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Before you start this one, please note it is the fifth book in a series you will need to read the others, in order, or this one won t make much sense as each installment builds upon the other.Without having a spoiler, I enjoyed this one but it was a little slow in parts as there is a lot of personal reflection between many of the characters for both the Alliance and the Confederacy You have your usual big finish with the resolution of the current problem and the introduction of a new one to se Before you start this one, please note it is the fifth book in a series you will need to read the others, in order, or this one won t make much sense as each installment builds upon the other.Without having a spoiler, I enjoyed this one but it was a little slow in parts as there is a lot of personal reflection between many of the characters for both the Alliance and the Confederacy You have your usual big finish with the resolution of the current problem and the introduction of a new one to set the stage for the next book in the series which, according to the end notes will be released in January 2018.I picked this up for 2.99 in the Kindle store if you have enjoyed the previous books in the series I ll bet you will like this one, also Tyler Barron and the Dauntless aid the Gray Alliance against Calavius and the Red Alliance.Tyler Barron leads CFS Dauntless and three other Confederation battleships to assist the leader of the Gray Alliance Tarkus Vennius Ironically, Vennius had raised and mentored Captain Katrine Rigellus In an unofficial foray into Confederation space, Katrine had taken the pride of the Alliance fleet, the Invictus, into an unfortunate encounter with Captain Tyler Barron, commanding CFS Dauntless The epi Tyler Barron and the Dauntless aid the Gray Alliance against Calavius and the Red Alliance.Tyler Barron leads CFS Dauntless and three other Confederation battleships to assist the leader of the Gray Alliance Tarkus Vennius Ironically, Vennius had raised and mentored Captain Katrine Rigellus In an unofficial foray into Confederation space, Katrine had taken the pride of the Alliance fleet, the Invictus, into an unfortunate encounter with Captain Tyler Barron, commanding CFS Dauntless The epic battle that followed eventually lead to the destruction of the Invictus and the death of Katrine Rigellus Now Barron is allied with the man who had felt like a father to Katrine In a Union engineered coup, Commander Calavius had accused Vennius of rebelling, abducting and murdering the Imperatrix in his attempted coup Calavius and his supporters held the capital planet Palatia and the communication hub controlling the information shared across the Alliance The action quickly intensifies as Commodore Barron, the Dauntless and the rest of the Confed contingent, with the small force of ships marshalling the Gray Alliance But controlling the media, most of the Alliance forces went to the Red Alliance.The action is amazingly described with glorious detail in both the ship to ship and the man to man combat sequences The characters are lifelike and lively Warm and loving one minute and snarling in your face the next, the characters really lead the story, but the action I read the last 25% in one sitting, couldn t put it down 2 hours later I finished, but couldn t stand My legs and butt were completely numb I know, TMI, but really, I loved this book, story and series I m pretty sure that you will too It s great, great military space opera sci fi addition to the Blood on the Stars series #READ BOOK ì Cauldron of Fire ô A Deadly Fight to the Finish The warrior culture of the Alliance has fragmented, and comrade fights comrade, brother kills brother The Red Alliance forces, backed by the Union and its propaganda machine, have the advantage in numbers and position, and they are pushing forward, driving relentlessly toward the final attack, the one that will destroy their enemies The Gray Alliance forces are weaker, trapped in the great Sentinelfortress where they ve established their headquarters Their enemies have the larger fleets and armies, and control of the homeworld but the Grays have Tyler Barron and Dauntless The Confederation s celebrated captain and his famous ship have been reinforced, and the newly promoted Commodore Barron now commands a small fleet of battleships, every vessel Admiral Striker could spare to reinforce the faltering Gray forces One final battle is all that stands between the Red fleet and victory, and it seems the Grays have no choice but to stand on the defensive and wait for the fight they know they can t win Unless they try something else, a wild gamble, a desperate plan to pull victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat It will take all Barron and his people can give, and put Dauntless and the ships of his task force to the test But it is the only way to win the victory, to prevent the Reds from a triumph that can lead only to a disastrous invasion of the Confederation, one that Barron knows he has to stop whatever the cost Blood on the Stars BookDuel in the Dark BookCall to Arms BookRuins of Empire BookEchoes of Glory BookCauldron of Fire BookDauntless coming January Okay first off the good I like it, quite a lot I m 5 books into the series after all The plot is great, the characters sincere in their actions, and the action fun.Now the bad Please get an editor Anyone For the following reasons At least 2 chapter headings that give the wrong locations Like if you have a chapter heading that gives a location, make sure it s the right one Chapters 22 47 if I recall, maybe.The same applies to place character names Several times just totally wrong Okay first off the good I like it, quite a lot I m 5 books into the series after all The plot is great, the characters sincere in their actions, and the action fun.Now the bad Please get an editor Anyone For the following reasons At least 2 chapter headings that give the wrong locations Like if you have a chapter heading that gives a location, make sure it s the right one Chapters 22 47 if I recall, maybe.The same applies to place character names Several times just totally wrong I ve had to reread sections before just to figure out what names were meant to be there.Repetition Not of plot but of feelings This one had a little less than the previous books and I like knowing that pilot A thinks pilot B could be the one to beat them, and pilot B thinking the same about pilot A trying not to use named spoilers What I don t like is being told that same thing OVER and OVER and OVER again At LEAST once per dogfight, MANY times throughout the book The same occurs for most characters as if we have to be reminded of their relationships every single time they appear on the page To the point where I started skimming the fighter scenes It s repetitive and feels like padding.Enemy POVs I love them Mostly If you re going to use opposing POVs for the SAME fight, please tighten them up Each on their own are good, together it just drags them out way too long.Enemy tactics I get it, the protagonists are meant to face overwhelming odds and be victorious at the end, that s just storytelling Against the Union in the earlier books it makes sense that the enemy has terrible tactics, but the Alliance are meant to be equal to the crew of Dauntless and superior to the crew of the other Confed ships Which means instead of overwhelming force which doing some quick math actually made the ENTIRE Alliance stronger than the ENTIRE Confed fleet at the start of the book yet it should beequal fights and tactical fighting from both sides An example of this would be the fighter ambush 150 Alliance interceptors and 100 bombers Vs MAX Confed 150 interceptors 70 of which are supposed to be fresh from the academy and 2 battleships There is no way that an offensive force that large wouldn t take out the battleships in the first wave Like zero chance Especially considering the battleships were too far apart to be able to help each other the entire fight I got frustrated enough with that fight and the repetition mentioned above to choreograph how it would have actually worked But yea, better tactics from supposedly competent militant society which I m sure we ll suddenly see in future books given how this one turned out.So I liked it I ll continue to read the series at a slow rate since I can t handle this frustration often , but please EDIT EDIT EDIT 2.5 star, and rounded up, because for some reason I do continue reading them The books are action packed, I enjoy that The overall story isn t bad The characters are bland, it is alwaysof the same, they would be fine for the first book, but we learn nothing new, nothing changes It isof the same This is also true for pretty much everything else There is little depth to the universe in Blood on the Stars It seems that the method to travel to another star system lets you end up a 2.5 star, and rounded up, because for some reason I do continue reading them The books are action packed, I enjoy that The overall story isn t bad The characters are bland, it is alwaysof the same, they would be fine for the first book, but we learn nothing new, nothing changes It isof the same This is also true for pretty much everything else There is little depth to the universe in Blood on the Stars It seems that the method to travel to another star system lets you end up at a precise location at your destination the other side of the gate Yet apparently no one has considered fortifying those positions ever Some slight spoilers following view spoiler For the first time in the series, they actually bother to do anythingthan charging forward and attacking the enemy from point blank range, considering their weapons outrange the enemy weapons, this seems criminally stupid But the thing I hate most about this book and the previous one They are going to help a faction in the Alliance From a realpolitiks pov this makes perfect sense Yet quickly they are best friends, great respect for all, etc Now it might be me, but weren t we still talking about the same Alliance who enslave people by the billions Forcing them to work to their death Who attack their neighbours without any provocation And if civilians surrender to them Then entire villages are tortured executed Not a single word in both books about the main character having any moral issues with having these as allies hide spoiler Cauldron of Fire is the fifth novel in the Blood on the Stars series and as you would expect continues the ongoing story of the conflict between the three main powers in this particular area of the galaxy The Union and Confederation are pretty much stalemated at this point but the political establishment of the Confederation seeing growing discontent within the populace are looking to strike quick and hard to finish the Union once and for all Of course the Admirals know that what minor positiv Cauldron of Fire is the fifth novel in the Blood on the Stars series and as you would expect continues the ongoing story of the conflict between the three main powers in this particular area of the galaxy The Union and Confederation are pretty much stalemated at this point but the political establishment of the Confederation seeing growing discontent within the populace are looking to strike quick and hard to finish the Union once and for all Of course the Admirals know that what minor positives will be brought forward by committing major assets are overshadowed by chances of a disaster which mounts as supply lines extend and they dive deeper into Union space They also know that the Union are secretly backing the coup that has fractured the Alliance, if the Union secure control influence of that huge military force then the Confederation will be destroyed between two fronts.Commodore Barron and his highly respected Dauntless with other destroyer support are supporting the genuine government of the Alliance in this civil war but know that in time they will lose unless they do something rather unexpected.Cauldron Of Fire continues the excellent military scifi storytelling we ve come to expect from Jay Allan and builds upon characters we already know as well as introducing others to adddepth and flavour to the story The combat both in space and on the ground is compelling and exciting and leaves us wantingand combine that with the investment in the character then you are onto a winner Fortunately the sixth novel in the series Dauntless is due early in the new year As I have said before, the Blood on the Stars series is the best Jay Allan series I ve read which is hard to say as I also have enjoyed Allan s other series as well Cauldron of Fire is the fifth book in the Blood on the Stars series and just like the other books I felt pulled into the story from the very first page The characters are excellent you can t help feeling empathetic towards the characters as they struggle with different experiences and the losses of people they love and care abo As I have said before, the Blood on the Stars series is the best Jay Allan series I ve read which is hard to say as I also have enjoyed Allan s other series as well Cauldron of Fire is the fifth book in the Blood on the Stars series and just like the other books I felt pulled into the story from the very first page The characters are excellent you can t help feeling empathetic towards the characters as they struggle with different experiences and the losses of people they love and care about In the latest book, Commodore Tyler Barron and their Gray Alliance allies are in a life and death struggle, aware that their cause against the Reds could well end at any time Back home in the Confederation, Admiral Van Striker is pushed by the Senate to make one all out effort to end the war with the Union, a move he knows might well cost the Confederation Fleet dearly Naturally, the Union is at it s devious best as they plot and scheme to bring down the Confederation Great action and battles fill out what is an exceptionally entertaining book So looking forward to picking up the next book in the series Two and half stars In my review of Book 3 in this series I commented on the all the amazing engineers This book became a much, muchof the same story for the fighter pilots The endless repetition of great aces struggling against their foes in a drawn out battle for vengeance actually became boring rather quickly The addition of an enemy ace didn t add depth or perspective it just caused another round of repetitions This was a literary version of the directions on a shampoo bottle Two and half stars In my review of Book 3 in this series I commented on the all the amazing engineers This book became a much, muchof the same story for the fighter pilots The endless repetition of great aces struggling against their foes in a drawn out battle for vengeance actually became boring rather quickly The addition of an enemy ace didn t add depth or perspective it just caused another round of repetitions This was a literary version of the directions on a shampoo bottle Wash, rinse, repeat Thankfully we eventually run out of shampoo If you want to read about the the struggles of fighter pilots I would recommend Winged Victory by V.M Yeates Its 100 years old and still offers a fresh perspective.Honestly, I started skimming through the many, many fighter battles in Cauldron of Fire The only reason I rated as high as I did was the fairly well crafted continuation of the larger story arc of the series and some interesting development of several of the characters Barron battles continuesCommodore Barron battles continues, can he help to get the Alliance forces to see the truth There will be losses either way, but the union has a new weapon He and the confederations forces will need all the help they can get to end this way. Was surprisingI really couldn t see the outcome of the book until the last pages The death of so many characters was the first unpredictable turn in all the series With a littleattention to building the characters and a littlework on building a believable societal structure, it might have been stunning.I think that a small plane carrier is not a capital ship and has to focus almost exclusively on aerospace launch and retrieval of every kind Asking the same vessel to stand in line Was surprisingI really couldn t see the outcome of the book until the last pages The death of so many characters was the first unpredictable turn in all the series With a littleattention to building the characters and a littlework on building a believable societal structure, it might have been stunning.I think that a small plane carrier is not a capital ship and has to focus almost exclusively on aerospace launch and retrieval of every kind Asking the same vessel to stand in line of battle with energy weapons, missiles or projectile turrets is a dangerously stupid double tasking That s why I think that battleships will make an appearance in any space navy and maybe a dedicated strike craft carrier provided the technology supports them The universe is the same genetically and culturally bland world that so many of these writers create I wonder if it s laziness, lack of creativity or an unconscious political statement.For an afternoon escape, it might be OK If you can overlook a lot of flaws in the storytelling and war movie cliches