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Empire's Ashes

Blood on the Stars, Book 15
By: Jay Allan
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Blood on the Stars, Book 15
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Tyler Barron is about to lead his fleet into a trap. He is sure the enemy is laying in wait, but he has no choice. After four years of unexpected calm along the front line, the Senate and the Hegemonic Council are demanding action, and the Pact’s commanding admiral has no choice but to set out on a mission to liberate the enemy-held regions of the Hegemony. 

While Tyler prepares for an offensive he believes can only end in disaster, Andi Lafarge is preparing to continue her quest for the mysterious weapon the doomed empire used to defeat the Highborn centuries before. That search has largely been one of combing through old data and artifacts...until now. Andi’s path leads into the region of the Hegemony now know as Occupied Space, right past the Highborn defenses, to the shadowy and mysterious coreward regions of the old and fallen empire, and the ancient imperial capital itself.  

The fleet will fight, struggling for a victory that may be out of reach, but even as they risk all, a new threat is growing, one far in the rear, along the regions of Confederation space that have been stripped of their defenses to support the war effort. The danger is real, and it is deadly. Tyler Barron and his spacers could see their home space invaded and destroyed, even as they fight for to achieve victory hundreds of lightyears away.

©2019 Jay Allan Books (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Robert L Collins Sr
  • 26-05-2020

Waiting Patiently

Can't wait for the next book. Listening to this series has been engrossing and thought provoking .. While listening on my way to work I missed my exit.

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  • Rebecca
  • 08-05-2020

Great tension

Good all the way through. Can’t wait for the next one. All his books are worth the time and money

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  • R. Simon
  • 23-04-2020

Waiting for the next few books

Another addition to series, I sort have had to laugh at the French accent for the Union population I wonder if that was on purpose.

The last sentence on the book worth the entire read.

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  • John Doe
  • 23-04-2020

Repeats almost everything from all the other books

This is not really a new story. It’s the same story repeated and repeated and repeated. Every detail about Barons relationship with everyone is repeated in every other chapter. I understand the point is to make money, but this show pure greed. Unless you want to hear the same things over....and over.....and over, just skip this book

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  • Eric
  • 16-04-2020

Enough Already

Love the series. Love the author. This narrator is the GOAT! However, this series has gone on too long. I feel like a drug addict who can’t help keep buying from a dealer. Good guys beat bad guys at great cost. Repeat against slightly worse bad guy. Please make friends with the primary front fo defeat the Highborn The end. Your talents will come up with a new series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2020

Great story line but.........!!

OK where to begin! I am at home during the Chinese Covid-19 pandemic. I was excited that this book came out because I really like the series! But at the same time a bit concerned that the author Mr. Allan would so over describe and write his characters to so second guess all of their decisions that it would just make the book a pill to get through as he has done on a couple of other book. I have been able to mostly accept it because the previous books spent a lot of time going through the battles that were being waged. So for me it was worth it. BUT on this book it seems all he did was over describe and second guess. One time out of frustration when I arrive at a light that just turned red I turned the volume down so i would not have to keep hearing it and when the light turned green several minutes later he was still over describing a simple action that happens throughout the book. What a shame because the epic battles were not discussed or described in favor of a "days of our lives" theme. SO VERY FRUSTRATED with this particular book, 10 hours could literally be cut into 5 hours of actual story. Such a shame because it is an incredible story line with amazing opportunities for epic deeds of heroism and strategy. Please return to the story line it is incredible and you have a great deal to build on just leave the second guessing and over descriptions out. Describe the battle and technology and ships instead please

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  • Truth Matters
  • 10-04-2020

Too much filler

I liked this series a lot earlier on, but increasingly books seem to be loaded with repetitive self talk that is repeated & repeated & repeated & repeated. It's annoying.

Maybe if I get alzheimers I'd appreciate being constantly retold a character's same inner dialogue ad nauseam, but it gets old really fast.

I don't like being told the same thoughts (usually self doubts) over & over & over & over. It gets annoying.

Maybe if my memory worsens, I'll be happy to be reminded that so & so feels this way then that way then this aay then that way then this way then that way, but right now it just feels like a way to pad a book to make it longer.

