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In the aftermath of an interstellar war with an alien race, Captain James Drake is unjustly court martialed. But Drake won't go down without a fight. Rather than surrender, he'll lead his loyal crew into the frontier worlds to repair and rearm. Fighting the treacherous Lord Admiral Malthorne, Drake makes alliances with aliens and smugglers to clear his name and defeat treason in his beloved homeland.

©2019 Michael Wallace (P)2019 Michael Wallace

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About 60% before I gave up

This is probably only the second series or novel I'll never finish.

it has good moments, but it suffers from "if it can go wrong for the protagonist it will every time predictably"

it just got very tiring, add in the predictable dialog

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The best Naval Scifi you'll find anywhere.

I loved every moment. Barnes was superb. I'll miss these characters for a long time.

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Space Opera at it’s finest

This book is space opera, not science-fiction. If you enjoy a ship that can u-turn in space and maintain its velocity; a space navy that has wormhole jump capability but still uses cannon firing metal shot; technology that works hard to approach 0.1 light speed but just cannot quite seem to move any faster, and; ships with engines that “sputter“ when damaged - then this book is for you. On the other hand, if you demand at least a passing observance of proper physics by an author who builds a credible navy in his story - then put this work back on the shelf and keep looking.

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Gripping

I couldn't wait until my next car ride to find out what happened. I dug out headphones to listen to this around the house! loved the character development and the story advancements. Must get series!

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Amazing!

Absolutely WONDERFUL! Narration was superb and did a wonderful job defining the characters. Story had twists and turns, somewhat predictable but was overshadowed by all the battles. DEFINITELY pick this one up. On of the best space opera’s I have heard thus far, if not THE best!

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Now this is one proper space opera

Large world building, space combat and adventures whilst in port. That's how I like my space opera. The narration really sold the old days of ship sailing feel.

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battle details vs characters. characters lost

too much battle action detail not enough character development, so much potential for great characters that was simply not reached. I kept listening as I just Knew it would begin to actually develop.... disappointed.

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An outstanding value for an entertaining ride

1st off, Steve Barnes does an outstanding job with the voices of a large cast of characters.
As for Mr. Wallace, he manages to take you into deep space where you feel all the bumps, gravity loss, battle jitters, disorienting jumps and blood curling screams. What a ride! So what if the royal navy sounds very much like the Brits’s? Much of old Britain history is thinly disguised but really, humans never learn and will repeat the same mistakes on Earth or in space, so to me that was acceptable.
While Michael W. does not borrow from Star Trek, in some ways, the dialogue and some situations reminded me of some funny ST episodes. This bit of levity was welcome to relieve some of the tense situations.
The character development is good. I got very fond of Tolvern and Kapp. The series is well written with no foul language and clear sentences.
I will be buying the next audio compilation in this series Star Wolf superbox when it becomes available.

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Solid military scifi

Light, somewhat wry, quite enjoyable the whole way through. If you like space battles with alien starships and interstellar beasts this one is for you.

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Great space opera

Great story with good military reference. Very interesting backdrop. Good narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Richard
  • 05-08-19

great idea but not a good read

I loved the idea and the story had potential but considering it was set in the future I could not get past the 18th century approach to class and sexism. did not help that that voices felt like how Americans believe we speak.

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 10-10-19

decent science fiction ruined by performance

the story, albeit not very original and a bit unnecessarily based on "old British" society of the days of the British Empire, is pretty entertaining. but the whole experience is ruined by the narrator - maybe it is me, but I could not listen to the guy. it is completely over the top in parts and in parts it's just bad acting.

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  • megashopper
  • 06-17-19

Well worth a Token!

This is classic bread and butter Sci Fi. Well worth the token for the set. it's not going to blow your mind with unreal futuristic concepts but it will scratch a certain space faring itch. it's a essentially 18th century sea faring in space. A special mention to the narration as you quickly forget your actually listening to a single actor.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-21

outstanding

Fantastic. Funny. Grpping.
May I suggest you listen to this superbox. I feel you will not be disappointed with it.
The characters come through. Especially Cap. Her one liners class.

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  • Steve
  • 05-03-21

the worst narration and story ever

A good narrator can turn a bad book into something palatable. An exceptional narrator is golden. unfortunately this narration is so abismal i would rather enjoy being hit in the face with a bluebottle ( big bug for those in usa) whilst riding my harley wearing an open faced helmet whilst negotiating a hare pin bend on gravel.

even for 1 credit 45 hours of my life is worth more, like say props pig on repeat would be better time consuming. that said it is not all the narrators fault, the story is pants. now i will caveat that with the fact that i only managed a few hours of this bilge before linda blair exorcist vomiting in an attempt to rid myself from it.

now if you want to see what i consider good narration look at rcbray with two diff authors, the expeditionary force series (authors craig alanson) and the mountain man series (author keith blackmore). two completely different genre

for another exceptional narrator look at mark boyett or from the expanse series jefferson mays

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  • 06-20-20

enjoyed this immensely

enjoyed this immensely, well read and a strong story line kept me listening for hours on end.

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  • Greg
  • 09-15-19

Great value and well narrated

Enjoyed this box set you can’t really complain at the price and 59 hours of narration. Great company while in a run or in car will get the next in the series

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  • Gillian M
  • 08-14-19

Well written, excellent narration, superb omnibus

This was my introduction to Michael Wallace’s books – Kindle and Audible versions. For me, the storylines are well written and I enjoyed the action, suspense, humour and the bit of romance that they include. Steve Barnes provides excellent narration for the Audible version and produces a good selection of different voices that clearly identify the various characters. The combination of the descriptive writing and the wonderful narration make the characters and events very vivid so that you can believe you are right there (the same way you can become immersed in watching a film). Not only does the Blackbeard Superbox contain books 1-4 of the Starship Blackbeard series but as a bonus the Sentinel Trilogy books are included. I definitely liked that fact that the Superbox is an omnibus of two consecutive series of books so that I could immediately read/listen to one book after another and didn’t feel that I’d been left with any cliff hangers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-19

absolutely brilliant..... thoroughly enjoyed it ..

nice steady pace.. exciting battles plus love interest... good narrative...looking forward to next in series.

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  • Jasen
  • 02-05-20

Could not finished it..

This story is an epic tale of a sea captain from the 17th century British sea navy, where the writer got an old sea story, and just replaced all the words like "Sea" with "Space" and thats it. It was mildly amusing to lisson too for a few hours, while thinking how funny it would of been to go from the 17th century to the 21st without ANY vocabulary changes. But it gets old an stale real quick and with all the old navy talk in a future setting just turns it into a book for preteens.
Refunded at about hour 15 when i fell asleep for the 6th time and missed nothing of the story.