Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Series: A Captain's Crucible #1
on 8 April 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Captain Jonathan Dallas, Commodore of Battle Unit 72, investigates the disappearance of a military research vessel on the fringes of known space. When the unit is ambushed by a threat that endangers not only the fleet but also all of humanity itself, Jonathan must somehow find the resources to fight back.
Cut off from Central Command and faced with impossible odds, can Jonathan overcome his demons to save humanity and, more importantly, can he save himself?
Flagship: Where captains are made. Or broken.
©2016 Isaac Hooke (P)2016 Isaac Hooke
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Captain Jonathan Dallas is a complicated fellow. He lives with the nagging guilt that he could have saved a dying mountain climber and holds a simmering hatred for his admiral who wouldn’t help. Now he must face the moral dilemma of following orders to destroy an entire star system and its billions of human inhabitants or face down his past demons and do what he knows is right.
An unknown force has attacked the armada. They could be their human enemies, but more likely an alien force never encountered before. If alien, humanity will need everyone united to stand up to even have a fighting chance.
The action is nearly continuous throughout the novel as star-ships collide. It is a military Sci Fi novel after all and fans shouldn’t be disappointed. Set several years after the Atlas series, an older, wiser and bitter Rade Gallal makes a cameo appearance. Captain Dallas and his first officer are clearly the main characters though, and their friendship is the sub-plot that gives the story a human element.
The novel is performed by Peter Berkrot, who does an excellent job. Like all great narrators, he adds his interpretation to the drama. You will either love his performance or find it intrusive, but that’s why you listen to audiobooks and not computer generated readings. In this listener’s opinion, he added greatly to the story once you get used to his style.
You may enjoy listening to the Atlas series as a prequel to Flagship, but it is by no means necessary to its enjoyment. This is a new series and stands on its own. If you enjoy space battles with a little human drama thrown in for effect, you should put this one on your short list. It is a good listen with plenty of action. You’ll be looking forward to book two when available.
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