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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KSGK8NU
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It is a good read with a well thought out, gripping storyline but the lack of an editor - or even a really good proofreader - is glaringly obvious at times and keeps throwing me out of the story.
Couple of examples;
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*
In one paragraph the author describes the titular Space Carrier Ark Royal as the "oldest" spaceship operated by Humans "anywhere" (in fact this is a major plot point). Just a couple of pages later he describes the carrier passing through a far flung Human colony system whose spaceships were "even older than Ark Royal" (I'm paraphrasing but the point was clear).
At one point we're told there has never been a hint of intelligent alien life elsewhere - that Humanity has concluded it is alone in the galaxy. A few pages later a character casually mentions that there have been fleeting long range sensor contacts with unidentified ships for years.
On another occasion, upon examination of an alien body, we're told the aliens are physically tougher than humans. Later an expert giving a run down on alien features describes them as being weaker.
One character (a senior naval officer) muses to himself that perhaps mass driver weapons, as fitted to the obsolete Ark Royal, are no longer built as the major powers have a secret agreement to limit their use. A few chapters later this theoretical secret agreement is an established fact that everyone knows about. It seems like the author has just realised that the lack of these highly effective weapons on modern ships is a major plot hole and he's scrambling to fill it.Read more ›
His choice of a British vessel, part of a future Royal Navy is such a change from endless American space sagas, and makes the story all the more refreshing. I liked his simple but adequate explanations of the future technology of the vessels involved. Too many SF writers seem to go out of their way to explain future tech to a point where you feel as if your reading a patent application, not a novel.
His simple dialogue weaves together a future crisis facing humanity and our first violent interaction with aliens while also dealing with the Captain of Ark Royal who is battling his own personal demons. All of this is coupled to the Royal Navy's long standing traditions going back centuries, and Britains place in a future world order.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and am now working my way through the rest of the series.
Don't expect an Arthur C Clarke experience, as the storyline is simpler, and the writing on a more basic level. However, it's still a good read, and I for one recommend it.
What I was not expecting was a writer who cannot seem to go two paragraphs without repeating the same banal ideas, often without even changing the phrasing of the concept he's trying to get across - as if he knows he has to fill a certain number of pages for a scene, but doesn't have the imagination to use the space effectively. All too often in reading this, I felt like I was listening to a scratched record which would repeat itself pointlessly before continuing.
Even basic matters such as word-choice and sentence structure are found wanting - things I'd taken for granted in the previous books I've read which in this are handled so badly that it actually becomes a chore to slog through the pages. I must admit that I didn't make it past the first third of this book. I'm told that it does get better towards the end, and if so I would urge the author to go back and re-write the early chapters. Not that the execrable writing quality seems to have put off a lot of people, what with all of these bizarrely positive reviews. Most perplexing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it must have been good, I`ve bought the next two in the seriesPublished 3 days ago by Sean O`Connor
Picked this up based on a recommendation, was not disappointed. Some typos here and there but overall a thoroughly enjoyable read if you're a fan of space and space combat. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Oooz1991
Difficult and heavy, keep coming back to it but eventually gave up, too far fetched and more childlikePublished 12 days ago by sks
Very enjoyable and well written. Such a breath of fresh air after attempting to read my previous download, Neuromancer by William Gibson who could learn quite a bit from... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Mr. S. P. Watson
I read some of the "picky" reviews on this book, but for the price and good reviews thought I would give it a go. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Booky Matelot
Finally an author who writes like the ones I grew up loving - Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein - loving Christopher Nuttall's books.Published 1 month ago by Detta
Rather than a book, I would tend to view Ark Royal as a product. As other reviewers have either hinted at or mentioned, the story is not exactly an original one, with its heavy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JPS
I gave up after the first chapter. The writing style is amateurish and sometimes cringe-worthy. Amazon should give a clear warning when books are self-published. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GK