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The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2 | [Christopher G. Nuttall]

The Nelson Touch: Ark Royal, Book 2

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth.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?
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Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth.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...or will they die, alone and unremarked, hundreds of light years from home?

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Espen 11-20-14
    Espen 11-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not live up to expectations."
    What did you like best about The Nelson Touch? What did you like least?

    I liked that we finaly make contact with the other faction. But the book has to much dull content and unneeded attention to support characters.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher G. Nuttall again?

    Yes, but not this series! His writing is imporoving in some ways, but this series detoriorated.


    Did Ralph Lister do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Did an OK job. Not bad, but not great either.


    Could you see The Nelson Touch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    All 3 books could become 1 movie, no more.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it's money, but i won't listen to the 3rd book. To high fallhight from book 1.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-20-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Author improving"

    This is the second book in the Ark Royal series. The story begins eleven months after the first book ends. Captain Smith has been promoted to Admiral and is now in charge of the fleet with Ark Royal servings as his flagship. James Fitzwilliam has been promoted to Captain and is now the captain of the Ark Royal. The Earth Defense Command has decided to go on the offensive and strike the aliens in their own space territory.

    The book is divided into two parts. The first part takes place before the mission leaves earth orbit and mostly deals with relationships of the crewmembers. The second part deals with the Mission with the fleet in constant state of danger. Admiral Smith leads the large fighting force on the mission called “Operation Nelson”.

    The story adds another element to the plot line and creates a number of new characters including a fighter pilot named Charles Augustus. He causes some personnel problems that will impact the future. The story is interesting, entertaining and better written than book one of the series but still needs to reduce the repetition. There is lots of action, suspense and battles and ends in a cliffhanger. This I assume is to get you to buy book three of the series. Ralph Lister has done a good job narrating the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 08-18-14
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2002

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "Good Second Installment"

    A decent follow on to a pretty gripping story. I generally haven't enjoyed British Sci-Fi but this one is good. Narration is first rate although it took a bit of getting used to. By the end of the first book though you'll not even notice. I do think the stuffy British Officer attitude is a little overdone. Commands and much dialog are barked instead of spoken and it's almost a caricature of a British Officer. But it's not a deal killer. I liked the Prince Henry angle. Perhaps more should be played up as Henry the Warrior King since he has become a genuine war hero.

    Waiting for the next book and that's the problem with Mr. Nuttall. He has two excellent series going at the same time. This one and the Empires Corps. While the print version of the next in this series (The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3) is out the Audio version is not scheduled until October. The next in the Empire's Corps series is not scheduled until November. I go through these things like once a week and am left holding my breath for the next installment.

    When you're done with this check out the Empire's Corps. You'll like that one too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 08-02-14
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Space Opera"
    If you could sum up The Nelson Touch in three words, what would they be?

    The series isn't really about an interstellar war with aliens. It's about grown-up human relationships while dealing with life and death situations.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 12-20-14
    SteveK The Woodlands, Texas 12-20-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Mind Numbing Rubbish"
    What could the author have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The first 15 chapters of this book are irrelevant garbage.
    Kurt and Molly domestic drama (yawn), Kurt's still banging Rose (don't care), Prince Henry (how original) secretly enlists and endlessly ruminates on the burdens of being a prince.
    I was willing to overlook the repetition throughout book one because the story did move along, albeit very slowly. Book 2 is excruciatingly painful.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    Oh hell no.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointed. "The Nelson Touch" gets my award for worst sequel for 2014.


    Any additional comments?

    The editors should be shoved out the nearest airlock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-05-14
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Getting Better!"