Maybe if I become more forgetful, I'll appreciate the ad nauseam repetition of I'm afraid I can't do this. It's impossible to do this. I 'm so worried I can't do this, I am really afraid I can't do this. I don't think I can do this.

How could I possibly do this? It's not possible to do this. No way I can do this, I've got too much to lose, I can't do this. It would be reckless to do this. No one would do this, it'd be crazy to do this.

Now that I've convinced you I've convinced myself I can't do this, I'll do it. so what if it's reckless to do this, or I'm afraid to do this? I've got too much to lose so I've got to do this. Even though I am afraid, I will do this. Yes, Ive finally decided this is what I shall do. "OK, listen up everyone, this is what I'm gonna do."

And Every time you're subjected to listening to so and so's inner dialogue, it's the same thing, over & over & over, & by now, you've guessed it, right?, over & over & over!

Most of the book is every so and so's inner dialogue. The majority of the book is the character's thoughts, their self talk, their conversatons in their own heads, saying, wait for it....... the same thing over & over & over!

Get the picture? Do you see what I mean? Really, Do you get me? Do you understand how I feel about this? Can you guess what I 'm feeling? Can you possibly really, truly know what I feel deep down in my bones regarding this? Do you have any idea? Even just a little clue?

Maybe you can't tell what I'm feeling. Maybe I haven't been clear. Maybe I haven't made my point obvious enough? Maybe I should have told you more often how I feel about this?

I think I should have told you more often how I feel about this. Yes, I didn't tell you enough times. Id better tell you again. That's what I am going to do. I am going to tell you again!

OH, PLEASE! PLEASE NOT AGAIN! That's what you're thinking, isn't it? That is if you didn't get so frustrated you stopped reading a LONG, LONG time ago.

Well, if by now, you aren't, get the book and you will. Or not, and save yourself listening to a lot of repetitive filler that seems to be meant to take a few chapters, expand well beyond reasonable expectations and call it a "book."

It's so frustrating, because I really did like the series in the beginning, but after several books the self dialogue seems to have become longer, repetitive & something, trust me, I already know and didn't feel the need to hear again.

It's made the characters flat and predictable. Like they don't even know themselves.

Maybe if the next book is 1.99 and I'm really super bored, I might see if there's any chance the next book has changed. But that's just because I must be crazy. You know, hitting your head on a brick wall (gues what!), over & over & over but expecting different results, is the definition of insanity.

You might want to learn from my mistakes and stay sane. By now, you pretty much know what is going to happen next.

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  • tekone
  • 10-04-2020

Great, keep going!

It’s classic military sci-fi, what’s not to like? Keep going and can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Loraki
  • 04-04-2020

Masterful Storytelling!

Breathtaking battles and a surprise I didn’t see coming are just two of the reasons why I love this book! Not since Isaac Asimov have I enjoyed a sci-fi author’s books as much as I do Jay Allan’s. IMO, his writing is practically flawless. I also think that Jeffrey Kafer does an outstanding job of bringing the story to life.

I can hardly wait now for “Attack Plan Alpha” to come out on Audible! The freedom-loving people of the galaxy have to find a way to defeat a society that thinks of itself as gods!

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  • Nick B.
  • 01-04-2020

can't wait for the next book. very engaging.

for me, this is one of the best storylines I've read in years. can't for the next book

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  • CJSILV
  • 20-05-2020

Great book 👍

Great book can't wait to listen to the next one great narration and story I highly recommend listening to this book series 👍👍👍

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-04-2020

too short, cutting the slices too thin

the Great story continues but don't expect much movement in the plot, could have done with at least another 5 hours

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  • Poppey
  • 29-03-2020

A Chink in the Armour

I love this series, but ....

In the last Book 14, I had thought Villenueve was going to get his comeuppance; but, No, he is dragged back as the victor once again and I have to admit to becoming very tired of the man's continuing returns. Then there is the Jake Stockton situation.

Then you have the continuing repetitiveness, which seems to have increased in this book, if that were possible! I don't think I have ever fast forwarded so much in any other book.

Don't get me wrong, I listened to this book in just over a day and enjoyed it immensely, but I think the series has really gone as far as it can and should find an ending before we all peg out. Perhaps see Tyler and Andi have some down time while their daughter, Cassiopeia, grows to find her own battles?