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Trapped in a pocket universe....

Having survived the Brood’s first assault, the battered human battle group must now take the fight to the enemy’s home systems.

Defeat is not an option. If Captain Husher and Admiral Iver can’t lead their people to victory, then not only will those in the battle group perish - so will all of humanity. 

A desperate counterstrike is their only hope.

©2020 Scott Bartlett (P)2020 Scott Bartlett

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Powerful second story in what looks to be epic

Husher and crew battle it out in a pocket universe against evil Husher, its absolutely awesome!
narration and writing are excellent as always, what a pair, now im out of reading material.

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great series

can't wait for the next one. awesome series and we'll worth the time to listen to.

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A must read if you’re a space opera fan!

I am in awe of the work Scott Bartlett and Joshua James must put in to create this fabulous world that the reader gets to play in! I recent transitioned into an audio only reader, so I tend to binge “read” series. I have loved everything written about this world & eagerly await the next installment.

The character development and detail given to every fight scene will draw you ever deeper into this Universe the authors have crafted. Mark Boyett brings their words to life and takes the story to an entirely new level. There are a number of great space opera writers out there today (thankfully), but you really must try this series. You’ll be wanting more.

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A wonderful series for space adventures

Once again Mark Boyett brings the wonderful words of authors Scott Bartlett and Joshua James to life. The Counterstrike books are so good with well sculpted characters human and non-human. A recommended read for lovers of space adventures.

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the battle continues

once again we find Captain Husher leading the fight. But it's not easy for him and his crew. His evil (twin) is once more doing what every it can to both kill Husher and the rest of the fleet. looking forward to book 3.

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Another great one

I cannot say enough how pleased I am to get more stories in this series. There are so many great new science fiction series coming out these day which I love but the Ixan/Vin Husher universe creates by Scott Bartlett is my absolute favorite and Mark Boyette is a master at bringing the characters to life. This is another great book from the duo. I have to also note that Joshua James has done a splendid job coauthoring this Fleet Ops series with Scott and I plan on finding more stories written by him.

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Another exciting installment

The fight to survive long enough to find a way out of the sub-verse was touch-and-go on multiple battle encounters. Such was the ferocity of the Brood, the reluctance of the Scion (their reluctant ally) and the double danger of the enemy's ability to force-turn defenders into enemy monsters.

Scott Bartlett and Joshua James made the protagonist side more real by providing ample backstory on some of the secondary characters for listener investment, only to find them fall during future battle encounters. Husher also continues to delay disciplining his XO, Shota, until later in the novel. Even given that Husher is a pragmatic leader, it was still a bit unrealistic to give his XO this much leeway; especially considering that Husher is a 60 year old Captain veteran.

The story was crafted so well that even until the very end, one couldn't be absolutely sure who would survive, even among the MCs.

Mark Boyett continues to perform to his usual premier level.

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Space Opera at its finest

What a remarkable space opera. Warning a lot of people die including some very good characters. Definitely leaves you with a cliffhanger. Can’t wait for book 3 to be released.

This adventure has the Relentless, Providence and a host of other vessels trapped in a pocket universe. It picks up directly after Trapped. Once again Husher is the key to winning this battle. This has been a long Journey since the Ixa Prophecies and the introduction to Lieutenant Husher.

I hope the next novel features more Scions.

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Thousand X’s better than book 1

A heck of a lot more interesting than book 1 but not quite a 5 star. I have high hopes it will get better as the series continues though!

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What a wild ride!

Couldn't stop listening, fell asleep but finished this morning. pretty much action packed but character development is not ignored. If you're looked for military space it's you can't go wrong with this selection but it will help to read or listen to Book 1 first especially because you may feel compelled to do so after getting into the story.
if you're a fan off Scott Bartlett, don't think twice about starting this series, you won't be disappointed. I'm not familiar with Joshua James but this turned out to be an excellent writing collaborate with no obvious gaps at all
Narration is just what you expect from Mark Boyett, easy to listen to but never flat.

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  • 02-20-21

another good one

another good one and im looking forward to the next. hopefully a bit more supstance

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  • mrs s shwe
  • 09-20-20

Worth the wait

As expected Counterstrike was all and more of what was expected.apart from being action packed, the character development keeps growing. The only problem was that the book wasn’t long enough and now have to wait impatiently for book 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-20

action packed

it's an action packed story, ties in perfectly with book 1, the authors never find the lazy way out of a difficult situation, characters are well developed, and some lack of consequences for some characters it's explained in a logical fashion