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Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier | [Jack Campbell]

Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.
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The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series "Beyond the Frontier" returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the "Lost Fleet" series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet.

Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing. The century-long war between the Alliance and the Syndicate Worlds 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 to 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 his staging a coup, so he can’t help but wonder if the newly christened First Fleet is being sent to the far side of space on a suicide mission.

William C. Dietz, the author of the "Legion of the Damned" series, calls Dreadnaught "a rousing adventure", and Elizabeth Moon, the Nebula Award-winning author of the "Vatta's War" series, says it’s “loaded with edge-of-your-seat combat". Read by Christian Rummel, who has narrated The Lost Fleet series to excellent reviews, Dreadnaught promises to be an out-of-this-world experience.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Jack Campbell.

Get Lost! Listen to the rest of the Lost Fleet series.

©2011 John G. Hemry (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    craig calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-02-11
    craig calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-02-11
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    "hard slog"

    those of you who have made it this far in the series are already familiar with it's numerous flaws...
    -tedious diologue, usually centered around the fear that military success will go to the heoroes' head.
    -unnecessary rehashing of the opening events of the series, as if we don't already know them.
    -implausible villians, Campbell's universe is overflowing with paranoid, prudish, reckless and stupid characters.
    -shrewish, unappealing female characters.
    -books are short and formulaic representing poor value when compared to the Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan series' ,both of which are much longer and better written for the same price.


    This new installment could have corrected some of these faults but instead, it magnifies them.
    The epic, realistic and detailed space battles, which are the strong point of the series don't start until late in the second half of the book, be prepared for a hard slog to get to the good stuff near the end.
    On the plus side, the next book in the series should hit the ground running based on the way this one left off.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-24-13
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A gripping start to the series"

    I was very happy when I noticed this continuation series and the first book did not disappoint. As Geary gets his new mission to explore alien space he begins to uncover conspiracies of both alien and human origin which only lead to more questions. The alliance government has their own plans for Geary's mission that will probably be rather obvious to most listeners, as it was to me. Impactful, nevertheless. As more is discovered about the Enigma race the theories explaining their mysterious behavior become more robust and more baffling. They certainly aren't making Geary's job easy. There's a good bit of action in this one and one operation in particular that was quite the exciting race against time to carry out a carefully planned deceit for a daring rescue. The book leaves off with a massive cliffhanger. Fortunately for us, the next book's already out now :D

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gerrie du Toit South Africa 03-22-13
    Gerrie du Toit South Africa 03-22-13 Member Since 2012

    I read. I blog. I cook.

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    "B.O.R.I.N.G"

    I, J. Hardspear de la Azotea found this book boring, boring, boring. Not even the excellent narration can save this one. Halfway through the book, nothing at all has happened yet. I am not even going to finish this.

    If you want good Space Opera forget about 'Black' Jack Geary - Try Miles Vorkosigan, Honor Harrington or Miles Flint instead.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-17-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Keeps me wanting more"

    Another Great book. But why change to Beyond the Frontier? This should be the 7th book in The Lost Fleet Saga. It picks up just where the 7th book Victorious leaves off! Their is nothing in the book to warrent a new title. Anyway it's great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 12-26-12
    M. Pannenberg Fremont, CA 12-26-12 Member Since 2014

    Fan of the Amazon

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    "I see no reason for the hype"
    What would have made Dreadnaught better?

    The story is week, and the characters one-dimensional and trite. The first contact situation is confusing and not very engaging.


    What could Jack Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think I'm not mr. Campbell's target audience. This book might interest enthusiasts of militaristic scifi, but I feel the characters are shallow and petty, which is in stark contrast to the overdone theme of honor and duty. The syndics are vilified in a manner reminiscent of the depiction of mid-20th century Hollywood Germans or modern day Islamists, without exploring the cultural differences or going into reasons for the previous war.
    The aliens are mysterious without being interesting. The entire story could have been told against a backdrop of the age of sail and the discovery of the new world.
    Tedious and repetitive internal monologues stating the obvious.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Did what could be done.


    What character would you cut from Dreadnaught?

    The captain of Dauntless


    Any additional comments?

    In a way Destroyermen is a very similar story, but it managed to engage me on a much deeper level. I actually like the characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John 12-22-12
    John 12-22-12
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    "Excruciating"
    What would have made Dreadnaught better?

    More action, less bickering. More focus telling the story of the aliens and a lot less dwelling on the inanities of imposing 18th century notions of propriety on an advanced society. Senior officials who at least give some effort to sounding like adults rather than children.


    What could Jack Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written for adults instead of children.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performances?

    I will avoid all Christian Rummel narrations like the Black Plague. He sounds like he's 14 and his female voice acting is some of the worst I've ever heard.


    What character would you cut from Dreadnaught?

    I can't think of any I care enough about to say who to keep, much less who to get rid of.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't expect much from Jack Campbell novels - they're supposed to be light reading. This novel lowers the bar beyond what I can tolerate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Townsville, Australia 09-25-12
    Andrew Townsville, Australia 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Space Sci-Fi fan. Stopped 'Reading' books when I had kids and lost my spair time, lissen to Audio books now while I drive to work.

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    "Excellent start to a new phase for 'Black Jack'"
    What made the experience of listening to Dreadnaught the most enjoyable?

    I can listen to it while driving to work without being interrupted by the kids at home while trying to read the book ! Way to go audio books!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected twists and personalities of the 'other intelligent life forms'


    What does Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Christian has done a good job of trying to convey the mood (stress, happy etc). Jack Cambell's intro gave me a better appreciation of the difficulties in writing Science fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was an excellent continuation of the original series while still starting a new phase of Black Jack's life. While I don't think you have to have read (or listened to) the first 6 books, why wouldn't you? The background from the previous books is helpful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. YOUNG 09-24-12
    J. YOUNG 09-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Pedestrian narration & nowhere story"
    What disappointed you about Dreadnaught?

    The narration is.... annoying and the story feels like a comic book soap opera of unbelievable and un-relatable characters and situations..


    What could Jack Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The use of an effeminate voice of the female character sounded like a satirical homosexual parody. The male character tone reminded me of a bad impersonation of a 1930 cinema gangster actor. Nothing that was said or done moved me in the slightest Overly dramatic tone and emphasis.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    wondering how to submit for a refund for wasting my money on this order


    Any additional comments?

    not for me at all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
    MIchael Australia 08-14-12
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    "Cardboard Cut-Out Characters"

    A dull, lifeless story that only seems to pick up in the last couple of chapters but even then still leaves the story unresolved. If this is how Campbell hopes to lure me to the next novel he has failed.
    The characters are stiff and mechanical. The story repetitive and dull. The book has no spark at all.
    In a word - Disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loralee O'Brien 04-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Need it now!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreadnaught?

    Don't want to spoil it for the next person..


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) – was your favorite?

    I loved all of the characters. You feel as though you are part of the crew and care what happens next. Christian Rummel is so awesome you forget that is one person reading to you!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book every spare minute I had, and then some! I love the Lost Fleet series and was so excited to see he was continuing on. The story is compelling! If you enjoy futuristic battles that feel realistic, probable and exciting than this is a must add to your library!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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