From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously. While powerful factions make backroom deals, he is desperate to find irrefutable proof that the invaders are coming, and if humanity expects to survive they must marshal their forces and make a stand before it's too late.
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After finishing this second book of the trilogy and contemplating my rating, I feel a bit like Olympic Game judges who rated the earlier performances so high that they left little room to rated later better performances.
Still, I don't regret the 5 star rating of the first book since I thoroughly enjoyed it and still believe it was worthy of the rating; so my rating for this book will be a 5+ stars via my comments.
As I've come to expect, Mark Boyett's performance of the novel is superb.
The narration by Mark Boyett is top notch as always. The story moves quickly with plenty of twists and surprises. The enemy is implacable and deadly. I hope we learn much more about them in book three.
This story is excellently written. it intelligent, while being very attainable. I found myself, very frequently, lost in this story. The character development is awesome. Mr. Dalzelle does a great job bringing his characters to life. well done sir.
It's one of my top faves. The narration is very dynamic, and gives the books a gritty feel that I really enjoy.
I kinda like the always popping in at odd times character called Pike. Pike-out!
The captain, of course
It's not the kind of book that makes you cry (thank goodness)
I like this series, because it has an airtight plot, progresses at a steadily increasing clip of suspense, and doesn't get distracted. This and the preceding book 'Warship', are always moving the plot forward, relentlessly. Never gets bogged down, which is what I like in a story. And it's not overly long, so I never had to wait for the book to get back on plot, unlike some other competing series. Compelling and well written - I really am looking forward to the next installment. Way to go, leaving us wanting more. What more can you ask for!
I could not wait for the second book to come out. I was not disappointed. The story and the performance were excellent. Great sci-fi listen. Highly recommended. With a cliffhanger at the end, I may just have to order a regular book to read the finale.
Uneven story tempo & some dialog contrived. Masterful performance by Mark Boyett dramatically resurrects what would be average 3 star book to.4+.
This is probably one of the best stories I've listened to thus far. The storyline of this trilogy is original and very well written. I especially like that the author does not build the story on technical, military, and strategical detail as many space military sci-fi authors do. Instead he provides the reader with just enough tenichnical information to make the story understandable. He relies on the strength of the plot & characters to build this story. There is a great twist at the end making the wait for book 3 almost impossible. One more thing, The narration is above exceptional!
The second book in the Black Fleet trilogy was every bit as good, if not more so, than Book 1. The action kept you on the edge of your seat, which meant I really had a hard job putting it down, so I didn’t. I completed it in a day.
I am really glad that Mark Boyett was kept as narrator as he really brings the action to life.
My only disappointment is that I will have to wait for Book 3. Withdrawal symptoms are already setting in!
"All Ahead Flank!"
I've just finished reading the second book in the Black Fleet trilogy, Call To Arms, which has left me wanting to get this review written as quickly as possible as I'm still in awe at just how great this second act to the trilogy was. Sometimes the middle act can be a somewhat of a filler before reaching the climax of the trilogy but in the case of this superb book that is not the situation at all. Call to Arms builds upon the first part, Warship, and continues to build nicely until leaving the reader at yet another vital juncture that makes those like me crave to have the final part. I actually feel sorry for those coming to this series early and having to wait. I am lucky to have the last book in the trilogy ready and waiting.
Joshua Dalzelle has done an absolutely superb job of not letting up in his story so far. The pace of the book as with the first, is just about perfect. There is a section where some political dealings are gone into which did slightly break the flow but once that was done with the momentum picks right up again and we are once more in full flow. I hasten to add that the aforementioned political interlude is something that in the scope of the plot had to be included in order to complete the narrative in a meaningful way. I don't like stories that are broken or slowed right down by lengthy digressions into the political wrangling that are always part of the bigger picture and some authors allow too much of the narrative to get bogged down by such distractions but Dalzelle has just about given what we needed to keep the overall story plausible and done it in a very skilful way.
Having now read two of Dalzelle's books I can see that he is a master of realistic dialogue and the book is written in many sections where we are moving through the story in real time as it were. For example, the reader is brought right onto the bridge of Jackson Wolf's ship in the thick of battle as the exchanges between him and his officers pull us right into the tension of any given situation and maintaining a furious pace that enthralled me completely. The sense of coming along for the ride was almost palpable at times which is no mean feat for a book and I think the well executed audio version of this has to be the definitive format when so ably narrated by Mark Boyett. Boyett brings life and emotion to each of the characters he renders and makes listening to this story a pleasure. As noted in my review of the first book in this trilogy, I get the feeling that Dalzelle either has a deep understanding of naval procedures and technologies or has previously had direct experience of this either in surface ships or perhaps even more likely in submarines. If he has not been a navy man in the past and thus be able to draw on personal experience then his portrayal of naval tactics and systems as used in his stories is all the more remarkable.
The chances are that if you're reading this review that you' ve likely not read the first book in this trilogy and so I urge you to get that book entitled Warship. If you have read the first then you need not fear, Call to Arms is every bit as good and better in some ways and so what are you waiting for? - Get it!
Call to Arms is superbly written and voiced by one of the top narrators on Audible and I highly recommend it.
"Great story. A roller coaster space Opera."
Loved every minute of it! Epic battles, interesting characters, implacable foes. Buy this, you won't be disappointed.
"2nd book in series warmed up a bit"
Can't answer that question - they're all different.
Continuity of characters. The opening story doesn't really match the 'dust jacket write up'. If things are so 'eerily quiet along the frontier', why do we open book two in the middle of a pitched battle, in a long line of recent battles?
Enjoy listening to Mark Boyett - he can differentiate different characters by inflection and tone without a 'he said, and then she said' hook and carry by the author.
"Can't stop reading"
2nd book of the trilogy and just can't stop reading almost like I never put the first book down, if you enjoyed the first book you'll enjoy this. My only issue is I've only got the 3rd book left
You kinda always expect the second book in a series to be a little different from the first. But this kicked off where the first left us, and held my interest the whole way through. One of the best audiobooks I've listened to for sure. The writing and research (or service) was second to none, and the attention to detail for the science and the reality here was great, throughout both the first book and this, it just keeps on getting better. Of course there's the whole 'warp drive' but we love Star Trek... so why not. It all felt plausible and real and that is what matters to at least someone like me, who isn't so tech minded.
The characters developments is also great, each one grows with their actions, not like some I've listened to, the 'hero' worship for Wolf is hard on him, but the people who have been through what they did in book 1 have great reason to hero worship him and although he doesn't feel like it, he deserves it.
Wolf is a little wreckless a lot more than some might be in his shoes, but without him, well I think the human race would have been wiped out by now.
Great second book and I was so hooked I started the third into the weekend (I never listen through sat or sun, they're my days off from the driving job. lol!
"not great. seems to just and miss story elements"
was expecting more for the story. jumping and missing story development in places. a bit like Jr waking up in the shower.
Despite the deus ex, this is a fun read with lots of good action sequences and believable characters.
"Still can't stop listening"
Book 2 has kept me hooked from where book 1 finished.
The trilogy has everything you need to keep you entertained.
Can't wait for the follow up series to start (The Expansion Wars).
"Where first book left off"
Excellent continuation from the first book. Characters further developed and an exciting story line that keeps you listening.
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