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The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught
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on January 2, 2017
As an Amazon Prime member with Kindle Unlimited, I rarely pay for books anymore. This series is not in the Unlimited library, however every book is worth every penny! The audible narration makes it all the better. The characters are interesting, well rounded, and you watch them change and mature throughout the series. The author does an outstanding job of keeping your interest, comes up with a different "bad guy" in every book to keep your interest and weaves it all together seamlessly.

The series keeps you in such suspense that I literally have a hard time putting it down! I listen to the book while doing dishes, driving etc. You really can't go wrong. Highly recommend the series, and recommend you start at the beginning!!
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VINE VOICEon March 17, 2014
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 (Book #6) leaves off in the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. The only real difference, is the fleet is no longer lost, so the series from this point on is called the "Beyond the Frontier" series. The fleet is still under the command of John "Black Jack" Geary (now an Admiral), but they are no longer trying to head for home. [minor spoiler alert] If you want to read this book, then you should already know that Geary got the fleet back to Alliance territory, and then was able to turn around with that same fleet after repairing and resupplying, and was able to force an end to the war. [/end: minor spoiler alert]

In this book, now with the war between the Alliance and the Syndics ended, humanity can turn its beleaguered gaze to the apparent cause of the war in the first place, the aliens on the other side of Syndic space. [minor spoiler alert] Aliens, who quickly went from suspected, to outright seen and fought against, at the end of book #6, Victorious. [/end: minor spoiler alert] Now, after Geary & Desjani (whom I love) has managed to take care of some personal business, they are back with the fleet -- Geary is still an Admiral, and they have been ordered to head into the unknown region of space where these aliens reside, and to try to establish peaceful contact with them -- but, failing that, at least get the aliens to understand that any further aggression from them will be met with strong resistance from humanity.

What follows is an interesting tale with more issues from cranky officers who think they should be running things, romance gone wrong, and an alien culture which completely baffles Geary and his trusted officers, forcing them into fights they don't want. The ending was kind of abrupt though, I am fairly certain the author was told he was running long, and he just had to pick a place to end it, instead of planning the ending. But, regardless, it is an enjoyable read, and the next book is already out, so it is no big deal to get the next one and keep reading.

The Lost Fleet/Beyond the Frontier -- "Black Jack" Geary series are some of my favorite Military Science Fiction series, and frankly, they are some of my favorite series, period. It is a story told in the grand tradition of Star Trek/Star Wars and epic space operas in general. The "Black Jack" Geary series (although sometimes very corny) are what got me majorly hooked on Military Science Fiction, which lead to me discovering other excellent series after that, such as the Man of War by Honsinger, and the Frontlines series by Kloos, and the Shadowstorm series by Almasi. Read it, you won't be disappointed.

5 stars.
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Book Content Guide For Parents:
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Sex & Nudity: [1/5] sex is discussed in the book but not described, and it is all past-tense.

Violence & Gore: [1/5] fairly minimal-- almost all of the story takes place aboard the space ships, so any violence is via naval space battles, which do result in the deaths of people, but they are never described, so feel very abstract.

Profanity: [1/5] minimal, not nearly as much or as often as you might expect from a military science fiction story.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: [1/5] minimal. No smoking or drug use, and only minor alcohol use.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: [2/5] the ships and crew are in mortal danger pretty much all of the time while behind enemy lines but nothing like a character being chased down a dark hallway followed by a homicidal maniac.
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on February 28, 2018
John Campbell (aka John Hemry) is easily one of my favorite authors. I first discovered him in reading Dauntless. Since then, I've read almost every book he's published as John Campbell. The "Lost Fleet" Series a personal all time: I've probably read it through six times over the years. I've similarly read the "Pillars of Reality" series through three or four times. John has a rare gift in writing good sequels: the "Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontiers" series is also really worth reading, and so is this "Legacy of Dragons series." I was reluctant to start the "Legacy of Dragons": I loved the original set of books so much that I worried about John's ability to write another series in the same world. I should have had more faith in the writer of "Beyond the Frontiers".

I'm not sure what I love so much about John's books. It must have a lot to do with his characters: I really like them. They are true heroes, but not so heroic or amazing that you can't believe in them. They still have a sense of humility and humor. His worlds are highly consistent and interesting. And he has a respect for and a belief that life is more than just atoms in random motion, without being pushy or really preachy about it.

