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Summary

The complete military space opera series from best-selling author Scott Bartlett.

Last time, the aliens smashed the galaxy. Humanity held on by the fingernails. 

In the decades since, we’ve put worlds back together. We’ve licked our wounds. But Captain Husher warned us they would return. 

We didn’t want to believe him. We couldn’t afford to believe him. 

Doesn’t matter. The enemy has returned, with weapons beyond anything we’ve dreamed of. 

Now, it falls to Husher and his troubled crew to save us. 

There's just one problem. First, he must save us from himself. 

Bundle contains: 

  1. Capital Starship 
  2. Pride of the Fleet 
  3. Dogs of War

Sci-fi with a bold streak. Download this complete series today.  

©2019 Scott Bartlett (P)2019 Scott Bartlett

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Massively disappointed - returned after Chapter 28

It pains me to write this review (as I do agree with some of the political opinions expressed). Usually, I am NOT reading or listening to a book to get lectured by the author on their personal world views! A lot of Sci-Fi franchises have been hijacked by left wing, identity group politics and it really, really turns fans off. Fans just want good storytelling. If u want to challenge people's presuppositions?....do it through challenging and absorbing stories that get them thinking....Star Trek used to do this brilliantly (pre-STD).

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Oppertunity Lost.

The author is clearly very talented creative individual at a technical level and the story concept was excellent, but Bartlett missed the opportunity to deliver an outstanding story by trying to shoehorn in plot devices that were completely unnecessary which detracted greatly from the overall narrative.

Before I wrote this, I did try and reach out to the author (check your reddit account) requesting some clarification on the issues I will be discussing below. Had he replied, I could have possibly framed this in a more favorable light if I understood the narrative within the broader context of his other books. But as he has failed to get back to me, I am going to have to write the review with what I have at hand, this boxset. It is important to remember that the plot point is a rather minor and if you are able to take it for what it is, the rest of the book is rather enjoyable and worth listening too.

The story is of a disgruntled Commander who has to take his fleet into battle forcing him to juggle between protecting the vast civilian population on board and the posturing of a corrupt government. On it's own this has great potential for an excellent expansive story and the author has the talent to pull it off.....except for his need to unnecessarily shoehorn in a really bad and derivative take on race politics.

The author attempts to frame internal onboard conflict as tension between the various species of aliens who live within his population, which again, this has so much potential. This fails on so many levels thought because the issue is presented and framed as it is in real life with the same race relations and arguments and causes. This is rather problematic as here on earth we are the same biological species, not a group of humans living with bird like aliens or whatever alien species that is dragged into this mess. The arguments fundamentally fail in this respect because they can not reflect the same arguments and systems of motivation of our real world because they do not have the same historical or social context with which to be developed, and 'race' as presented in the book fails as humans are not biologically different from one another because of the color of our skin.

And the arguments from both sides are just so reductionist and derivative it made me laugh out loud and roll my eyes nearly every time I came to these sections. The avatars used to represent the 'left' were hysterical, utterly unreasonable idiots who were the 'real racist', while the avatars for the 'Nazi' weren't actually racist but just some assholes trying to stir shit up for revenge.

The Commander meanwhile is a 'centrist' who just cant fathom all this race tension, routinely giving utterly tone-deaf speeches which are meant to unite everyone. In real life he would be the guy who claims he is 'colorblind' because his best friend is from whatever minority group (seriously, he makes this argument because his best friend is one of the bird people), or 'racism doesn't exist', while crying 'cant we all just getting along?'. Instead he does nearly nothing to actually listen to the lived experiences of other people (species?) or offering any means to addressing the grievances or fixing any of the problems, trying to 'both sides' the whole mess.

Now, I don't know what the authors personal political beliefs are, and it doesn't matter. Nor do I know if the way this is presented is on purpose in order to frame the protagonist as a bit incompetent and unaware leading to making the situation worse. But overall, it was completely unnecessary plot device that felt like it was not thought out and was presented in the most asinine and ineffectual way possible.

The only other major issue is that sometimes the author seems to get lazy and will present a potentially major plot point and then just sort of wrap it up in one sentence, For instance, this is one example of many, they are looking for a specific individual on a planet and after a very good lead up surrounding the emotional impact it would have on his friend, the protagonist goes on on how they 'spent days looking and were just about to give up...... oh we found her and she's now on board,' all within a few sentences and without any real exploration of the planet or events .The author very much violated the 'Show; Don't tell' concept leading to so much potential lost for character and world building.

