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A relentless enemy.... An old wolf's last hunt.... The future of two species hanging in the balance.

The Darshik war machine is flagging, but the war is far from over. Even as an exhausted Federation military tenses up for a counterattack after repelling the last Darshik invasion, reports are coming in of a new, more powerful class of ship that's striking deep into Terran space.

Captain Jackson Wolfe has been given the fleet's newest, most advanced destroyer and tasked with eliminating this new threat before it can claim any more human lives. What he finds, however, is immeasurably more dangerous than just some new class of starship...it's a horror that could lead to the destruction of both their species if it isn't stopped.

Destroyer is the third book in the Expansion Wars Trilogy and part of the number one best-selling Black Fleet Saga.

©2017 Joshua Dalzelle; 2018 Podium Publishing

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A great finale with a few unexpected heartbreakers.

I was so excited when my pre-order became available for download. Having gulped both preceding books quickly I dove in and this installment didn’t disappoint. I knew there couldn’t be a good story without a few tragedies and it was heartbreaking to read through those moments. But all in all there is a sense of a satisfying journey. I’m glad the author left the possibility of further trilogies or however else he might choose to group his works. It certainly felt that it was left open ended. I’ll be waiting and in the meantime listening again and again.

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A good continuation, but...

I enjoyed the book, except for the author's direction of constant "blundering" by the captain, and killing off other characters.

In my opinion, I much prefer a stronger lead, with less mistakes.

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another spectacular end to the trilogy.

I enjoyed the expansion trilogy as much as the original. the inventive and intricate story sets the mark for the genre. I truly hope Mr. Dalzelle continues with another trilogy.

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My Favorite Series

While I enjoy several different series, trilogies, space operas, or whatever you want to call them, the Expansion Wars and it's preceding trilogy are my favorite. One of my all time favorite characters as well as several ancillary actors in these books makes it so fun. I don't like books with typical 10 feet tall and bullet proof characters, see John Clark from the Clancy books. Dalzelle gives us people we can root for. They make mistakes, they do good, and sometimes they even get killed. Boyett is my favorite narrator as well. He just does a nice job, and doesn't overplay his role. Sad this one is over, but re-reads are sure to come.

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Excellent!

An excellent end to the trilogy. I loved every minute! more by this author please! more by this narrator please!

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Another great book in a tremendous series!

Another great book in a tremendous series! I have come to expect nothing less from the author J.D. and the series. Can't wait for the next book!

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great series

love these books all hos books are great hope we get another in this universe

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Great book

This is one of my all time favorite book and the series keeps you wanting more. A must to listen

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Hope the future is opposite to the series

I have enjoyed Joshua Dalzell many futuristic books. I used the listening as a diversion while working in the garden and driving long distance. But the more I listen the more I think how possible the future is as Mr. Dalzell writes it. And, there are strong evidences all over the world how incomparable human civilizations are. We can't see each other as friends, brothers or sisters. We have to conquer each other. We want what others have and then kill them or enslave them.
I believe there is little hope for humanity. We'll destroy ourselves. One clear example of how little we have advanced is the election of the largest com man and idiot in American history. There is even a new religion birthed out of the followers of this caricature of a man.

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To similar and bland, no real story.

I rather liked this series. It still has the rather annoying habbit of always having the characters spell out evry aspect of their intentions and motives, a very childish justification of all actions and thoughts. Noone does this inn real life, and it gets tidious rather quickly. Beyond that I have to say that it seems the story has run out of momentum, this latest book is more and more and more of the same. And for the lack of a story it dives into descriptions of tidious logistics and micromanagement. Characters see no real development, and seem to be only minor adhock elements. All in all its rather bland and predictable all way.

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-31-18

Back On Form

Joshua Dalzelle has left his best until last in this Expansion Wars trilogy with Destroyer. This reverses the situation in his Black Fleet trilogy of books which saw an interesting but rather anti-climatic finale in my opinion. I am happy to report that Destroyer sees a return to some lost form by Dalzelle and a reminder of what I liked so much about his first book in the Black Fleet trilogy. Things start off a bit slow it must be said but by chapter 12 or so things heat up and keep on going until a satisfying end.

