• Call to Arms

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9,290 ratings)

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Call to Arms

By: Joshua Dalzelle
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
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Publisher's Summary

From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously. While powerful factions make backroom deals, he is desperate to find irrefutable proof that the invaders are coming, and if humanity expects to survive they must marshal their forces and make a stand before it's too late.

©2015 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Really enjoyed both books thus far.

Mark is one of the best performers out there. I am looking forward to book three!

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Great

Great book , great narrator enjoyed very much. Would recommend this trilogy. Can't wait for the third book.

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FABULOUS!

This is probably one of the best stories I've listened to thus far. The storyline of this trilogy is original and very well written. I especially like that the author does not build the story on technical, military, and strategical detail as many space military sci-fi authors do. Instead he provides the reader with just enough tenichnical information to make the story understandable. He relies on the strength of the plot & characters to build this story. There is a great twist at the end making the wait for book 3 almost impossible. One more thing, The narration is above exceptional!

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seemed boring but then it turned around!

Wolf goes off to fight the Phage who keep destroying planets and space ships. There is some political back-stabbing and intrigue going on so Wolf has to go rogue to do the right thing.

Lots of losing battles, then, THEN just wait! Made me sit up and get excited! And then BAM! something else happens and you have to get on to the next book to find out how things turn out. It had been bogged down, but the excitement is back up there. Great series so far!

There is only good to be said about Mark Boyett. He can do no wrong in my book!

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Great continuation of the story and performance

I could not wait for the second book to come out. I was not disappointed. The story and the performance were excellent. Great sci-fi listen. Highly recommended. With a cliffhanger at the end, I may just have to order a regular book to read the finale.

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Great Story - No Dull Moments

Where does Call to Arms rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is very high as far as Sci Fi books go. Has all the things I like, dominating nasty opponents, never give up attitudes and plenty of action. Read the 1st 2 of the trilogy available and can't wait to read the final and see how it ends.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Wolfe and a new character that I will not say to spoil it.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending, sets things up for action and excitement.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Last chapter, could be amazing.

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As good if not better than book 1

After finishing this second book of the trilogy and contemplating my rating, I feel a bit like Olympic Game judges who rated the earlier performances so high that they left little room to rated later better performances.

Still, I don't regret the 5 star rating of the first book since I thoroughly enjoyed it and still believe it was worthy of the rating; so my rating for this book will be a 5+ stars via my comments.

As I've come to expect, Mark Boyett's performance of the novel is superb.

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Very good

Possibly the best new military science fiction in recent years. No stories of this kind are purely original but few are this entertaining.

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Fast, fun a exciting

The narration by Mark Boyett is top notch as always. The story moves quickly with plenty of twists and surprises. The enemy is implacable and deadly. I hope we learn much more about them in book three.

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Politics and war don't mix well!

Call to Arms is the 2nd book in Joshua Dalzelle's Black Fleet trilogy. While the alien menace continues to grow, the main focus is the political discord among the humans about their response. While there is a considerable effort to face the alien threat, a large group is hoping the aliens simply go away, while a more disturbing group is planning to hide out on the other side of the encroachment zone. Captain Wolfe spends more of his time dealing with stubborn and reluctant humans both political and military, rather than the aliens. Finally, Dalzelle introduces a hint of another alien race that may be a potential ally.

The sci-fi elements continue as with the first. There is little further exposition of the alien tech, but larger constructs with planet destructive capabilities are revealed. While the underlying alien motives remain mysterious, hints of a machine versus biologic struggle are evident. Finally, the introduction of a possible new alien ally suggests a whole another level of alien tech for the 3rd installment.

The narration is well done with an excellent range of voices. Pacing is respectable and makes for an easy and enjoyable listen.

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  • Simon
  • 06-29-16

Warping Along Nicely

Same military style, same fast pace, same clever action, same high quality narration. Dalzelle and Boyett deliver a second cracking instalment in the Black Fleet series. It’s a very simple equation in that if you liked the first one and are up for more of the same then you’ll be happy enough with this one too.

There are a couple of rough edges here that could have been finished off a little more tidily such as the eventual fate of the team of Novas that support one of Wolfe’s missions but the setup for an exciting conclusion looks very promising.

Thoroughly recommended for anyone who likes fast, low-touch sci-fi with a military edge.

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  • Poppey
  • 01-22-16

Brilliant Listen

The second book in the Black Fleet trilogy was every bit as good, if not more so, than Book 1. The action kept you on the edge of your seat, which meant I really had a hard job putting it down, so I didn’t. I completed it in a day.

I am really glad that Mark Boyett was kept as narrator as he really brings the action to life.

My only disappointment is that I will have to wait for Book 3. Withdrawal symptoms are already setting in!

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  • S. Morris
  • 06-06-16

All Ahead Flank!

I've just finished reading the second book in the Black Fleet trilogy, Call To Arms, which has left me wanting to get this review written as quickly as possible as I'm still in awe at just how great this second act to the trilogy was. Sometimes the middle act can be a somewhat of a filler before reaching the climax of the trilogy but in the case of this superb book that is not the situation at all. Call to Arms builds upon the first part, Warship, and continues to build nicely until leaving the reader at yet another vital juncture that makes those like me crave to have the final part. I actually feel sorry for those coming to this series early and having to wait. I am lucky to have the last book in the trilogy ready and waiting.

