• Duel in the Dark

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Series: Blood on the Stars, Book 1
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-17-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (771 ratings)

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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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1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-05-17

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Tm on 02-01-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Smudger444 on 11-16-17

Better SiFi difficult to find.

This was a refreshing SiFi story, a great start to the series, I did find this a little over descriptive of personnel in the story, later it soon got going. Perhaps a little more technical would be nice. But that could be me. Totally looking forward to later books in this series. The narrator is brilliant, well done thank you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Martin Monsrud on 11-02-17

Good story, conflict between alliance, union and federation

It’s a good written book, in the first book we are introduced to the different politics and lives of all 3 ruling entities. But we Focus mostly about alliance and the conspiracy to start a war with federation. Alliance isn’t as big as federation but they are weak democracy ruled sheeps. A lot of action And sacrifices.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jaxxa on 06-06-17

Captivating story right from the outset...

This brilliantly written book tells the story of 3 different races although at first it took me a while to pick up on some of the transitions between going from one race to another. That was more due to me not paying close attention as I listened to the audio book rather than any problem with the way the book is written, or I would have encountered problems later when I was paying attention and I didn't. The characters are superbly fleshed out and genuinely identifyable sorts of people we all have known. It's the mind of story that plays out so real, you can definitely imagine yourself in it. Not every beloved character survives this battle but that's all I'm saying. Stop reading reviews already and get the dang book! I assure you, you'll be glad you did!

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