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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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    Ken Mercadante 11-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Grand Space Opera Continues"

    If you like hard (okay, maybe just a little squishy) science fiction with a huge dose of drama and solid, if not overly deep, characters, Jack Campbell is an author to keep on your list. I've listened to the whole Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series', and there wasn't a slow or disappointing book in the bunch.

    It's all about politics and space combat, and a clash of cultures that could ultimately save humanity.

    My only complaint (and it's really petty), is that by naming the books after random ships it's a little hard to keep track of what order they come in. I needed a cheat sheet that I kept on a memo in my Blackberry so I knew in what order to listen.

    I said it was petty.

    Great narration by Christian Rummel. For space opera and science fiction fans these are a great listen.

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    Darren AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-12-12
    Darren AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Read the previous series, or be lost in space..."

    This book was almost entirely character development for characters from a previous series. Without the pretext of the other series, this book becomes very boring very quickly.

    The entire first half of the book amounts to a college course on interplanetary geopolitical relations. I couldn't even get into the "sci-fi"-ness of the book, because without the back story you feel as though the entire thing is...well...pointless.

    The only "action", if you want to call it that, quickly degenerates into an internal monologue for the main character and more political postulating of intergalactic proportions.

    I considered going back and trying to read the previous series, but I couldn't bring myself to waste the credits on the chance that it might be better than this book.

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    Alan 06-27-12
    Alan 06-27-12
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    "I like the series, but..."

    I like the series, the story line and characters as a whole, but the "by the living stars" and "honor of your ancestors" thing is pretty hokey... Couldn't come up with something more believable?

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    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 06-19-12
    Kevin B. Leigh Alden, NY 06-19-12 Member Since 2002
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    "If you like fleet battle tactics, listen"

    This is a great book in the continuing saga. New enemies emerge and the usual politics continue. Good listen for that road trip.

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    Hassan 03-18-12
    Hassan 03-18-12 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "a great start for a new series :)"

    i liked the first series, but i'm loving this one. too many questions and too many discoveries. Jack Camplbell did an awesome job with this book, and it looks like the next one and this whole series will be amazing.

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    Laurent toronto, ON, Canada 10-24-11
    Laurent toronto, ON, Canada 10-24-11
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    "Good Solid Fun"

    A good solid military sci-fi novel. The narration is very good and the plot moves along nicely.

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    Steve Walnut Creek, CA United States 08-24-11
    Steve Walnut Creek, CA United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2007

    Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)

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    "The same but different"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Schallitz Livermore, CA USA 08-19-11
    K. Schallitz Livermore, CA USA 08-19-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Best book of the series"

    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.

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    John Phillip MCMANUS 07-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good to see the series continue but...."

    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.

    John

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-11-11
    Timothy Chesapeake, VA, United States 07-11-11
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    "Blindingly dull"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Outstanding!!"

    An excellent listen... Very Well narrated and a gripping story to the end, you just can't help rooting for Geary!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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 4 people found this review helpful
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