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New Frontiers Audiobook

New Frontiers: The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 1

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The Phage War had been a devastating conflict for the Terran Confederacy. Even with the destruction of their terrifying, implacable foe, humanity is still reeling. Political alliances are crumbling, and their mighty fleet is in tatters. There is nothing to celebrate, even after such a complete victory.

They soon learn that there are other stellar neighbors - and they've been watching the conflict with great interest. One species comes with an offer of friendship and alliance, but humanity is weary and distrustful, their only interactions with aliens having resulted in the near eradication of their kind.

Before the ashes of war have been fully swept away, Captain Celesta Wright is dispatched to the Frontier with a small taskforce to investigate a mysterious signal while the Confederacy struggles to hold itself together. A partnership with this new species could help accelerate the recovery effort, but is the offer too good to be true? Can humanity risk another fight with an advanced alien species right on the heels of the bloodiest war that had ever been waged?

New Frontiers is the first book of the Expansion Wars Trilogy, an all-new adventure in the Black Fleet universe.

©2016 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    S. Morris London, UK 23/05/2017
    S. Morris London, UK 23/05/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "New Frontiers, New Potential"

    I enjoyed the Black Fleet trilogy by Joshua Dalzelle even though the last in that series was a little weak in my opinion. However, I had thought that was the last we'd see of Captain Wolf and that universe until I came across Dalzelle's follow-up "New Frontiers" series. This first book picks up a few years after the events in the Black Fleet series.

    The premise of this new trilogy as hinted at in its title: New Frontiers - The Expansion Wars has a lot of potential in its scope so I am hoping for Dalzelle to really shine in book 2 of this trilogy. This book is act 1 and thus follows the fairly typical model of establishing the plot and characters and as such is a rather slow burner it must be said. Sure, there are some skirmishes and tight situations but the main meat and potatoes of this story arc will hopefully lie in books 2 and 3. it will be interesting to see how Dalzelle handles book 3 in this series given the rather lacklustre and unsatisfying conclusion to his previous trilogy.

    You do not have to have read the original Black Fleet trilogy in order to take a punt on this if you're new to Dalzelle which makes it a little more accessible to the casual reader. however, my usual advice is to start from the beginning and go from there if possible. Having said that, your enjoyment of this book will not be restricted by not having read the Black Fleet series.
    If you're new to Dalzelle then one of his key strengths is his ability to put you right onto the bridge of a warship during combat or a patrol into the unknown and reminds me of the best of Star Trek in that respect. Tension is built well during these passages in the book.

    In my opinion this book isn't as strong as book 1 of the Black Fleet trilogy but bodes well for the other instalments to come. Judging by the preview of book 2 at the end of this book, it looks very promising that things are going to heat up so I am looking forward to the next in this series.

    Nice to see that Mark Boyett is narrating once more and it seems that Audible or whichever publisher is producing these audio books have learnt to stick to the same narrator throughout a series and even for most works by a given author. This is very welcome as not only is Mark Boyett one of the top narrators around but it also provides a nice consistency.

    This book is a decent read if a little slow but if you liked the Black Fleet series then it's well worth the time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Palmer Devon, England 26/04/2017
    Martin Palmer Devon, England 26/04/2017
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    "A Great Return"
    Would you consider the audio edition of New Frontiers to be better than the print version?

    Mark Boyett is to Joshua Dalzelle's excellent novels what Stephen Fry is to JK Rowling's Harry Potter - definitive and you can't imagine anyone else doing them as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the ingredients that made the first three stories so good are present. A believable depiction on the far future with interesting, fleshed out characters that hooks quickly and keeps you there for the whole story. I can't think a dull moment in the whole story.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Mark Boyett has a good range of accents and is consistent with them. As a Brit myself, I find his British accented characters to be very well done. I love his slightly wry, world weary, cynical delivery which complements the story perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ash K 25/04/2017
    Ash K 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "simply wow!!! Amazing book 1 after the black fleet"

    Simply amazing.. need book 2 soon! After black fleet trilogy, this takes you to different level of intensity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Stavanger, Norway 19/07/2017
    Andre Stavanger, Norway 19/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic, awesome Dalzelle Sci-Fi"

    In line with the quality of the Black Fleet Trilogy (not required to read before this series, but highly recommended).

    Can't wait for the next installments!

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    RancidBadger 11/07/2017
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    "great fast paced listen for the commute."

    always wanted to know what was coming. reallu enjoying this trilogy so far. bring on number 2

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    Roger Newton-Darby 08/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "back at it!!!"

    jumping up and down in fits of laughter! slow start and a change of pace but soon sped up to a crushendow. both Auther and Narrator on top form

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    Michael 22/05/2017
    Michael 22/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Follow-up To Black Fleet"

    Mark Boyett is amazing and Joshua does a fantastic job of following up Black Fleet .

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    Rogeraee 21/05/2017
    Rogeraee 21/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyed it very much"

    it was narrated well and thoroughly enjoyed it. Waiting for the 2ND book. Hope it comes soon.

