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Avalon was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now 20 years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills. No other warship in the fleet is as old. Accepting the inevitable, the Federation Space Navy has decided to refit her and send her on a tour of the frontier, showing the flag to their allies and enemies as a reminder of her glory - and then decommission her for good.
But Avalon has been a backwater posting for 10 years and has problems a mere refit can't fix. The systems along her planned tour have been seeing pirates for the first time in decades, and there are rumblings of Commonwealth scouting ships all along the border. It may be Avalon's final tour, but it looks to be anything but quiet.
©2015 Glynn Stewart (P)2015 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim K on 10-11-15

Could have been 5 star most might consider it so

The story was excellent and engrossing
The characters fully developed and believable. You would probably recognize them in person

The science was fascinating and fun
The scenes were vivid and easy to immerse myself in

The performance was nothing short of superb! The narrator's delivery and voices were a pleasure to hear. The separation of character voices is impeccable. I think he could bring a dictionary to life!

So why only 4 stars? The segues giving date ,time, earth standard meridian time /date statement, the call number of the ship, the ships name the location within the ship and often more nearly every time anyone walked through a door was almost unbearable! If I had been reading instead of listening I would have ignored this litany every time!

I actually began to resent the author after a while for wasting my time and interrupting my train of thought I will listen to other works of his but not if he continues to use the same segue technique.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sailfish on 01-04-16

New CAG Curses Legendary Star Carrier

The story is about a soon to be decommissioned legendary star carrier and the tumultuous event that occur to her as soon as a new Commander, Air Group (CAG) reports for duty. After a too long (1/3+ of book) backstory buildup to size up the primary characters, the carrier enters into its first battle with pirates. Then, within a few weeks it encounters a couple of battles with an opposing fleet. In every battle, the underdog Avalon and its crew wins each battle using boldness, guile and space age legerdemain. Unfortunately, this battling technique is over-done to a point of lightly touching the farcical.

The Good: The writing was and narration were both done well.

The Bad: Too much time is spend on the love relationships between the various characters to the point of being distracting to focus of the novel. Also, the new CAQ ends up going from commander, to XO, to Captain within a timespan of a few weeks. Lastly, there was an overuse of 20th century idioms which gave those sections a cliche-ish feel them.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Darren on 06-15-16

Very enjoyable story with good characters

Good story easy to listen to some plot twists and characters you want to know more about.
Well narrated good pace and tone of voice.
The only problem I have is it feels like it starts half way through a longer story.
It is possible this series follows a story I've not listened too this doesn't hurt the story or plot in anyway.
If you like stories like Empire's Corps or Ark Royal by Christopher G. Nuttall you will like this

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mojitoman on 02-15-18

pleasantly surprised<br />

This was my first audio book and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to listen too. I have read all the castle federation books which I really enjoyed, the audio version with its excellent narration felt like it was discovering the books for the first time.

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