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Lieutenant Sam Bitka, US Naval Reserve, is getting used to civilian life when he is called back to active duty. Tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki are on the rise, and Sam is assigned as tactical officer aboard the deep space destroyer USS Puebla. Dispatched to the distant world of K'tok to protect human colonists, he wants nothing more than to serve out his active duty time and get back to his civilian life.

But when the Varoki launch a crippling surprise attack against the Earth coalition fleet, Sam finds himself suddenly in command of the USS Puebla, a job he is far from certain he can discharge successfully. What's more, mounting evidence points to a much larger and more sinister alien plan.  

Now, Sam must deal with faltering leadership in the human task force and an alien enemy who always seems one step ahead of them. Time for Sam to step up and rise to the challenge of command.

©2017 Frank Chadwick (P)2020 Tantor

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And catching story, full of breathtaking action, the rise of a true hero and the people around him, seasoned with the obligatory cowards, with nepotistic ties to power and rank.

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  • Deanne Morgan
  • 03-02-20

Not well written and terrible narration

I really wanted to like this book based on its description. But I gave up half way through. The storytelling is unsophisticated, there's almost no character development, and I don't really care what happens next. It doesn't hold my attention and it's too formulaic. The narrator's tone is high-pitched hysterical, his cadence never varies, and his volume doesn't change.

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  • Zachary
  • 02-02-20

Yes ! Deeply enjoyable A great listen

Babylon 5 meets U571 if you’ve ever watched the movie ( A bridge to far )that’s what this book reminded me of

if you like good military science fiction you will love this book

The ships don’t have gravity or Energy shields
Every time there’s a fight the ship takes real damage and people die ! they’re put in body bags bloods floating around the habitat

The main character is a person with real world hangups. Not some chiseled jaw hero A man doing a dangerous job with no margin for error

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  • Richard Prendergast
  • 06-02-20

Great book

If you like military Science Fiction this should be right up your turbo thruster. We written and researched, to the point I was saying to myself I never really thought about that but he’s correct it would work that way.
Also the inner workings of the political game between peace time and war time were fantastic.
Over all I was taking a chance on this one thinking I needed something else to listen too and was over joyed when I realized I was completely engrossed in the story. Very well done. I do not take the time to write a lot of reviews but really felt the need to do so for this book.

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  • Erik_L
  • 28-02-21

Good, but confusing

A good story, but I’m afraid that if you don’t have a bit of military knowledge in your experience, this book will be very confusing in places. Abbreviations and jargon are used, as they should be, without much explanation.

The narrator lacks the ability to give distinct identities to some characters. Several times a female crew member would sound decidedly male when speaking.

As I said, a good story. The idea that all the space craft did not have artificial gravity was refreshing. The characters were, by and large, relatable. The character development was good and steady. There is room for a sequel, but not the need. I’ll keep an interested eye out.

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  • Nicholas Moran
  • 11-03-20

Great book

I had to skip back to parts i missed because of fast narrative. otherwise great story. cant wait for the next one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-02-20

great straight up fight book

great story telling from start to end. easily lost track of time during the fights, which were descriptive and fast paced. Good character development all around.

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  • Big George
  • 18-02-20

Excellent

Best military sci fi book I have heard on audible or anywhere. Very realistic and captures your imagination

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-21

great story

it is great writing at its finest. downloading book 2 now. looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Juxley Adams
  • 17-07-21

Excellent exploration of naval leadership

We follow the development of the main character as he takes up the yoke of command. The book explores duty, command, responsibility, and morality in a universe where even victories come with a price. The characters were eerily reminiscent of some of the personalities one would find in a modern peace time military.

A strong recommendation to aspiring junior officers looking for an entertaining yet informative examination on the many facets of leadership.

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  • Craig Callahan
  • 13-12-20

Great story and performance

The story line was well developed. Character personalities also developed so the listener became invested in their individual stories. Social issues were touched on but not to the point of taking the story line off track. Well worth the credit!!