Joshua Dalzelle has done an absolutely superb job of not letting up in his story so far. The pace of the book as with the first, is just about perfect. There is a section where some political dealings are gone into which did slightly break the flow but once that was done with the momentum picks right up again and we are once more in full flow. I hasten to add that the aforementioned political interlude is something that in the scope of the plot had to be included in order to complete the narrative in a meaningful way. I don't like stories that are broken or slowed right down by lengthy digressions into the political wrangling that are always part of the bigger picture and some authors allow too much of the narrative to get bogged down by such distractions but Dalzelle has just about given what we needed to keep the overall story plausible and done it in a very skilful way.

Having now read two of Dalzelle's books I can see that he is a master of realistic dialogue and the book is written in many sections where we are moving through the story in real time as it were. For example, the reader is brought right onto the bridge of Jackson Wolf's ship in the thick of battle as the exchanges between him and his officers pull us right into the tension of any given situation and maintaining a furious pace that enthralled me completely. The sense of coming along for the ride was almost palpable at times which is no mean feat for a book and I think the well executed audio version of this has to be the definitive format when so ably narrated by Mark Boyett. Boyett brings life and emotion to each of the characters he renders and makes listening to this story a pleasure. As noted in my review of the first book in this trilogy, I get the feeling that Dalzelle either has a deep understanding of naval procedures and technologies or has previously had direct experience of this either in surface ships or perhaps even more likely in submarines. If he has not been a navy man in the past and thus be able to draw on personal experience then his portrayal of naval tactics and systems as used in his stories is all the more remarkable.

The chances are that if you're reading this review that you' ve likely not read the first book in this trilogy and so I urge you to get that book entitled Warship. If you have read the first then you need not fear, Call to Arms is every bit as good and better in some ways and so what are you waiting for? - Get it!

Call to Arms is superbly written and voiced by one of the top narrators on Audible and I highly recommend it.

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  • J. Wilshaw
  • 04-08-16

Very exciting

Couldn't stop listening to it even more thrilling than the first book. Highly recommended. Mark really gets into the story

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  • Don
  • 09-04-21

The sea cannot be equated to space

Narration grates on the ears.
Grand fleet actions over distances of fractions of light years cannot equate to sea battles over distances of fractions of ten miles.

Dialogues between captains and between captains and admirals lack conviction.

Overall disappointing.

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  • ken.c
  • 09-08-21

Good human story translated into a starship future

Excellent story and good narrator even my wife approved of while hearing the story played over my TV.
I have been a SciFi follower for 83 years now and feel this is one of the better recent series able to keep me awake enough
to complete the listen.
Look forward to book three in the series.😇

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  • Patrick
  • 02-15-21

Love it!

Not only are the space battles very well done but the story is build up is excellent. Enough plots that keeps you entertained and wanting for more. The pace of information and answers given is very well done. Excellent character development!

On to part 3.

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  • vincent
  • 03-18-20

Great Follow up book

Really enjoying this series. not as fast paced as Omega but looking forward for the next one.

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  • Jono
  • 02-15-20

Excellent

I am really enjoying this series.

It's sci-fi grounded in reality - futuristic but not so much that it all might as well be magic.

Try it 👍🏻

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  • James
  • 07-21-19

Superb

I thought this was a fantastic story and well written Book - thoroughly recommend. Narration excellent

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  • Glen
  • 07-11-16

Well worth it

This is a great story well narrated. Thoroughly enjoyed it start the finish. I would not hesitate too recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-22

Treading water

Book 2 is mainly filler with a bomb drop at the end that feels very unearned.

the late entry of a game changing new character could have been hinted at one way or another earlier on making the revelation of their existence so much more fulfilling.

No character grows or changes, little challenges them also.

This entire book was a casual ride with little consequence which gave me an enjoyable 8 hours of not much.

I'll come back to this series when I finish better ones first.

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  • shing.blade
  • 08-23-22

Brilliant, utterly, enjoyably unputdownable.

Apologies if this comparison is odious to you but…………. if you have ever come across the full series of Patrick O’Brian’s wonderful stories of the career of Captain Jack Aubrey, then can have some idea of the quality of the writing in this series.
The narration is excellent and the action sequences are harrowing. I cannot help but give these books all the stars!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-22

pretty good story

I like the narrator, lots of voice acting, defiantly makes way for the 3rd book.

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  • John Herlihy
  • 03-02-22

Not as good as the first book

Good story but I feel like the author took an interesting & multilayered main character, and wound back some of his intricacies to make him more 2 dimensional. Narrator did a good job of inserting some life into the dialogue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-22

great read

takes a while to get going but when it does dam it's good we'll worth the read

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  • Daniel Walmsley
  • 11-27-21

very entertaining military sci-fi

I love this genre. Fantastic story of an underdog hero making good and staying humble.

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  • Troy
  • 11-23-21

Who the heck is Sir Lester?

Pretty good space combat scenes, but the science on things like FTL and weapons was a little stale.

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  • Timothy elvey
  • 11-12-21

awesome work

lots of action never a dull moment narrator was very good and kept the flow going 👍

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  • MC
  • 10-08-21

Excellent listen

I’m very impressed with the author, extremely well written in my opinion and enjoyable to listen, the narrator is excellent, I’m looking forward to listening to the next book.