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My tastes as a reader are fairly varied and eclectic, but I'd say my favorites are military and dystopian science fiction, space opera, alternate history,and epic fantasy, usually a little bit gritty. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly history. I write a lot of science fiction with military themes, but also other SF and some fantasy as well. I like complex characters and lots of backstory and action. Honestly, I think world-building is the heart of science fiction and fantasy, and since that is what I've always been drawn to as a reader, that is what I write.
Among other things, I write the bestselling Crimson Worlds series and the Far Stars series published by Harper Voyager.
I've been an investor and real estate developer for a long time (mostly retired from it now), a fiction author more recently. When I'm not writing, I enjoy traveling, running, hiking, reading. I love hearing from readers and always answer emails. I think you stop growing as a writer if you stop listening to those who read your books.
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- Publication date : October 28, 2016
- File size : 566 KB
- Publisher : System 7 Publishing (October 28, 2016)
- Print length : 370 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B01MCZZTPS
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,374 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I picked this up during a Kindle promotion for just 99 cents vs. its normal pricing of $4.99: I certainly received more than $4.99 worth of entertainment value out of this one. If you like military fiction with a bit of a futuristic plot to it, I would highly recommend this one.
I want a hero that triumph over the odds. To use the latest gimmick to kill all the bad guys. I want a clear victory, that while might hard, was never in question. And for that matter, I want an enemy that is clearly bad and evil.
I did not get all the above in this book. The title says it all. The story is a Duel in the Dark, where men and women of 2 different factions, with their own code of honour and believes, give their blood on the stars.
While I did not get a fun space opera, I got one that will stick with me for some time. That I will always remember as a really passionate good thoughtful read.
Three distant regions of human controlled space have survived and still have most of the ancient technologies and the ability of faster than light travel. Vast regions of space are controlled by three different federations. The Alliance, the Confederation and the Union covet each other's property, technology, and wealth. Commander TylerBarron 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 surface. I enjoyed the military combat and the interaction between the two skilled Captains of their respective vessels. The book starts slowly as the background for the situation between the three governments is explained as well as the background of the main characters and their training.
I found the book to get better as I read along and the intensity and action of the storyline just kept building. I liked this book a lot and I look forward to future releases in the series. I have read almost all, if not all, of the books written by Jay Allan and he has become one of my favorite authors of military Sci-Fi. I picked this book up for 99 cents when it was first released as a promotion and I am glad that I did.
This is an excellent story and I recommend it to you!
It's a fun read and the writing is fine, but too repetitive with some elements.
For example, in the space of a 100 words or so, a character can switch from male to female several times. ‘He did this.. then ‘she said this also... Several chapters are titled completely wrong.
The writing style is repetitive to the point I found myself skipping whole sections.
The battle scenes are amateurish - just go straight at the enemy without a plan then when you get close tell everyone what to do then, but in general terms, and you win! Hey, who needs to plan out Battles and brief all the elements and their roles?
I find it hard to believe this is the same person who authored the Crimson World saga.
This is all really a shame since the ‘verse imagined here is very interesting and the wars that loom provide a great setup for the stories.
If you are disappointed as I was but haven’t read the Crimson World saga by Jay, try those books. You won’t be sorry reading those.
Top reviews from other countries
Three forces involved - the democratic but soft and sometimes corrupt Confederation (fairly similar to our own Western society), the militaristic 'Alliance' who are basically Romans or even Spartans with rockets, and the totalitarian Union who are the real villains. Luckily the Confederation military forces aren't as soft as the other two empires think... If you like military SF you won't be disappointed.
There are more things but I think that's enough for now.
Its a shame, I liked the universe, the storyline concept, but for me t was poorly executed. I know that Jay writes better then this and I'll continue to read his books, but this was a disappointment and it felt like this series was rushed out with little to no polish.
In summary an ok read. I've nearly finished the second in the series and it's more of the same really. Not sure if I'll get any more after that.
The action is good, but there is a general feeling that it's all a bit of a Weber rip off. The Union's leadership and ships all have French names. The Confederation Navy is a bit like the RN. All rather reminiscent of Manticore/Haven.
I picked much of the series up at good cheap Kindle prices. Well worth 99p, willing to go up to £2.99, but not sure beyond that, especially as the battle sequences, which are at the core of each book, are pretty repetitive.