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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Demetri
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 03-07-18

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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couldn't stop listening. riveted from the first.

This is the type of book where every minute leaves you wanting to know what happens next. There is never a dull moment. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with the Eastern Star Alliance in what I assume will be the next series.

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A mirror of Destroyer Life - timeless

If you read or listen to books of naval battles and the tin can life you will enjoy these books.

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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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  • Poppey
  • 05-11-18

Disappointing

It took me a while to get into this one as I found it slow to start, then it was over. It was as though the author didn't really know how to complete the trilogy, so threw something together. Of course, that is my opinion and I realise some my disagree, but this could have been better.

That said, it might have been worse save for the narration of Mark Boyett.

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  • Captain Andy
  • 05-02-18

The new and gritty captain Picard. A space story that goes deeper into our own fears and heralds a new space hero.

This is a great story that has many different levels and is keeping me enthralled. Obviously tricky to narrate many different caricatures but you know who they are with the skilful writing. The expanding alien scenarios are well realised and help mirror our current earthly problems. I look forward to the next series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-18

loved it

loved the whole premise, Jackson Wolf the enigmantic but rebellious starship captain cant help but make you endear him. Excellent performance by Mark Boyett throught the series. Would love some more foes for Jackson to fight soon!!

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  • Joseph A Corcoran
  • 03-26-18

Gripping finale

A very good conclusion to the second trilogy. Destroyer continues the story and character arcs nicely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-18

Sad

it's very sad to see what happened to me with the omega force series where no audio book is numbered for continuity and order of stories, the same thing here is listening to the expansion wars all three books just to realize that for the first time I should listen to black flet to better understand the story and to be continuity. you've lost a client who could have bought the black flet if I had not listened to the expansion wars first to know more than 50% of what's happening in black flet, it's a pity that such a good author is not in the mood to make a continuity in the titles and not miss a client.

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  • Michael white
  • 02-14-18

Great read

What great read , a gripping story that keeper me listing when I should have been doing other things.

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  • Elise
  • 02-02-18

Have to read it but probably the worst book of the 6

There is no real jeopardy in this book. It’s not the best series really but I like the characters. Nothing really happens in this one and after what has gone before there is no real jeopardy. Characters are introduced but do nothing and old characters don’t do much.

Seems like there will be more but they’re going to need to be better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-01-18

Wonderful Conclusion

A wonderful and fitting conclusion to a great saga, Captain Wolfe's final stand is narrated excellently.

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  • david
  • 01-30-18

not what I was expecting

this came across as a shoot them up book. little story line and I couldn't get into the story at all.

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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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  • stefan redwood
  • 03-01-18

awesome series

this was an amazing series, i simply could not stop listening. i went though all 6 books with in 2 weeks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-18

fantastic story

loved this story, have been waiting on pt3 coming out for a while and it doesn't dissapoint.
hope there is a new trilogy in the plans!