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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Review: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught

I've been buying all the previous Lost Fleet novels on Kindle mostly because they were priced right, and written pretty much as airplane fodder. You don't have to think very hard, and it's a lot like eating candy: you won't get overfull, and you can eat a lot of it at a go. The books are relatively thin, and you can easily zip through a couple of them at a shot.

Campbell's publisher has decided that Campbell's (aka John G Hemry) popularity means that they can price his books as a hard cover, so Dreadnaught, which begins a new series now spots the cover price of $15.82 (and a Kindle price at $12.99), which puts it easily out of the impulse buy range.

Unfortunately, in length, plot, characters, and interest, this is pretty much the same as any of the previous novels. We have John Geary confronting impossible situations in his fleet, making quick decisions that allow him to escape nicely as background problems escalate. There's a cliffhanger at the end, but most of the book can easily be zipped through like the airplane fodder that Campbell's so good at delivering. Nevertheless, the series is getting a bit old, and the reveals are starting to feel like they're deliberately drawn out to milk the series for all its worth.

Not recommended. Wait for the entire series to come out, or check it out from the library if you must.

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