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The Phage War had been a devastating conflict for the Terran Confederacy. Even with the destruction of their terrifying, implacable foe, humanity is still reeling. Political alliances are crumbling, and their mighty fleet is in tatters. There is nothing to celebrate, even after such a complete victory.

They soon learn that there are other stellar neighbors - and they've been watching the conflict with great interest. One species comes with an offer of friendship and alliance, but humanity is weary and distrustful, their only interactions with aliens having resulted in the near eradication of their kind.

Before the ashes of war have been fully swept away, Captain Celesta Wright is dispatched to the Frontier with a small taskforce to investigate a mysterious signal while the Confederacy struggles to hold itself together. A partnership with this new species could help accelerate the recovery effort, but is the offer too good to be true? Can humanity risk another fight with an advanced alien species right on the heels of the bloodiest war that had ever been waged?

New Frontiers is the first book of the Expansion Wars Trilogy, an all-new adventure in the Black Fleet universe.

©2016 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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An auspcious start to a new trilogy

Joshua Dalzelle's ability to write about new and interesting scientific achievements and phenomenon in such a way as to almost have me believe that they already exist is uncanny as much as it is entertaining. It was also good to see many/most of the primary characters return from the Black Fleet Trilogy, albeit, in changed roles. This went a long way in re-invigorating me with a new sense of anticipation as the story unfolds. I was particularly impressed with Sr. Capt. Celesta Wright coming of her own in this book and while not as swashbuckling a personality as Wolfe, her instincts and command leadership was every bit as rewarding to experience.

There's not any acknowledgements I can give to Mark Boyett that I haven't repeatedly made before on his other works other than to assure everyone that he continues to excel as a narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Dalzelle writes another great book

Loved it, the action never stopped. Like the first series this was a great book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Natural continuation of Black Fleet

While I very much enjoyed the Black Fleet Trilogy, I wasn't really pleased with the ending. So I wasn't sure I wanted to get into this continuation series. But I'm really glad I decided to give it a chance.

While we have many of the original Black Fleet characters, we have a new enemy and very different and several other interesting new characters. While this feels a lot like Black Fleet, it's not a rehash. The characters have evolved with the time passed, we have a mix of old and new ships, and Senior Captain Wright has developed into her own character with her own tactics instead of a rehash of Wolfe.

The book has a couple of twists in it, but they are kinda easy to see coming. But that's okay, because it made me feel like I was doing my analysis of the enemy properly.

While I felt this book's purpose was to introduce the cast and get us in the mood for the rest of the series, at no time was I not fully enjoying it. Character development was interesting and the action was nail-bitingly exciting.

Mark Boyett does another stellar job in narrating this book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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epic space

Do you like epic military space novels? This is the series for you. You may also like red rising.

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Reasonable follow on to Black Fleet

While this is a stand alone series it does follow the same characters as Black Fleet. Very good narration and reasonable storyline. Will need to reserve some comments to see where next book in series goes. This first book did not cover a lot of ground.

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Good old jackson wolf back again!

Liked the book, read all books in the black fleet series. Seems pikes voice has changed by the narriator and some of the characters have the voice of jackson as well at times making it hard to tell who is talking. None of these issues existed on the 3 black fleet books leading me to believe the narriator was not as into the work as the three prior.

Story was good.

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Great Story and Performace

I have listened to all 3 books of this series, sometimes these stories get bodged down with useless information and with some other books I have listened to I tend to fast forward in each chapter because of it. You simply cannot do that with this book, I tried pushing the chapter up by only a few min. Every time I did this I had to go back because I missed a critical bit of information.

The pace of all of these 3 books was incredible. We sold our house and I am supposed to be packing boxes, instead I am spending 4 to 5 hours at a time to listen to these books. My wife is pissed off to no end. But I am completely sucked in.

The other 2 books are equally as good as this one is.

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awesomeness!

another fantastic book by a phenomenal author with the magical narrator fantastic can't wait to listen to number two

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Good story and characters

If you have enjoyed any of the additional or narrators prior work, you'll like this too. only negative is that the author doesn't understand velocity, acceleration, gravity, or space. Thus I'm knocking off one star from my rating.

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Great continuation of the story!

Dalzelle must’ve fought these battles in his previous life. It’s hard to imagine such a degree of detail and thought processes without actually having gone through something similar. Thoroughly enjoying his talent.

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  • S. Morris
  • 05-23-17

New Frontiers, New Potential

I enjoyed the Black Fleet trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle even though the last in that series was a little weak in my opinion. However, I had thought that was the last we'd see of Captain Wolf and that universe until I came across Dalzelle's follow-up "New Frontiers" series. This first book picks up a few years after the events in the Black Fleet series.

