Saturday, April 16, 2011

Book Review: Dreadnaught

Excellent military science fiction with some politics and nice character development in the mix. Dreadnaught is the latest book in The Lost Fleet series by John G. Henry, and starts the Beyond The Frontier series. It features "Black Jack" Geary, a war hero from a hundred years ago thought lost but reawakened from hibernation sleep and quickly drafted to help win the war.

Dreadnaught sends Admiral Geary and his new First Fleet away from the Alliance, into Syndic territory to rescue POWs and out to confront the aliens discovered in the previous book. Geary's accompanied by Alliance government emissaries, a team of human experts on alien life, and a fleet of ships nearing the end of their useful lifespan.

I read a couple of the earlier books in the series, but didn't continue for some reason. Dreadnaught starts a new era in this universe, so it's a good place to pick up the series again. I'd call this series "Honor Harrington Lite" - all the good stuff of military science fiction, and none of the page-skimming. There's great fleet-to-fleet combat, nice character interactions and character development, and just enough politics to cause trouble for Admiral Geary and his fleet.

But darn it - it ends right in the middle of the action!

Dreadnaught's a good place to get back into the series, and the story makes me want to get the next book right now to find out how Geary gets out of this predicament!

Dreadnaught was provided to me by the publisher for review.

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