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  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 3
  • Written by: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (296 ratings)

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Counterstrike

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

Captain Jackson Wolfe never thought he'd see the end of the Phage War in his lifetime. The enemy was too powerful, too numerous, and utterly determined to exterminate humanity.

But the appearance of a new ally in the fight has changed all of that. For the first time since the original incursion, Wolfe thinks that maybe there's a chance to stop their implacable enemy before they have the chance to wipe out any more human planets. That opportunity comes at great cost, however, and even as he makes plans for their first offensive move on the Phage, Jackson is all too aware that most of them will not survive.

©2015 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Sam
  • 2022-02-06

The Story drops off a bit

but still not too bad, book 1,2 were part of the plus category so one credit for all three boos is justified. however within first hour of the book three I guessed exactly how and why the story would conclude.

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A nice end to the trilogy

Counterstrike picks up right where book 2 left off and continues the story of humanity’s fight against the Phage to its thrilling conclusion.

My biggest critique of this book is the way automation is treated. With unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned space exploration both features of 21st century Earth, I wonder why centuries from now, humanity would have such an aversion to say, having a ship controlled remotely by a far more advanced intelligence. With mass adoption of self-driving cars on the near horizon, I would have liked to see a philosophical discussion on the pros and cons of humanity yielding control to machines or other higher intelligences. As it is, parts of this book stand somewhat at odds with present day realities, with no explanation given as to why.

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Great little series finale

Normally I’m looking for books narrated by one guy in particular, or with a talking beer can. So I’m so glad I found this series. It took me a while to get into it at the start, but after a slow start to book 1, I found myself wanting 2 and 3 to continue. As this book (3), finishes, I think to myself “huh, wow, that’s it. I enjoyed it.” The ending satisfied me, mostly - I want more, but it’s done. And didn’t leave me hanging or angry. Just satisfied.

It took some turns that were sort of anticipated but not fully. I don’t know how to explain it other than “I’m pretty happy with the story, I think the narrator did a good job, and it’s worth a listen if you enjoy sci-fi and aliens and some fighting and people games.” Good job to all involved, and thanks for the entertainment.

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It's Fine.

I listened to the entire trilogy. The third book is the best. However, after listening to The Expanse series, these characters seem one dimensional and I found myself rooting for the bad guy. Narrator was the only highlight. Will not be reading anything else by this author.

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Different than the first two

I LOVED the first two novels. This takes a turn to show you more details about the rest of the universe and wasn’t exactly the same.

That being said, it totally redeems itself at the end.

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Great space opera

Enjoyed all the books immensely. Story was engaging, technology inventive and the characters believable. Thanks

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Another stellar read!

Joshua Dalzelle didn't fail to deliver on yet another captivating story, I do hope that this series will be continued and not end with the 3rd book!

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Still good, just not as good

A good ending to a great trilogy. The alien ness of the "allies" and the un emotional but still intelligent AI are well executed, and the combat scenes are as always, thrilling.

my only qualm was the fact that everyone, alien, human, everyone seems to give Wolf more attention than seems reasonable, giving him info they shouldn't care to share.

Other than that, great book. looking forward to the next two trilogies. 🙂

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I did indeed enjoy this program, Audible. Thank you for hoping, I really appreciate it.

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Good and should be 2 books

Fun and worth listening to. Pretty shallow and simplistic if you want a light listen that is entertaining.

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  • Corey
  • 2016-07-11

Awesome series!

I loved it! I loved the entire series! Mark Boyett could narrate an instruction manual for my Ikea furniture and would gladly listen. The story is engaging and the characters are easy to relate to. I haven't listened to many of Joshua Dalzelle's books but I will definitely start now.

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  • Petros
  • 2018-10-07

A 'meh' ending.

Wraps everything up, but as predictably as possible. Not a terrible end to a trilogy, but each novel is slightly weaker than the last.

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  • Trev
  • 2018-06-12

You knew the ending before the book started.

