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Duel in the Dark (Blood on the Stars Book 1) (edition 2016)

by Jay Allan (Author)

Series: Blood on the Stars (1)

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A Gripping New Adventure by the Author of the Bestselling Crimson Worlds and Far Stars series...The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy. Now the fourth conflict is imminent, and the Confederation's navy is on alert, positioned behind the frontier, waiting for the attack it knows is coming.The battleship Dauntless has spent the past ten months patrolling the border, deployed far forward of the main fleet, a forlorn hope, an advance guard positioned to give the warning of invasion. But no attack has come. Her crew is exhausted, and the aging battleship needs maintenance. With the fleet mobilized and the forward bases overloaded beyond capacity, she is sent clear across the Confederation, to a planet along the quiet and peaceful far frontier. Her crew is looking forward to a rest, and Dauntless herself is scheduled for a long-overdue maintenance session.But the quiet frontier isn't what it seems...and when a distress call is received from one of the mining colonies on the edge of Confederation space, it falls to Captain Tyler Barron to take Dauntless forward, to find out what is happening, and to put a stop to it.Barron and his crew have their ship-and each other-but they can expect no other help. Suspicion is strong that Union deceit is at play, that the attack is some sort of diversion, intended to draw Confederation forces from the disputed border. The orders are clear. No ships will be transferred from the prospective battle line. Stopping whatever is happening on the rim is Barron's responsibility, and his alone.Barron is the grandson of the Confederation's great hero, the father of the modern navy. His family name has always carried privilege with it, and crushing responsibility. And now he must prove that he has inherited more from his famous grandfather than name and privilege. He must face the enemy, and win the victory...before the Confederation is caught between two enemies and destroyed.Blood on the Stars Reading OrderBook 1: Duel in the DarkBook 2: Call to Arms (January 2017, Available now for preorder)… (more)
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Title:Duel in the Dark (Blood on the Stars Book 1)
Authors:Jay Allan (Author)
Info:System 7 Publishing (2016), 370 pages
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This is the audiobook review. Blood on the Stars series is epic in terms of sheer size, if not in imagination or literary style.
I would not even call it science fiction even though it is in set in space in a far, far off future. Neither would I call it military Sf for there is no tactics and strategy worth mentioning. The conflict depicted, the factions and nations embroiled in war, the character of the fighting, it all just so reminds me on WW2 merely set among the planets and stars. On top of that, much of the 5000 pages of the series is interceptor, fighter vs fighters battles, and some more. This is dangerously on the verge of getting too repetitive. Also, since I’m listening to the audiobook, I find the author’s choice of having some of the characters speaking with a strong accent, German, Russian, French, etc. rather quirky and out of place - I mean we are a 1000 years or more in the future. Be that as it may, despite that, the series of 11 books is a solid enough read.
The author is a passable storyteller and obviously the purpose of the series is simple entertainment. For that it deserves ⭐️⭐️ stars and not less. ( )
  nitrolpost | Mar 19, 2024 |
DNF at around 16% or so.

Kind of a... Romans vs... Soviets vs... Americans... (?) in space. Seems like it could be interesting in some ways; I like that the author is trying to show how each character's world, actions, drives, etc. make sense for that character; I like the setup for a story where there isn't a simple "good vs. evil". But way too much description, background, etc. The psuedo-Latin names and titles just come off as hamfisted. Not for me.

1.5 stars rounded up to 2 stars for effort and the (probably) developing story with less-than-completely-cut-and-dried good guys vs. bad guys dynamic. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Aug 12, 2023 |
It feels like a good start to a new series! Warring factions in post apocalyptic times full of space battles and populated by all sorts on both sides.
Luke Daniels is great, but this time I needed 1.15 speed to listen as I did other things. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jun 13, 2022 |
Excellent military adventure in far future space. After a war devastated Earth and all her near colonies, new governments spring up on the fringe worlds. Three opposing forms become dominant. No lessons were learned from the destruction of Earth, all three are warrior states. The Alliance, the Union and the Confederation clash in a war of winner take all.
Excellent characters, well explained background, gripping battle scenes make this a must read. The story will remain with you long after you close the covers. ( )
  florabundi | Mar 5, 2018 |
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A Gripping New Adventure by the Author of the Bestselling Crimson Worlds and Far Stars series...The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy. Now the fourth conflict is imminent, and the Confederation's navy is on alert, positioned behind the frontier, waiting for the attack it knows is coming.The battleship Dauntless has spent the past ten months patrolling the border, deployed far forward of the main fleet, a forlorn hope, an advance guard positioned to give the warning of invasion. But no attack has come. Her crew is exhausted, and the aging battleship needs maintenance. With the fleet mobilized and the forward bases overloaded beyond capacity, she is sent clear across the Confederation, to a planet along the quiet and peaceful far frontier. Her crew is looking forward to a rest, and Dauntless herself is scheduled for a long-overdue maintenance session.But the quiet frontier isn't what it seems...and when a distress call is received from one of the mining colonies on the edge of Confederation space, it falls to Captain Tyler Barron to take Dauntless forward, to find out what is happening, and to put a stop to it.Barron and his crew have their ship-and each other-but they can expect no other help. Suspicion is strong that Union deceit is at play, that the attack is some sort of diversion, intended to draw Confederation forces from the disputed border. The orders are clear. No ships will be transferred from the prospective battle line. Stopping whatever is happening on the rim is Barron's responsibility, and his alone.Barron is the grandson of the Confederation's great hero, the father of the modern navy. His family name has always carried privilege with it, and crushing responsibility. And now he must prove that he has inherited more from his famous grandfather than name and privilege. He must face the enemy, and win the victory...before the Confederation is caught between two enemies and destroyed.Blood on the Stars Reading OrderBook 1: Duel in the DarkBook 2: Call to Arms (January 2017, Available now for preorder)

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