In conclusion, if you are okay with an excellently written book with except to one minor (or major depending on how you look at it) flaw in the world building, the story overall is worth listening too. But if you think you might have the experienced spoiled because you want a flawless book, then this one is not for you.

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another good read

great to get all 3 books in one hit. at times the battles were relentless and I got lost a few times but still a good story

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Do not like being forced to do this!

Good book. Should not be forced to review... should be optional. wil not do it again.......

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Epic sci fi

Excellent all round epic of science fiction spanning the books. The superb narration put me right in the moment, right in the battles, the struggles and continued to do so right up to the climax. This was the second trio of Ixan prophesies and it was just awesome in every sense. 👍👍👍

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Great ideas, Great story, Mediocre politics

I'll start with the most vital part. These books are heavily paralleled to our politics with cancel culture, fascism, communism and much else. If you are leaning very left or far right, you might not enjoy these books because the author is openly mocking your positions. If you are less of the extremes, SJW, X supremacy, etc, and can stomach the parallels, you can continue reading this review but if that turns you off, these books ain't for you.

Spoiler alert if proceeding.

To continue on this, There is an obvious political message along the lines of "Extremism on all ends wrap onto each other and actions for political ideals with no concern for consequences will inevitably lead to corruption and censorship". Which is a fine message to have in your book, one I happen to agree with. The big issue here is it is far too much on the nose, the parallels are extremely blatant and not at all changed to disguise them even the slightest. It makes it far too obvious what he is going for already early on and it hinders in a sense the message cause the extremes that needs it will filter out the book after a few chapters as he clearly mocks SJWs and X supremists and such.

Now if we go past that, the science is of course bugger all but the concepts used are fascinating, especially how interdimensional travel works and how it can be used to travel within a given universe. It was so good I have started spinning on it for a setting I am working on. He danced with the old trope of Progenitors seeding galaxies, the ancient ones and does a cute subversion of it in a way. Unfortunately the way it is subverted is kinda mediocre and border line nonsensical. I feel if he had played it more straight it would have been better. Played them straight while having the faction that ended up being them would have been even better and made for a great third series. The lost opportunities saddens me.

The story progression is somewhat predictable as you get more pieces you see the inevitable path it will take and how it will end so it is no real surprise but it is a great journey. The characters are great. The ending is a bit of a downer, if realistic given the premises.

And the performance? Absolutely outstanding, I cannot say anything bad there. He is great. I will probably miss that the most.

Over all, 5/5, would recommend it despite the missed opportunities and politics.

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Great read/listen

Title says it all. I really been enjoying scott bartlett books and highly recommend his reading order. I'm off to the next set if you like space opera, battles, stories with plots etc etc your gonna like these very much.

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The juice is worth the squeeze!

Quite dark in places and heavy on the politics but a good story overall.

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a great adventure

a well balanced story line following the adventures and missions of Vin Husher., as he plans and develops strategies to save the universe. a great listen well preformed.

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I actually cried...

Another Rollicking Space Saga to rival Star Wars. But I don't think a movie would do justice to the many military engagements.

That's space battles for the ungeek among you... lol

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  • Emily F.
  • 26-01-20

So much politics

All three books in the set are loaded with politics. Gone are the characters and determination you love from the previous book set. What remains is captain Husher on a galactic quest to rid the galaxy from modern American Democrat’s. Missed was an opportunity to explore galactic politics like is done in Star Trek

Also, missed is any sense of doing anything that matters militarily. Instead, what follows is a battle that only matters if it somehow moves captain Husher to his next political rant.

I recommend anyone just imagine the first box set was the end of the series. This book fails to redeem itself at any point through the entirety of it.

Separately, Mark Boyett is still a great narrator.

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  • Travis Mandenberg
  • 22-01-21

Did he join qanon between books?

After recently finishing the previous series I thought that I would try this one out. But after about 2 hours of listening I couldn't take the propaganda anymore. I'm not sure if the author was trying to condemn politics in regard to the military, but it seems like 90% of the conflict in this book is caused by social justice warriors. The book seems to try to paint a picture of liberals as idiots without common sense who effectively get in the way of war.

