Counterstrike (Black Fleet #3)

Counterstrike - Joshua DalzelleThis review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

 

 

 

 

Title: Counterstrike

Series: Black Fleet

Author: Joshua Dalzelle

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 365

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Jackson Wolfe is about to head up the remaining fleets of Earth against the Phage, in a strike against a theoretical Phage Overmind.

All of the info about the Phage come from the new alien allies. Said allies are unwilling to dirty their hands with actual fighting but have no problems with using other races as proxies.

Wolfe must now fight a 3 front war. One against the Phage. One, very surreptitiously, against their supposed allies. Finally, one against his own commander who can’t take any chances.

 

My Thoughts:

Best book of this trilogy. And it ends. Jackson Wolfe is alive at the end but his story is over. The story about the alien allies hasn’t finished, but the Phage aspect is done.

 

As soon as the alien allies made it clear that they used other races to wage their wars, the origin of the Phage was pretty much a foregone conclusion. It was an interesting turn but not a shocking revelation. It definitely makes the “allies” the new “enemies” for any future books.

 

The tiny bit of “romance” was awkward and really didn’t add anything to the story or make the characters any better. I wish that Dalzelle had left it out altogether. It would have fit just fine with Wolfe as a character.

 

In the author’s note at the end, he makes it clear that this IS a trilogy. I like that he had the balls to end this and not try to endlessly milk it.  While I am hoping to read more in this universe, I am ok with being done with Jackson Wolfe.

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Call to Arms (Black Fleet #2)

 Call to Arms - Joshua DalzelleThis review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

 

 

 

Title: Warship
Series: Black Fleet
Author: Joshua Dalzelle
Rating:         of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 349
Format: Kindle

Synopsis:

Now that humanity is aware of how powerful, and deadly, the phage are, they come together, forgetting all their political problems.

HA!

While Captain Wolfe is beating the drum to save humanity, a core of politicians are building a safe retreat in a hidden zone. At the same time, said politicians are obfuscating the news about the phage, encouraging divisive policy among various factions and generally doing everything they can to sacrifice humanity so as to hide their presence and possibly survive.

Now the phage have appeared at 2 rim worlds and only Wolfe is willing to fight to save them.

 

My Thoughts:

This was good. Seeing Wolfe do what needs to be done, regardless of the consequences to his career, was encouraging. I like reading about characters who have, and show, courage.

Also, with the Presidential race currently going on here in the United States, the story line about the politicians sacrificing humanity for their own gain rang truer than ever. It seems that career politicians are like food. They start out good but the longer they are in the center, ie, the stomach, the rottener they get. Until they are nothing but crap.

Now the ending. Oh my goodness! After Wolfe sacrifices so much, to have the phage turn out to be so tricksy was unexpected and rather devastating. It was balanced out nicely by the appearance of a third group of aliens who have been working with some humans from the first FTL ship that just disappeared years ago.

I’ve got the next book already and I can’t wait!

Warship (Black Fleet #1)

 Warship - Joshua Dalzelle, Monique HappyThis review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

 

Title: Warship

Series: Black Fleet

Author: Joshua Dalzelle

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Captain Jackson Wolfe is an Earther, a drunk and the only half-decent “warrior” aboard the last of 4 Warships remaining to humanity.

On the last mission of the ship, engineered to destroy Wolfe’s career, they come across obliterated planets. Against orders, surviving mutiny and with a secret helper from the Spooks, Wolfe is determined to find out who did this to humanity and to make sure we are ready to fight back.

 

My Thoughts:

This started out kind of rough, with the author giving all sorts of immaterial descriptions and stuff that didn’t really add to the plot. It was typical indie writing and I was getting all set to blast it.

 

Then it seemed like the author switched gears or something because things just smoothed out. I don’t know if it was because we got into the action scenes or this was of particular interest to the author, but it suddenly was something that I wanted to read.

 

In some ways, this reminded me of most of the other kind of Indy military SFF I’ve read before. But I like that kind of stuff, so that didn’t bother me. But if you’re looking for something new, bold and brash, this isn’t it.