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Call to Arms

Blood on the Stars, Book 2
Written by: Jay Allan
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation...the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation's proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of the battleship Dauntless are light-years from the front lines, at Archellia, waiting for their damaged battleship to be repaired. Their ship is only just operational, but there is no time. The Confederation forces need every reinforcement they can get, and Barron and his survivors board their vessel...and rush to the battle lines.

When they get there, they encounter nothing but fleeing ships and shattered fleets. The Confederation is losing the war, falling back steadily, yielding system after system to the invaders. The Union fleets continue inexorably forward, seemingly immune to the supply constraints that have bogged down past invasions. Dauntless finds herself trapped, cut off from the rest of the fleet along with another Confed battleship and a trio of small escort vessels...deep behind the rapidly moving front lines.

Barron must make a choice. Pull back, try to find a way to get around the enemy, and rejoin the fleet. Or press on, strike deep behind the enemy advance, an almost suicidal thrust toward the Union's main logistical supply base...and the one way Tyler Barron can think of to buy the fleet the time it needs to regroup. To survive.

©2016 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-04

Ok but not nearly as good as the first.

This book in the series was slow from start to finish with none of the excitement of the first although the threat was massive it never felt like our crew was really in any danger. In the first book there had being daring maneuvers on both sides as each captain tried to get the upper hand in this one they just shot and got shot till the enemy was dead. The performance was worse in some ways too. He had a bad tendency to drag out the last word of each sentence and most of his accents were rough to say the least.

I sincerely hope the next book is better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-30

good story, Eeyore narrator.

I couldn't get past the first half chapter because I couldn't listen to him anymore. He ends every sentence sounding like Eeyore, drawing out the last word everytime dull and lifeless, extremely flat. Just cannot bring myself to listen to him any further, I guess I will just have to finish the book on my kindle, because I like the author and series. Shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Eagle, ID United States
  • 2017-11-08

You can skip this one

Chapter after chapter, heroic people face insurmountable odds to accomplish the impossible while facing certain death performing their patriotic duty, because they have no choice, in places indistinguishable from one another. Nothing original here.

The narrator isn't bad, but would benefit from learning to not drop his voice to the bottom of his range at the end of every phrase. And he should just simply Not attempt accents, especially French. Not Ever.

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  • John Hutton
  • 2017-06-14

Good Military Sci-Fi.

Good narration and engaging story. The story scope with multiple points of view was very well done. The location headings for each chapter where very helpful.

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 2017-05-29

Military SciFi at its best!

What did you like best about this story?

This is a classic military scifi book, it checks all the boxes for a great series and awesome story.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jeffrey Kafer is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators, I am starting to buy audiobooks because he is listed as the narrator. Ever since Ryk Brown's series I look forward to anything Mr Kafer narrates, especially 'The Empires Corps'.

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  • dave moser
  • 2018-01-03

Won't be getting book 3

Dry and repetitive. The first book in the series picked up a bit at the end but this one didn't have that going on. The characters are very one dimensional and the entire book is basically describing a single battle with no character development or any reason to care about anyone.
Everyone is "the best the confederation has ever seen" and people seem to know that by watching a blinking light on their displays.
I won't be listening to book 3.

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  • Donald
  • 2017-11-08

couldn't get interested with the new narrator

Luke Daniels made the first book but I couldn't keep interested with the new one

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  • David
  • 2017-06-15

Great book!

Enjoyed this book very much. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Brenton
  • 2017-05-29

A very fun ride

The story was an excellent ride from start to finish. The commander lacks a bit of common sense in some sections of the story, sections obviously meant to let his subordinates shine, but only one such section is blaringly obvious. Performance of the narrator was very good. Can't wait for the next book

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  • James Adams
  • 2019-05-25

omg the narrator !!!😖

I had to read the book to finish could not get past Kafer’s style of ending each narration on a down tone and drawn out last word. He voices where good only if he would end his sentences like he did with the voices, I may have been able to finish listening. What happened to the first narrator he was so good.