The ridiculous thing is that several points of this book makes might have had some basis in fact if it didn't beat them to death and go out of its way to point everybody with an opposing viewpoint as a complete a******.

It seems like the author got angry and whiny between the different book series. and it's not hard to see what happened considering that one of them would have probably wrapped right around the 2016 election or maybe even earlier, and the sequel series would have probably been after that.

This is one of only two books I have ever returned and I will never purchase from this author again.

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  • Michael
  • 10-04-19

Great military sci-fi

I've been listening to Scott's books while working as soon as I can get my ears on them. After Mech Wars and The Ixan Prophacy series I was looking forward to this set reaching Audible and Scott Bartlett and his narrator, Mark Boyet, continue to NOT disappoint. For any fans of Military Sci-fi this is a must listen.

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  • Blee
  • 15-01-20

Skip

I absolutely loved the Ixan prophecies and couldn't wait for the follow up series. Boy I was so wrong. This book is as bad af the star wars prequels. Nothing but politics. I want to burn my eyes out and get my time back.

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  • Andrew Garrison
  • 12-04-19

Good series

Good series with exceptional world building and character development. Interested in listening to the associated series that take place before this one.

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  • james
  • 31-05-19

Scifi. not really

This is basically a space example of our current political issues. I so not see how this serves as a fictional book to entertain. I gave it 7 hours, it only get worse.
The narrator was good.

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  • K.hodges
  • 20-11-19

Don't Read. Save yourself the time.

The only good thing is the reading. there is no story in the first few chapters. the main character is a spineless idiot that even they disown. if this was the authors first book it might be acceptable as a starting point

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  • Ben V.
  • 11-04-19

Like Double-Mint Gum, Get Twice the Pleasure!

I remember reading this trilogy when it first came out. I suffered through waiting for Mr. Bartlett to write the next. With each story, the suffering got worse.

I bought this because I've listened to Mark Boyett perform before and boy oh boy is he good. I take umbrage at the industry calling the performers 'Narrators'; their voice fully changes with each character and just like the movie's or TV they act out the part with all the emotion you would imagine the character to have if the writer does a good job. It's just like listening to good music.

Let me tell you, this is one of Mr. Bartletts greatest books, it sets a storyline in motion that is continued in the next series he wrote called 'The Ixan Prophecies'.

This story is very complex, weaving around emotions, Hard and fast fighting [it's amazing to read or listen to Captain Husher dish out commands during battle like a machine gun], The Politics gone wild, The death and destruction, the intrigue and did I say Battle, oh my word the battle, fantastic.

All this is going on as the only way the good guys can win is to push their resident genius into creating new technologies to baffle the enemy with. I loved it. I can see me listening to this production again, only after I listen to 'The Ixan Prophecies', that is if Mark Boyett performs it. I hope.

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  • Daniel R Mabry
  • 23-06-19

Great Story!

The narrator really made you feel like you were right there with the characters. He altered his voice for individual characters in a way that made following the story almost seamlessly. The story itself is the high quality that I have come to expect from this author. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves military sci-fi.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-21

if I wanted to read right wing war porn...

TLDR future humanity is run by the worst stereotypes of the left, and only one man can "trump" their power to save humanity.

"what if your nightmares about the left were a city on a space battleship run by captain Jordan Peterson."


this book exists in a strange world where the worst crazy left-wing people and the absolute pinnacle of conservatism are the only two types of people. even before getting into the obvious recreation of the evergreen University incidents from a few years back, the book is a pile of war tropes with little new to hang the story on besides the asinine concept that is the stories main conceit.
in a future where humanity has dozens of worlds to live on with no resource or space crunch, they decided to build massive battleships with cities on them. not cities meant to supply the warship, but university cities completely filled with the absolute worst stereotypes if the left. who for unknown reasons decided to build their woke utopia on the most powerful warships humankind ever built. and to make things even more cringe inducing the cities leaders can make policy for the military. despite humanity having an overarching government and chain of command above the city/ship level. AND any individual in the military can openly question orders at any time for any reason. so military discipline only exists so the story can march forward.
I really tried, I made it through hours of this drivel hoping that it whould turn the corner and become the military scifi I was promised. alas that was not to be.

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