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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught Hardcover – Apr 26 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1 edition (April 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441020372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020379
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.3 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“[Dreadnaught] delivers everything fans expect from Black Jack Geary and more.”

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“The story line is as always faster than the speed of light.”

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“Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera to launch a new adventure series.”
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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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I always enjoy book 7 in a 6 part series.

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
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Format: Hardcover
SPOILER WARNING - I have every book in the series and as each book comes out, with the exception of books 3 and 4 (which lacks the polish of the other books and seems a bit lost and repetitive - as others have noted, books 3 and 4 could have been combined into 1 book), the series gets noticeably better. This book, which starts a new series after the Syndic war, is full of interesting discoveries about the internal politics of the Alliance, the Enigma race and at the very end, following the start of an epic battle, the discovery of another race it seems. This book is by far the best ever written about Black Jack Geary, and leaves you hanging on your seat, waiting for the next in the series. This new series seems to be more complete, better thought through and has more engaging characters.
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Excellent book from an excellent series, have enjoyed every book. Can't wait for the next one.
Interesting characters and always solid plot line.
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Love the series!
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HASH(0xa614d5c4) out of 5 stars Solid start to a new series, hungry for more April 26 2011
By Dave - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa629b9a8) out of 5 stars Our Story So Far May 1 2011
By jfredmuggsu900 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Despite Mr. Hemry's original assertion that Dreadnought would be the first book of a new series, it is really a continuation of the old seven of six, or book one of part 2. Think of it just as Black Jack a month older with a new destination. It is hard to give it a grade. Comparing it to the nearly constant action of previous books in the series, it would be a three-pointed one star. But as both a recap and set up for future books, it could be worth three or four stars. Let's say a three star rating. Once we are another couple of books into the series, I'm sure that its necessity will become more apparent. I'm willing to hope that is true. But there wasn't much action, it left unanswered questions about the Alliance government's motives, as well as those of some of the central characters (Rione in particular) and the Enigma race itself. And it served to introduce yet another race every bit as enigmatic as the Enigma race. Is the enemy of my enemy my friend, or just another enemy with different motivations and weapons? The fact we don't know means the book was a good set up. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.
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HASH(0xa62eff0c) out of 5 stars Great Read, Exciting New Series April 27 2011
By Mark - Published on
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I wasn't planning to read this in one day, but it was so good, I couldn't put the book down. "Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught" details Geary's mission to learn more about the aliens and creates many new questions and interesting scenarios that I look forward to reading more about later in the series.

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!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6845fcc) out of 5 stars Great story with a premature cliff han... May 8 2011
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So here's the deal. I really like the Black Jack Geary character. I love the whole over-the-top plots and the tight jams the crew gets out of. This is my version of GREAT space opera.

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."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6474c6c) out of 5 stars The Lost Fleet hits the reset button April 30 2011
By K. Maxwell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a set up book for a new series and it takes the first half of the novel to set the scenarios that lead to Admiral Geary and the fleet leaving Alliance space to go investigating the enigma aliens. The Alliance government has found a living hero a very inconvenient thing - and Geary has found the adulation he receives unnerving at best. Now there is peace there aren't a lot of space battles in the opening volume of this story, though the universe turns out to be not a peaceful place at all once they get beyond the frontier. The main focus of this book is setting up the hidden agendas and setting the scene in the universe beyond Alliance space.

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.

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