Call to Arms
Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2
By: Joshua Dalzelle
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Release date: 01-19-16
Publisher: Podium Audio
Genre: Military Sci Fi, Sci Fi, Space Opera
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.25; Narration 4.5.
From Joshua Dalzelle comes the follow-up to the number-one best seller Warship. Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space...barely. He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier. Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously. While powerful factions make backroom deals, he is desperate to find irrefutable proof that the invaders are coming, and if humanity expects to survive they must marshal their forces and make a stand before it's too late.
©2015 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Captain Wolfe has seen the devastation that the alien enemy known as the Phage can deliver. He and his crew on the Ares have been out at the Frontier in decimating battles with the Phage. The enemy small ships are difficult enough, fast and many in number, but then there are the mammoth Alphas which are overwhelming to face. Now the crew has seen an even larger construct move in and quickly destroy a full planetary colony.
Wolfe has continually warned the Confederate leadership that the threat of invasion attack is imminent. When he requests that the military leaders begin to plan to protect the planets on the edges of the inner system, he is frustrated to learn that political factions are inclined to ignore him. It looks like they won’t provide support but that won’t stop Wolfe from trying to do what he can to protect the planet that seems to be the next target.
Although Wolfe oversees an unbalanced battle campaign with staggering losses. As the fight appears to be lost, Wolfe’s ships receive a rescue by the arrival of unknown ships. But then the news comes of a devastating attack at another location. Wolfe feels defeated until he is presented with a surprise opportunity to challenge the enemy.
This installment is full of military battle action which I enjoyed even if I couldn’t follow all of the descriptive details. There is development growth for several of the primary characters that added interest to the story. I liked the fast pace action and look forward to getting the next book. I recommend this to fans of military space opera.
Audio Notes: Mark Boyett does a wonderful job with the narration. He delivers clear voices and intensity in the action. The narration adds to my enjoyment of the series.
Source: 1/15/2020 December Audible Credits. This qualifies for 2021TBR, 2021Audiobook goal.