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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 01-20-21

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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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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Joshua Dalzelle SF King

Dalzelle just keeps getting better. Mark Boyett is a master story performer.

Great characters. Nonstop action and suspense.

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  • Harri
  • 10-17-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

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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  • Louis Weston O`neill
  • 11-08-21

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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  • Uncle Dunc.
  • 09-28-21

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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  • Mr
  • 04-20-20

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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  • Da
  • 12-05-20

Really well written

Really enjoyed this book, can't wait for the next book in the series. Thanks Darrell

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  • Mdzomba Julius Baya
  • 09-10-20

Excellent

I am looking forward to the next saga in the Storyline. Writer and storyteller have done an excellent job.

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  • Mjlwakefieldathotmaildotcom
  • 06-13-20

Nice dirty sci fi, struggling to be as interested in book 7

This book is just as well written as the first. The character development is there better than some other military sci fi but I’m struggling to be as interested in book 7. But then again I’ve steamed through then in less than 8 weeks.

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  • Richard
  • 06-06-20

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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  • Larry Reacher
  • 06-05-20

Great Book.. nice page turner and well narrated.

Follows the character Capt Wolf. same old faces lurk as well.
Another good book, first half is a slow burner, second half is very action oriented.
if you liked the previous trilogy with the good captain, you will like this

narrator mark Boyett is super good telling the story as well...

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  • Ryan
  • 12-21-21

We are bob (we are legion) level of awesome.

If you enjoyed "we are bob (we are legion)" i think you will enjoy this.

i personally enjoyed it . but it was ok really. id probably listened again, but only for lack of something new.

Narrators work was good. I have very much enjoyed his history narrative of 'race of aces', and 'the admirals'. His vocal differences between people, or male to female, is rough, but good enough.

Authers work was good and interesting.

All in all 4 stars because great, but not epic in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-21

loved it

can't wait for the next book in the series. I've listened to them all and all are great

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  • Colin Leo
  • 12-29-20

Very engagingly enjoyable

This is an excellent reading! Very good narration.
Though some aspects are predictable, the story flows well with tangible points to identify with.

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  • Adam
  • 04-14-20

Amazing!

This book had more layers and a deeper story than previous Black Fleet novels. I can tell there's lots more coming with the seeds planted in this book. i really enjoyed this one!