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Duel in the Dark Audiobook

Duel in the Dark: Blood on the Stars, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

A new adventure by the author of the best-selling Crimson Worlds and Far Stars series.

The Confederation has fought three wars against the forces of the totalitarian Union. Three generations of its warriors have gone off to war, held the line against the larger, more powerful enemy. Now the fourth conflict is imminent, and the Confederation's navy is on alert, positioned behind the frontier, waiting for the attack it knows is coming.

The battleship Dauntless has spent the past 10 months patrolling the border, deployed far forward of the main fleet, a forlorn hope, an advance guard positioned to give the warning of invasion. But no attack has come. Her crew is exhausted, and the aging battleship needs maintenance. With the fleet mobilized and the forward bases overloaded beyond capacity, she is sent clear across the Confederation, to a planet along the quiet and peaceful far frontier. Her crew is looking forward to a rest, and Dauntless herself is scheduled for a long-overdue maintenance session.

But the quiet frontier isn't what it seems, and when a distress call is received from one of the mining colonies on the edge of Confederation space, it falls to Captain Tyler Barron to take Dauntless forward, to find out what is happening, and to put a stop to it.

Barron and his crew have their ship - and each other - but they can expect no other help. Suspicion is strong that Union deceit is at play, that the attack is some sort of diversion intended to draw Confederation forces from the disputed border. The orders are clear. No ships will be transferred from the prospective battle line. Stopping whatever is happening on the rim is Barron's responsibility and his alone.

Barron is the grandson of the Confederation's great hero, the father of the modern navy. His family name has always carried privilege with it - and crushing responsibility. And now he must prove that he has inherited more from his famous grandfather than name and privilege. He must face the enemy and win the victory before the Confederation is caught between two enemies and destroyed.

©2016 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    "backwards thinking"

    I wasnt impressed. The tactics utilized are. idiotic at best. Early in the ship battle he mentions torpedo tubes, but then never uses them. The so called honorable commander keeps his crew and himself at general quarters living on stims for days at a time with apparently no degradation of their performance, unless you count the complete lack of tactical thinking throughout the book as a result of this stupidity. As pointed out by another reviewer the main characters are generic and almost carbon copies of each other. Besides all that the author seems not only to have his characters commit atrocities, and to do things detrimental to morale and the lives of their crews, but he seemingly whole heartedly endorses their actions. If this is his notion of a good commander he's obviously never spoken to a real service member. To top it all off he's very generic in his physics concept, and the ships are bland and unremarkable aside from their size. All in all the premise and the execution of the plot was mediocre at best.
    The narrator made the women sound like men with bad accents.

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    Tm 02-01-17
    Tm 02-01-17 Member Since 2012

    grumpy.

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    "Slow slow slow"

    I can appreciate character building but something has to happen at some point to hold your interest. I made it 3hrs without much happening. There are so many better titles. I'm asking for a refund I couldn't finish tho one.

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    KAG 03-05-17
    KAG 03-05-17

    Hi, I am KAG and I have an Audio book problem........

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    "No good guys, no bad guys, just opposing sides"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Duel in the Dark to be better than the print version?

    I have no idea, I like audio or voice versions of books.


    What other book might you compare Duel in the Dark to and why?

    Hard to say......these review choices they give you sort of try to lead your review vs just letting you tell what you think.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Luke Daniels, his narration is what lead me to this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I use it at night to help me sleep but this book will keep you as you want to know what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    I really this book. It is mature military space drama that does a good just of describing the differing view points of a conflict. You will will really like this if you are tired of last ditch aliens attack, humans against the universe stuff that saturates the audio books now days. The ending felt rushed but the book was so solid that is a minor issue...sort of. Sometimes things do not go as we want, but I enjoyed the listen. <br/><br/>

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    julie RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-21-17
    julie RALEIGH, NC, United States 02-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Started slow but finished really well."

    Shades of "The balance of terror" STOS, but good enough for me to look for the next in the series.

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    Alex Millender 06-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The story was good, but very predictable"

    When you have read as many "good vs evil" books and seen as much scifi as I have, a predictable plot is annoying.

    That was ok here because it was a good, well written story in spite of this fact.

    What really grated on my nerves was Allan's choice of having all military persons, no matter whose thoughts within any of the four cultures' militaries were being presented, used the word "comrades" in the narration of their thoughts to identity their fellows in arms. This wouldn't be a big issue if he hadn't used the term dozens upon dozens of times.

    For four cultures so different and with such lack of knowledge about each other, it seemed like a very obvious bit of laziness within an otherwise good book for him to use that term ad nauseam. It cheapened the book for me.

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    TheHopelessNinja 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An excellent choice "

    narrator was superb, voice unique and distinctive. the story gripping and thrilling, A great book!

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    "Damn entertaining"

    3 main powers struggling for control of star systems. at first the story line switches between the factions. I was working on a project as I listened so it took me a second to catch up as he shuffled from the view of one faction to the next setting the stage. Then the action starts and I couldn't stop listening!

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    Andrew 02-11-17
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    "Don't waste your money."

    The lost fleet series was way better than this! I found this to be very repetitive and boring.

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    tekone New York, NY USA 02-01-17 Member Since 2014

    Military and Science

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    "An excellent opening book!"

    I was very impressed with this book, I like the premise and I love the characters!

    I look forward to the next!

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    Cerebral Mischief 08-19-17 Member Since 2013

    I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.

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    "Loving this series so far!"

    Jay Allan writes some incredible books. And Luke Daniels is among my favorite narrators. These two together create an excellent experience and this story is so far very well done!

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    "Worth a listen"

    I enjoyed the story but found some of the scenes to wordy to descriptive. It ended up distracting from what was actually happening. But I have bought the next book and await the confrontation with the next foe.
    Ps - bad Irish accent

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    "Great Start"

    I inadvertently listened to book 2 before book 1 which doesn’t help.

    However, this is a very good start to a promising series with lots of action, both on the ground and in space. You really feel sympathy for the Alliance’s space captain at the end.

    Narration could have been better. I found Luke Daniels seemed to over-emphasize some characters, and the voice of Tyler Barron was a case in point. Having listened to Book 2 first, I found Tyler Barron’s character was certainly improved by the voice of Mark Boyett.

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    Great story brilliant all the way through could not stop listening looking forward to the next book great

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