The premise of this new trilogy as hinted at in its title: New Frontiers - The Expansion Wars has a lot of potential in its scope so I am hoping for Dalzelle to really shine in book 2 of this trilogy. This book is act 1 and thus follows the fairly typical model of establishing the plot and characters and as such is a rather slow burner it must be said. Sure, there are some skirmishes and tight situations but the main meat and potatoes of this story arc will hopefully lie in books 2 and 3. it will be interesting to see how Dalzelle handles book 3 in this series given the rather lacklustre and unsatisfying conclusion to his previous trilogy.

You do not have to have read the original Black Fleet trilogy in order to take a punt on this if you're new to Dalzelle which makes it a little more accessible to the casual reader. however, my usual advice is to start from the beginning and go from there if possible. Having said that, your enjoyment of this book will not be restricted by not having read the Black Fleet series.
If you're new to Dalzelle then one of his key strengths is his ability to put you right onto the bridge of a warship during combat or a patrol into the unknown and reminds me of the best of Star Trek in that respect. Tension is built well during these passages in the book.

In my opinion this book isn't as strong as book 1 of the Black Fleet trilogy but bodes well for the other instalments to come. Judging by the preview of book 2 at the end of this book, it looks very promising that things are going to heat up so I am looking forward to the next in this series.

Nice to see that Mark Boyett is narrating once more and it seems that Audible or whichever publisher is producing these audio books have learnt to stick to the same narrator throughout a series and even for most works by a given author. This is very welcome as not only is Mark Boyett one of the top narrators around but it also provides a nice consistency.

This book is a decent read if a little slow but if you liked the Black Fleet series then it's well worth the time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin Palmer
  • 04-26-17

A Great Return

Would you consider the audio edition of New Frontiers to be better than the print version?

Mark Boyett is to Joshua Dalzelle's excellent novels what Stephen Fry is to JK Rowling's Harry Potter - definitive and you can't imagine anyone else doing them as well.

What did you like best about this story?

All the ingredients that made the first three stories so good are present. A believable depiction on the far future with interesting, fleshed out characters that hooks quickly and keeps you there for the whole story. I can't think a dull moment in the whole story.

What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mark Boyett has a good range of accents and is consistent with them. As a Brit myself, I find his British accented characters to be very well done. I love his slightly wry, world weary, cynical delivery which complements the story perfectly.

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

Yep!

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  • Ash K
  • 04-25-17

simply wow!!! Amazing book 1 after the black fleet

Simply amazing.. need book 2 soon! After black fleet trilogy, this takes you to different level of intensity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jon
  • 09-07-17

Very poor amateur style writing!

The writing style is tedious and amateur. The story is reasonable, but is dragged out and far too laboured.

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  • Andre
  • 07-19-17

Classic, awesome Dalzelle Sci-Fi

In line with the quality of the Black Fleet Trilogy (not required to read before this series, but highly recommended).

Can't wait for the next installments!

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  • RancidBadger
  • 07-11-17

great fast paced listen for the commute.

always wanted to know what was coming. reallu enjoying this trilogy so far. bring on number 2

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 06-08-17

back at it!!!

jumping up and down in fits of laughter! slow start and a change of pace but soon sped up to a crushendow. both Auther and Narrator on top form

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  • Michael
  • 05-22-17

Great Follow-up To Black Fleet

Mark Boyett is amazing and Joshua does a fantastic job of following up Black Fleet .

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  • Rogeraee
  • 05-21-17

Enjoyed it very much

it was narrated well and thoroughly enjoyed it. Waiting for the 2ND book. Hope it comes soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-17

A bit dissapointing

This was a little bit disappointing compared to the previous 3. It seemed a little rushed and felt like the character development had stopped. If it was not for the building in the previous series this book would of been dreadful.

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  • logan
  • 05-23-17

great book

can't wait for the second book. this is a great follow on for the other series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Loxton
  • 02-15-18

A well written novel

On a technical note, I found this novel to be very well written. The military facet of this was clear and precise and was well described.
But I found the characters, sense of scale, and impetus to care about the progressing plot to be simple and lacking.
The best character was Wolfe, but only because most of his presence is described through other's views of him creating a larger than life image next to other characters. This is washed away by his normal presence when he is on centre stage. Whilst that was a good thing for the realism of hero worship usually being based on exaggerations, it didn't highlight that realism as much as it made the other characters simply feel pale.
The sense of scale and time was odd too, but I can't pinpoint if this was due to the writing or the narration in moving from one scene/act to the next.
Space travel is described as vast distances and time, and yet it glosses over the weight of those distances and time on characters entirely beside a simple occasional highlight of a character feeling tired.
The narration (personally for me) didn't feel emotionally invested in the story being told. Different characters were spoken in different voices, but I could discern little emotional presence in the lines delivered. Although, I'm sure this wasn't helped by the descriptions of what and how the characters voiced their lines. The difference to a reader between "He said," "He raged," or even, "He said angrily," can be huge when discerning the characters emotional tone. There was a lot of, "He said," "She said."

In having made those criticisms (Just my personal opinion of the story/delivery of it), it was a solid novel, but being my rebound story from finishing the Merkiaari Wars Saga it was up for stiff competition.
I might be back for the rest of the series.