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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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Ark Royal Audiobook – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Mankind is still making its first tentative steps into the unknown regions of space beyond its own solar system, discovering and colonising the first planets found capible of sustaining human life, and despite discovering hundreds of new planets, we had yet to come accross any other form of intelligent life - that is until several colonies on the very outskirts of human space go dark, followed by a massive and deadly attack on the region of space known as 'New Russia' which sees a dozen modern military carriers wiped out in minutes by a new and unknown threat with technology way in advance of anything currently possessed by Earth.
First contact has finally been made, but they are far from friendly, all efforts to communicate with them fail, and it is feared that Earth will be the next target in their sights...Read more ›
The prose is solid, the characters, a bit bland, but otherwise good, the space combat is mostly good, there is refreshingly little technobabble. Alles gut. Some notes:
The RN would not call it's fighters "Spitfires". "Furies", possibly, but then you're stealing from Battlefleet Gothic. "Seafires". "Harriers", almost certainly. Personally, I'd have gone with "Vixens".
Secondly; naval officers do not attend Sandhurst. They attend Dartmouth.
I don't think I will be bring myself to buy the rest of the series.
I also love that the Americans are not front and centre, go United Kingdom!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Once you got to understand how things progressed one development leading to the next this became compulsory reading to find out what was going to happen nextPublished 4 months ago by bob.
A fascinating read, I couldn't put it down! However expect some spelling and grammar mistakes, the editor wasn't careful enough!Published 4 months ago by Tkeats
Great story really got into it look forward to reading the rest of the series makes a change to find a book about the royal navyPublished 5 months ago by michael berry
I haven't read any sci fi for years ( Stainless Steel Rat series etc )but decided to dip back in. This is a great read .I have already lined up books 2 and 3 in the series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CookeyUK1947
A wallowing, dreary tale, full of clichés, 2 one-dimensional characters and 1 two-dimensional space battle that is repeated throughout this tiresome read.Published 7 months ago by Owen
Decent storyline. Nice to have a British space novel even if it is fictional. Enjoyed it. Sets up future books well.Published 7 months ago by PhilW
Started this book as a holiday read. Ended up reading it before I actually managed to go on holiday! Two sittings, and I couldn't put it down. Same goes for the rest of the series. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DaveC