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Call to Arms

(Blood on the Stars #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  2,315 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Call to Arms: Blood on the Stars II

War. The word spreads throughout the Confederation…the long-expected Union invasion has come. The enemy is strong, their fleets larger and more powerful than intelligence reports had predicted. They have broken through the forward defenses, sent the Confederation’s proud fleets into an ignominious retreat.

Captain Tyler Barron and the
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published January 27th 2017 by System 7 Publishing
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, 2018
Call to Arms follows up Duel in the Dark with few surprises or literary merits. Dauntless has spent weeks in dock being repaired. Meanwhile, the war against the Union is going poorly, as seemingly endless waves of battleships and fighters pour out of the wormholes. The Confederation is forced backwards, from one stand after another.

Dauntless rendezvouses at the scene of the last battle, and with the help of the Intrepid, a friendly battleship hiding in a dust cloud, destroys a major supply convo
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
From start to finish this is a giant roller coaster of a space battle. It rarely slows down and is very absorbing. I thought that I would be exhausted in reading something that was just traveling with one plot line and that being battle, but it is actually very well paced and even though I had read book one a l while ago, i fell straight back into this pretty quickly.

it is a bit Buck Rogers in terms of the good guys and their pilots, very stereotypical characters, but hey, it's a lot of fun.
Robert Michael
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
If I were to title this review it would be: "Call to Arms -- Whatever it Takes, Part 2".

I can look beyond the formula the author has established here (both in the way the story is structured and how each successive engagement plays out), but the repetitive nature ingrains itself in other ways. Certain phrases continually crop up. The one that sneaks in, on both sides of the conflict is "Whatever it takes." It is repeated by pilots, captains, engineers. Over and over again.

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Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, here’s the second book in this series and it just keeps getting better. I knew Jay Allan was a prolific writer and he’s proven that he’s without a doubt one of the best military science fiction writers I read. If you pickup one of his books, better be ready for a long journey. And, it it’s got a battle or war in it, be ready to be worn out! I am again, just worn out! This book goes from one battle to another with the Confederation Battleship, the Dauntless and it Captain, Captain Taylor Ba ...more
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-scifi
Were to begin? This second book in the series adds many characters, unfortunately those that aren't Admirals or Captains are merely caricatures instead. There is lots of action as always with Jay Allan and the pacing and drama are well structured if a bit predictable.

I did have a lot of problems with the details of the naval battles. This almost felt like Allan set the pace and then let someone else fill in the details. He hasn't made such amateurish mistakes previously. If a ship is trying to e
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Almost interestingI

I was hoping for something along the lines of Honor Harrington. Instead this is more of a 1940's kind of science fiction adventure book.

Mankind is all American?, I guess. All the surnames are strong Anglo-Saxon names with no Kowalski, Singh, Li, Mugabe or such to break the flow of this action packed (?) novel. Women get more respect than the novels of seventy years ago but there is an undercurrent of them taking the back seat in every key part of the story. They also seem to
Dennis Zimmerman
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Confederation has made a serious mistake. They knew war was coming with the Union star clusters but they grossly underestimated the strength of the Union star fleet. They go into battle with better pilots and fighters but they are seriously out numbered.

Meanwhile Captain Tyler Barron is struggling to get his massive flagship repaired after a victorious but costly battle with a single invading battle ship that was testing the fighting ability of the Confederation. His ship’s victory over the
Tony Hinde
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The emotional impact of this book is high. There are near impossible challenges and heroes to fight through them. We even get a glimpse into the enemy's mind and find that some of them are admirable. Good stuff.

Now for the not-so-good. The portrayal of leadership is severely flawed. Captain Barron's go-to style is to constantly call his officers and shout at them to do the impossible. When they give him estimates, he insists they deliver in half the time... It's just sad. Any officer th
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Spend your time and money elsewhere

I had Duel in the Dark sitting on my bookshelf for a long time as it had been recommended by quite a few people. The plot was okay. Enough to look past the major flaws imho and get the second book. This is the end of my journey though, I have run out of fuel to my fun fighter.

My issues with the mechanics:
All science fiction needs to have a suspension of disbelief somewhere in the story. Unfortunately for this series there are too many inconsistencies. For space
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
At last, an author who violates "the two-ship rule." There seems to be an unwritten rule in modern story telling that there could be only one warship that is the star of the show/story/movie, if the story takes place on a ship.

Let's start with recent TV show "The Last Ship." Since everything is about USS Nathan James, no other ships could be operating in tandem. See the latter half of Season 3 and the first half of Season 5 - where other ships in the fleet are destroyed.

Then there was Battlestar
Todd Gutschow
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still holding on to 4 stars...

There a lot of strengths to this series. The first 2 books take place in a galaxy rebuilding itself from a former advanced society. There’s a lot of potential with this. The author has done a good job creating the opposing societies. However, the dialog can get a bit lengthy. A lot of the characters are overly “good”...they lack the grit of real personal conflict. The main character captain is way too soft...a real military leader wouldn’t be so informal and casual
Alan Mills
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
VolumeTwo of the Series Maintains Quality of Volume One

So often I find that the second volume of a series drops off considerably in quality from the first volume. Happily, that was not true here.

There are, however, significant differences. One of the things that made volume one so appealing was the tight framing. Unlike the usual massive space opera, it was tightly focused on two ships, and two commanders, both given depth of character development, and both given believable personalities. While
Mike Crate
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The long expected invasion of the Confederation worlds by Union forces is upon them, a vicious and seemingly unstoppable surge by Union forces leaves the once powerful Confed fleet in retreat. Meanwhile Captain Tyler Barron and his battleship the Dauntless are rushed to the front before fully completing repairs, they arrive to find only the remnants of a major battle. As the Union punch ever deeper into Confederation space their support/supply system remains impressively strong but Dauntless is ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

A good read. Allan keeps the action going sequentially and is particularly good in portraying his version of space wars consisting mostly of parrying battles between fighter pilots and mega ship captains. The author intersperses the excitement of his narrative—usually one on one space fighters or large ship duels, to enter in his brand if morality. We constantly hear of the death toll along with the endemic guilt of war as seen through the eyes of the admiral who sends them into conflict as w
Sandy Kay Kay
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book starts shortly after the end of Duel in the Dark so you will want to read them in order to get the best enjoyment from this book. Because of the time spent in world building in the first book, there is less time spent on that in this book, though it does continue the perspective shifting format of the first book. Because this book moves on to the war with the Union, there are chapters told from the perspectives of various Union-based characters.

As with the first book, this one centers
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Compelling and brutal

Blood on the Stars series books One and Two, set in the far distant future, involve three multiple world governments at war. The Alliance is always at war, a military society formed after a successful armed uprising of slaves determined to never live in slavery again. Therefore, they actively seek to take control all adjacent worlds. The Confederation resembles current Western democracies. They go to war when they must and seem able to convert all their wealth and manufactur
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before you pick this one up to read, please note it is book #2 of a series: you need to have read book one first or this one won’t make much sense to you.

Without having a spoiler, the author picks up right where he left off with book one in the continuing war. The battle scenes are realistic, and the author paints the picture as if you are right there in the middle of things. What I like most about this series is you really feel as if you know the characters, and feel the raw emotion of the cost
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really want to like this book. I enjoyed the first one enough that I bought the rest of the series. But dang, I've picked up and put this book down three times now and I just can't will myself to keep reading or finish it.

The characters are VERY flat and tropey, unnecessary conflict is introduced for seemingly no reason (think Top Gun but in space), and battle scenes that should be exciting feel like they drag on and on and on. Maybe it's the fact that the POV of the Alliance was at least inte
Tony Hisgett
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the previous one. The characters were interesting and the story was more focused.

One of the criticisms I had with the first book, was when you looked carefully at the big space battles the numbers and distances didn’t always add up. This book was better, but there were still instances when the times and distances didn’t add up.

