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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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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.

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 07-09-17

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...

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Best Book In The Whole Series!!!

Love this series and do even more now after finish this one. Hope you enjoy and can’t wait to listen to the next!

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Solid

This is a really solid book series. Two small nit picky things.
1. Every author writing military sci fi needs to learn two things. First, you do not call women in command Sir. You call them Ma'am, particularly in the navy. End of story. Second, there is no such thing as an "Assault Rifle" its just a rifle.
2. The narrator was a bit overly dramatic, though he did a good job.

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Better than his army/marines novels

Author has sacrificed believability for action. He has ships crossing 100’s of millions of miles in 3 or 4 hours without exceeding 50 thousand kilometers per hour! And accelerations of 4 , 6, or even 12 g’s; I’m impressed! (Stunned but impressed by the audacity of such ignorance of the laws of physics. YES- I know; the story needed to move on to keep the reader interested. -REALLY? Jack Campbell, David Weber. and Vaughn Heppner don’t need to do this! Well, this author is in a hurry I suppose.)
The main characters don’t exceed human capabilities in every other chapter which is nice. It makes them somewhat relatable and thereby interesting. If I were to read any more from this author it would be in this story arc.

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great book

this was way better than the 1st book. Now on to the next book. loved it.

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This book in the series is sort of slacking but...

Even though I thought the concept was good in this book as being something different, in the end, he just could not bring it all together in this book. It was entertaining. Did the fighter pilots and bomber pilots get wiped out again.....yes, and again. Some of the themes are starting to get a little stale but there are a few new characters and I think it is still funny the enemy space forces speak "French", just too funny. The book almost felt like less research and thought went into the whole storyline. The main character has defeated enemy forces time and time again to save the whole forces but is never promoted because he is too valuable where he is at. This book he sort of has a love interest. I hope to see some of the previous character return in the next book. Will I buy the next one.....yes. I hope the author invests a little more conceptual planning into where this is going? The narrator continues to just do a great job. I plan to look for other audio books he has done.

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  • TC
  • 11-07-17

slipping, maybe.....

I've been listening to the series. got hooked with Book one. Excellent "yarn" and excellent narration from Luke Daniels. Then started book 2, no Daniels, performance wasn't near as good, and considerably slower tempo. not good.
the story also started to get repetitious, with numerous, repeats on how "they were the best , " always win a one on one". To much effort mentioning ALL past happenings. and feeling that one person had for another. they were taking 3 chapters building from a start of contact, to a climatic battle...then it would END in 3 sentence. You have to be careful not to totally miss the climatic scene.
I'm hoping Book 4 gets back on track.

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buy it...

love it, read it, and believe ...

Good people exist! and not all of them fictional....

heres to the future and hope!

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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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  • Martin James
  • 10-06-17

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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  • Poppey
  • 07-09-17

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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  • Jaxxa
  • 07-14-17

Captivating from beginning to end!

I just love this series and the only thing I don't like having finished it is that I've now got to wait for the author to write the next exciting sequel in this utterly edge of the seat series! The characters are all very well fleshed out and clearly established, and you can't help but identify with them. This book takes you right through the full gammut of emotions, but in a logical and not overplayed way. The plot is clever and not at all predictable for the most part, which I love. If I sound enthusiastic, it is because I just finished the book and it leaves you on a great high with a feeling of satisfaction. Can't wait for the next exciting instalment. Bring it on!