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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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Good story, narration off-putting

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I'd recommend the entire series; it would be hard to engage with this book unless you'd read the previous ones. High entertainment value, with interesting characters and politics to keep you brain busy between the gripping battle scenes.

What did you like best about this story?

The imagination and mystery surrounding the alien races.

What didn’t you like about Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell (Introduction) ’s performance?

I found Rummel's voice characterizations distasteful. Desjani sounds like a bitchy Stepford Wife more than a battleship captain, and some of the male characters sound like they have chronic sinusitis. The whole thing sounds cartoonish. This is just my reaction; many people obviously like the narration, which is certainly competent. I just don't care for the interpretation. I do want to read the rest of the books, but I think I'll actually read (instead of listen to) them

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not (I'm not a big movie-goer).

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Got me into audio science fiction audio books!

This is one of the best books I have listened to. Normally I just listen to fiction or semi-fiction books, but i bought this on a whim. After listening I was hooked and listened in 1 sitting. I then went and bought all the beyond the frontier series books and wish i would have started with the first lost fleet books. The narrator is one of the best which makes me unable to listen to many audio books.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Bryan
  • Lawrence, KS, United States
  • 03-09-12

not my favorite book in the series

This was not my favorite book in the series. It introduced some new plot elements but fell short of establishing interest in them for me. I'll read the next book, more out of interest in the main two characters than the plot---I wish more attention was given to the other characters in the story

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Start to a Great Series!

This is a great adventure and great first book in a new "Blackjack" series. Readers new to this author and character can start right here, you need not read the previous series. Some reviewers have criticized the first half of the book as being long on setup and low on action, I enjoyed it, the politics and personalities of the Alliance, Syndicate, and the Fleet only add interest and suspense to the story. The narration is great, my only criticism is to bring in some regional North American accents as well as British/Irish/Aussie ones.
The battles in the second half are great as is the puzzle of the aliens. There is also a good wry sense of humor throughout. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more. Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-18-12

A welcome new series

This is book one of a new series BUT you really need to read the Lost Fleet series to take full advantage of this new series story line. Black Jack Geary to given command of First Fleet and is to proceed to alien space to explore. Even before he got to the fleet, stupid orders were given by headquarters that almost cause to military of the Alliance to revolt. I was thinking this is not being realistic but then I thought of the history books I have read and thought oh no this is like some of the crazy things that do happen. The book has some great battle scenes, lots of suspense and backstabbing politics by governments. Overall a good story that lives you wanting more. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the story. He also narrated the Lost Fleet series so the voices carry over and keep the continuity going. Enjoy.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Clayton
  • Millgrove, Ontario, Canada
  • 10-20-11

Impatiently awaiting the next volume

Luckily I came to this series later in life (about two months ago in August of 2011), and had a whole whack of books to keep my curiosity sated throughout. But after madly reading through the first 5 (?) books, I am now like many others waiting for the next volume in the series. I enjoy the military scifi genre. They are generally easy reads following a single storyline that always keeps my attention. I consider this series really one book that is cut up into several volumes, and that is okay. It keeps me coming back for more.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Nice listen

Finally a book that doesn't make technology the devil. A good, easy to listen to book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 04-18-12

A welcome new series

This is book one of a new series BUT you really need to read the Lost Fleet series to take full advantage of this new series story line. Black Jack Geary to given command of First Fleet and is to proceed to alien space to explore. Even before he got to the fleet, stupid orders were given by headquarters that almost cause to military of the Alliance to revolt. I was thinking this is not being realistic but then I thought of the history books I have read and thought oh no this is like some of the crazy things that do happen. The book has some great battle scenes, lots of suspense and backstabbing politics by governments. Overall a good story that lives you wanting more. Christian Rummel does a great job narrating the story. He also narrated the Lost Fleet series so the voices carry over and keep the continuity going. Enjoy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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More Please!

This book is almost like a new series in the same series. I have really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to see what happens next.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ken
  • OLYMPIA, WA, United States
  • 10-20-11

Very interesting series

Would you listen to Dreadnaught again? Why?

I like the entire series and have enjoyed listening to past audio books in the series prior to listening to the new books in the series just to keep all of the story fresh in my mind.

What did you like best about this story?

I find the decisions that the characters face to be interesting and they handle them in ways that aren't one dimensional and flat. For instance they don't always opt for non-violence if that's the best way to handle the situation, or vice versa.

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

The voice acting is top notch and Jack Campbell brings an interesting point of view to space exploration.

Any additional comments?

Great series, well written and narrated.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-25-17

Entertaining military sci-fi pulp

What made the experience of listening to Dreadnaught the most enjoyable?

The story of Black jack continues, just like the first novels it is thoroughly entertaining

What did you like best about this story?

There is an innocence reminiscent of E E Doc Smith and other Golden age authors.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell - introduction ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The narrator suits the story perfectly

Any additional comments?

read the other novels first

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  • David Thomson
  • 01-13-15

Outstanding!!

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

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  • Mr. Christopher Sunman
  • 08-23-11

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-17

epic story would certainly recommend this series.

This series of books is just excellent have burnt through them rapidly. Anyone into sci Fi should give them a go.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 10-06-17

it's not over yet.

a nice continuation of the lost fleet series. its nice to see them dealing with aliens this time and not other humans.

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  • Meranda James Bucks
  • 05-26-15

excellent book

I love it very easy to listen to it kept me entertainment so thank you to Jack Campbell.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-16

great performance, good story

This new series has started off better, was a bit slow to get into the action but when it did it kept me unable to stop listening finished this book in 2 days. and ended at just the right place answered the climax but left with a nice hook for book 2.

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  • joel
  • 12-26-15

nice book

spoilers: don't read this if u wish to know nothing: this book contains interesting point of views on humanity and space exploration and a small amount of action, so maybe it's for intellectuals rather than people just into action only. I like both so I enjoyed this start to a series. Thankyou Jack Campbell and Christian :)