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- Publication Date: January 25, 2017
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- Language: English
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Iron & Blood (Expansion Wars Trilogy, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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In this book, Wolfe is returned to command, and we get to see him in all his glory. Whilst there is still some political intrigue, some diplomatic games, there is a lot less of the manoeuvring that we saw in book 1.
In this story, although Wolfe has been returned to command, the leadership desperate for the Political points it will win them when he is painted at being back out in the field, however, due to political games, he is given the Captain’s chair of an older Assault Class Frigate, rather than a Destroyer, leaving him with little in the way of options.
He is then tasked with the impossible, to land his Assault Forces on a planet that is being laid siege to by the Darshik (the enemy Alien race), in a system that they currently have power over, both on the surface, and with superior forces in space. Numerous ships have already smashed against the blockade trying to get much needed resources to the surface. If Wolfe can’t do it, it is all over for Millions on the surface. To make matters worse, his escort, originally to be the one and only Celeste Wright, is changed at the last minute to a lesser commander who has very little actual combat experience, and refuses to listen to Jackson, again more politics with no thought at all for the Military ramifications. The brilliance of this is, that Dalzelle writes this so well, making this such a realistic story.
What ensues is a totally gripping and captivating end game, as ‘The Lone Wolfe’ tries desperately to not only keep himself alive, he has to keep his crew, and that of the Assault force alive as well, and more importantly, he has to deliver them, for the fate of the entire planet rests on his shoulders now, possibly more, if the planet falls, it could be a staging area into the core next.
The change from book 1 of the original series, in which Jackson Wolfe was a derided ‘Earther’, whom everyone loathed and hated, to the Legend he has become is fascinating to watch and read. The way the people on the planet react to hearing his name, and instantly fight that much harder, because the Legend of the Wolfe is here, the inspiration he brings, even that of Celeste Wright. Dalzelle has created these amazing characters, and they are not Gods are anything silly, they are figureheads, those kind of legends that people rally behind in times of war, that tales get told about (and exaggerated – Wolfe killed an Alpha with his bare hands…), but it is these legends that turn the tides of wars, battles and make the difference. It is obvious that Dalzelle has done his homework (or has a good understanding himself), of these concepts, as he writes them so well. It gives his stories such depth of character that you just don’t see in some others, making this all the better for it.
This is a brilliant read, this series only continues to get better, and you should definitely get into it if you aren’t already.
This is the story of a single campaign told from several viewpoints that creates a balanced mix of space action and ground pounding. Favourite characters Wolf and Wright keep doing what they do best...
The storytelling is superb, with great dialogues and three dimensional characters.
I bought it, read it, and can't find wait for the next one to come out.