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.
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I enjoy the concept this series, and have enjoyed listening to it. I haven't ready any of the other books in the prior series, but I was able to pick this up and didn't feel lost.
What really bothers me about this book is that there is no resolution of anything by the end of the book. It simply ends, almost mid-sentence. You might as well tack "To Be Continued" onto the end. It's feels annoying like they took a finished story and intentionally broke it up into unfinished pieces - like links in a chain - just to get readers to spend more money buying what is essentially one book.
Also there are lots of things going on that I feel "Jack" should be quicker to understand - he's obviously a smart guy and yet he seems pretty slow to pick up on what's going on around him.
I think Jack Campbell does a good job with his introduction because it's not random fluff to give him an excuse to talk- he actually makes you sit back and think for a second.
Sure - but you better be ready to buy all the books in the series if you want to actually get any resolution (if even then).
This is probably one of the best audio books I've listened to so far. Christian Rummel does an amazing job bringing the numerous key characters to life. The story is fairly engrossing as well, though not necessarily as action packed as the original Lost Fleet series. There is some great action, but this series seems to focus more on political intrigue and has significantly more dialogue than Lost Fleet. The Fleet actions are toned way down this time, while the universe building has been expanded and exploration becomes the focus. I haven't read this story in text format, and based on the content, I probably would have dropped it early on. But the stellar narration performance turns what is probably a long, dragging first third of the book into a captivating political drama.
Des Jani is a much more dynamic and interesting character in this series than she was in the last. The final events of the last series seem to have allowed her to relax some more and become a very charming, witty character as opposed to the seeming backdrop character she was in the original series.
Christian's performance really helps the characters stand out as individuals. While it seemed like the accents he used for some characters didn't fit their names, his ability to vary accent, tone, and inflections really helped bring life to a story that was very heavy on dialogue.
Finally, a chance to kill Ewoks!
Typically I'm "reading" science fiction or thrillers. I enjoy light reads that don't require a lot of investment to get into.
No. There isn't a lot of replay value here, to be brutally honest.
Yes. I'm going to get the second book in the series.
The last portion of the book is good.
Honestly, while you could argue you need some of the background info, this story takes a while to start to get interesting. The first 3/4 is politicking and groundwork for what I hope is an epic storyline in the next few books.
I'm getting book 2...but you really have to deal with some slow parts in this one. I could see how people would get lost and give up quickly.
I never read the print version so couldn't say. Usually the written versions are better as you use more of your own imagination, in my opinion. I suppose that will be different from person to person. However, this audio version is great. Ideal for commutes to and from work.
Man, there are so many sci fi space related books out there. Jack's books stand out when it comes to space battles and technology. Just more believable. In space, you can see things coming at you light years away even with technology available today. Battles have many hours or days of build up and manoeuvring before engagements take place. The way Jack explains how lazers are used for communication, "give me a tight beam" just makes sense and would be the logical step we'd take to achieving high speed communication based on technology we already have.
My favourite part is when they reach Midway. Mainly because the fleet meets Co president Ayseenai (spelling?). Which spins off another great serious focussing on syndicate officials Ayseenai and Dracon and their defection against the Syndicate. Can't wait for book 3 in that serious.
oh man.....if there were films made, I'd be so elated. Tag line.? "To the honour of our ancestors" ? I'm not good at tag lines. If there were to be a movie and tag lines needed, I'd rather Campbell make the decision rather then publishers or editors. It is my understanding that the publishers and editors forced Jack to make changes to the tittles of his books, tittles that didn't make sense.....for marketing purposes i assume.
I pretty much scoop up any Lost Fleet audibles available. One day I will also collect all the paper back versions as well.
You can really see Campbell's navy experience come through in the fleet engagements. His depiction of spaceship battles in the future are far better representation then in many other sci fi stories.
I really like the Aliens he's come up with too. Each very unique and very thought out. lol Bear Cows and Spider Wolves......you'll see what I am talking about when you get to book 2.
This picks up right where the Lost Fleet series left off and continues with the same excitement and energy of it's predecessors.
This was my first listen of a book in the Black Jack Geary universe and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I went back and listened to all nine books. I listen to 2-3 audio book a month and Christian Rummel is an INCREDIBLE narrator. He brings each character to life so distinctly that I instantly recognize the voices of even MINOR characters. Very easy to follow.
Geary is hard not to like.
The voice characterizations are AWESOME. I don't think it would be anywhere NEAR as good a read, as a listen, Rummel is that good.
I'm glad that 8 of books were out already before I connected with the series. The annual wait between books would have frustrated me.
Need to listen to the previous series, which is where this serious take over. Some of the references are lost because I didn't know about the 1st series. "The Lost Fleet"
Once you get past the first 5 hours of yada yada yada, it becomes a captivating story. I almost turned it off and started another book.
The book would be much better if the first 5 hours were condensed to about 1/2 hr.
Yes, I am going to listen to it again. I listened to the lost fleet series and want to go back and relive the Beyond the Frontier extended series
Yes, performance gives life to the book
Worth the read
An excellent listen... Very Well narrated and a gripping story to the end, you just can't help rooting for Geary!!
"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.
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