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    Amazon Customer 07/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit dissapointing"

    This was a little bit disappointing compared to the previous 3. It seemed a little rushed and felt like the character development had stopped. If it was not for the building in the previous series this book would of been dreadful.

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    jar84 25/04/2017
    jar84 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Not my kind of book."

    Well written but not my kind of book. Navy type space battles all character seem very similar and lack depth.

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  • Sailfish
    Grover Beach, California, United States
    13/04/17
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    "An auspcious start to a new trilogy"

    Joshua Dalzelle's ability to write about new and interesting scientific achievements and phenomenon in such a way as to almost have me believe that they already exist is uncanny as much as it is entertaining. It was also good to see many/most of the primary characters return from the Black Fleet Trilogy, albeit, in changed roles. This went a long way in re-invigorating me with a new sense of anticipation as the story unfolds. I was particularly impressed with Sr. Capt. Celesta Wright coming of her own in this book and while not as swashbuckling a personality as Wolfe, her instincts and command leadership was every bit as rewarding to experience.

    There's not any acknowledgements I can give to Mark Boyett that I haven't repeatedly made before on his other works other than to assure everyone that he continues to excel as a narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Filler
    24/04/17
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    "Reasonable follow on to Black Fleet"

    While this is a stand alone series it does follow the same characters as Black Fleet. Very good narration and reasonable storyline. Will need to reserve some comments to see where next book in series goes. This first book did not cover a lot of ground.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald Stamper
    24/04/17
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    "Good old jackson wolf back again!"

    Liked the book, read all books in the black fleet series. Seems pikes voice has changed by the narriator and some of the characters have the voice of jackson as well at times making it hard to tell who is talking. None of these issues existed on the 3 black fleet books leading me to believe the narriator was not as into the work as the three prior.

    Story was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert L. Korhammer
    05/08/17
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    "Good read"

    Excellent sci-fi adventure. Very entertaining and has great action sequences. Very good narration made it more entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angus
    Fort Collins, CO, United States
    05/08/17
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    "Feeling Cramped? Need more Space?"

    This series follow on the heels of the Blackfleet Series which I will review later on. Captain Wright had been tasked with trying to track down an elusive new enemy to humans that not only have a technological edge but also a vehement hatred of humans.
    I found the writing of the characters extremely well done and the action did not lag in building detail. Excellent book and a wonderful start to a new series.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    22/07/17
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    "new frontiers, new aliens, new enemies"

    New Frontiers is book one of Joshua Dalzelle's Expansion Wars trilogy which follows on in the same universe as his earlier Black Fleet trilogy. This time out, humanity has encountered another alien species, the Ushin but intriguingly, they are looking for an alliance against another alien race, the Darshek. The latter quickly picks a fight with humanity. At the same time, the Terran political structure is fragmenting with uncertain, tenuous alliances. Struggling just to tread water, Jackson Wolfe who has been overseeing another alien project is drawn back into the fray as his former XO, Wright, manages to salvage a cratering defensive position. Pike is also back, up to his usual tricks.

    The sci-fi elements are mostly evolutionary in nature with a bit more powerful spacecraft and weaponry. The two new aliens are the novel aspects, but little is revealed as to their nature. Language difficulties are highlighted which is probably the most realistic aspect of the interactions with them. This opening foray serves to introduce the new players and relate the delicate nature of humanity coming off the recent phage war.

    The narration is well done with a solid range of voices. The pace is aligned well with the plot's unfolding nature.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    12/07/17
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    "Delicious SyFy"

    Great story... great characters... great fight scenes. Just fun all around. It is Science Fiction goodness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Wodnicki
    Miami Beach, FL United States
    17/06/17
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    "And the story continues"

    Fun storyline and just what one needs on a great Sunday afternoon with a cold drink

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Allen
    14/06/17
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    "Natural continuation of Black Fleet"

    While I very much enjoyed the Black Fleet Trilogy, I wasn't really pleased with the ending. So I wasn't sure I wanted to get into this continuation series. But I'm really glad I decided to give it a chance.

    While we have many of the original Black Fleet characters, we have a new enemy and very different and several other interesting new characters. While this feels a lot like Black Fleet, it's not a rehash. The characters have evolved with the time passed, we have a mix of old and new ships, and Senior Captain Wright has developed into her own character with her own tactics instead of a rehash of Wolfe.

    The book has a couple of twists in it, but they are kinda easy to see coming. But that's okay, because it made me feel like I was doing my analysis of the enemy properly.

    While I felt this book's purpose was to introduce the cast and get us in the mood for the rest of the series, at no time was I not fully enjoying it. Character development was interesting and the action was nail-bitingly exciting.

    Mark Boyett does another stellar job in narrating this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    25/05/17
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    "assured, great book"

    awesome, love the new main character and the introduction of old to new. as always the plenty of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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