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Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 30 to October 14, 2011

I actually like where the author went with this book. Although still a little repetitive and focused on ensuring that the reader understands the time delays caused by the massive distances in space, he has turned the series from depending on very descriptive battle formations and tactics to a more involving story. Characters are evolving, the plot becomes more intriguing, and you find yourself waiting to see what's on the next page.
Geary and his fleet are sent back out into space to learn more about the Enigma race, an alien species discovered at the fringes of Syndic territory that are hostile to humans. The goal is find out more information about the first non-human, sentient life form found in the universe. The Enigmas don't seem too keen to want to help us on this endeavor and Geary and his fleet struggle to grasp the reasons for why. On top of that Geary is starting to realize that the government who so mistrusts him may have sent him on this mission in hopes that it turned into an absolute failure.
The author continues to keep you involved in the story without revealing too much of where he intends to drive the finale. There is not a huge reliance on plot twists, even though there a huge moment in the final chapter. The plot moves ahead at a nice pace besides the occasional repetition. Regardless of the attempts to repeat facts from previous books it will be hard for someone new to pick up the story from this book. Unfortunately the books leading up to this one got a little stagnant, but they worth the read if only to be able to understand the back story for Dreadnaught.
Definitely worth the read. I enjoyed every page, which was not the case with some of the earlier books.

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