Ark Royal

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001 ratings

Ark Royal Summary

"If you wish for peace, prepare for war." (Royal Navy Motto)

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons. Ark Royal and her mismatched crew must go on the offensive, buying time with their lives And yet, with a drunkard for a Captain, an over-ambitious first officer and a crew composed of reservists and the dregs of the service, do they have even the faintest hope of surviving....

And returning to an Earth which may no longer be there?

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Ark Royal

    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 683
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 633
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 635

    Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A reasanbly good yarn, not very well read

    • By George on 27-07-14

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 2

    • The Nelson Touch

    • Ark Royal, Book 2
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 442
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 410
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411

    Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tom Clancy does Battlestar Galactica for the Brits

    • By Daniel on 26-10-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 3

    • The Trafalgar Gambit

    • Ark Royal, Book 3
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362

    Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war. But, as Ark Royal sets off on a desperate diplomatic mission, it rapidly becomes clear that there are both human and alien factions that wish to fight the war to the bitter end...

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ultimately bland

    • By D. Deeks on 10-02-17

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  • Book 4

    • Warspite

    • Ark Royal, Book 4
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A little different!

    • By S. Griffiths on 22-04-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 5

    • A Savage War of Peace

    • Ark Royal, Book 5
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    On her maiden voyage, HMS Warspite discovered Vesy, a world populated by primitive aliens, aliens whose culture had already been twisted and warped by human refugees from the First Interstellar War. Now, Captain John Naiser and his crew spearhead a diplomat mission to the alien homeworld, hoping to ease them into the galactic mainstream.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The usual boys own stuff from Nuttall

    • By Martyn. R. Winters on 29-06-16

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 6

    • A Small Colonial War

    • Ark Royal, Book 6
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    A new war has broken out...Indian ships have invaded three British-held systems, and Indian troops have occupied British colonies, forcing Britain to choose between war and shame. The Royal Navy, battered by the fires of the First Interstellar War and desperately trying to recover from the terrifying casualties, must launch a counterattack and recover the colonies. For HMS Warspite - and a task force of British warships - the stakes have never been so high.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another ripping yarn

    • By P. Sleet on 15-12-15

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 7

    • Vanguard

    • Ark Royal, Book 7
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship ever to be commissioned by the Royal Navy, but she is not a happy ship. Her commanding officer is eccentric, rarely seen on the bridge; her former XO has deserted his post; and her first middy is resentful because he hasn't been promoted as he deserves.... But when a first contact mission goes badly wrong, HMS Vanguard and her crew are plunged into an interstellar war against a new and deadly alien threat.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great

    • By Anthony Quigley on 07-08-17

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 8

    • Fear God and Dread Naught

    • Ark Royal, Book 8
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her. But there's still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the front lines. Assigned to a task force heading to assist humanity's alien allies, Vanguard and her crew find themselves caught in a deadly alien trap.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another good story but

    • By wesley harrigan on 15-08-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 9

    • We Lead

    • Ark Royal, Book 9
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    The Second Interstellar War - pitting humans and their Tadpole allies against an enigmatic alien empire - appears to have stalemated. Neither side can push through to the other's core systems without risking substantial losses, neither side can gain a decisive advantage. But when a brilliant human scientist invents a way to jump across the stars without a gravity tramline, an opportunity arises to strike the enemy in their undefended rear. It is an opportunity that cannot be allowed to pass.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Next!?

    • By Sir Bazile on 20-06-18

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 10

    • The Longest Day

    • Ark Royal, Book 10
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Mr A Clennell on 01-12-17

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 11

    • The Cruel Stars

    • Ark Royal, Book 11
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    The Royal Navy never expected to fight a full-scale interstellar war. Everyone knew the Great Powers would never risk everything on armed conflict when there was plenty of room for everyone in outer space. But when a hostile alien force stumbles across humanity's handful of colony worlds, the Great Powers must set aside their differences and fight to preserve humanity from utter destruction.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good plot, shame about everything else

    • By Poppey on 04-04-18

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 12

    • Invincible

    • Ark Royal, Book 12
    • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
    • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The alliance between the Great Powers is starting to fall apart, the human economy cannot keep up with the urgent need for newer and better starships, and politicians are demanding an end to military spending. When a generation starship is detected approaching a British colony world, HMS Invincible is dispatched to intercept the aliens before they can make landfall. But the newcomers bring with them tidings of a new and deadly threat, an expansionist alien race far too close to the Human Sphere for comfort...and a sinister horror beyond human understanding.

    Regular price: £22.89