Wont give it away but it is one of those books after half way through the second book the "Big reveal" in book three was not surprising. This was a let down. Other than this it was not a bad book Mark had yet another great performance it was just the story was a bit lack luster.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2016-10-08

Satisfying trilogy closer

Counterstrike is Joshua Dalzelle's 3rd and final installment of the Black Ship Trilogy. With human forces now focused on addressing the alien invasion and coming to understand the nature of their new alien allies, Captain Wolfe remains unique as the only human who has experienced any contact with the phage which places him in a unique light with their new allies. He becomes privy to the background of Robert Blake and his crew as well as the humanity's place on the galactic pecking order. Wolfe's main character attribute of following his gut rather than his orders, forces him to go rogue and end the phage conflict in his own unique way. At the same time, he learns the frightening origin of the phage themselves and its implications for humanity.

The sci-fi elements are in line with the earlier installments with a greater focus on alien biology and intelligence. Dalzelle creates a striking juxtaposition of a super-intelligent race unable to defend itself nor contemplate genocide against an intelligent predator species without regard for alien intelligence. Wolfe recognizes this dichotomy leaving him and the listener to ponder the possibility of a third way. The battle scenes are quite well done with humans recognizing the inevitable impossibility of fighting a hive mind mentality from the outside that results in Wolfe's 'hail mary' attempt for closure. Overall, this installment is more cerebral than earlier ones and ponders the various possibilities for future human evolution.

The narration is solid with an excellent range of voices of both genders. Alien conversations are particularly satisfying without the more typical nasally or psychomotor retardation renditions. Pacing and mood are appropriate making for an easy listen.

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  • Kalin B
  • 2017-12-21

And finally the interesting part is here!

That's the problem - the author has tried to made a trilogy, when he could put all of this content in to 1 or max 2 books and write further development of the story. In general that's the most interesting book from the trilogy, but still the chatty filling content is too much. I highly recommend the author to re-think the way he makes new books - I get that the commander has good management skills, but I get tired of listening the same commands he give over and over again.. who cares - we are not ship commanders and we are not so much interested in the so detailed way the commander controls the ship. That kind of development is kinda slow and not so fascinating. There are times when I was forcing myself to listen to the book, while with other authors I simply crave to have free time and listen them.
M.Boyett - one of my favorite narrators, simply amazing job, especially in this book, where the chat is a lot and many voices are required.

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  • Dustin Ballinger
  • 2016-08-17

Loved the series

Had listened to several of the Heppner and Larson series and liked them. Saw that Mark Boyett narrated this series so I thought I'd give it a try, listened to the series straight through and enjoyed every minute.

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  • Michael
  • 2016-07-10

Awesome end to the trilogy

Excellent trilogy. I thought the pacing was good and the performance was excellent as always.

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  • los_angeles
  • 2022-02-12

flawless. struck the right note time after time

I first listened to the next series in the history of this world, and it constantly referenced this trilogy so created a pent-up demand in me to understand the genesis of all that. Character development behavior is superb. The narrative stayed right on mission, never going off into stupid attempts at humor or any but the briefest references to romance. It's a lot of the same characters in both trilogies and one comes to like these well-drawn people. Also just the right amount of exposition. I especially liked The Jackson Wolfe, The male lead, was not an idiot that the author could exploit for the "okay enough of the details" faux charm. I like them very well educated.

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  • Jamie Dodson
  • 2021-11-06

The wrap up to a decent but not spectacular space opera

Compelling story and compelling characters. unfortunately there were a couple of major issues. Air Force Colonel Blake’s character arc was somewhat disappointing. Blake said he had 16 or 17 compadres. But we never got a chance to meet them. But more importantly - nobody asked where were they? Other than those issues it was a decent story and I would recommend it to anybody who loves navy in space.

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  • Sandy cohen
  • 2021-10-02

3 Ed book disappointing

First two had everything. But zero story here. It should have been handled in one chapter author used functions of ship as plot… clamps cannons torpedoes were substituted for story.

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