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Dreadnaught (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier) [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Jack Campbell , Christian Rummel
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24 April 2012 Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier (Book 1)
Dreadnaught opens not long after the events at the end of the sixth Lost Fleet novel, Victorious. Admiral Geary and Captain Desjani return to their battle cruiser Dauntless. Geary is charged with command of the third fleet, its first mission: to probe deep into the territory of the alien race to find out more...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455884294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455884292
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The fleet action is what Campbell does really well, and in a way that no other SF writer has really captured. He takes account remarkably convincingly of the tactical effect the speed of light has on space warfare, the way it affects what you can see and allows you to hide your movements behind a time delay." --Book Geeks --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He also wrote the Stark's War and Paul Sinclair series under his real name. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught (or simply Dreadnaught as I will refer to it from now on!) is the new book in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet setting, although this book kicks off a new trilogy set after the events of the original six book series. To say that this book was a highly anticipated release would be a gross understatement, I imported it as soon as I could and cracked it open and plowed through it in barely a few days. I'm a huge fan of the series and I thoroughly enjoyed Dreadnaught, despite the few little problems I had with it.

The events of Victorious are just behind us, and Geary and Desjani are now married and have spent a whirlwind honeymoon on Desjani's home planet, despite the constant attempts of the government to get Geary back to answer their questions and accept new orders. But in the end they have to return for Geary to face his superiors and find out just what his new orders are, and it's not quite what he expected. With his promotion to Admiral he is given command of the fleet, plus some extra ships, and tasked with finding out more about the alien race on the other side of Syndic space, how far their borders extend and whether they can hold peaceful negotiations. Of course, things don't go as smoothly as hoped for Geary and his fleet...

Dreadnaught picks up about a month after Victorious and continues the events from that book pretty much uninterrupted. Some of the fleet are still eager to overthrow the government and put Geary in charge of everything, even with Geary not wanting this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same...but that's not a bad thing 14 May 2012
By John Middleton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
First up, there is not a lot of point reading this if you have not read the original 6-book Lost Fleet series first: this is a sequel series, and cannot stand alone. If you have read Lost Fleet before, well, this is more of the same: a mixture of political intrigue and military sci-fi that works surprisingly well. It has no particular political axes to grind (cf Honor Harrington) and you get the feeling that stupid is more likely than "evil" on the political conflict side of the story.

As to the story itself...well, Black Jack is back, having won a century-old war, returned respect to the laws of war, and, as a result, having scared the pants off the current government of the Alliance, who fear a coup the military longs for and acceptable, if not desirable, to the public at large. Faced with that problem, and the unresolved issue of the Enigma alien race, Geary gets orders to take a fleet and scout out the alien situation, thereby killing two birds with one stone. Oh, and the ships are old and wearing out. And please divert over there and pick up a pile of troublesome VIP former prisoners of war, please.

The space battle action is a little light on here, to be honest, probably due to a need to create a little scene setting and explain exactly why we are doing this all over again. It's the curiosity of finding out more about the aliens that is all important, rather than obtaining military victories per se. Still, the book ends with a set-piece battle...literally, it stops on a cliffhanger as soon as its all over. The sequel, Invincible is out now in hardback and UK trade paper, and I assume the MMP is out in May 2013. For one, I cant wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Fleet, Dreadnaught. 6 May 2012
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The Lost Fleet Beyond the Frontier - Dreadnaught

To start with, this is a good read; Jack Campbell has mastered that bit.
However, not only does this book launch what's supposed to be a trilogy covering an unwanted extra mission, as Admiral Geary and his war-weary fleet are no sooner home from finally winning the century-old war against the Syndics (other humans) than they are dispatched on an armed reconnaisance of space controlled by the newly-discovered and hostile "Enigma" race of aliens; a political intrigue thread also sets up an obvious further trilogy or more about ominous political developments in the Fleet's home of the "Alliance" and its wartime allies. This is fine, this is interesting, but it is also half the book before the first Hell-lance is fired.

The other trouble is this: The Enigmas will destroy their own ships and even colonies, rather than have humans, or any other race, learn anything about them. In the preceeding six book series, where the Enigmas were initially a vaguely-sensed threat beyond the very active war that was being fought, the secrecy of the Enigmas added something. Once their space is entered, in huge force (albeit with worn-out ships) The relentless non-discovery of any useful information other than that the Enigma become more hostile the more you try to make friends, is a little disappointing. However, things do pick up in the final chapter, when Admiral Geary takes his fleet, with a large Enigma fleet apparently hot on its heels, through a jump point to another system, whose occupants have arrayed some truly stunning firepower which is promptly unleashed on anything at all entering from Enigma space.

This bodes somewhat better for the next book in the trilogy, which I anticipate reading as soon as it's available in a Kindle edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great continuation from the original Lost Fleet series
This is a great continuation from the Lost Fleet series, it brings a fresh set of twists, places and events to the story continues to be very enjoyable to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Halo Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent space adventures
another excellent episode in the life of "Black Jack" Geary,
Jack Campbell does a great job of mixing politics and war on an inter-stella scale!
Published 5 months ago by P. J. S. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly the same as his previous books just continuing the story.
Nothing really to add other than it is an amazing continuation of the saga - entirely pointless an impossible to follow if you haven't read the previous books but if you have then... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars It's "Black Jack" Geary
Jack Campbell well on form in this. If you follow the series what's more to say - If you dont: read them!
Published 7 months ago by Robert Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted reader
Love the first series of the books and cannot wait to read the rest of the follow on series :-)
Published 8 months ago by Mr K R Manser
5.0 out of 5 stars jack campbell books
introduced by my son-in-law who recommended them to me.have read all of the series except for the latest one which I will order at the end of this week
Published 8 months ago by anthony blomqvist
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great story from Jack Campbell
This sieries just keeps on going from strength to strength. Couldn't put it down, a great read. I recommend reading of all this series.
Published 9 months ago by John X
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Fleet
One of an excellent series - my kind of science fiction - now read them all - seems there is at least one more needed to complete "Black Jack's" saga.
Published 13 months ago by Jumbojim
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
This is quite a good read but be advised for an action series there is not much action, there is plenty of character development but it does go over stuff already read, in all the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Good series but getting predictable now
I have very much enjoyed the Lost Fleet series, an easy read with a good pace and endings which leave you wanting to read the next book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by N. Patterson
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