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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught [Kindle Edition]

Jack Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Alliance woke Captain John “Black Jack” Geary from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet in the century-long conflict against the Syndicate Worlds. Now, Admiral Geary’s victory has earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing…

The war may be over, but Geary and his newly christened First Fleet have been ordered back into action to investigate the aliens occupying the far side of Syndic space and determine how much of a threat they represent to the Alliance. And while the Syndic Worlds are no longer united, individually they may be more dangerous than ever before.

Geary knows that members of the military high command and the government question his loyalty to the Alliance and fear him staging a coup—so he can’t help but wonder if the fleet is being deliberately sent on a suicide mission…

Editorial Reviews


“[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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“[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
(eloquence reviews )

Product Details

  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857681362
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q7DOV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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89 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid start to a new series, hungry for more April 26, 2011
By Dave
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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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Our Story So Far May 1, 2011
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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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, Exciting New Series April 27, 2011
By Mark
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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!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a premature cliff han... May 8, 2011
By Jim C
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Fleet hits the reset button April 30, 2011
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you like military SciFi, this whole series is for you.
Published 11 hours ago by William J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Military Sci-fi
After finishing the six books of the original series of The Lost Fleet, I was craving more. This series' alien encounters and deals with the Syndics are just what I was looking... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Derek Nance
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars would be more appropriate
I enjoy this series very much. It does have its flaws. The character interplay is a little to redundant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Woodworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I liked the book because I already know the story from the first series. You keep expecting something exciting to happen but the action is allways around the next corner or in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Neal Mahler
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Mil Sci Fi Great what IF/Could Be poser for those into such
Slow ponderous read as this diversion from the Lost Fleet series has a huge host of problems to add to the horrors of war, so much so that I found the read flat-lined. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Harry A. Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series Continuation
This book does an excellent job of setting up the situation, describing the political and military situation and the very harsh divide between them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by George Singer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, engaging
I read most of the Lost Fleet series previously, and just noticed Mr "Campbell" had cranked out a continuation series. Hurray! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A new focus for the fleet, but still solid Military Science Fiction
Dreadnaught (Book #7 of the "Black Jack" Geary series, is also book #1 of the "Beyond the Frontier" series, which succeeded the "Lost Fleet" series) picks up right where Victorious... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. McAdams
1.0 out of 5 stars Book sucked
Book sucked can't believe I wasted my time.kept hopping it would get better an d it never did.don't read this piece of shit
Published 5 months ago by Brent Hjelseth
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I really liked the whole series. Read them one after another & am happy
there are more on the way.
Published 5 months ago by VickiLynn
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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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