Warship : Black Fleet Trilogy

  • by Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by Mark Boyett
  • Series: Black Fleet Trilogy
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Joshua Dalzelle, author of the best-selling Omega Force series, comes an all new vision of humanity's future.
In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy? Would humanity fold and surrender, or would they return to their evolutionary roots and meet force with force?
One ship - and one captain - will soon be faced with this very choice.


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Rooting for the underdog

Joshua Dalzelle's Warship is the 1st installment in the Black Fleet trilogy. Set in the far future, local space has been conquered and settled. All alone and with plenty of room, humanity has become complacent towards its military / defense posture. At the same time, Earth and its natives get little respect. One old relic with its washed-up "earther" captain are sent on a final routine mission before its decomissioning. Unfortunately, routine is hardly applicable in this case as hostile aliens are encountered. Believing the ship of losers has finally lost it, they receive no assistance and struggle to protect frontier worlds and battle a clearly superior force.

The sci-fi elements include a full array of interstellar FTL capability with some high powered weaponry. The aliens are never actually seen, but hint at biological or organic engineering for their craft along with worm-like tendencies down a gravity well. The appeal of the tale is a captain, crew, and ship that most have given up on, but continue to go above and beyond with unique and creative solutions to novel and never before encountered scenarios.

The narration is well executed; Mark Boyett appears specifically designed for sci-fi military stories. Pace, tone, and mood are well coordinated with the story flow. Although the theme is well worn, this offering is a cut above in terms of quality and satisfaction.
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- Michael G Kurilla

pretty good sci-fi here with a fantastic narrator

Earth is no longer the center of the human universe. With an abundance of resources and a plethora of planets to colonize, the wars of past centuries are exactly where they need to be: in the past. With no violent warring in over a hundred years, the interstellar navies of the loosely aligned human states waste away.

The Blue Jacket was built after the last war and it was built with war in mind. It is lined with large plates and shields, rail guns for close combat and all of the bells and whistles to be a formidable opponent. Jackson Wolfe, the Blue Jacket’s commander and, much like his ship, is a misfit in the new Navy. He is an old Earther rather than a new colonist. And for some strange reason, he is very much disliked by everyone. Must be why he is given a dinosaur of a ship to command.

Wolfe and his crew are rushed out on a seemingly pointless mission: they are to shuttle a politician’s aide to an unspecified location. The Admiral also lets Wolfe know that this will be Blue Jacket’s last mission. When they return, the ship will be salvaged for scrap.

The Blue Jacket comes upon a devastated colony planet. All inhabitants have been wiped out, as are all of the cities and towns. Upon arriving in a new system, they find more devastation, only this time it is accompanied by a large alien ship. The Blue Jacket engages the ship, though the commander realizes it is a futile effort. But the ship doesn’t fight back like he expects. Why? Only time will tell in this cat and mouse/chess match of the space variety.

There are a couple of issues I found with the story. One, the lack of backstory. We have no idea why Wolfe is hated nor how he became Captain. Why would he rise up the ranks if no one liked him? Is it just because he is from Earth? What’s so bad about that? Two, there is too much dialogue. This isn’t generally an issue, but the amount of times I heard “Jackson said” or “Sing said” really got on my nerves. There are ways to go about scenes with a lot dialogue without continually letting the reader/listener know who was speaking. You can also utilize other words than just ‘said’.

Mark Boyet’s narration was great and I’ll definitely be looking for other audiobooks with his name on them. He does a really fine job with gender distinction and voice inflection. Definitely look him up!

Overall, pretty good sci-fi here with a fantastic narrator. Not sure if I will continue on to books 2 (currently out) or 3, but it may just be your cup of tea.

Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2015
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing