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Captain Husher and the fleet are stuck in a pocket universe and are unable to travel across dimensions back into the Milky Way’s dimension because of the strange physics in the present dimension. The fleet leaders realize their ships are in sad shape from the latest battle and they have little time and material to affect repairs. They are also woefully short of sufficient munitions as they anticipate the arrival of the Brood in overwhelming numbers. They attempt to enlist the Scion, a somewhat private race in this dimension, to help defend their own homeland. Can the combined forces hope to defeat the seemingly unlimited numbers of Brood fighters? Or will the outcome be total annihilation of all non-Brood races in the galaxy? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and highly recommend this series. I received an ARC – this is my honest opinion. I purchased a copy on release to support these great writers. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
“Don’t give up on him yet,” said a familiar voice from the passageway. Fesky glanced back from the rack’s side to find Iver standing in the doorway. She wasn’t sure if he’d heard her comments to herself or was just making small talk, as humans were wont to do.
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020
Counterstrike is quite the action driven military operation set in, of all things, in a pocket universe. Fresh out of a war with the loathsome Brood the last thing Captain expected to find in this pocket universe, is pockets of the Brood present here as well. Even more upsetting is the fact that the brood are present in growing numbers as the war continues and it becomes clear that this is rapidly turning into an overwhelming rout at the rate the Brood relentlessly pursue the annihilation of the small human space fleet. And rather more unwelcome too, is being unable to leave this universe on board the USC Relentless. For some reason they seem to be trapped in this pocket universe. But the biggest surprise proved to be the presence of yet a completely new and enigmatic alien race called the Scions, that may or may not be the difference in changing the foregone loosing outcome battle with the Brood. The events in Counterstrike moves rather rapidly from one scene to the next and generally proving a rather great overview constantly of the overall progress of each battle. What with some rather unexpected side forays and a masterful continued building suspense, Counterstrike has turned into a fascinating nail biter in this Fleet Ops series by author Scott Bartlett. Enjoy
With no way back to the Milky Way Galaxy, Admiral Iver’s task force is committed to helping their new ally, the Scions defeat the Brood. Combining the knowledge they have acquired about their new enemy as well as the universe they find themselves in with what the Scions already know, they begin laying plans to defeat the Brood and possibly find a way home. But after several encounters with the Brood, the task force is badly damaged and the key to defeating the Brood, Vin Husher, is injured. The story has nonstop action. Almost too much; you wonder how any person could continue that without breaking down. For most of the book, the Scions offer almost no help, even though they discover that Husher is the key to victory, something the Brood is also aware of. Near the end, they do sacrifice themselves to allow the fleet with Husher to escape. But how much more can they take and how is Vin Husher the key, and will he recover in time? I can’t wait to find out.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
Counterstrike is book 2 of what we can expect to be an action packed and driven military operations set in of all things, in a pocket universe. Fresh out of a war with the loathsome Brood the last thing Captain Husher expected was the Blood in this pocket universe. Even more upsetting is the fact that the brood are present and in growing numbers. As the war continues it becomes clear that this is rapidly turning into an overwhelming rout with the Brood relentlessly pursue the annihilation of the small human space fleet.
If that was not enough a new and enigmatic alien race called the Scions, have been found. The events in Counterstrike moves rather rapidly from one scene to the next and generally proving a rather great overview constantly of the overall progress of each battle.
I have the pleasure of receiving a ARC copy of the book from Scott.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
First off, I received this book at no charge in hopes I would write a review This is the second book in the Fleet Ops series. It keeps the action moving along. To my way of thinking this is prime military sci-fi. The characters continue to grow and develop as they have through several of Scott Bartlett’s series. It is difficult for me to separate what Joshua James adds to Scott Bartlett in this series. Whatever it is it supercharges the action and perhaps brings a new level of psychological depth to the characters. The enemies and allies are particularly well developed in Counterstrike. Editing as always is top notch no obvious grammar or spelling errors to interrupt reading enjoyment. I recommend this book to anyone.
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
A war gamers delight. Even if you're not, get ready for a roller coaster ride. Hopefully you can keep all your frustration in your mind, especially if reading this book in public, otherwise you will be shouting out loud, at the fools leading the troops, or the allies wimpering in a corner. We get some Red Indian like Spirit Walking, required by an alien species that are needed for survival. Sometimes you just have to go along with whatever! As the battle progresses, the the unexpected is discovered and the alien allies eventually help, but, the evil Husher is transformed by the nasties, and all hell breaks loose as things turn around, and then tun around again, and again. You get to the end exhausted, and then ...... you have to wait for the next book. Aaargh!
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
Counterstrike is the continuation of Trapped, the first book in the Fleet Ops series. The action now occurs in a pocket universe, where after defeating have defeated the Brood, Captain Vin Husher and his crew find the Brood in this new pocket universe. The Brood continue to pursue the annihilation of the human fleet.
A new alien race, the Scions, have been found with the potential to become human allies but the Scions are a problematic race to say the least.
I do not recommend reading this book without first reading Trapped as the storyline is continued in this book as is likely for future books in the series.
I wish to acknowledge that I received an ARC copy of the book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
Captain Husher and Admiral Iver and crew are back and fighting to survive. There were a lot of fun battles to be fought in this book along with a few surprises. I was entertained and drawn in to see what would happen next. Would the fighting with the Brood end this time? I laughed and groaned and whined but it was a blast to read if you like battles. And do not forget the surprise of new aliens. Loved it and happy I received an advance copy to enjoy.