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- Listening Length: 13 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00L5LB3MW
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The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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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.
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
There are however also a few additional twists, such as a very special passenger travelling incognito on board of Ark Royal and who happens to also be a rather good pilot. I could not help wandering to what extent the author was alluding to a certain helicopter pilot who served some time in Afghanistan, although the comparison should probably not be pushed too far.
A second interesting feature here is to have both the aliens and the humans adapting to each other in the interstellar war that they are fighting. A third feature is to end the story with the loss of said “incognito passenger” who makes contact with the aliens while a fourth feature is also to end this episode by showing in rather dramatic ways how badly the humans have been hit.
Again, you get plenty of space ship battles and airspace dogfights between Starfighters and their alien equivalents which somehow always seem, in both cases, to perform less well than those of Ark Royal. Again, you get the continuation of the sexual romance – with plenty of detail! - between the senior flight officer and his younger female subordinate and, as an extra treat, you get a second story involving incognito pilot officer freshly graduating from the Academy and a female navy officer.
Once again, the whole plot is rather predictable from beginning to end, except for the couple of twists that I mentioned before. However, this time also, the book makes for a good and exciting read, however formulaic the characterisation and the plot happen to be. Four somewhat generous stars essentially because this is an entertaining read.
In the story all the major nations of earth, and some of the minor ones, have built space fleets and acquired colonies. For decades mankind gradually expanded through space without ever finding alien life, or becoming politically unified. An uneasy balance of power has prevented the outbreak of a major war but the threat of such a war has caused most of the nations of earth to maintain starfleets based around starfighter carriers. With the result that humanity is not entirely helpless when an alien race, whose existence had not previously been discovered, announced that existence by attacking several colonies on the edge of human space.
Nevertheless it soon becomes evident that humanity's situation is desperate, as the aliens seem completely unwilling or unable to respond to diplomatic peace initiatives and their military technology is in some ways superior to mankind's and well adapted to dealing with earth's existing modern fleets.
In the first book, as an act of desperation, Britain's admiralty activated the Royal Navy's oldest spaceship, the carrier HMS Ark Royal, which had been built decades before at a time when it was expected that such ships would need thick armour and rather different weapons systems.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining story but you know how it will end .....another sequel to encourage further purchases.
If you want British referenced SF this is for you.
Good old fashioned space opera. Goodies vs baddies and a flawed hero. Great stuff.Published 2 months ago by keith
Another good story line from Mr Nuttall, really enjoyed the plots and the action and the suspensePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A set of six books and I'm on number five........wish it was more as this is one of the best SciFi series I've ever read. And what's more it's written by a Brit. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bodmin man