Thank you John. I've greatly loved the worlds you've made, and I will continue to read and re-read your work. I've greatly enjoyed it.
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on March 6, 2017
As with all of the books in this series and the original Lost Fleet series each one of the books are an original work that continues the saga of Black Jack Geary and his fleet. Literally some of the best science fiction out there. Very much like a cross between Original Star Trek and NBSG. Having been a fab of the Original Trek and much written Sci-Fi since being a kid in the 1960s, I've really gotten sick of the preachy, soap box tone of the recent Trek Novels. I also served in the U.S Navy and this brand of Science Fiction is much more my to taste than the social utopian fantasy that
much science fiction has become.
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on August 9, 2013
I thoroughly have enjoyed reading this series. if you followed from the beginning it's been fun to see how the author's writing ability and style mature as the series progressed. The writing in the first couple books was a bit slow. However quickly Campbell's confidence grows along with the main character's. You can really see the love he has for the service in this writing as well. The respect and tradition. As Capt. Geary brings back military tradition, the writing becomes lighter and happier. This is a great Sci Fi read, as well as people who love military action, and technical description. Campbell has obviously put a LOT of effort into the accuracy when describing space combat. I have read all but 3 books in the full series, and each one I enjoy more than the last. There are scenes where I find myself cheering out loud when the good guys snatch another victory from the jaws of defeat. Campbell is an amazing author. If you love drama, and Sci Fi, as well as military themed fiction, buy these books. I am also a fan of Patrick O'Brian's work, and this really does play into the same line as those novels. O'Brian's work is set in the distant past, while Campbell's work is in the distant future. I can see parallels between the two authors.

Some reviewers have complained that Campbell has a tendency to repeatedly explain minor details, but this doesn't take you out of the story. This likely comes from the attention to detail that he gained with his military background.

Over all, great read, great writing, great story. I LOVE these books.
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on November 22, 2013
The first book in this new, "continuation series", Rocks! I don't know what I expected, but I loved the story! It felt like a natural progression from "Victorious".
A new mission, (with totally conflicting orders from the council), many repaired ships, New ships, and new crews, head out to try to make peaceful contact with a "new", (to them), alien race. Along the way, they are to discover all they can about what's going on in Syndek space, pick up a load of VIP POWs, and discover the dimensions of "Enigma" space, while they're at it.
All in a days work for Black Jack Geary. At least, that seems to the implication the Alliance council is trying to sell.
John Geary is starting to wonder if someone , or maybe more than one someone in charge doesn't intend for him, his fleet, Or the VIPs to get back home again...at least, not in one piece.
Fortunately, someone "up" there does seem to like him.
He and his valiant crew are going to need all the help they can get!
I read this one, (and all the others in the first series at one sitting, one right after the other.
Yes. They are that good, and the laundry can wait. I have to know ; "what happens next?"
Almost 5 stars for this one.
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on December 7, 2011
Dreadnaught (2011) is the first naval SF novel in the Beyond the Frontier series, following Victorious in the Lost Fleet series. The initial work in this sequence is Dauntless.

In the previous volume, the Lost Fleet returned to Alliance territory. Geary appeared before representatives of the Grand Council. Some wanted to arrest Geary, but the chairman of the Council disagreed.

Geary delivered his report and recommendations. The Council members argued over details and were shocked at the information on the aliens. They promoted him to Fleet Admiral and agreed with his plans to study the aliens.

In this novel, Jack Geary is a Fleet Admiral over the First Fleet. He fought the aliens at Midway and learned more about their capabilities.

Tanya Desjani is an Alliance Captain, commanding the Dauntless. She is Geary's Flag Captain and is now his wife.

Roberto Duellos is an Alliance Captain, commanding the battlecruiser Inspire. He is a close advisor to Geary.

Jane Geary is an Alliance Captain, commanding the battleship Dreadnaught. She is also Jack's grandniece.

Carabali is now an Alliance General. She is the commanding officer of the fleet Marines.

Victoria Rione is the former Co-president of the Callas Republic and a representative of the Alliance Senate. She and two others were Geary's political advisors.

Timbale is an Alliance Admiral. He is currently the commander of the Varandal system.

Navarro is chairman of the Alliance Grand Council. The office is rotated among the members.

In this story, Jack and Tanya are returning to duty after twenty-six days of honeymoon. Jack had been avoiding the news and is now catching up. He is grumbling about the state secrets that have been released to the public. He is also upset about the slant that the newspapers are taking on the stories.

Tanya had talked to a politician -- a friend of her mother -- who said that, after a century of war, no one knew how to handle a peace. The politicians are trying to distract the public. In fact, they are using the aliens as a bogeyman to keep the Alliance together.

They disembark at Ambaru station to find two lines of ground force soldiers forming a corridor for the pair. Geary wonders whether the troops are an honor guard or just thinly disguised muscle. At least the troops are not armored.

More soldiers are holding back the crowd packed into the space. The crowd bursts into cheers and Geary sees Timbale at the other end of the honor guard. Probably this is not another attempt to arrest him.

Timbale escorts Geary and Tanya to a secure area within the station for a meeting with Navarro and others. Timbale briefs the Gearys on recent events within the Navy. Fleet headquarters brass have been stressing the achievements of the Navy as a whole as opposed to the accomplishments of certain individuals such as Geary.

Outside the checkpoints, Geary receives a message from Duellos stating that over a hundred of the fleet captains have been notified of their relief from command pending resolution of courtmartial charges. Geary signals the captains that he will handle these orders. He decides to leave Tanya with Timbale outside the communications null zone to talk with the captains and then starts working his way through seven layers of security surrounding the meeting room.

