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Summary

This war was inevitable.

After two brutal, bloody struggles for their very existence against implacable alien foes, humanity is victorious, but not at peace.

As distrust and accusations consume the political discourse between the two major factions, the Eastern Star Alliance military has already begun executing small raiding missions into United Terran Federation space. The Federation fleet, still reeling from the last war, is in no shape to try and protect its own borders.

Now, as diplomacy crumbles and tensions escalate, the ESA has moved into a Federation star system and declared it for themselves. Desperate, the Federation deploys a full task force commanded by Admiral Jackson Wolfe to try and defuse the situation, hoping his reputation forces calmer heads to prevail. Wolfe knows that even if he can stop the ESA here, the die has been cast. Humanity's march to war with itself cannot be stopped.

Battleground is the first book in the final trilogy of the Black Fleet Saga.

©2019 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2020 Podium Audio

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fantastic listen

as a confirmed Star Trek fan, I was dubious of a series of books incorporating language like "Warp", "Star Fleet" and "Federation". but Dalzelle manages to navigate these landmines superbly and creates a gripping narrative that stands alone rather than being another "poor man's Star Trek".

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A very entertaining start to the trilogy

Joshua Dalzelle continues to absolutely keep us completely emersed .Mark Boyetts' narration is amazing and consistently entertaining

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very good

amazing space combat, gripping narrative and great narration. 10/10 would listen again.

can't wait for more updates in the series

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yet another gripping story

just enjoyable listening whilst driving many hours. Well written and planned with twists and counter themes all the way.

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Absolutely brilliant.

I listened to hundreds of books including all of the Jackson Wolf encounters. this is my favourite so far I think. strategically interesting. I found it hard to out down. Thanks Mr Boyett can't wait for the next book.

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  • 20-04-20

I have been waiting for this book.

I greatly enjoy the previous two trillogies and have been waiting for the first of the next one with great anticipation. The added Miss Marple thread was most enjoyable and then went nowhere. Or, I hope, to the start of book 2. I wouldn't trust Lt Trapp as far as I could throw her underwear.

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they just get better

each book with captain wolf just surpasses the last. I hope he carries on writing these for many years to come

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Wow

This is first rate, I can’t wait for the final instalment these books have been a true joy to listen to. As an avid sci-fi fan I have fallen in love with the exploits of Jackson Wolf. This book had me jump off my seat and shouting in to nowhere as the story unfolds. Fantastic writing love it.

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Great as always

As good as all of the previous parts with great narration by Mark Boyett

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Excellent book marred by clunky character

I’ve really adored the last six books.
I’m really struggling to understand how this new character was added to the story. Perhaps by committee afterwards? By the end I was begging the author that she be dropped as a red herring but no, she’s everything she looked like she’d be the moment she was added. It’s a pity, the rest is more of the same grown and mature carefully through the last two series.

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  • 08-05-20

Good, but not for everyone

The book was well written, and the narrator has a great voice and reads well. I really wanted to like this book because I love starship military sci-fi. Yet, this was too heavy on the politics building and too large in the cast of characters. At times I wished I had a flow chart to keep track of who was who as the story was told from several perspectives. The action was limited by a lot of discussion by a lot of characters about what happened and what they think might happen. Now, I don't like to bad mouth a book, especially when the writer clearly worked very hard to create a very deep and detailed story. So, If you like books that have multiple key characters, conspiracies, political backstabbing, and a lot of analytical discussions, then I'm sure you will love this book. If not, then it may not be for you.

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  • 23-09-20

Another Great Story

I got lucky when I got the first Black Fleet novel and was immediately interested in what else this author had to offer. I have read and listened to so many books at this point in my life, that I’d like to think I can tell the difference between good writers and bad writers. Joshua Dalzelle does for science fiction what Bernard Cornwell does with historical fiction. While some of the story can be a bit predictable, it doesn’t matter as he creates a compelling universe and wonderful characters that you begin to truly root for and feel for throughout. I wish that there could be Jackson Wolfe books coming for years to come, but understand that isn’t possible. Luckily Omega Force is there and will continue as well as the new Terran Scout Fleet books. If you enjoy sci-fi I highly recommend you look at all of Dalzelle’s work as he is consistent beyond measure.

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  • Anders
  • 15-04-20

I was hoping for another story

The last book (Destroyer) ended with contact of the race how build the Phage had an interest of Jackson Wolfe. I was hoping for a storyline about that. And thought this story to be strange after the alien wars the humans have fought they shouldn't be going to war with the different human factions at once as they did.

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  • Sam
  • 04-05-21

amazing series, can't wait to get the next one!

awesome series, can't wait until you put up the next book, No Quarter, which has been out for a few months.

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  • Utah Cowgirl
  • 09-05-21

success again!

Joshua you're amazing because in all your literary works we've been completely entertained 100%. As readers across the genre's it is rare to find entire series without a dud or two. not you! Looking forward to what ever hits the pavement next! Amy and Bill Meighan

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  • Lee Po
  • 02-09-20

more like a novels. definitely not worth one cred

kind of feel ripped off. too short to introduce do many characters. difficult to follow

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  • Mr. Gadget
  • 29-05-20

Joshua Dalzelle NAILS IT!

I truly enjoyed this book. It has flavorful brass humorous dialogue and it is realistic and believable! It has a very similar vibe to Craig Alanson books. I have bought the entire series and this is the best one out of all his other books in this series.

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  • Tm
  • 20-01-21

Good but could have been great

Good book. I enjoy the series. I just didn’t get the sense of suspense and anticipation present in previous books. That being said the set up for the next book leads me to believe that won’t be an issue next time.
Overall well done.

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  • 23-11-20

So boring. This book was so hard to get through.

So boring. This book was so hard to get through. I tried to care about the characters but none were really appealing and I had no care who won the battles that they kept droning on about.

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  • Christian K
  • 06-05-22

addicted

it's a good continuation of the story and I'm excited to see how it pans out.