Peace is not freedom. Peace is merely the absence of war.
The First Interstellar War is over, but the Royal Navy still has plenty of work to do. As Earth struggles to recover from the bombardment, Captain John Naiser is placed in command of HMS Warspite--an experimental heavy cruiser--and ordered to escort a squadron of colony ships to a star system of immense strategic importance. But as the crew struggle to survive hundreds of light years from Earth, they find themselves dealing with the legacy of the war...and a threat that may sow the seeds of renewed conflict or a deadly civil war that will rip the human sphere apart.
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©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2015 Audible Inc.
For the Imperium
Trying to review this book (hopefully) without spoilers is difficult. For anyone who has finished the previous four then you know how the story was left, and obviously this book has to take a slightly different branch in the overall story. It manages to be a successful continuation of the plot however, and if anything, I think I enjoyed it more! New characters introduced (and some old ones) manage to integrate well into the story without making me overly miss some of the others and giving up on the book (as has happened in some other long series). Long story short, brilliant book, love everything about it, I just wish he would use the same narrator for the Empires Corps series, I'm struggling to adjust to his voice! :p
A solid story with a good narrative, was an enjoyable few hours. I must say that Ark Royal was a hard act to follow, worth a read
A reader of science fiction and other speculative musings for more than 40 years, I'm most fond of the grand themes found in space opera.
I really liked this. It's not a cerebral novel by any means. The story is entirely linear and focuses entirely on the military exploits of a British warship exploring unknown sectors of the galaxy. Characterisations are believable with a degree of disbelief suspension and it's always good to have Britain as a leading space-faring nation, teaching the Russians and Chinese a thing or two, by Jove.
The narrator performance is first class, albeit an acquired taste and if you've listened to previous books in the series, you'll just have to accept that all navigation officers talk in the same gravelly tone with a slight speech impediment and all aliens sound like slightly slow adults. A good job nonetheless and a pleasant change from our American friends with their dazzling prose and dancing dialogue.
I won't give it five stars, because it isn't a great work of fiction, but I will read the next in the series and the one after that.
Good book and high quality narration. The best way to describe this book to fans of the series can be summed up with the following sentence:
This is to Star Trek what Ark Royal was to Battlestar Galactica.
I hope you enjoy it :)
I have enjoyed the expansion of the Ark Royal Universe. The plot and the forces that drive it are not instantly obvious, but underlying theme makes for interesting reading. I was not quite as emotionally invested in these characters as I was with Ark Royal, but then again there are more books to come and I look forward to further developments.
I am a fan of the Ark Royal books and was excited to see a new series. The book is slow to start with all the action packed in to the last few chapters. Overall good but the second half is better.
yes i will do that
new people / make known perosner - and new ship
This book picks up where the Ark Royal trilogy ended. This could be a standalone book or a beginning of the new series.
The first interstellar war is over. The Royal Navy is rebuilding and has lots of work to do. The earth is struggling to recover from the war. Our new protagonist is Captain John Naiser who is Commander of HMS Warspite, an experimental heavy cruiser. HMS Warspite is ordered to escort a squadron of colony ships to a star system of strategic importance to Earth.
Nuttall provides us with space pirates; tension building among the colonist in what might become a civil war. The story provides action, humor and some interesting developments for future stories. The story has both space battles and ground battles. We are introduced to a new human like aliens that are still in a primitive state.
Nuttall has made in my opinion a couple of gross mistakes that would never happen in any military in the world , and as far as I am concerned not even in military Sci-Fi. The first error is a corporal never out ranks a sergeant and the other error; never would a civilian been given a military rank and made the executive officer of a ship.
It looks as if Nuttall is launching another series. I will be in line to buy the next book if this becomes a series. Nuttall has created a couple of interesting characters I would like to learn more about. Ralph Lister narrated the book.
"Taking a great world/story and revitalizing it."
I love Ralph Lister's narration, and the Nuttall's ability to weave an interesting story is impressive. I had my doubts when I picked up the first book (Ark Royal), quite at random, but this fictional world has me hooked, and I'm just blown away that the Warspite storyline so fascinatingly picks up and starts a new life for the series. The Ark Royal sequels were also great, and very perfectly tied up all the lose ends. I could have been happy with just those, but there's more!This series keeps me coming back and it is now one of my favorites in my collection.
There is a real element of Star Trek in this series as well as Battle Star Galactica. While those series' canonicity is based on a different medium, the worlds around the settings and plot are similar enough that any fan of those franchises will love this series too. It's not epic or deep like Frank Herbert's Dune, but incredibly well-written. The pace is just about perfect, the characters fleshed out enough that you care and remain consistent, and you end up with just the exact amount of good sci-fi that you need.
I really liked the alien planet invasion. There was a good amount of tension built up leading to it, and the whole alien race-reveal really took me by surprise. Also, I appreciate the Russians-as-bad-guys element in connection (I believe) with current political event.
This book, and its continuation of an enjoyable series, really satisfied my need for good sci-fi. I'll definitely keep purchasing Nuttall's work.
Great addition to the series. Really worth listening too! Performance well done, and quite enjoyable. I look forward to another book.
another good story to go with the series
Got to keep going so many left
This was a good read. It had several layers to the story. I'm interested to see what happens in the next book.
"Well worth the time..."
The advancement of the story from the end of the Ark Royal saga... moving into the next generation of concepts and diplomatic interactions. Brilliant opening... and a few well played plot twists. Overall a well written story.
Percy would have to be my favorite character because of his dealing with his father's legacy and how he made the decisions he made (i.e.- Joining the Royal Marines). Also dealing with being thrust into command.
He is a great performer. I have only heard him in this saga, but it is another great work by a great orator.
The discovery of the Vecy...
If you are familiar with the rest of the Ark Royal series, this is another great addition to a really good saga...
"It held my interest for many hours"
An interesting twist and very good sequel to the original trilogy. Looking forward to the next in the series.
"Military Syfy, the prime directive , I enjoyed"
Syfy has a tradition of starships in a military role and this series of battling with newly discovered aliens is a fine example of that tradition I enjoyed it very much.
If you like space military novels. This will be a great addition to your collection.
"another exceptional story"
not the action packed punch as some of the previous books, but another great tale in the saga!
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