Geary interrupts Navarro's initial greetings and informs him of the courtmartial orders from fleet headquarters. After some discussions, the Chairman promises to clear the charges. Then he states the reasons for the meeting.

Geary will command the First Fleet, which will consist of his previous ships with replacements and additional auxiliaries. The Second Fleet will be tasked with maintaining security within the Alliance. A Third Fleet will be used for training.

Afterwards, Geary relays another message to his Fleet ordering them to return to their stations. He tells them that the courtmartials have been canceled. Then Geary and Tanya meet a shuttle and head back to the Dauntless.

Geary calls a command conference and tells his captains that they will be returning to Midway to investigate the aliens. He intends to take a month or more for planning, crew replacement, and resupply. He also will be releasing many personnel for home leave.

Geary soon finds that his personnel problems have not disappeared. The senior captain in the First Fleet is Armus, a battleship commander. The senior battle cruiser commander is Vente, a captain new to his ship and the fleet. And Jane is acting more like Black Jack than ever.

Then fleet headquarters tries to transfer all personnel having some hypernet expertise. Timbale calls Geary to confirm that the experts on intelligent nonhuman species will be arriving the following day. Since humans have never before encountered sentient aliens, Geary wonders how these experts got their experience, but give them quarters on an attack transport.

This tale brings Rione back to the Dauntless with special orders for the fleet. They will be picking up POWs in Dunai prior to the transit to Midway. Before any other surprises can appear, Geary takes the Fleet through jumpspace to Atalia in Syndic space.

This story leaves the fleet within alien space. The next installment in this series is Invincible.

Highly recommended for Campbell fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of fleet battles, naval logistics, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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on September 22, 2015
My biggest beef with the start of the new Lost Fleet series is the inclusion of all the same characters, especially bringing Victoria Rione back on board. Since Black Jack and Tanya are married, why not have a new foe for them aboard the ship? shake things up a bit? After all, the location is so fixed, without the main characters ever going planetside, or having shore leave. It all takes place on the bridge or his stateroom or boardroom. Same boring setting. The only thing you look forward to is the action, and there is not a lot of it here - mostly politics. Not even much character development in this one.
The plot moves fairly slow until the space battle at the end, and at that point I was holding my breath at the surprise turn of events.
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on November 24, 2012
It's a good story but after reading the first couple of stories in the lost fleet series (read 8 so far) you can tell it was written as a serialized story with a lot of "almost there... almost there... then continued next week....". Reminds me of the old serialized movies like Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon with each episode practically a teaser for the next installment. Rehash of what happened in the previous book... then after wasting time and pages of that then start the story. Never resolve anything until the last book... Ok maybe not even then in a overall sense, sense whatever resolutions there are is just the setup of for a bigger problem. The mysterious becomes more but bigger mysteries, spies become even bigger but even more hidden and unknowable... Romances that are in the minds of the characters but never said or spoken about just “knowing looks" that suddenly leads to almost illegal marriage?.... but then still live as not being married? and as untouchable to each other? Oh come on.... even in real life there is a separation between work time and personal time, are we to believe there is no personal time in the future, no time when off duty? Lets hope no one farts in the future as it might be considered insubordination because of taking time for personal activities.

Over all it is a good story but is dragged out too much, which does allow a continued income from a single story which is good for the writer but not for my pocket. I would like to see how it will end but I get a feeling there will never be an end to it. Like going to the theater 70 or 80 years ago to see a 10 minute episode (after what happened last time and teaser for next week) of Flash Gordon that’s continued next week for the cost of another theater ticket, getting nickel and dimed to death. Well at a cost of 12.99 for kindle version it’s a big nickel and dime. Now that I started the series I do want to finish it but wish I had never started it.
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VINE VOICEon May 2, 2011
In the Lost Fleet series Jack Campbell has Captain John "Black Jack" Geary awake from cryogenic sleep to take command and despite overwhelming odds bring the Alliance fleet home. In this new series, Beyond the Frontier, Geary returns with new challenges. I wondered if Campbell could maintain the tension in this new series that was the hallmark of The Lost Fleet books. I started reading Dreadnaught[Image] and had trouble putting it down. A whole new set of problems kept me reading and the tension that was a hallmark of the first series was there.

Dreadnaught[Image] starts a month after the last book in the Lost Fleet series. Geary and Tanya managed get away and marry but immediately were called back to duty. Geary has a new assignment. He is to command the First Fleet and his duty is to investigate the aliens and check out the Syndicate Worlds. There are layers to the assignment. The politicians and the military high command do not trust Geary while the people adore him. It seems that a living hero can be very inconvenient to those in power. Geary cannot help but wonder if he is being sent on a suicide mission. Of course Dreadnaught ends with a cliff hanger.

Jack Campbell (John Hemry) writes great military science fiction and terrible romance. The interaction between Geary and Tanya in the romance area is thin at best but great in the military story. The entire cast of characters is back; even ones that I expected to stay home are back on the ships. The pace is great, the story good, and the action thrilling and sometimes unexpected. Something new to look for are all the saying that include "Black Jack" in them. While Geary does not enjoy hearing them they are amusing.
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