Blood on the Stars

11 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,170 ratings

Duel in the Dark 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Duel in the Dark

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 1
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 970
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 968

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • backwards thinking

    • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Call to Arms

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 2
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 742
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 691
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 688

    War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok but not nearly as good as the first.

    • By Anonymous User on 12-04-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Ruins of Empire

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 3
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 651
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609

    Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of Dauntless are finally enjoying the rest they've earned while their aging battleship 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good story great series

    • By Eric on 07-18-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 4

    • Echoes of Glory

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 4
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 514
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476

    On the worlds of the Iron Belt, the heavily industrialized sector near the Confederation's Core, massive shipyards operate around the clock, producing the great vessels that can end the war. The Union knows it cannot win the economic struggle with its wealthier, more productive enemy, and Sector Nine, its feared spy agency, is not idle. Their focus is not on the front lines, the ravaged border between the two nations, but far off, beyond the Rim, in the strange, militaristic realm known as the Alliance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another zinger!

    • By TheToal on 09-08-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 5

    • Cauldron of Fire

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 5
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 488
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 456
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449

    The warrior culture of the Alliance has fragmented, and comrade fights comrade, brother kills brother. The Red Alliance forces, backed by the Union and its propaganda machine, have the advantage in numbers and position, and they are pushing forward, driving relentlessly toward the final attack. The Gray Alliance forces are weaker, trapped in the great Sentinel-2 fortress where they've established their headquarters. Their enemies have the larger fleets and armies and control of the homeworld...but the Grays have Tyler Barron and Dauntless.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Really like this series and will keep buying them

    • By KAG on 12-21-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Dauntless

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 6
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 437
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 405
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 403

    The pulsar...an ancient weapon of unimaginable power, one that threatens the Confederation with total destruction. The Union is preparing for the final invasion, one that cannot fail with the great artifact at the head of their fleet. The clock is ticking quickly toward midnight. There is a chance to avoid annihilation, a small one. The Confederation has its own ancient device recovered from the Badlands, a stealth generator. It is not as powerful as the pulsar, but it just may be enough.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing really new at all....sort of shake & bake

    • By KAG on 05-25-18
    • Blood on the Stars, Book 6
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 04-03-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 437 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 7

    • The White Fleet

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 7
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    The war is over, but the struggle continues. Tyler Barron and his spacers have set out into the unknown, deep into the Badlands, seeking to discover the empire’s old tech and the secrets of its tortured history before Gaston Villieneuve and the resurgent Union can beat them to it. The White Fleet is a vast force, powerful, and crewed by the toughest veterans from the war. Barron and his people know the future of the Confederation, even its survival, depends on recovering the scientific secrets of the empire before the enemy can do the same.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tiresome...

    • By Douglas E. Noll on 06-11-18

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  • Book 8

    • Black Dawn

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 8
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280

    The White Fleet had been an expression of optimism, a grand expedition to explore the vast reaches of the long-dead empire. Tasked to uncover the secrets of the devastating Cataclysm and to seek and recover the advanced ancient technology that humanity had once possessed, it found something else instead. A new enemy. A vast domain, one with advanced technology, massive fleets, and a genetically-ordered society and hierarchy it intends to impose on all humanity everywhere. The Hegemony is like nothing Tyler Barron and his comrades have ever encountered - but the veteran admiral must find a way to fight the far superior enemy....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Brutal listen

    • By Steve on 09-08-18
    • Blood on the Stars, Book 8
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 305 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 9

    • Invasion

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 9
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 263
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 248
    • Story
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    The Hegemony has launched the invasion Tyler Barron and his Confederation comrades have feared, and all the Rim is ablaze with the fires of war and destruction. The Hegemony has brought its vast fleets, its advanced technology, and its endless legions of grim cyborg warriors to impose its system of rigid genetic hierarchy over all humanity on the Rim. The Confederation fleet is outnumbered and outmatched, but they will fight nevertheless, struggling and dying to hold back the onslaught any way they can.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Need book 10

    • By Lex173 on 12-27-18
    • Blood on the Stars, Book 9
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 11-20-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 263 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 10

    • Nightfall

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 10
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    Night is falling. The unstoppable Hegemony invasion has reached the very heart of the Confederation. Battle after desperate battle has been fought, and each time, the Confeds have been pushed back, columns of battered and blasted ship retreating from system to system. Now, they prepare to grimly defend the capital world of Megara, the very center of the Confederation. Tyler Barron prepares for what could be his final battle, a final desperate defense, one last chance to stem the tide of Hegemony conquest and subjugation.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too much introspection by morons

    • By Kevin on 02-13-19
    • Blood on the Stars, Book 10
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Release date: 02-05-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 214 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 11

    • The Grand Alliance

    • Blood on the Stars, Book 11
    • By: Jay Allan
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 171
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    The Hegemony controls Megara, the Confederation’s capital. War has raged for five years. Millions are dead, vast fleets of ships have been destroyed. But in the stronghold where Tyler Barron and his comrades have gathered their allies and the last of their strength, a plan is being devised. Barron and his people have fought bravely, stubbornly, relentlessly, but the Hegemony has been too strong. Now, Barron is relying on the one source of strength that remains to him. Defiance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fleet action

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-06-19

    Regular price: $24.95