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In the aftermath of an interstellar war with an alien race, Captain James Drake is unjustly court martialed. But Drake won't go down without a fight. Rather than surrender, he'll lead his loyal crew into the frontier worlds to repair and rearm. Fighting the treacherous Lord Admiral Malthorne, Drake makes alliances with aliens and smugglers to clear his name and defeat treason in his beloved homeland.

©2019 Michael Wallace (P)2019 Michael Wallace

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great idea but not a good read

I loved the idea and the story had potential but considering it was set in the future I could not get past the 18th century approach to class and sexism. did not help that that voices felt like how Americans believe we speak.

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decent science fiction ruined by performance

the story, albeit not very original and a bit unnecessarily based on "old British" society of the days of the British Empire, is pretty entertaining. but the whole experience is ruined by the narrator - maybe it is me, but I could not listen to the guy. it is completely over the top in parts and in parts it's just bad acting.

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Well worth a Token!

This is classic bread and butter Sci Fi. Well worth the token for the set. it's not going to blow your mind with unreal futuristic concepts but it will scratch a certain space faring itch. it's a essentially 18th century sea faring in space. A special mention to the narration as you quickly forget your actually listening to a single actor.

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enjoyed this immensely

enjoyed this immensely, well read and a strong story line kept me listening for hours on end.

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Great value and well narrated

Enjoyed this box set you can’t really complain at the price and 59 hours of narration. Great company while in a run or in car will get the next in the series

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Well written, excellent narration, superb omnibus

This was my introduction to Michael Wallace’s books – Kindle and Audible versions. For me, the storylines are well written and I enjoyed the action, suspense, humour and the bit of romance that they include. Steve Barnes provides excellent narration for the Audible version and produces a good selection of different voices that clearly identify the various characters. The combination of the descriptive writing and the wonderful narration make the characters and events very vivid so that you can believe you are right there (the same way you can become immersed in watching a film). Not only does the Blackbeard Superbox contain books 1-4 of the Starship Blackbeard series but as a bonus the Sentinel Trilogy books are included. I definitely liked that fact that the Superbox is an omnibus of two consecutive series of books so that I could immediately read/listen to one book after another and didn’t feel that I’d been left with any cliff hangers.

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absolutely brilliant..... thoroughly enjoyed it ..

nice steady pace.. exciting battles plus love interest... good narrative...looking forward to next in series.

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  • HS8541
  • 05-05-19

About 60% before I gave up

This is probably only the second series or novel I'll never finish.

it has good moments, but it suffers from "if it can go wrong for the protagonist it will every time predictably"

it just got very tiring, add in the predictable dialog

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  • T. Grosch
  • 18-07-19

The best Naval Scifi you'll find anywhere.

I loved every moment. Barnes was superb. I'll miss these characters for a long time.

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  • Shane
  • 16-05-19

Space Opera at it’s finest

This book is space opera, not science-fiction. If you enjoy a ship that can u-turn in space and maintain its velocity; a space navy that has wormhole jump capability but still uses cannon firing metal shot; technology that works hard to approach 0.1 light speed but just cannot quite seem to move any faster, and; ships with engines that “sputter“ when damaged - then this book is for you. On the other hand, if you demand at least a passing observance of proper physics by an author who builds a credible navy in his story - then put this work back on the shelf and keep looking.

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  • Christopher Daren Elder
  • 22-01-20

Gripping

I couldn't wait until my next car ride to find out what happened. I dug out headphones to listen to this around the house! loved the character development and the story advancements. Must get series!

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  • Michael
  • 21-12-19

Amazing!

Absolutely WONDERFUL! Narration was superb and did a wonderful job defining the characters. Story had twists and turns, somewhat predictable but was overshadowed by all the battles. DEFINITELY pick this one up. On of the best space opera’s I have heard thus far, if not THE best!

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  • GREYVOICE
  • 29-06-19

Now this is one proper space opera

Large world building, space combat and adventures whilst in port. That's how I like my space opera. The narration really sold the old days of ship sailing feel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-19

battle details vs characters. characters lost

too much battle action detail not enough character development, so much potential for great characters that was simply not reached. I kept listening as I just Knew it would begin to actually develop.... disappointed.

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  • Christie Carlson
  • 21-01-21

Great space opera

Great story with good military reference. Very interesting backdrop. Good narration. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • MT
  • 11-01-21

very well done

I was slow to get into the plot and the narrator but totally worth it

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  • Llallume
  • 29-11-20

Join the Crew!

This is a thrilling journey through space and almost dizzying in scope. The story is filled with lore and history, which I am learning Michael Wallace is more than talented at developing. The pacing of these books are fantastic and I loved moving from vast battles between empires to the more specific stories of the Hroom and Singaporean soldiers. Moreover, the characters are well-rounded, believable, and likeable. It's hard to pick favorites but I adore spending time with Capp, Carvalho, and Nyb Pim.

These characters cannot be mentioned without also mentioning the narration and voice acting. The cast is huge and hearing a clear and discernable unique voice for each character is astounding when you remember it's all done by a single person. The voices match the attitudes and actions of the character without falling into cliché. The voices do change somewhat as this long series plays out. That's to be expected, and the voices only fit better as time progresses.

It would be difficult to gush about the story without writing a novel-length review, so I will simply say that it's immense and exciting. The enemies are terrifying, the emotions are strong, and the relationships are deep, flawed, and endearing. I could not help but feel I was part of the crew.

Disclaimer: I received a promotional code for this book. My review is as unbiased as possible.

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