Dogs of War

Ixan Legacy, Book 3
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: Ixan Legacy, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The invasion has begun....

The Progenitors are here, and Captain Husher knows the galaxy isn’t ready. He spent his entire military career preparing, but it wasn’t enough.

As the Interstellar Union continues to flail and colony after colony is consumed, Husher must make some impossible choices. About what to save. And what to let fall to the onslaught.

If he can’t find a way to oppose the Progenitors, they will sweep through the multiverse like fire through a parched forest.

It all comes down to this.

©2018 Scott Bartlett (P)2018 Scott Bartlett

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The best series I’ve ever had the honor !

Three series’s each as its own but together are one ! And not just one, but one of the best masterpiece ever created. I’ve listened to all from beginning to end all over again and I’ve discovered so much that I missed the first time it’s just amazing what Scott Bartlett have created, no other author have done something like this ever before, at least not that I’ve came across ! There is no question about it, I fully recommend this book, I fully recommend everything that was touched by Scott Bartlett without a doubt.

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How this series ends will blow you away!

Fortunately, I hate spoilers, and I don't use them in my reviews. So no peeks ahead here. Dogs of War is the culmination of the Ixan Legacy series, and the way the series ends will surprise you and blow you away. Once again Captain Vin Husher is having to make agonizing, impossible decisions and choices. Being a flawed human, he doesn't always make the right ones. He doesn't always make the best ones. But he keeps fighting, and he is doing everything he can to save humanity, all the other species, the galaxy, and the universe. If you really start to like and become attached to characters, just be aware that a lot of bad things happen in this third book, and some of them can't be fixed. You'll need to read it to find out who and what I'm talking about. Husher's situation, that of the IU, the Interstellar Union, their allies and enemies, have become increasingly desperate and only desperate measures will end up saving even a few lives. Maybe. This is the third book I've read by Scott Bartlett, the first being Capital Fleet, the first book of the series, and the second being Pride of the Fleet. Suffice it to say that while I thought it was a bit of a slow go at the beginning of the first book, after the first few chapters its been pedal to the metal all the way through, and I found myself hooked and unable to stop listening until I could reach the end of the series. Even still, I'm going back and reading Ixan Prophecy and Mechwars, both of which I now already own. Mark Boyett has done a masterful job with the narration. I think he really got who these characters are, and what their struggles are, and he has done a truly admirable first class job of narrating the series. When narrators are really good, the characters actually take shape and form - and for that matter come to life - based on their voices, and that's what happened in this series listening to Mark's narration. It is just outstanding. As a lot of my readers know, I'm a bit of a perfectionist as a watchmaker and a very hard man to impress. I'm not a flatterer, I'm someone who is perfectly happy to render constructive criticism or to outright say when something sucks. So I would, in a professional and constructively critical way, if it did. Otherwise, how can we learn and grow and develop and improve? The fact that I have already purchased 2 other series from Scott Bartlett, and that I will undoubtedly listen to them, should certainly stay with you long after this review is forgotten. This series is very, very good and absorbing, it is military space opera in high form, and extremely enjoyable. I highly recommend this book and the series.

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A fantastic wrap up.

You could end the series here and it feel concluded but clearly more awaits! This has got to be one of the most darkest books I have read. A very heavy hand of political antigovernment is evident. Political screaming aside though it concludes the current story Arc very well and with common sense and leaves the story open for another Arc in the series.

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Good book, perfect for in the car

I really enjoyed this book. It was perfect for listening while driving. (Which is when I listen to audio books). Good action, interesting tech, logical motivations and compelling characters. Worth the credit.

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Action Packed but seems a bit rushed at the end

I really enjoyed this book as the conclusion of the Ixan Legacy series; the good news is that it brings all the big things to a conclusion, while leaving massive openings for sequels/spin-offs. The bad news is that the end seems abrupt without much 'post-climax' resolution to a lot of things, I think that it needed a few more chapters to resolve some of the plot/character points. Mark Boyett is an outstanding narrator, he does a great job of making all of the voices sound distinctive and using just the right amount of heightened energy when in the midst of a crisis or battle scene (pretty much always the same thing in this series!). Overall I'm really glad I read this series, found myself making excuses to go on walks, work outside, etc. to 'find out what happens next'.

