Jack Campbell, 2006
Premise: What should have been the Alliance’s greatest victory has turned to ash. What remains of the fleet is stranded in Syndicate space, out-maneuvered and out-gunned. Captain John “Black Jack” Geary is somehow suddenly in charge. Only he’s only recently been woken up from a century of hibernation, and his hopeless last stand became a galaxy-wide myth of heroism while he slept. Geary wants to rescue his people, save the fleet and the Alliance. But he’s not actually a hero of legend, just one soldier, out of his time.
This is the first book in a series, obviously, and it does a good job with what it sets out to do. It’s not great literature, but it’s fun and well written. If you’re in the mood for pure military SF, this is a nice choice, and it was a perfect airplane book.
4 Stars - A very Good Book