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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught Kindle Edition

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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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“[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.”
Alternative Worlds

“Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera to launch a new adventure series.”
Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7DOV0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"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, as well as the Beyond the Frontier continuation of The Lost Fleet, and The Lost Stars series (a spin-off of The Lost Fleet). He has also written the Stark's War series and the Sinclair/"JAG in space" series, and has written many shorter stories featuring space opera, fantasy, time travel, and alternate history. Many of these stories can be found in the three Jack Campbell ebook anthologies. He lives with his wife (the Indomitable S) and three children (two of whom are autistic) in Maryland.

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92 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Dave on April 26, 2011
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.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jim Pottorf on May 1, 2011
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 one...book 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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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mark on April 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on April 30, 2011
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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Excellent books but I'll wait for the price to come down some before getting this one...
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