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Publisher's Summary

The Black Fleet Saga continues....

A human planet has been invaded. The enigmatic Darshik have landed troops on a frontier world and have begun subduing major cities even as their blockade repels all attempts by the fledgling United Terran Federation to mount a counteroffensive.

The Federation's military command is desperate, and with their fleet still in tatters, they make a last-ditch effort to free the planet: They pull Captain Jackson Wolfe out of retirement and put him in command of a ship they hope can get past the defending armada and provide support to the beleaguered Marines and civilians fighting on the surface of the contested world.

There is no reasoning with this enemy. If the Terran Federation wants their planet back, they will have to pay the price.

Iron & Blood is the second book of the Expansion Wars Trilogy and the fifth book of the Black Fleet Saga.

©2017 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Almost finished in one sitting

Darnit! Two days and I've already finished the book! I was hoping to take my time and savor the story. But nope! I completely lost myself in the book and only realized that it was early morning when my eyes started hurting. I stopped the book and put it away, intending to save it for when I was on the road. But again, nope. I woke up thinking about the story and ended up finishing the book in that day.

I won't get into details, but I will say that Senior Captain Wolfe is not brought back into the fleet the way I expected. And it made for a great and gripping story. Also, the new characters and new scenarios kept me riveted.

This book is REALLY not a rehash of the previous books. In this one, we see the war from a few different angles from before. And it's outstanding.

I again have to give my complements to Mark Boyett. His pace, emotion, and voicing are excellent. A great performance for a great story.

Highly recommended!

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Captivating

I enjoyed Dalzelle's first installment: "New Frontiers;" it captured my attention! I've stayed enthralled reading "Iron & Blood." I will immediately continue with the last of the trilogy: "Destroyer." I don't look forward to finishing the series. I would like MORE!!

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decent

loved it. decent writing the author keeps it going and keeps you drawn in. good performance.

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second time I've listened to the book. I love it!

plot is great. reader keeps the listener engaged. it is a must-read for those who love space Odyssey plots.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. voice acting was superb, I loved the change of voices during the speaking exchanges. thank you!

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simply thrilling!

was hesitant when Wolf wasn't in a battleship but him as a supporting character was even more thrilling.

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  • Sam
  • Lexington, SC USA
  • 05-21-18

Another Worthy Installment ...

in a great series! I have enjoyed every book in this, the second trilogy telling the tale of Cpt. Wolf. The author has introduced enough new and imaginative plot twists to keep the story fresh and entertaining in every book. I highly recommend the series.

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great book

great book, never a dull moment. Now on to book 3. Yep book book 3.

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loved it!

yep, buying book 3 before days end. Can't wait to "see" the Nemisis in action.

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These just keep getting better

I think I've just decided Dalzell is my favorite writer in this genre. Lots of small touches give the story an authenticity that is outstanding. My only gripe is that the stories are so short.

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  • Dune Drifter
  • 07-05-17

fantastic

A great second book to the expansion trilogy (The fifth book in the dual-trilogy if you follow on from the Black Fleet Trilogy). Top marks again for Joshua Dalzelle's great story line and Mark Boyett's narration skills. The perfect combination to bring you the exploits of Captain Wolfe. ten out of ten. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Dr. A. Aidonis
  • 07-13-18

Fabulous book - superb reading by my hero Boyett

Familiar recipe, superb execution. Superb reading. Dalzell has really surpassed himself with this space opera.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

Another excellent book from Dalzelle

Another thoroughly enjoyable book - I have binged listened the expansion wars series and can find no fault really, this part is slightly different as it introduces a ground warfare element - can’t recommend this series enough!

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  • Steve W
  • 05-22-18

Love these books

Am downloading the next as I type. Just simple good fun sci-fi and Captain Wolfe never fails to stomp donkey

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  • misterrobbie
  • 02-28-18

More of the same brilliance

A great continuation of the black fleet saga, five books in and it's not getting old, a well established cast and new faces you really start to care about. One more book in this series then I'll definitely start on the omega set :)

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  • Joseph A Corcoran
  • 02-19-18

Another excellent instalment to the Warship series

An excellent continuation of the Expansion Wars trilogy, superbly performed as usual by Mark Boyett. Very addictive to listen to, kept me wanting more.
A great Sci-Fi story, very well
plotted and with well fleshed out characters.
Thoroughly recommended.

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  • Joseph Verney
  • 02-06-18

Short but sweet

Great series of books but it could easily be two books instead of two trilogies

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  • Grazzer
  • 01-09-18

Another excellent story in the series

An engaging and exciting well written story. Excellently read. Follows on nicely from the preceeding books.
Buying #3 now!

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  • Charley
  • 11-30-17

amazing

amazing book. cant wait for the 3rd part. would reccomed the whole black fleet and expansion war trilogy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-17

brilliant

Absoluetly fantastic continuation of the series. Excellent from start to finish. performed well and will leave you dying for the next book

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  • nick
  • 07-03-17

amazing series!

I only wish these books where longer cant get enough of this serise, absalotly fantastic sci-fi

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  • Alan
  • 10-29-18

Another hogh quality story

Another great story and a performance that keeps you interested until the last chapter. can*t wait for the next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

Brilliant

i really enjoyed the book and series so far. every chapter i was wanting more. i couldnt put the audio book down. i would even sit in my car in my driveway upon arriving home from work for a good while just to finish the next chapter to satisfy my curiosity and enthusiasm. cant recommend it enough for any sci/fi fan