The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught Hardcover – Apr 26 2011
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“[Dreadnaught] delivers everything fans expect from Black Jack Geary and more.”
Monsters & Critics
“The story line is as always faster than the speed of light.”
— eloquence reviews
“Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera to launch a new adventure series.”
About the Author
"Jack Campbell" is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer (and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis). As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He lives with his family in Maryland.
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This series needed this book as Black Jack Geary had rescued the Alliance Fleet, kicked the Syndics butt, and discovered an alien race called the enigma who were just sitting by and watching the Syndic and Alliance forces destroy each other so they could move in and take over the neighbourhood.
Having returned to Earth the politicians had to do something with Black Jack Geary because he was just too powerful after this triumphant return with what remained of the alliance fleet.
What better way then to give him back the fleet and ask him to explore the limits of Enigma space and while there please negotiate a truce with the Enigma. Well the Enigma are in no mood for that and even worse they are so paranoid that as soon as the Alliance fleet gets close enough to any of their population or star ships they blow themselves up leaving Black Jack with nothing but dust.
At the end of the book there is a cliff hanger, and a potentail new enemy, that of course will lead to the next book in this series.
All the books in the Lost Fleet series are highly developed military science fiction and highly recommended
Interesting characters and always solid plot line.
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As others noted, there are only a couple battles but I wasn't surprised as a lot of background and plot had to be set up for the new series. I must note though that I thought these portions of the novel were still really interesting and fun to read. My favorite part about the novel was probably when Geary and his people were trying to make sense of the aliens as they learned more about them; the enigma race is a really interesting opponent and I thought Campbell did a good job of revealing some information about the aliens while still maintaining a mysterious aura about them.
If you haven't read the previous Lost Fleet novels, you can still read this one as Campbell has put in short summaries here and there reminding the reader of events from past novels when they are necessary in understanding current events. (However, if you haven't read the previous novels, I highly recommend doing so.) The ending was a cliffhanger, which I guess shouldn't be too surprising given that this book is the first in its new series. Overall, this was a really fun book to read and it is a promising start to Beyond the Frontier. I highly recommend it to old Lost Fleet fans, military and space science fiction fans, and anyone looking for a fun, interesting read!
I liked this story a great deal. BUT, it stopped 4 chapters short for me. Not after a battle, when the crew (and we readers) get to catch our breaths for a minute -- actually in the middle of a battle! What's up with this, ACE? You guys get so greedy, you have to charge hard cover prices for an incomplete story? So, you get three stars for greed and cutting the book off at the knees. I'm going to read the whole series but you'd better stop abusing your customers. And note, I'm blaming the publisher for this, not "Jack Campbell."
I felt this story had an abrupt and deliberate cliff-hanger ending which will probably annoy many readers as the next book is at least a year away, but it also felt like catching up with old friends, which only happens with characters you really like and want to know more about. Given the real lack of resolution in this story I wasn't sure if I should give it 3 or 4 stars but for the moment I'll give it a four as a set up story - at this early stage it's hard to tell where this series will be going but the Alliance politicians look to be making a mess as usual.