• Iron & Blood

  • The Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (3,093 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Black Fleet Saga continues....

A human planet has been invaded. The enigmatic Darshik have landed troops on a frontier world and have begun subduing major cities even as their blockade repels all attempts by the fledgling United Terran Federation to mount a counteroffensive.

The Federation's military command is desperate, and with their fleet still in tatters, they make a last-ditch effort to free the planet: They pull Captain Jackson Wolfe out of retirement and put him in command of a ship they hope can get past the defending armada and provide support to the beleaguered Marines and civilians fighting on the surface of the contested world.

There is no reasoning with this enemy. If the Terran Federation wants their planet back, they will have to pay the price.

Iron & Blood is the second book of the Expansion Wars Trilogy and the fifth book of the Black Fleet Saga.

©2017 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Almost finished in one sitting

Darnit! Two days and I've already finished the book! I was hoping to take my time and savor the story. But nope! I completely lost myself in the book and only realized that it was early morning when my eyes started hurting. I stopped the book and put it away, intending to save it for when I was on the road. But again, nope. I woke up thinking about the story and ended up finishing the book in that day.

I won't get into details, but I will say that Senior Captain Wolfe is not brought back into the fleet the way I expected. And it made for a great and gripping story. Also, the new characters and new scenarios kept me riveted.

This book is REALLY not a rehash of the previous books. In this one, we see the war from a few different angles from before. And it's outstanding.

I again have to give my complements to Mark Boyett. His pace, emotion, and voicing are excellent. A great performance for a great story.

Highly recommended!

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Captivating

I enjoyed Dalzelle's first installment: "New Frontiers;" it captured my attention! I've stayed enthralled reading "Iron & Blood." I will immediately continue with the last of the trilogy: "Destroyer." I don't look forward to finishing the series. I would like MORE!!

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decent

loved it. decent writing the author keeps it going and keeps you drawn in. good performance.

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These books are a movie in waiting

this would make a great movie. love the whole series so far and look forward to finishing them

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Really enjoy this series !

I really enjoy science fiction with a space fleet . I feel like the narrator does a good job ! Ready to start the next book !

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My Number 4 by Dalzelle

This guy writes good stuff, I just bought 3 more of his.... can’t stop now, it’s just getting addictive...

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Action and Characters with voices to match

One of Dalzelle's best. Action, twists, intrigue and a wonderful family of characters. This is my second listening: I'm enjoying it again after 3 years away from the series. I like rich characters that stand up to time by being complex, both good and bad sides to their personalities. You can even understand how the enemy came to be what they are.

Boyett creates such great voices the build put the characters. I think this is his best set, though Undying Mercenaries would be close.

on to the next...

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second time I've listened to the book. I love it!

plot is great. reader keeps the listener engaged. it is a must-read for those who love space Odyssey plots.

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loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. voice acting was superb, I loved the change of voices during the speaking exchanges. thank you!

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simply thrilling!

was hesitant when Wolf wasn't in a battleship but him as a supporting character was even more thrilling.

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  • Carl Pierce
  • 12-09-21

Solid book.

Have enjoyed both books in the series so far. Easy listening. Simple black and white characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

Excellent!

Thrilling from start to finish, loved every second of it. It starts off with more details then seemed necessary, only to become relevant later on. I love this kind of world building, which makes characters feel like actual people instead of just words.

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  • Mr. F. Gordon
  • 10-01-21

Just gets better...

Love thie writers style and I've always liked both ground and spaceship battles.

Next book incoming in T-minus now....

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  • whodathunkit?
  • 08-10-21

Another stunning chapter

I’m loving the books from this universe. Characters are great, storyline is awesome and the narration is spot on. I have one book left and I’m going to be gutted when it’s all over.

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  • Dr. A. Aidonis
  • 07-13-18

Fabulous book - superb reading by my hero Boyett

Familiar recipe, superb execution. Superb reading. Dalzell has really surpassed himself with this space opera.

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  • Steve W
  • 05-22-18

Love these books

Am downloading the next as I type. Just simple good fun sci-fi and Captain Wolfe never fails to stomp donkey

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  • misterrobbie
  • 02-28-18

More of the same brilliance

A great continuation of the black fleet saga, five books in and it's not getting old, a well established cast and new faces you really start to care about. One more book in this series then I'll definitely start on the omega set :)

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  • DuneDrifter
  • 07-05-17

fantastic

A great second book to the expansion trilogy (The fifth book in the dual-trilogy if you follow on from the Black Fleet Trilogy). Top marks again for Joshua Dalzelle's great story line and Mark Boyett's narration skills. The perfect combination to bring you the exploits of Captain Wolfe. ten out of ten. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-09-22

Excellent

Nothing more needs to be said other than the series is outstanding in every way

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  • d t
  • 04-25-22

Very full and diverse elements to the story

Enjoy this series so much. The characters are developed well over the six books; the tech slowly develops and pleasingly there’s some ground war and a very different mission for the lead characters. It’s great seeing Wright develop, good that she’s imperfect too.
This series stands up to multiple listens.
The narration is engaging and accents are just diverse enough to describe characters without being caricatures. Outstanding.

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  • nick
  • 07-03-17

amazing series!

I only wish these books where longer cant get enough of this serise, absalotly fantastic sci-fi

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-22-21

riveting !

another wide ranging space opera by a master story teller.. simply impossible to put down.

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  • Alan
  • 10-29-18

Another hogh quality story

Another great story and a performance that keeps you interested until the last chapter. can*t wait for the next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-18

Brilliant

i really enjoyed the book and series so far. every chapter i was wanting more. i couldnt put the audio book down. i would even sit in my car in my driveway upon arriving home from work for a good while just to finish the next chapter to satisfy my curiosity and enthusiasm. cant recommend it enough for any sci/fi fan