Dreadnaught was, while perhaps not exactly what I had been expecting, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I tore through it today in essentially one sitting, and I'd recommend it with no significant reservations whatsoever to anyone who has read the Lost Fleet series so far. I've loved this series since Dauntless came out way back when, and if anything, my excitement and anticipation before each book release has only grown as the story has progressed, so I honestly don't know whether even an 800 page tome of Black Jack's adventures would have left me feeling any differently. Dreadnaught feels a little different from any of the Lost Fleet books (rightfully so, we're beginning a new series), and builds tension in a way that Geary's campaign to bring the fleet back through Syndicate space never did (did anyone really think one of the books was going to conclude with 'and then the Syndicate armada wore down Geary's fleet through attrition, the last Alliance survivors were captured and forced to dig holes for eternity, and the war went on forever'?). Be warned though, there are MANY issues raised in order to build that tension, and Dreadnaught ends without resolving many (read: any) of them. By now I have faith in Mr. Hemry to plot his series as he feels appropriate (Dauntless didn't end with Geary winning the war and fighting the Enigma race in Midway, after all) so all there is to do now is jump into the survival pod and hibernate until next year.