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Ruins of Empire Audiobook

Ruins of Empire: Blood on the Stars, Book 3

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War rages between the Confederation and the Union. Shattered fleets watch each other warily across a war-torn frontier. Both sides are licking their wounds, gathering strength to continue the fight.

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of Dauntless are finally enjoying the rest they've earned while their aging battleship, Dauntless, gets the repairs and refit it desperately needs. But their respite will be short-lived. In the Badlands, deep in the haunted vastness of pre-Cataclysmic space, a new discovery threatens to upset the balance of power. Orbiting a world in a distant system is an ancient battleship, vastly larger and enormously more advanced than anything possessed by the contending powers...and the Union has already sent forces to seize it. The Confederation has no ships close enough to intervene, to get there before the enemy...none save Dauntless.

Barron and his crew must race across the Badlands, find the ancient artifact, and somehow hold it, keep the Union forces from taking it, until reinforcements arrive. They will be outnumbered and outgunned, but there can be no retreat. Not this time. Nothing less than the fate of all human-inhabited space is at stake.

If the Confederation is able to rediscover the technology of the ancients, it will be safe for generations to come, its defensive forces untouchable by its enemies. But if the Union gets there first, if it can adapt the incredible power of mankind's lost technology, it will gain the power to enslave all humanity.

This fight isn't for territory. It isn't for position or tactical advantage. It is for the future.

©2017 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Eric 07-18-17
    Eric 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story great series"

    Love Jay Allan books and Jeffrey Kafer could read the phone book and make it sound good. The first two books were better but it's still a great series and I can't wait for #4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tekone New York, NY USA 07-09-17
    tekone New York, NY USA 07-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome! Some of Jay Allan's best work"

    I don't know if it's Mr Kafer, the writing or a combination of both but this is def one of my go to series. There are a few series that I actually pre order and this is one of them...

    With that said I really want to see more exploration of ancient tech and some interactions with the Alliance!

    Keep them coming...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 10-12-17
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 10-12-17 Listener Since 2005
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    "The most of the reviews on this book must be fake!"

    A confederation of planets on the verge of war.... A major star-ship fuel rich planet with a major star-ship fuel processing plant, and orbiting transfer station..... No defenses but a couple weak lasers, and one small refinery town with one company of marines!

    Who thinks that is not likely?!?!?!

    I am not worrying about spoilers because the author did that already! The whole first part of the book is so pathetic I am getting a refund at chapter 9! The confederacy, the Union, the federation, the storm troopers, a German engineer woman named Fritz portrayed in a voice like a man! ROTFLOL!!! Ship names like the Dauntless, and many other copied names, so many I think the author did not have an original thought!

    Bomb pumped lasers taking out ships from a battle platform, okay, that works except it was hiding behind a moon!!!!! ROTFLOL!!!! YEA, THAT'S THE TICKET!!! THE LASERS TRAVELED THROUGH THE MOON BEFORE TAKING OUT THE SHIPS!!!!

    Conclusion, if you have any knowledge of space battle, tactical defensive strategy, and any desire for something original, DON'T GET THIS BOOK!!!

    P.S. The reader reads so slow I had to speed up to 1.2. His voice is incapable of doing woman's voices! I could not tell when the reader went from one caricature to the next. The reading was droning on so badly I was drifting away in my own thoughts half the time. I'm surprised I was paying enough attention to catch all the totally stupid plot failures!

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    Allen 09-22-17
    Allen 09-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Some real dead spots for me"

    There were times I found myself skipping forward or impatiently waiting for what I considered extraneous dialog to pass by, but from a third book it wasn't bad.

    I find third books to be the weakest in a series. A publisher may ask an author to stretch a plot line to get more books out, it an author experienced unplanned for success in a first book and had nothing thought up past a second book plot line.

    This book stayed true to the characters developed in the fist two. Sonething I find rare and refreshing in a third book.

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    Cerebral Mischief 09-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"

    I am absolutely in love with this franchise so far! This is quite simply one of the better space sci-fi books I have listed to!

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    Badger65 Fort Living Room, NH 07-12-17
    Badger65 Fort Living Room, NH 07-12-17
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    "Dammed good entertainment"

    Jay is one of my favorite authors. He never fails to deliver on a well written novel that captures the moment perfectly. Jay paints a story with words that captures the sites and smells, the angst and anxiety of peril and victory completely as if he lived it first hand!

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    Amazon Customer 07-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Just not imo9"

    Read all of Jay Allen's books and this one was just to write too mechanical.. Not impressed

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    Charles E. Richardson bink 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Solid Series, but Too Hollywood"

    Generally I like the series and the main characters. He does a good job of growing the characters and making sure we know who the important supporting characters are. However, he repeats the same grave descriptions to the point they become irritating at times and distracts from the movement of the story. Sometimes in the car I yell, "I get it! GO ON!" or "Not AGAIN, please!" I have also started seeing a Hollywood bigger explosions pattern. The main characters on the main ship keep fighting off more and more and more ships. Example, in this book the main captain and crew ends up fighting off a total of 5 ships. Everything is worse and worse and worse, oh this is paralleled in a really big battle light years away, and then SUDDENLY the protagonist pulls out that little ooomph and destroys the enemy in a single blow after being forlorn. But never say die twice too many! I get this from Hollywood, I don't need or want it in decent book, I expect growth and movement. This is not to say he totally fails, he doesn't. The books are solidly crafted and I do like the characters in the end, but editing out some "oh, dear lordy" melodrama wouldn't shorten the books too much and keep me from rolling my eyes in frustration at times in listening.

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    Michael Orange, CA, USA 07-08-17
    Michael Orange, CA, USA 07-08-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Adequate for light listening"
    Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    I've read and listened to a good many space opera stories and when they are good, they are very engaging and believable. This is not a believable. The descriptions of battle in space defy all known logic and physics. The character development is rudimentary at best. I will admit I dropped into the story by starting here in book 3 first but that is due to some poor advertisement from Audible recommending a book that on the mobile page didn't make it clear it was #3 of a series :/ If they had a clue, they would flag the book asking the listener if they really wanted to start at Book X since they don't have a record of you listening to the earlier ones.


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  • Martin James
    10/6/17
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    "Everything happens so fast?"

    I thought space was a big place? But still it’s a good yarn that I have to listen to, so onto the next book.

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    Alderney, Guernsey
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    "Addictive"

    One of the good ones. If you like all action sci-fi, then this is the book for you as it follows on in the same vein as the previous two books. This is building to a great series that allows you to connect with the characters.

    Good narration helps immensely, which adds to the success of any book.

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