Once the action gets going Dalzelle really writes the tense and rapid fire bridge scenes well pulling the reader right into the action and putting you on the bridge of the TFS Nemesis as Jackson Wolf struggles to combat his deadliest foe yet. Dalzelle seems to exhibit a detailed knowledge of the way the bridge crew and ship is commanded and leads me to wonder if he has had some personal experience in the navy. The tension is palpable as orders are barkedd out, responses given and the fight goes on.

Each scene is delivered with competence by the superb Mark Boyett who is able to render a multitude of convincing voices and accents that really bring this book to life.

One plot element I felt the author hadn't quite got right was the fact that it was obvious that the Eastern Star Alliance was involved with the Darshek threat. None of their worlds had been attacked despite their closer proximity to the Darshek and their entire attitude towards the rest of the Federation was adversarial so why none of the key protagonists in this story made the connection sooner was odd to me. It also strikes me as I write this that the ESA appear to be analogous to present day Russia and China and the general setting of these books suggests a sort of Cold War that also reminds me of years past or perhaps a renewed one in our near future.

All told, Destroyer is a good read and the best of this series.

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  • David JJ Briggs.
  • 10-09-21

Loved it

Enjoyed the whole series. I will now have problems finding something as good to listen to.

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  • d t
  • 09-28-21

Good end to the series.

Listened to all six books back to back, will listen again. Great narration, interesting story despite largely the same subject.

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  • Irfan R.
  • 09-26-21

simply amazing

a gripping and fitting end to a fantastic trilogy! I sincerely hope there are more books within this universe

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  • Isaac Curran
  • 09-23-21

EXPENSIVE

These short stories are just too expensive! The story was a struggle, very bity and lacked flow. Good narration but let down by poor story, repetitive story line,

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  • whodathunkit?
  • 08-11-21

Another success

I have loved every one of the Jackson Wolfe stories. I hope there is more to go at.

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  • Darren Tyrell-Knights
  • 07-15-20

excellent despite stupid plot hole

spoilers.

I can't buy that it took wolf that long to figure out that the spectre was after the cube, it's the only issue I have with an otherwise enjoyable story. Excellent narration as always from the infallible Mark Boyet

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  • vincent
  • 06-29-20

love it

great book and can't wait for the next one. really a fantastic writer and the niration is great

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  • Jason White
  • 06-10-20

brilliant

love the story and characters.. just finished book six, I've listened to the black fleet and expansion wars in less than 2 weeks.. in between life, found I couldn't put it down.. and of course Mark Boyett does a stunning job in bringing the characters to life.. absolutely loved the series so far.. now o to book 7, I highly recommend this series.

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  • Larry Reacher
  • 05-16-19

Brilliant book, brilliant Narrator.

Brilliant book, brilliant Narrator.

All 3 books in the trilogy are excellent, I would say each gets much better, last is super good. I hope they kick on and do another series with Captain Wolf "et el" and push on with another trilogy ;-) great narration as well..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-19

Just wow.

Such an incredible journey. My favourite series to date. Ties in amazingly with the first 5 books.

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  • Adam
  • 07-08-19

Great close to the trilogy!

Spectacular game of cat and mouse! just like the old times in warship. Couldn't stop listening!

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  • Alan
  • 11-08-18

Hreat story, well told and well performed

This trilogy was a great follow-on from the original trilogy. I'm looking forward to more.

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  • Ryan S
  • 09-03-18

Joshua Dalzelle never disappoints.

Great story but what makes the difference is Joshua Dalzelle's ability to give depth to his characters. Mark Boyett just confirms, to me, in this story and his recent narrative "archangel' that he is an excellent narrator who can bring characters to life...
Footnote... I almost thought 'skippy' was going to make an appearance in this series.

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  • Clemens
  • 03-25-18

enjoyed it

I liked the third installment. Hopefully the wait for the next one won't be long

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