    This book is a bit better then the first book. It still is long winded,but the battles are better. Still to much personal stuff you don't care about. Who is sleeping with who. The story seems to be better and is leading up to something big I hope, In the 3rd book. Still the listeners who gave these books 5 stars should listen to : Star Force by B V Larson or The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell if you want 5 star action!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 11-23-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Commendable sequel with an evolving story arc"

    The Nelson Touch is a great sequel that builds on the above average introductory story of the Ark Royal series. Basically Nuttall has created a future universe with faster than light travel, while preserving the current geopolitical structures during an era of expansion akin to 18th and 19th century colonialism. In the opening salvo, mankind encounters an alien race seemingly bent on human annihilation. An old, mothballed British "carrier" is the only spaceship that can put up a fight and takes the lead with a crew of rejects in defending humanity.

    In this installment, humanity goes on the offensive and takes the fight to the aliens with several surprising developments. Details about the aliens are slowly revealed. There is the addition of a "mystery" crew member this time out and Nuttall does a great job of alternating big picture developments with a host of personal revelations with the major characters, including career advancements. Nutall also displays an excellent sense of portraying the fog of war throughout. Finally, the author sets up the 3rd installment with Earth hanging in the balance and a potential diplomatic solution. Sci-fi elements are limited largely to alien biology.

    The narration is excellent with a great range of voices, tone, and mood.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 10-03-14
    Gary 10-03-14
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    "Can not wait for the next book to release"

    I liked both books 1 and 2. I'm looking forward to the next book, hopping it will complete the story.

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    Andrei 07-12-14
    Andrei 07-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent military space scifi"
    Would you listen to The Nelson Touch again? Why?

    No, But it's a awsome one time read.


    What other book might you compare The Nelson Touch to and why?

    It's abit like The Lost Fleet series or StarForce but alot better written.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Lister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time with this narrator for me. He as a good range and makes the characters come to live.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The cliff hanger at end. GIVE ME BOOK 3 NOW! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, Interesting concepts and fast paced. Short: Military space scifi at it's best! Check it out!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 08-28-14
    Robert 08-28-14
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    "You should not be allowed to do this to your liste"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is well done


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't end a book this way without the immediate availability of the rest of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr Mask
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    "Drags its anchor a little, but is worth a listen"

    Much like the first in the series, this book is flabby in its reuse of phraseology - particularly noticeable if you consume audio books at a rate of knots. It also has a tendency to switch away from the most critical action to some of the central relationships in the story.

    If you've read The Forever War (and you should, you'll enjoy it) you'll be acutely aware of scientific inaccuracies which while not wholly detracting from the story, do seem to be leisurely skipped over.

    I'm faced with the third book in the series and normally I'd jump straight in, but the poor narration and repetitive storytelling and causing me to take a break right now. I'll finish it as the yarn is worthwhile, but it's not the most satisfying experience.

    Worth listening to in order to continue the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kari
    Zafra, Spain
    9/13/14
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    "Grew on me over time"

    Books 1 & 2: At first I found it difficult listening to this type of story in a British accent (I grew up on American movies!!).
    The Audio directing was a bit off. I could tell each time the reader took a break. The volume was reduced on the last words (like a fade-out).
    But, by the tme book 2 ended - I was hooked. At least I only have to wait 1 month for book 3.
    Get past the "non-stereo typical" British Accent and all the characters come to life and a are pleasure to experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. J. Cazaly
    SW London, UK
    9/2/14
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nelson Touch to be better than the print version?

    For me, yes. Kindle is abridged so shorter and the Audible version is not. Therefore you get the full work and it is a good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The very end, but I won't spoil it for the readers


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

    He is a good reader and once you get used to him he is very good


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, emotional right at the very end


    Any additional comments?

    It is a good book, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if this is your think then better than Asimov.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Dennis
    United Kingdom
    8/27/14
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    "Great space opera"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Following on from Ark Royal, the adventure of the Royal Navy in space moves up several gear to deliver a fantastic vision of what the Earth might do faced with the circumstances.
    As well as a developing plot, there are new characters to involve the listener and we learn more of our existing heros. This is looking to be a great series, ideal for a TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    I have preordered the third volume in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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