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Publisher's Summary

Blackhawk: a wanderer, a man running from a dark and sinister past. A genetically-engineered warrior, a capable and accomplished killer, he is also a lost soul, a man who has fled to the deepest reaches of space seeking his true identity.

The Far Stars: the farthest extent of human habitation in the galaxy, a sector of a hundred inhabited worlds, it is a dangerous expanse full of pirates, mercenaries, and cutthroats. The sector is a rough and rugged frontier, lying beyond the darkness of the great Void, and the only place in all the vastness of space where men live free of the brutal empire that rules the rest of mankind.

Celtiboria: once the premier world in the Far Stars, now a planet wracked by centuries of brutal civil war, driven to the edge of a dark age by the unending struggle among its Warlords for power and control. Augustin Lucerne: one of Celtiboria's feuding Warlords, a brilliant tactician and a respected commander. Lucerne is something rare on Celtiboria, in all of the Far Stars...an honorable man who fights not for personal aggrandizement but to save his world.

©2016 Jay Allan Books (P)2017 Tantor

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Good story but Too much

Intro spectrum. Need too tell the story
And develop char's not go on how he feels every five minutes. Makes me want to stop and read a different book

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One of the BEST Space Operas!

I love this series. This particular book takes us back right after Blackhawk leaves the empire and meets Marshall Lucerne. it specifies exactly how they became friends.

What I am looking forward to is how Blackhawk gets his ship and team together and how he and Lucerne work together to bring the far stars together hopefully in an upcoming book.

Jeffrey Kafer's narration hits it out of the ballpark again.

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great story line - but writer needs help

Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

NO!! too much repeated character detail - over and over and over! Jeffrey Kafer always does a good job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blackhawk?

MOST OF IT.... HE HAD A GOOD STORY LINE BUT CHARACTER DETAIL REPEATED OVER, OVER, OVER AND OVER KILLED IT.

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I CAN ONLY GIVE IT A C- . MAYBE SERIES IMPROVES.

NARRATION WAS GREAT, BUT THIS BOOK IS A SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE READ. ... I LISTENED TO IT AT 21/2 TIMES NORMAL IF THAT IS ANY CLUE TO THE CONTENTS. THE EDITOR SHOULD'VE CUT THE BOOK DOWN, PERHAPS BY HALF.
ITS A YOUNG ADULT COMPLEXITY WITH AN "R" RATED CONTENT.
I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE IT.

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  • Eric
  • San bernardino, CA, United States
  • 05-27-18

Mary Sue! Show don't Tell

Hid Family is all dead, his friends are all dead, everyone he meets, right dies. but he is the most bad ass thing in the universe . All told from a third person point of view. BORING

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Awesome Military Sci-fi!

Jay Allan treats us to fierce battles with evil villains, honorable heroes with flaws as well as virtues, and a couple of characters that fall somewhere in between who earn redemption in the end. He takes us into the noise, pain, fear, and valor in the midst of battle. He shows war for what it is: a dirty, horrifying, mind- and body-scaring clash, in which the combatants fight for varying reasons and often with inner conflicts dogging their steps.

In short, the author shows man both at his best and his worst. It’ll make you think about what our own soldiers go through and bring home with them. Hopefully, the reader will come away with a feeling of compassion for what war does to those who fight in it.

As for THIS reader, I look forward to Jay Allan’s next book and Blackhawk’s further adventures as he will no doubt continue to strive to become the man he wants to be.

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Great power fantasy

If you are looking for a science fiction power fantasy (albeit more Mad Max than Star Wars) don't go any further. Jay Allen's Blackhawk is a super human character with just enough flaws to give him interesting limits. While the story pretends to introduce other characters, the speed in which relationships develop is too unrealistic to allow them any depth. Normally this would be it for me, but here it fits the overall pace of the story and the glimpses at the wider world kept me wanting to here more of the universe. If you are not looking for depth but action, it's a fun time.

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OK BY ME

will wait for the next installment of this story and the further development of this wonderful character keep up this story line it's
A winner

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Good start to a series, lot of potential

Great start to a series with a lot of potential. Well worth the credit and look forward to the next installment.

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That one is a miss.

What disappointed you about Blackhawk?

Retired super-soldier. Brain wasn't part of his previous life. It shows.

What do you think your next listen will be?

There won't be one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeffrey Kafer’s performances?

No.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

Too many stereotypes.

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  • Martin James
  • 05-29-17

Sorry

It just left me cold, I didn't warm to the characters. Also it jumped about to much.
Sorry not for me