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Interesting way to distribut propaganda.

OK so I am a sucker for a good space opera. To a certain level this book set achieved its objective. The author is not without talent in moving the narrative along ( specially the tactical portions ). The problem is that the author has an agenda and is as transparent as Saran Wrap in delivering the message with pretty much boils down to "We must save the elite rich ethnocentric Heroes from the inclusive socialistic hoards". Hey, when someone puts this much effort into creating a work of fiction, they have the right to inject it with their own bias. None the less, that right should be checked a little as to not let it interfere with the quality of the work. In this case, sadly, such a check was not in place and as a result we are treated to simplistic, one dimensional characters. It is sad specially because his point ( his agenda really) could have still made it across in a more subtle matter. I did finish the three books, I am just glad they were in audio-book form so that I had one hand free to hold my nose throughout the whole ordeal. We need a little more nuanced thinking from our authors, not just an apt writer in search for a megaphone.

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Political Philosophy Across Universes

Disclaimer: I received a free code for the books in this series, but the only impact that had was to influence me to actually write a review. It had no impact on the review contents. This review is for the Ixan Legacy series books 1-3, not each individual book. This author brought to mind Terry Goodkind and Ayn Rand. Not has heavy-handed as Rand, certainly the soliloquies were not as long (thank goodness), but it seems the intent of the books was to promote a particular philosophy/political viewpoint in an entertaining fashion. And it was entertaining. I had no trouble getting through the series, and was actually curious to see where some of the characters went and how it all turned out. The characters were a bit thin in spots. The climax seemed to be a little "deus ex machina" in a couple different places. Overall, it was enjoyable and it might cause people to think a little more than a sci-fi space opera usually does. *scores are different across books intentionally to get better granularity over rating for the series.

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Thrilling conclusion to the series

It’s hard to describe this book without getting into spoilers because so much happens. There is still the politics from the previous books, and the SciFi side of the story is still great. There’s planning, plotting, backstabbing. There are friends who can’t be trusted, and it all makes for a great story. The book is action-packed all the way through and the whole story moves along nicely. The narrator continues doing a great job with this book. Overall, this book wrapped up the trilogy nicely, and the whole trilogy is worth a listen. This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

The political points in the book added a touch of all too familiar horror of our own world. Very relatable.

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Its ok

Too much politics for me. Basically mirrors today's volatile political climate. I liked the rest of the storyline but the just when I was enjoying it the political stuff would push me away again.

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  • Azura S
  • 07-11-20

Thrilling Finish

I have really enjoyed this series. Finally, a sci-fi series written by somebody who isn't a utopian idealist. This is a solid commentary on today through a future lens as well as a super and entertaining romp. The narrator is excellent too. Thumbs up, this was great.

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  • Mark Say
  • 01-28-20

Dogs of War

This is the final part of the Ixan Legacies trilogy and it is a fitting end to the series. I flew through this listening to it much quicker than I normally would have because I couldn't wait to find out what happened! I can't really remember where the last book Pride of the Fleet ended and this one began. Because I don't want to get into spoiler territory all I will say is that this is the best book of the three, the other two were merely setting the scene so that things could be wrapped up for better or worse here. We have space battles, mech wars and finally an ending to the frustration of intergalactic politics which wound me up so much in the first two books. Don't let the fact that I got wound up about it put you off, I'm more than certain that it was supposed to. The ending wraps things up and doesn't leave is with a massive cliffhanger like some of Bartlett's previous book! I really enjoyed the series and would thoroughly recommend.

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  • Placid
  • 03-12-19

A truly good book

This is the third installment of the Ixan Legacy Trilogy. It continues after the Progenitors have started another series of conflicts that has led to fighting. Captain Husher seems to be the only member of the Navy who has recognized the seriousness of the danger involved even as the Union continues to try and destroy him as they also work to wreck their own government. There are many places where you want to believe that people could not be as bad as they appear; but it provides a look at how far people will go to ensure their own position of power. The book is exciting and keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. It is well narrated and the narrator has great voice control for the various character and is fully understandable. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Alan
  • 12-02-18

good series

the trilogy was a rattling good listen and will certainly get a second and possibly 3rd listen before I am done, great sci- fi