything almost always seems to go exactly as planned. I was excited when Falco appeared, believing that would lead to some real conflicts, but Falco leaves so soon after showing up and then does exactly as Geary predicts that it really was not much of a confrontation. Real life does not work out that great.

Narrator is excellent.

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4 out of 5 stars
By crazybatcow on 04-25-14

And the Black Jack story continues...

You really should read the first book in the series before this one, or you will miss a good chunk of the storyline/history. Essentially, this book is just a continuation of the story begun in book one - but both book one, and this one, are sufficiently wrapped up at the end so you don't feel like you've been cheated out of a proper book. Though, you will have to get the next (and then the next) in the series to find out if they reach their final destination.

It is "medium" science fiction (as opposed to hard or soft)... there is some space/techie jargon, but you won't be overwhelmed with it, and there is some touchy-feely stuff, but you won't forget you are still reading a science fiction novel.

Black Jack Geary is a little more humanized in this installment, and some of the other characters are a bit better fleshed, but, ultimately, this book has John Geary as the centerpiece and everything that occurs is in relation to him.

The plot is tense and well paced. The characters are believable and their actions make sense, even when we disagree with them. There is a bit of moralizing, but it doesn't become lecture-y or annoying.

The narration is good. There is no graphic violence, language or sex. I have purchased the rest in the series from Audible.

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4 out of 5 stars
By NICHOLAS on 01-25-11

A great if short listen...

The lost fleet book 2 is an interesting and engaging listen, even if at one point you can hear one of the voice actors drop the script.?

Without giving away too much of the story line, the author manages to continue the all out action space battles seen in the first novel while continuing to expand on the subplots and themes i.e. What would a centry of all out war do to the people that fight it? Power, greed and temptation and the introduction of an anti-hero in this book also helps highlight the dual nature of the human soul... Can someone be both Good and evil??
As a long standing fan of SiFi and military novels both current and historical this series seems to be shaping up well of particular note is the way the author handles the Physic and mathematics required to wage war within a truly 4D environment (3D releativty) Jack Campbell includes just enough so the we get a feel for the complexities without grinding the book to a halt going through formulas and equations.

The only con with this audiobook is it's length, at a little under 10 hours it is rather short however, given the fact that I couldn't stop listening the length was probably a good thing... Otherwise i might never of made it to work.?

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5 out of 5 stars
By P Hardwick on 04-07-13

A gripping series with big space battles

Big fleet space combat interspersed with multi-faction political intrigue and mystery. Believable technology and fleet manoeuvres make the battles exciting.

Some of the characters are a little 2D and switch between professional military and childlike attitudes but it does work.

I am consuming the whole series back to back!

Rummel's narration is great and adds a lot of atmosphere . I shall be looking for other books narrated by him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 04-10-15

Good military sci fi

Jack Campbell has successfully pulled me in without boring me with over complicated jargon and overcomplicated systems. I've come to care for characters as well as despise others. It will be interesting seeing what turn the series's character development will take. would recommend wholeheartedly with even a passing interest in military sci fi.

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