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Battle Group Avalon (Castle Federation Book 3) Kindle Edition
The Terran Commonwealth has proved a nigh-unstoppable juggernaut in its war against the smaller Castle Federation and her allies, but an almost accidental victory by Captain Kyle Roberts of the carrier Avalon has opened a chink in its armor.
Desperate to change the course of a war they are rapidly losing; the Federation assembles a new forward fleet with orders to retake the systems that have fallen to the enemy.
Outnumbered but on the offensive at last, Kyle Roberts must take a hastily assembled battle group back to the worlds the Alliance failed to defend. There he will live or die by the skills of his soldiers and the honor of his enemies.
About the Author
AudioFile Earphones Award winner Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. He earned an Audie Award nomination for Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01F08DKUI
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (29 April 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3094 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,985 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
This always was going to be a military space opera and the central character, Kyle Roberts is likeable, flawed but knows he could be better and generally gets things right by finding solutions to seemingly dire situations.
Overall, I would probably give this particular book a rating of about 4.3 but its place as part of the series has meant that I have erred on the side of generosity to scrape it in with the full 5 star rating. I am definitely continuing with the next couple of books in the series (already bought them!) Not quite as good as David Weber's Honor Harrington books but I can hope that Stewart manages to complete the story... whilst Weber seems to have lost his way somewhat and not know how to provide a satisfying ending to his ever growing series (mostly expanding in the middle and reaching no conclusion).
As long as Stewart keeps giving us positive (happy) experiences and the drama lightened with a side story or two, I fully expect to continue buying these enjoyable books and rating them equally highly.
Characterisation is perhaps not the main strongpoint of this book, just as it is not the strongest point of the two previous instalments. However, the “space war story” definitely is.
In this third novel, the huge Commonwealth, an Empire centred on Earth, is at war with the Alliance which beings together a cluster of star powers including the Castle Federation which are fighting for their independence and refuse to be absorbed. The war has being going on for about six months when this story begins (read the two previous novels for the earlier episodes) and it is not going one too well for the Alliance. You get to understand that it is not the Empire’s first attempt at forced unification, but, this time, it has conquered and occupied a number of systems. The leader of its war effort is a very competent and talented commander who has more resources than what the Alliance can put in space. The war of attrition that is being fought is slowly grinding the down the Alliance which is losing more ships than it can afford or replace, even when holding its own.
In other words, the forces of the Alliance desperately need a victory to boost morale. They also need to reconquer some of the lost ground and they need some breathing space so that their reserve ships can be mobilised. So this is what this episode is about: a rather daring battle plan to reconquer lost planets, to attack and take the Commonwealth’s main space base and to inflict as much damage as possible to the Commonwealth Fleet.
Of course, things will not exactly go according to plan. Space battles with Starfighters, space carriers, battleships and battle cruisers will be hard and losses will be steep. Of course also, the hero – one Captain Kyle Roberts, a former fighter pilot now in command of the newest space craft carrier of the Fleet, will continue to be just that: the HERO, and justify his nickname which he apparently hates (the “Stellar Fox”). And, of course, his desperate action in fighting against the odds will have a huge cost but also a huge impact on the outcome of the story in this book.
So, contrary to what some other reviewers mentioned, the characters are not exactly “strong” and the plots are certainly not “unpredictable”, quite the opposite in fact. However, the multiple space battles are certainly “dramatic” and they, if nothing else, will keep you reading until all hours with batted breath. At least this is how it turned out for me. I will certainly read instalment four, which I am waiting for rather impatiently…