Also although I like a good space battle, I think this author does tend to overdo them. Back in the 18th/19th Century, the measure of a grea
Aaron Walker
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: leisure-fiction
Following on the heels of the entertaining but unimaginative first novel in this series is a slightly less entertaining, slightly less imaginative second novel. There is *slightly* more character development in this novel, but only slightly, and they generally respond exactly as you'd expect them too. There is an attempt to bring in some grander conflict (geopolitical turmoil, is the Confederacy as good as it says, rule of law, etc) but it generally doesn't last long, and the characters confess ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
War and adventure in a ScFi setting

Really well paced and nicely written big conflict story told through many small details, following people and families over time. It feels like a good Updating of CS Forrester’s Horatio Hornblower classic novels of Britain’s Navy and the Napoleonic wars to an interstellar future.
While Jay Allen seems more formulaic and repetitive then CS Forrester, his narrative moves right along and is quite engaging with a good mix of dialogue, stage-setting narrative and de
L J Field
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Science was never my best subject. When I read science fiction I am wide open to various theories and descriptions as long as they appear somewhat sensible. What I am looking for is to be thoroughly entertained. And this series, Blood on the Stars by Jay Allan, I find to be gripping. The action is slam-bang all the way through the first two volumes. The action, taking place on a star-ship with a thousand people manning their posts, cannot help but be centered on less than a dozen characters. The ...more
Gary O'Brien
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
The famous Captain Tyler Barron and crew must once again cut short their refit to travel back to the far side of the Confederation because the Union has finally invaded. Again, the battleship CFS Dauntless is barely operational.

So back into battles they go. But this time they are not alone. They partner up with another Confederation battleship this time. With the unconventional, rule-breaking methods of Barron they fight against impossible odds

I give this one 5 stars. It has some of the same kin
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great continuation of the story started in book one. While I find it somewhat annoying to read repeats of what was covered in the previous book, those parts would allow someone to read this as a stand alone book. That being said, start at the first book and enjoy the adventure.
Captain Barron's character is not static but developing as events happen. Other characters may not be developing as fully but there are a lot of characters. I find this a very interesting universe and I look fo
James A. Youncofski
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this book

It is very seldom that I find it hard to put a novel down. I can't say that for this installment of Blood on the Stars. The characters in this book are so life like, that any military man or woman would be proud to serve with them. The feeling of comradarie is very intense along with the description of the battle in the stars. I really enjoyed this novel more than I thought I would and I will recommend this author to anyone who will listen to me. Great job Mr. Allen!
Marshall Clowers
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This picks up several months after the events from "Dual in the Dark". As the story goes it's pretty familiar formula that any reader will recognize and yeah it's more science fantasy than science fiction.
The action is pretty good and there are a few moments where it can get pretty intense. Fans from Weber's Honorverse might enjoy it, my only detractors are there is a bit of repetition (fragility of the main guns, defend the BB at all costs (and why),
If you read the first book you'll know what
Sandralena Hanley
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Fun sci-fi space opera. Lots of action. Characters are likeable, but not really fleshed out. On the edge of your seat action. Hard to find clean, not foul-mouthed adventure books, but Jay Allan delivers.
Good cliffhanger as I can't wait to see what becomes of the Union pilot rescued by the Confederation. I had really wished Katrine Rigellus had come over to the other side in his previous book. She was such a great captain. Maybe this time the pilot will convert and become a central character.
allan graham
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I like it, But

I enjoyed the first book and overlooked a lot of annoying repetitiveness, but, not this time. Far to much repeating of action, always a miracle, always a long shot, always the same old dialogue. The pilots are always " full of respect for the enemy veteran pilot", which they can tell every time. Engineering's always performing a miracle. Nope, won't be reading anymore
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Mr. Allan really knows how to write these! Fun!

This book chronicles how Dauntless and (a new ship to this series) Intrepid are able to join up behind the Union offensive, cut the Union supply-line, and contribute towards halting the Union offense that was driving deep into Confederation star systems. Mr. Allan manages 4 or so very fun and interesting story arcs to weave the story together to its conclusion. My Favorite Authors shelf now has a new member. Onto the next book...
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent installment from Jay Allan. I enjoyed the first book enough to immediately purchase the second. In this book, now that the Alliance is out of the picture, the war between the Union and the Confederation officially begins. How is the Union maintaining such a strong position so deep behind enemy lines? Discovering the answer and developing a strategy to combat it is the premise for this very promising second book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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