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Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada (Volume 1)

Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada (Volume 1) [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas J. Ambrose
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Prepare to enter a dangerous place—the world of sky pirates!

After arriving at The Pharmacologist’s Eden, a grand floating port run by the cut-throat Rhod Stein, Ruby Celeste discovers the deckhand she arranged to purchase has been sold out from under her and replaced with a man kidnapped from the world’s surface. So after dispatching his guarding henchmen, she snatches him and then flees—but not before blowing a gaping hole in the SkyPort.

But unbeknownst to Ruby, Stein survives the blast. And along with the assassins now hot on her tail, she has other problems to contend with: the frail man she kidnapped and his newfound place on her ship, a pervasive series of dangerous electrical malfunctions—and what about the diary she finds on a derelict ship? Are its pages filled with the deranged words of a madman—or does it really hold the key to finding the mysterious Ghost Armada?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BXT2I20
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,477 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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By Gopher
Format:Kindle Edition
There is an old tag that in most forms of fiction you can include one impossible premise and providing you stick to it the story will work. I am afraid that in this the author has to a great extent failed which although I didn't totally dislike the story is why I have marked him down. As others indicate the basic premise of the story is fairly fast paced and has a fair number of thrills and spills and some of the characterisations and interplay of the crew and others are well thought out which I would normally give it a four rating but unfortunately as I read the first story, in what is now at least a trilogy, I kept wondering about the basic economics underpinning the universe that was being depicted.

OK we have a 'steam punk' universe and as such I can accept the mix of modern and Victorian era technology of the flying ships and the sky docks they travel between even if their motive power appears to be animate which somehow negates the weight of things surrounding. But apparently none of the vessels appearing in this first tale can get close to ground level without their weight returning to normal and the ship crashing to the ground. This is where the economics questions kick in loudly and clearly:

1. Where does all the steel, electronics, plastics and sundry other material including most importantly food come from?
2. What does Ruby Celeste buy, sell or otherwise do to make a living for her 18 strong crew?
3. Why do even relatively small flying ships carry enough heavy ordinance to take out two flying sky docks but the docks themselves with hundreds if not thousands of people on board seem incapable of defending themselves?
4. Who carries the insurance allowing new ships to be bought?
5. Who builds the new ships?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of humour and action 6 Mar 2014
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
"You've met these two clowns, right? Reuben Evans, and Glim Peters. He pointed at each in turn, and the two men pulled cheesy grins. Peters even crossed his eyes. "What names, eh."

"Says Mikhail," Peters called. "Who names their kid Mikhail?"

"Ignore him," Michail said to Francis. "He's still sore his parents misspelled their feelings at having bore him as a child."

"What's that then?"


This word-play made me giggle. "Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada" has plenty of humour, plenty of action and a character who seems puffed up with his own importance, to say the least. Rhod Stein is always in the right and he can pretty much do what he wishes. Having had full control of his skyport - floating city - he seems to think that all he encounters will fall in with his plans. Not so.

Poor old Francis Paige is just not having a good day. Being kidnapped from down on earth, taken up into a floating city from which he might fall, ripped from his kidnapper and then chased and shot at is not something he is used to from home.

For having been through what he has, I think Francis pulled himself together quite well. I'm kind of like him. For a time I will bemoan whatever new thing it is that fate has thrown at me. Then I get sick of myself and get on with life as best I can. Francis' experiences are a bit more extreme than any I have ever experienced. So I feel he deserves a few days to pull himself together.

In his need he finds support with Natasha Brady (the ship's navigator and possibly the ship's talk-to person). Natasha is the kind of person that listens and is able to see past angry and fearful expressions. Would that I could always do that.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada Review 13 April 2013
By Zoe
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent and thoroughly well written book. The plot is interesting and captivating yet also a light hearted read ,which is always a welcome treat. There are a variety of very believable characters all of whom have their own personality, which shines through even in the most minor of characters making it easy to imagine yourself there among the characters as you're reading it.
I don't usually read this genre and it is the first ebook I have ever read, so I am glad I made the decision to try something different. I think the best thing about this book is that it can be enjoyed wholly by anyone; men or women, younger or older readers.
I finished it very quickly and I can't wait for Dire Kraken to be released as I'm really interested in seeing how the story and characters evolve. I'm sure we can expect many more brilliant things from this author.
Overall Verdict: An excellent light hearted read, the only thing I would say is lacking is that I would love a hard copy of it (I'm still a lover of paper books).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 April 2013
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This is a brilliant story set in a captivating universe. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and cannot wait for the next one to come out! I highly recommend you read this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Came for the action, but the people won me over. 11 Dec 2014
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The first volume of a new series and what an installment it was. This is the world of Ruby Celeste and her crew, a group of adventurers exploring the skies in their airship.
I found this book very hard to put down once it got going, which was almost straight away. Most of the book did feel like a setup for the series, introducing characters and so on, but quite frankly that's where the book shines as the characters are some of the best I've read in a good long while. You want pick up the next volume just to see how they are all doing. The captain herself is very intriguing and I look forward to see how she developed.
This volume may be bait to lure me into the rest of the series, but it worked and I can't wait to read the next book. The only problem being that I'm going in with very high expectations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
A great idea with a decent array of characters, a wonderful setting and an easy-to-follow (if somewhat Hollywood) plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Dar
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected treat!
This book was unexpectedly good! I downloaded it on the recommendation of others but I'm really glad I did. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jo Evans for A British Bookworm's Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid romp through the skies.
This is a top-notch book with a tight plot and superb characters.

If the other books in the series are half as enjoyable as this, I predict that the Ruby Celeste series... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good gripping tale
This is the first fantasy book that I've ever read and can honestly say that it's one of the best books that I've read in a while. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read!
What can I say? The 1st Ruby Celeste novel is a fantastic read and a brilliant start to what I'm sure is going to be an amazing series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by S.P.P
5.0 out of 5 stars RUBY CELESTE and the GHOST ARMADA
This is a well written and imaginative book and the authors insight into the complexities of human nature is commendable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tytherleigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing Ruby Celeste and the Ghost Armada! :)
So today for an hour and 45 minutes of my time (I'm a pretty fast reader) I read the first ever book in the Ruby Celeste series. And what a fantastic book! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katie
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