The Third Frontier War is raging, and all across human-occupied space worlds are burning. Massive fleets struggle for dominance and kilometer-long war ships exchange thermonuclear barrages.
Battered in the early years of the war, the Western Alliance is resurgent. The brilliant Admiral Augustus Garret leads the Alliance fleet from victory to victory, taking the war to the very heart of the enemy empires. And on the ground, Colonel Erik Cain, hero of the Marine Corps, leads his crack troops again into combat, seeking the final battle.
In the background, the secretive intelligence agencies of the despotic Superpowers plot and scheme, using their own soldiers as pawns in the great game for control of space.
But the final battle will be fought in the reddish sands of a backwater world, and the prize will be the staggering secret that has lain hidden in a remote cave for untold centuries.
All the Powers struggle for the ultimate victory, but at what cost?
The Cost of Victory is the second book in the Crimson Worlds series and the sequel to Marines.
©2012 Jay Allan Books (P)2013 Jay Allan Books
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
Jay Allen writes a very compelling story of what could be called WWIII (he calls it the unification wars). Lots of of space battles and a very interesting outlook on what politics driving the battles may look like - with lots of speculation. This is fine as it gives the reader something to ponder.
The first book actually has the first 3 chapters of the second book included with it. If the series ends with book 2, it is a good story, and has battles, navies, marines, love, and something to ponder of what will happen in the future. There is a twist which I will not mention as it would be a spoiler
Lastly, Jeff Bower does a FANTASTIC job of narrating the books. A few sound effects tastefully added enhance the book.
I wish in a series like this they would tell you if more books are coming and if so how many. Jay Allen puts in an addendum where he describes the superpowers, space battles in zero gravity -- and things like why a space fleet zipping by and making a firing pass at another fleet at high speeds may need hours to stop, turn around and come back and other such details. It is worth the money.
I like Cain he reminds me of good commanders I knew in the corps.
I downloaded the book at around 7pm and couldn't stand his narration of the audiobook. As well he doesn't seem to have a good range of voice differences for different characters.
I liked the overall story line I wanted to try this book hoping the narration would be better but I have now decided to return the book and not get the rest of the series.
I don't think I would try another book because of the narrator
Yes I did and I thought I would give the series on more shot but again the narrator has taken away from the story
I just couldn't listen to the narrators voice at time it was monotone and other time with certain characters just annoyance
The story is awesome with lots of action and intrigue. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for drama, action, suspense, and of course, Sci-Fi!
Lost Fleet - lots of space action and the reality of physics is not ignored.
His delivery was weak and without emotion. Most of his voice were childish squeaky and without emotion.
Absolutely not! It wasn't the story that was the problem it was Jeff Bowers! I want someone reading the book that can get some emotion showing and can do decent character voices. I will definitely look to see if he is doing any books I listen to in the future. I still like to actually read and I may just opt to read vs listen if he is narrating.
Drop Jeff as a reader!
I am not sure if this will happen in the following books... But a great deal of this book was spent retelling of the 1st book. Then towards the end, we start retelling information again! Then Were done!
It made me write this review....
Weigh the facts of the potential of this series to the delivery of it! Do I want to continue and chance purchasing another filler, or give up before I waste more money....
This book is actually better than the 1st book. However, the author short changed his readers by taking the last 3 chapters of his 1st book and inserting them as the 1st 3 chapters of this book. I don't like paying for something twice. I hope the 3rd book is not this way. That is why I gave it 3 stars and not 4.
Regardless, the story is becoming much more interesting and the character play and storyline is much improved and involved which is good. It is becoming more than just an external milk toast narrative of events. The reader has a chance to feel more involvement in the story.
Although I still am not overly impressed with the narrator's style, and his "nasally" voices, the storyline is getting more exciting and involved and I will get the next book in the series. The narrator style is annoying (at least to me and my apologies) and I nearly went ahead and bought the "hardcopy" version just so I wouldn't have to listen to him. Maybe I am becoming "desensitized" to him or maybe he has slightly improved, but i will get the next audio version of the book.
Retired: paramedic, senior maintenence electrician, sudent
YES, IF YOU ENJOY SCI FI AND OR MILITARY ACTION, YOU WILL WANT TO READ ALL 6.
EVERY TIME ERIC GETS A PROMOTION OR MEDAL IS A LEAD IN FOR MORE TROUBLE.
ALWAYS THE DEATH OF CHARACTERS WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH CAN CAUSE A DAMP EYE.
I HAVE READ ALL SIX AND WIL ONLY REVIEW OR RATE A FEW. BUT THESE ARE ALL ATLEAST 4 STARS.
JAY WRITE AS WELL AS IF NOT BETER THAN SOME BIGGER NAMES.
I WANT TO ADD THANK YOU FOR REDUCING THE PRICE OF A KINDLE AND AUDIOBOOK SO A PERSON CAN AFFORD THEM.
I AM A DISABLED FF PARAMEDIC ON SOC SEC NOW AND ALL I CAN DO WITH MY INJURY IS EXIST. BUT THESE NOVELS TAKE ME THERE AS IF I AM LIVING IT.
I CAN FEEL ALL THE EMOTION AND EXPRESSION AS IF I M WATCHING A MOVIE.
very well told story. backstory is revieled with good timing and the story carries forward without lag. i was not a huge fan of Jeff Bower as a narrator but he really came through in his work on this series.
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