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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
I loved the first book in this series and I think this one is as good if not better. There are bits of the book I was not completely keen on especially the amount of time on Prince Henry (though at the end I understood the reason why).
This time the Ark Royal is leading a multi-national task force into enemy space. I will not go into the specifics but suffice to say it leads to plenty of action and not everything goes completely to plan.
At the end of the book the author asks the question whether he should write about what happened on Earth whilst the Ark Royal is on its mission or carry on where the second book ends. Whilst I am eager to know what happens next if he intends to write about Earth then it would be better to find that out first.
Roll on the next book I say whichever one he writes first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2014
This is the second instalment in the Ark Royal series following the crew and exploits of a futuristic starfighter carrier.
It is fast paced and full of gritty action and the characters from the first book continue to develop in depth.
Mr Nuttall is a prolific writer however he manages to keep on writing quality stories which grip the reader and pull you in. I like the fact that he actually concentrates on the trials and tribulations of the characters involved and they are very believable and likeable (or hateable if that's what is intended.) All too often the characters in books are super human or plain but that is not the case in this series.
I also like the fact that the story flows smoothly without any science techno babble or bull@~*& It is all too tempting to go off track in sci fi with explanations as to how things work...Do I care or need to know how a puller field might work? No, I don't. The same as I don't need a science lesson while reading a fantasy book. Thank you for not doing that Mr Nuttall.

Mr Nuttall is also very engaging with his fans and it makes his books even more fun and captivating to read when there are direct name dropping moments or veiled reference to fans. (I was ecstatic to see a reference to me in this one)

Please keep up the writing and the good quality, I look forward to reading the next instalment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2014
Great read from start to finish. Very believable storyline and characters. Leaves you wanting to know more about the aliens and Prince hrnry
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
very good and we need a third one soon pass it on to writer please i enjoyed the first one as well
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2014
A great follow-up to the Ark Royal series, continues with his well thought out action and excellent pace with plenty of mystery and plot twists. There are new characters introduced and developed but it doesnt get lost in the relationships and the background world is expanded. This series will appeal to anyone who loved BSG but hated the soap-opera element.

A real bargain at this price.
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on 21 July 2014
I seem to remember that's when the Eagle used to get delivered every week, a joyous day when everything became possible and Dan Dare was seriously heroic. Mr Nuttall is too young to remember that but I bet he's got his dad's copies up in the attic.
Great stuff, proper ripping yarn time. Stuff probability, who needs it, we know the Royal Navy will win in the end. They always do. Just ask the Spanish armada, the Graf Spee and many a greater foe.

With this book an unexpected social angle emerges... Britain is ruled by a monarchistic aristocracy in x-ty years in the future. Ummm... how on earth did that happen? Probability becomes well stuffed at this point but who knows???
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on 25 September 2014
I've read all three Ark Royal boks and, for the most part, they were quite interesting and worked well as a bedtime read. They didn't captivate me enough to read at other times though a a really good book does.

For me the books need a good editor. There are numerous mixing up of character names, changes of names and general errors that kept me searching back.

I've watched the same TV series as the author so there were no great surprises in the main plot but it was spoiled a bit by the way the characters jump from being almost omnipotent to missing things that would be obvious to a child.
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on 2 July 2015
Having struggled through the rather basic prose and dialog of book 1 I continued, not expecting too much. I listened to the audio version and ended up playing this as double speed, I wanted the hear the story, which I'm enjoying, but didn't want to waste too much time getting through it. The characters spend so much time on useless speculation and guessing what the enemy might be doing, some of it completely ridiculous, that I found myself shouting at the book at times, to just get on with the story. The whole side story of Prince Henry and the royal family was actually annoying.
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VINE VOICEon 24 October 2014
An excellent story that has the twists and turns that one has come to expect from Christopher Nuttall. Set in the far future the Ark Royal is an obsolete carrier waiting to be scrapped when contact is made with hostile aliens and the Ark is the only ship that can stand up to them. The ship and her dedicated crew have won the battles so far but the aliens are still coming.

This second book of the Ark Royal trilogy is every bit as good as the previous one and further fixes Chris Nuttalls position as one of our leading sci-fi writers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2014
Second book in the Ark Royal franchise, could not put it down, just like the last one and can't wait for the next, keep up the good work Christopher!
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