cover image The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught

The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught

Jack Campbell. Ace, $25.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-441-02037-9

Campbell combines the best parts of military SF and grand space opera to launch a new adventure series. After winning the war for the Alliance in Campbell's first Lost Fleet series, Adm. John "Black Jack" Geary is in command of the newly formed First Fleet. Geary's popularity is cause for concern among the political minders of the Alliance, however, and the First Fleet is ordered into alien territory, where its mission is sabotaged by overbearing orders and substandard equipment. Campbell takes his time getting the story going, focusing on the military and political mechanics of the Fleet getting underway, but eventually Geary and the Fleet are encouraged to leave Alliance space and voyage to alien realms. Geary's Star Trek%E2%80%93like mission of exploration sets the fleet up for plenty of exciting discoveries and escapades. (May)