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The Longest Day

Ark Royal, Book 10
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)
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Summary

A stand-alone novel set in the Ark Royal Universe!

The first major alien offensive against Earth has been blunted, winning humanity time to deploy new weapons and prepare new tactics as Earth's space navies prepare to take the offensive. But the enigmatic aliens have plans of their own - a full-scale attack on Earth that will either win the war in a single stroke or lose it.

The stakes have never been so high. The fate of humanity itself is in the balance. And, as battle rages across the solar system, as humanity finds its back pushed firmly against the wall, millions of people - military and civilian - struggle for survival, knowing that victory will come with a very high price....

And defeat will be the end of everything humanity holds dear.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great story

Great story, Chistopher makes a picture of the future in my mind. Would recommend the whole series

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Filled in some of the gaps from books 1 x 2.<br />

Struggling to recall what was occurring aboard Ark Royal all those books ago at the time this was going on on earth.
However many gaps were filled in, the fate of Molly for instance was a good story.

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This is more Ark Royal 2.5 than 10

I have enjoyed listening to this book. That being said none of the story is needed or adds anything much to the ark royal story as a whole.

The book covers the 24 hour period during which the Tadpoles invade the solar system and manage to bombard earth in the crossfire. It ties up some loose ends that didn't really need tying. It give a bit more insight into how Mr Nuttall invisioned the Tadpoles mentality as being which was interesting.

The book then jumps a little forward to ark royals return from it's 'Nelson Touch' deployment into enemy space and the political leaders arguing about the future war plans that we know about from book 3, the Trafalgar gambit.

All in all, good book, but not adding much to the story as a whole.

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Good background to the chain

Whilst the Ark Royal series have been, on the whole, a good story arc. This background filler doesn’t really add much other than a bit of clarification.

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WOW SPOILER ALERT..<br />Read after The Nelson Touch...

The Russian ship threw me but I soon clicked to the day in question. GOOD.

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all of these books are brilliant<br />

ok so i have to write 15 words, i don't want to , it's enough to say a great book, on plus side it does tell you want happened to that cheating strumpet Molly (whoops spoiler alert)

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Not yet the end.

This has been a peculiar Episode in this series. its open ending leads me to believe that the story could continue. Perhaps the writer could, with imagination, find the earth a clever entity that helps us understand the more communicative aliens in a final story.
All in all a nice SiFi series i have enjoyed. i think i was expecting a little more but was not disappointed too much. The narrator was great as usual. and i enjoy this series. thank you.

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it was ok but...

The universe had progressed to many years for me to have cared what happened to Molly. the story wasn't exactly surprising, and I had no sympathy for her at the end.

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OK but not necessary. Slightly unsettling

What did you like most about The Longest Day?

Closes off some questions from the first trilogy. If you want to know more about Molly Schneider or how the Russians made their plans, the answers are contained here-in.

Would you recommend The Longest Day to your friends? Why or why not?

I'm not sure. Whilst it's part of the story of the Ark Royal trilogy, I was already happy with the Ark Royal story. This details what happened on earth during the attack. I don't think I'd listen again. There are some details of sexual assault that were more graphic than anything in the previous books and I didn't really need that.

What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I like him, these stories are read well by him and if you're looking at this book you're probably already familiar with him. I love R.C. Bray but I think on these books Lister is a better choice, as there's mainly told from a British point of view and I'm not sure Bray could do it that way.

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Ark royal

Loved the whole series and loved the stand alone book which filled in the missing story’s

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  • 25-10-17

not chronological book 10

more like 2.5, story goes back to the bombing of earth by the tadpoles and the stories of some of the people caught in the attack

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  • Michelle
  • 01-12-17

this one is a miss!

good background on the character Molly however the overall story didn't connect enough dots disappointed

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  • Kayson
  • 06-11-17

Great job telling the story

I just wish this book would have came earlier in the series. Filled in a lot of unanswered questions. Tells the good and bad of people when in bad situations. Also a lot of the side details that you might have been wondering about.

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  • Tiffany Murray
  • 19-12-18

The longest day....

I have enjoyed the series up to this book. I thought going back in the time line, too far back, was unnecessary and frankly boring. I feel that the story was not enhanced by any of the story lines presented. I guess as a reader/listener I prefer to move a story line forward. I truely hope the next book explains why this retospection was neccessary...

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  • Walter White
  • 07-11-18

The reader was awful.

This is a fine book, part of a series I like, that I wanted to listen to in the car. When the reader was just reading along with his English accent it was fine. When he tried to do female voices or American or Russian accents he was awful. He should have just read the book in his normal voice. His attempts at accents were like nails on chalk boards. Took a lot away from the book.

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  • Tracy
  • 31-08-18

Unimaginative

The author is assuming a future world where we have not advanced very far, both socially and technologically. The misogynistic and racist undertones are pretty obvious and the story telling throughout the series is actually very repetitive. I’m not certain why I’ve wasted so many credits on this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-18

Didn't care for the back story

I was hoping for more war not the back story I had decided right off that I didn't want to know about the personal life of the cheating wife.

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  • Dane
  • 19-07-18

yes it was the longest day and book

I absolutely love the ark Royal story, but Christ I do not like the side characters whom in my opinion, take up way too much of the story. unfortunately this continues on in the following books, where politics and less interesting side characters are the barbone of the storyline. please go back to the thrilling days off the first ark royal books, and not this political semi sci-fi.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-18

Elves & Rivendale?

You've got to be kidding me. I've listened to ALL of the Ark Royal series and loved them all until now. You totally lost me by mentioning elves and Riverdale. It just shows that you've run out of original ideas. Last Nuttall book I'll buy!

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  • Gregory L. Simon
  • 07-05-18

Molly....hmmm

The "Molly" sequences were overdone. It seemed as though you were trying to write for the sake of sensationalizing. This type of writing only serves to make your book what we used to refer to as a "dime" novel. I did not like this book in the collection.