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Cauldron of Fire

Blood on the Stars, Book 5
Written by: Jay Allan
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Blood on the Stars, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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A deadly fight to the finish....

The warrior culture of the Alliance has fragmented, and comrade fights comrade, brother kills brother. The Red Alliance forces, backed by the Union and its propaganda machine, have the advantage in numbers and position, and they are pushing forward, driving relentlessly toward the final attack, the one that will destroy their enemies.

The Gray Alliance forces are weaker, trapped in the great Sentinel-2 fortress where they've established their headquarters. Their enemies have the larger fleets and armies, and control of the homeworld...but the Grays have Tyler Barron and Dauntless.

The Confederation's celebrated captain and his famous ship have been reinforced, and the newly promoted Commodore Barron now commands a small fleet of battleships, every vessel Admiral Striker could spare to reinforce the faltering Gray forces.

One final battle is all that stands between the Red fleet and victory, and it seems the Grays have no choice but to stand on the defensive and wait for the fight they know they can't win. Unless they try something else, a wild gamble, a desperate plan to pull victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat. It will take all Barron and his people can give, and put Dauntless and the ships of his task force to the test. But it is the only way to win the victory, to prevent the Reds from a triumph that can lead only to a disastrous invasion of the Confederation, one that Barron knows he has to stop...whatever the cost.

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

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  • KAG
  • 2017-12-21

Really like this series and will keep buying them

Like the other ones....against all odds....they win. The book is just a fun listen and the narrator is a big reason they are so good. What I liked about this one was the No right, not wrong, it just is......

The enemy was conflicted also and even though they needed to be defeated...you hoped some of them would come around.

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  • Patty P.
  • 2017-12-20

Cauldron of fire

Excellent sequel further developing strong characters and plot. Lots of action. A story well told.

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  • tekone
  • 2017-12-03

I love this series

I really enjoy it, it’s got enough characters and plots to keep it interesting without overwhelming plot holes and complications.

It’s what classic military sci-fi should be.

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  • Armando Duarte G
  • 2019-11-04

Jay Allan outdid himself!

I greately enjoyed this book, it renewed the saga, evolved the characters and revealed how the author's complexity and prowess is growing.

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  • BritMick
  • 2019-09-17

Great start to a great series

War is coming to a region of the galaxy. Mankind has proven to be its own worst enemy. Earth fell centuries ago along with most of the human inhabited galaxy. As planets were destroyed or their inhabitants lost the battle their civilization degraded into chaos and the dark ages.
Three distant regions of human controlled space. The Alliance, the Confederation and the Union they each covet each other's property, technology, and wealth. Commander Tyler Barron of the Confederation war ship Dauntless has his ship docked for needed overhaul when a massive warship from the Alliance is sent in to start a war.
The Alliance ship is Captained by the finest warrior of the Alliance fleet in the largest and most advanced ship of the fleet. They are to make a foothold in Confederation space prior to a full invasion taking place. A young Captain Barron and his crew are all that stand in the way of a war and the loss of millions of lives. Can Tyler Barron live up to the reputation of his family’s heroic name or will he fail and cause the downfall of the Confederation……
This is an excellent story that involves a lot of strategy and warfare. It includes battles in space and on a planet’s

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  • Jack
  • 2019-09-09

Destroyed the story over false revenge

Good story up to the end. By a main character betraying all we knew about him. Trying to use revenge as a tool for a character to destroy his career and himself. Revenge against someone for killing a person he had hated for the previous 10 years. NOT BELIEVABLE! I don't plan to continue this series, because this not believable character is not only still in the arc but still keeps his status.
UNBELIVABLE!

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  • Nicholas R Wentworth
  • 2019-03-18

Sifi great

I finish 1 book in the series and I have to go straight to the next one

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  • suzjohnson
  • 2019-03-18

Just awful!

My growing dislike of the narrator's style of speaking, completely interfered with finding the story. Could only get through a few chapters. This man has the worst case of preacher voice I have ever heard! Never again, Mr. Kafer!

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  • Eric C.
  • 2018-06-26

Micro management

For the most part, I enjoy this series, but there is a major flaw with it, and the genre in general. When you have a major character that is the captain of a ship, or worse, commander or admiral of several, that person simply can’t micro manage. They can’t call every single shot and every single maneuver and direct damage control and and and and and - to top it off, they can’t do all of that micro management while thinking that they think micro management isn’t good... might as well dump all of the officers on the ship, have one captain and a bunch of mid-shipmen - this is a starship captain genre problem, but it’s glaring in this series and distracting for me.

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  • Rod Machado
  • 2018-06-17

Good Golly, What a Wonderful Series

I've been through all five of Jay Allan's audiobooks in this series and they are just wonderful military SciFi. Extremely well written and extremely well narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. Kafer could read a list of numbers and I would listened and be entertained. I'm on to the next book in this series. So well done by Allan and Kafer.
Thank you,
Rod Machado