Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book. I'd read some negative reviews but wanted to know what happened next. The internal politics was similar in construct to previous books (and I have liked it, so no change there). The Enigma race and the investigations of it were slow, and clearly will go into another book or few, and the addition (spoiler alert) ........... of an additional sentient species throws a bit of a curve at you, and that's a good thing.
FANTASTIC. There's not much else to say. In my opinion this is the best book of the entire series to date. I cannot wait for the next. I love how the author blends in an alien society and makes us think about how human society interacts with each other versus how aliens might. The concept of water filled ships was just plain awesome. The interactions between the characters has been depened here more than I thought possible. Yes, I'm rambling now but I encourage everyone to read this book. It really is one of his best.
Found this a good continuation of the Lost Fleet series... but it seemed as though the narrator ignored the last half of the book. On listening, when I got to the final section, I assumed that it would then jump to the next part of the audio book... but it just stopped! If this was a paper back book, I would be looking to see who had stolen the last sections of the book.
I assume that the next novel in the series will address the problem, but it makes it rather unsatisfactory to leave the story hanging in mid air.
I was disappointed to find how limited a story this audio book was.
Ho hum - let us see what the next novel brings.
This tedious book took forever to move forward. Long, tiresome dialogue to convey useless information in the story. It may be a book in a series, but there was little payoff for all the potential story lines set up in this one. I'm not even curious about how any of the other stories turn out. Listening to this has stolen hours from my life that will never return.
This is more a note to myself to remember not to bother with any more in this series.
This book was boring and endless...
Start this series at the beginning. Do NOT read this book first. If you do, you will hate the first 5.5 hour Part 1, in which the past is discussed, at length, incompletely and boringly, forever. Finally, in Part 2, some action and adventure occur that livens things up a bit. The Audible review did not make the point that starting at the beginning in book 1 of this Series is critical to the enjoyment of the story.
I'd give it 3.5 stars. The story of the lost fleet continues as the fleet heads to investigate the aliens. Overall the story is pretty interesting, but it has a few flaws. The narrator seems a little whiny to me at times, especially with the female voices. Also some plot elements that come as a surprise to the main characters were obvious if you thought about them at all. It's almost like the author came up with ideas while writing the book that he didn't bother to weave into the story earlier.
***** spoiler *****
For example, anyone that read the lost fleet series knows that the aliens can blow up the hypergates, but the humans have a safe guard that will destroy them safely, avoiding the destruction of an entire star system. The main character doesn't even think about the aliens destroying the gates anyway to make travel more difficult until he is on the far side of human space and someone else points it out to him. As soon as they discovered that the aliens could do it in the previous books I was immediately wondering why the aliens didn't destroy them anyway, yet no one in the fleet had apparently even considered the possibility in the several months before this... There are two other examples I can think of where I was way ahead of the characters in comprehending what was going on, though there are many more of them and they have a lot more time on their hands.
Very dissapointing. I will not read another of Campbell's books. The characters were two diminsional and the story, while totally predictable, dragged on and on with very little actually happening. Dreadnaught could be condensed down to a short story with no loss of content.
Having listened to the other books, I should have come to expect it, but Jack Campbell raises the incomplete book to another level with this one. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the book was engaging enough to keep my interest. It is not action thriller though, and for a book that is portrayed as a alien encounter book, the aliens were a surprisingly low part of the book. The book also did not further that relationship between the two much. One could miss reading this book in the series, and one would really not miss much.
Its greatest fault though has to be the ending. I can appreciate that John Hemry / Campbell wants to start another gravy train series of books or science fiction soap opera, but how about completing at least one thread before rapidly completely the book. I won't give anything away, but it would appear he had a number of pages to fill put in just enough star systems, and then erected a threat in the final one. At this point, after purchasing the Lost Fleet series, I am contemplating letting the train go on without me.