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Duel in the Dark Audiobook

Duel in the Dark: Blood on the Stars, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A new adventure by the author of the best-selling 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 10 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.

©2016 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    tekone New York, NY USA 02-01-17
    tekone New York, NY USA 02-01-17 Member Since 2014

    Military and Science

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    "An excellent opening book!"

    I was very impressed with this book, I like the premise and I love the characters!

    I look forward to the next!

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    dave hughes 03-05-17
    dave hughes 03-05-17
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    "No good guys, no bad guys, just opposing sides"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Duel in the Dark to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea, I like audio or voice versions of books.


    What other book might you compare Duel in the Dark to and why?

    Hard to say......these review choices they give you sort of try to lead your review vs just letting you tell what you think.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Luke Daniels, his narration is what lead me to this book.


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

    No, I use it at night to help me sleep but this book will keep you as you want to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    I really this book. It is mature military space drama that does a good just of describing the differing view points of a conflict. You will will really like this if you are tired of last ditch aliens attack, humans against the universe stuff that saturates the audio books now days. The ending felt rushed but the book was so solid that is a minor issue...sort of. Sometimes things do not go as we want, but I enjoyed the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-21-17
    julie RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Started slow but finished really well."

    Shades of "The balance of terror" STOS, but good enough for me to look for the next in the series.

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    Andrew 02-11-17
    Andrew 02-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't waste your money."

    The lost fleet series was way better than this! I found this to be very repetitive and boring.

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    John 01-30-17
    John 01-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very descriptive and well narrated."

    Thoughly enjoyed the book and the futuristic background. Kept me in suspense as to the outcome.

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    Tm 02-01-17
    Tm 02-01-17 Member Since 2012

    grumpy.

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    "Slow slow slow"

    I can appreciate character building but something has to happen at some point to hold your interest. I made it 3hrs without much happening. There are so many better titles. I'm asking for a refund I couldn't finish tho one.

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    Lostime4me 04-21-17
    Lostime4me 04-21-17

    Books speak to the soul.

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    "TENSION FILLED"

    Tyler Baron, Confederation ship Dauntless' captain, is the grandson of a war hero from the Confederation-Union wars and is treated like a hero himself. He is cocooned from danger because of his status. While patrolling the backwater borders of Confederation territory his ship ran into a trap set by some unknown ship or ships. There shouldn't have been any danger in that area. That area was filled with sparsely populated mining planets of no use to anyone. Tyler's questions were: Who has infiltrated? What do they want? As he realizes (or thinks he knows) what they are after, he is informed his ship is the only thing that can save their entire civilization from destruction.

    This book kept me on edge the entire time but I couldn't stop listening. It is one of the better sci-fi space novels that I've listened to yet, when finished, I felt regret, anger and dismay. I probably felt other things that I just can't touch on yet. It brought tears to my eyes at the futility of war and I questioned why people have this tendency in them. The anger I felt was toward the warmongering Alliance race that destroyed, cannibalized every civilization they came in contact with because their leaders indoctrinated the people in "the way".

    The Vindictus ship's captain, Katrine Rigellus, sent out to engage the Confederation was questioning the warlike dogma the people of her planet were fed by their politicians.Those same politicians never get blood on their hands nor feel the long term effects of war on their psyche. There was no moral reason for their warlike society only the greed of the leaders as they sent their armies to attack weaker or peaceful planets. The leaders and politicians reap the rewards of war by increasing their power, money and status while those fighting in the war and their families suffer. Katrine questioned all this to herself but still obeyed her training/brainwashing.

    I actually felt sorry for Katrine Rigellus and respected her even though she was born on a warlike planet.

    This was almost 13 straight hours of tension filled listening but I couldn't put it down. I was too invested in ALL the characters and felt the loss of those who died as if they were my own. Each chapter

    I would suggest you listen when you have work that can mindlessly be done so that you can work off the tension and emotions.


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    Eric 04-10-17
    Eric 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than Crimson Worlds"

    Jay Allan and Luke Daniels made Duel in the dark. Ether than the Crimson World Series which I didn't think was possible. Can't wait for book 2

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    Twocrowsdown 03-23-17 Member Since 2010
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    Could not finish-felt like I was watching the Discovery Channel. I'm obviously not the target audience.

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    "Brilliant"

    Great story brilliant all the way through could not stop listening looking forward to the next book great

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