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Better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-19

The second book in this Far Star series is better than the first book, which I found, if I am honest, a little boring!

Blackhawk and the Wolf's Claw are beginning to get drawn more deeply into Marshal Lucerne's crusade to unite the Far Stars. His latest mission is to gather intelligence to prove the Empire is meddling in the affairs of the Far Stars, but physical evidence is hard to come by.


The Beginning?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-10-19

Although this was meant to be a prequel to the Far Stars series, I listened to Blackhawk when I was two books in to the Far Stars series to get an insight into the man who was Blackhawk and how the relationship between him and General Augustin Lucerne grew, although little is given away about his earlylife. It covers the wars between the different warlords on Celtiboria.

Blackhawk, a genetically engineered warrior; a formidable killer, is running from a past he cannot escape. The Far Stars is a haven of some 100 worlds inhabited by mercenaries, pirates and the like and the last place people can live free from the yolk of the Empire, that is until Governor Vos' schemings put everything at risk.

Not Quite as Good!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-19

Its a simple story really. Arkarin Blackhawk is entrusted by his friend, Marshal Augustin Lucerne, to rescue his daughter, Astra, who has been kidnapped and has to cope with all the shite along the way.

For me, it was let down a little by the narration. I usually like the narration of Jeffrey Kafer, but I found his voice kept dipping as he spoke, causing me to keep having to turn up the volume.

Becoming the Thing You Fear

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

This is a standalone novel and gives the backstory to Galaxy's Edge.

It follows a man, a boy, Casper, an innocent, who had honourable ideas, but let his thirst for power destroy the man he wanted to be; he gave his humanity away to become Goth Sullus., and found that not all that glitters is gold. It touches on the man Tyrus Rechs and Raina and what made him the man he was. It also gives us a hint of Prisma's mother.

This wasn't, for me, the best of the series and left me at a loss at times, but narration of R C Bray saw me through.

Go for Victory

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-19

The good thing about falling behind with GE is you get to listen to the books one after another.

This is the story of a hard won victory by a small, tight knit group of legionnaires against overwhelming odds with the loss of one or two good characters along the way. The action, as always, is fast and furious, so if your looking for something sedate, this series is not for you.

That's More Like It

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-19

This has to be the best so far. All of the threads now seem to weave together. If you like all action, this book will not disappoint. One of the best pieces of news was Deavers gets his comeuppance. The downside was not enough was made of it.

The Enemy of My Enemy

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

It has only been a year since the war between the Confederation and the Hegemony ended before, once again, Tyler Baron and his fleet are called to arms. This time in an alliance with the Hegemony against an even bigger threat to humanity, the Others. A lot of grudges will have to be put aside by his spacers if the Alliance is to succeed. The Senate also add to Tyler Baron's woes, but friends in high places are always of benefit.

Tyler finally managed to marry Andi LaFarge before he left for Calpharon after a plea from the No.1 of the Hegemony, Akella,

I think the continuing war between the Union, the First Citizen, Villeneuve, and the Confederation has really run its course. It has become a little stale, hence the 4 stars.

There is, as always, no shortage of action. However, a little less of the thoughts of the leading characters would not be missed I feel.

They Will Not Yield

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

The Confeds have taken back Megara, driving out the Hegemony, who had to abandon 3M of their ground troops on the planet. Just when you thought it was all over, Project Zed appears. A battleship the size (60 kilometers long) and strength never before seen. And, inside this Colossus, the Red Storm awaits Jake Stockton and his wings.

However, all is not lost, it never is. You just know that if `Fritzi is sent on a suicide mission the furthest thing from her mind is suicide!

Savage

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-19

Megara has fallen. Tyler Barron and his fleet have been forced to flee to repair and re-arm. The Hegemony are gradually rebuilding on Megara, but the Confeds are not beaten yet and they return with all guns blazing to retake what is rightfully theirs.

How Tyler Barron continues on I do not know; I'm exhausted just listening.

Sadness

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-19

Ishmael is still grieving for the death of his wife, murdered, and is lost within himself, He spends his time on the Bridge or keeping out of the way of everyone and has lost sight of what made him the man and Captain he has become. He is gradually drawn back from the brink by his friends, Lois, Pip, Maggie and the gang when they make him think that, perhaps, the people around him need him.

This has been one of those book series that you do not have to think about. Anyone who has followed Ishmael Wong's journey from the beginning, Quarter Share, when Ishmael joined his first ship at the tender age of 18, will know that when you listen to these books, you just slot back into shipboard life with the crew without a second thought
and feel part of whatever is going on onboard

This book tied up lose ends, including who the real person behind Chief Stevens is. However, now that I have finished it, I feel quite sad because I looked forward to these books so much and the characters who you could relate to, and to learn this might possibly be the last one will leave a gap.