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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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    Flapjack NC, USA 01-29-13
    Flapjack NC, USA 01-29-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Very Dry"
    Would you try another book from Jack Campbell and/or Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ?

    This didn't appeal to me. The tension in the book is mostly in political and bureaucratic maneuvering.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    No.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The space battles were compelling enough to keep me listening, but even they were cool, all about positioning of fleets of ships. This is a book for people interested in maneuvering.


    Was Dreadnaught worth the listening time?

    The reader has an impressive number of voices. Though some were cartoonish, I appreciated the variety. It was easy to keep up the large cast of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is incomplete with a very unsatisfying ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 05-17-11
    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 05-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "May I have my credit back PLEASE!"

    Had I known this was an episodic book I would not have bought it. However even half-hour long episodic TV shows each contain an ending. This book does NOT have an ending. None of the story lines are completed. After twelve hours of minutia for a build up, the book ends suddenly with no satisfying completion! I guess even after investing twelve hours of my time in listening to the poorly performed voices of the narrator, I'll never know how things ended because I would never waste another book credit to read the sequel. I can honestly say that this is the first book I've purchased through Audible that has convinced me that they need to establish some form of refund process.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 05-01-11
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 05-01-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Space Soap Opera"

    Great beginning to a new series. The author does sucessfully create an alien race that thinks differently than humans. In fact, the true reason for the war is very funny (it kinda like the Jehovah Witnesses:).

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Donoghue Seattle, WA 07-09-13
    Patrick Donoghue Seattle, WA 07-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Simple and just so excruciatingly boring..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The voices helped keep the dialogue clear, but honestly...? I don't even know if they were necessary. This book was so painful. And from what my friends (who've read the whole series) tell me... it just keeps on that way. I'm not sure what I expected, but it definitely wasn't intergalactic space soap opera-lite. For the fans of this series... I'm glad he's this author has some. I'm just not one of 'em. Now onto something that I can actually get involved in... Any suggestions?


    Has Dreadnaught turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It did its best, but no. I'm going to see if there is anything out that that can catch my eye.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ?

    Perhaps a woman. Or a man who at least didn't sound like a bro or youth minister from the Christian channel.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dreadnaught?

    Well, it took 3/4 of the book for them to get to Alien space. All the backstory and all the *cough* intrigue could have been summarized and placed within about a hundred pages if the story was told. Every thought, every action is spoon fed to you with 90% of it via dialogue. And not even good dialogue. The internal thought process and the lack of insight of Black Jack let alone the other characters... Is just baffling. It physically hurt me to keep listening to this book waiting for anything to happen. I have the cast to prove it.

    Seriously. Who cares are about every little decision a person makes...? If they were interesting that'd be one thing, but they weren't. They just weren't.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of my money.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 05-09-13
    Anthony Norwalk, CA, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Incomplete story"

    This book is an incomplete story. The first half of the book is pointless political ramblings that go nowhere. The second half of the book is a childish rendition of a space battle. The book seems to have no beginning and no conclusions. It's hard to even like the characters because they are shallow and vague.

    I listened to the entire book and was very disappointed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BRENT KILGORE, TX, United States 05-14-11
    BRENT KILGORE, TX, United States 05-14-11 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Production Forman in the oil & gas industry

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    "Dreadnaught:The lost Fleet:Beyond the Frontier"

    Boring is the word, lots of he said and she said, a waist of your time do not buy. If this is the start of many more it should keep your interest, it does not

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah MCKINNEY, TX, United States 05-07-11
    Deborah MCKINNEY, TX, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Disappointing Addition to the Lost Fleet"

    I really enjoyed the first books in this series, but this book was painful. Six hours of charactors doing and saying nonsence in order to move the plot along. Very repetative of the last books (like kept repeating charactors had sardonic smiles). Lacks all energy and battle scenes. A huge disappointment.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. Christopher Sunman
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    "A jagged edge"

    Yes this book is the first of a new series. But it is a bloody chunk hacked out of the story arc with no real coherence. No sub plot is resolved- everything is left in the air as if some unseen examiner had said "Time's up please put down your pen."

    While I look forward to reading/hearing the full story if/when it becomes available I cannot see any merit in rushing to acquaint yourself with this morsel in the short term.

    I can forgive Jack Campbell's unrealistic characterisations and dialogue because he tells a very good yarn. I really enjoyed the story arc of the lost fleet series (if sometimes through clenched teeth at the painful way the story was actually told). But here you have the pain with very little of the gain.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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