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War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of the battleship Dauntless are light-years from the front lines, at Archellia, waiting for their damaged battleship to be repaired. Their ship is only just operational, but there is no time. The Confederation forces need every reinforcement they can get, and Barron and his survivors board their vessel...and rush to the battle lines.

When they get there, they encounter nothing but fleeing ships and shattered fleets. The Confederation is losing the war, falling back steadily, yielding system after system to the invaders. The Union fleets continue inexorably forward, seemingly immune to the supply constraints that have bogged down past invasions. Dauntless finds herself trapped, cut off from the rest of the fleet along with another Confed battleship and a trio of small escort vessels...deep behind the rapidly moving front lines.

Barron must make a choice. Pull back, try to find a way to get around the enemy, and rejoin the fleet. Or press on, strike deep behind the enemy advance, an almost suicidal thrust toward the Union's main logistical supply base...and the one way Tyler Barron can think of to buy the fleet the time it needs to regroup. To survive.

©2016 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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You can skip this one

Chapter after chapter, heroic people face insurmountable odds to accomplish the impossible while facing certain death performing their patriotic duty, because they have no choice, in places indistinguishable from one another. Nothing original here.

The narrator isn't bad, but would benefit from learning to not drop his voice to the bottom of his range at the end of every phrase. And he should just simply Not attempt accents, especially French. Not Ever.

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not great

I liked the first of the series a little better, but it's painfully predictable now.

Hard to believe: unrealistic godlike hero with no flaws. Shallow drama with bunches of characters existing just to die. The reader has little attachment to these and their demise is totally predictable. No character development.

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Ok but not nearly as good as the first.

This book in the series was slow from start to finish with none of the excitement of the first although the threat was massive it never felt like our crew was really in any danger. In the first book there had being daring maneuvers on both sides as each captain tried to get the upper hand in this one they just shot and got shot till the enemy was dead. The performance was worse in some ways too. He had a bad tendency to drag out the last word of each sentence and most of his accents were rough to say the least.

I sincerely hope the next book is better.

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couldn't get interested with the new narrator

Luke Daniels made the first book but I couldn't keep interested with the new one

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good story, Eeyore narrator.

I couldn't get past the first half chapter because I couldn't listen to him anymore. He ends every sentence sounding like Eeyore, drawing out the last word everytime dull and lifeless, extremely flat. Just cannot bring myself to listen to him any further, I guess I will just have to finish the book on my kindle, because I like the author and series. Shame.

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Good Military Sci-Fi.

Good narration and engaging story. The story scope with multiple points of view was very well done. The location headings for each chapter where very helpful.

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 05-29-17

Military SciFi at its best!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a classic military scifi book, it checks all the boxes for a great series and awesome story.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeffrey Kafer is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators, I am starting to buy audiobooks because he is listed as the narrator. Ever since Ryk Brown's series I look forward to anything Mr Kafer narrates, especially 'The Empires Corps'.

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Won't be getting book 3

Dry and repetitive. The first book in the series picked up a bit at the end but this one didn't have that going on. The characters are very one dimensional and the entire book is basically describing a single battle with no character development or any reason to care about anyone.
Everyone is "the best the confederation has ever seen" and people seem to know that by watching a blinking light on their displays.
I won't be listening to book 3.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Enjoyed this book very much. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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A very fun ride

The story was an excellent ride from start to finish. The commander lacks a bit of common sense in some sections of the story, sections obviously meant to let his subordinates shine, but only one such section is blaringly obvious. Performance of the narrator was very good. Can't wait for the next book

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  • CJSILV
  • 06-15-18

great second book

loved the first book this book didn't disappoint looking forward to the next books 📚

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  • lewis smith
  • 06-05-18

An epic story

The characters make the story in my opinion you can just feel their emotions and admire them as you would a living person

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-26-18

Change of narrator killed it for me

The deadpan voice of the narrator makes it impossible to focus on the story, or to distinguish between which characters is speaking. The audio is clear, but it has zero voice acting. Sounds like a salesman reading the quarterly report to the board of investors, rather than an epic space battle for the survival of hundreds of worlds. Dropped the story and the series 2 hours into the second book. Its a shame, loved the first one.

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  • Robbie92
  • 12-04-17

Excellent 2nd book.

Any additional comments?

An excellent continuation of the story.
I was a little nervous to see how the change in narrator would affect the story but in this case I prefer Kafer to Daniels for these books. However, neither really manage a French accent.
Going forward I would like a little less of how Stockton is an ace pilot etc, we get it. Don't mind reminding us once at the start, especially if you haven't read the first book but to have it repeated throughout gets a little wearing.
All in though a good book.

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  • Smudger444
  • 11-23-17

Continuing traditional waring SiFi.

Continuing in the tradition of great warlike SiFi this series remains true to form. i would love a little more tech definitions but this could be me. This story liking to others relies upon special efforts from particularly good Staff. and not so much different weaponry from different races of Aliens. Well narrated and cant wait for the next book. well done thank you.

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  • Scott
  • 07-23-17

sprechen ze franzurzich?

great story and well performed. the French accent should probably be lost to the ages, we don't need to speak about that. lol

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  • Poppey
  • 06-29-17

Another good One

Having inadvertently listened to this book before Book 1, I felt a little lost when I first started and, in some respects, the story was spoilt for me. That said, when I did get into it, it was every bit as good as Book 1 with lots of action and nail biting.

I am so glad they switched narrator to Mark Boyett as I felt he brought more feeling to the voices, especially Tyler Barron.

I look forward to the next instalment.

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  • Jaxxa
  • 06-10-17

Captivating, from beginning to end!

Just like the first book in the series, this is a sequel that smashes it out of the park! You can't help but be pulled into the story by your proverbial boot straps! If it were the physical book I was reading instead of the much more convenient Audible version I had the distinct pleasure of listening to, I'd say you couldn't put the book down, which makes this a perfect Audible book because you can allegedly do other things while listening. I say allegedly because you can't do them very well, not with such a captivating story that demands your attention playing away!

Jay Alan's style of writing forces you to concentrate and pay attention so you don't miss any vital parts of the story. While it's not complicated, it's not something you can just drift along in either. Nor is it entirely predictable - which is another thing I love about his style of writing. Now... On to book 3. :-)