Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth.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.
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.
I got book one for $4.95 on special, then used a credit for book 2, now I'm hooked. it's interesting that unlike most sci-fi novels, there was no immediate and miraculous way that the aliens were able too speak our language, just another wrinkle in a war that seems from the human to have no reason for starting. I'm looking forward till book 3.
Needs just a little more effort on the physics to be a great not just very good yarn. Some sting similarities to "The Lost Fleet" series. But worth a listen.
As a fan of the Aubrey-Maturin books AND sci-fi, this was a pleasant mix. The narrator was good, but could have varied the voices a little more. It was enough to tell who was speaking, but it was more like being read to by a parent as opposed to a professional narrator.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I picked up The Nelson Touch because the aliens in Ark Royal seemed like they might be interesting and I was hoping the second book might pick up a bit from the first. I was sadly disappointed. Although there is a little more insight into the aliens in The Nelson Touch, the storylines are still mostly focused on human melodrama with an awful lot of repetitive detail. (Got really sick of the zillion discussions of how sleep deprived these people are - well, duh, often true for active duty military.) The worst part for me is that the book has a huge anachronism in it that is actually a major plot driver. The first born son of the King of England (who is the SECOND born child) enlists as a fighter pilot and much angst ensues because as everyone knows, as the first born SON he will take the crown if his father dies. Nuh-uh! The British Law of Primogeniture has recently changed (about time!) and sorry, Mr. Nuttall, but the prince's sister would be next in line in the 24th century if there is even a crown to wear by then. So, that whole story line becomes a big bust. OK, the book was published a few years before the law changed, but I think a good sci-fi writer needs to be able to project out the future just a little better than this and this one was definitely predictable.
Once again, the women characters are cardboard cutouts and the men aren't really that interesting either. Once again, Ralph Lister did a good job with narration, but this just wasn't a very engaging story. And, once again, we STILL don't know much about these aliens.
I'm done with this series.
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.
Yes, but not this series! His writing is imporoving in some ways, but this series detoriorated.
Did an OK job. Not bad, but not great either.
All 3 books could become 1 movie, no more.
Worth it's money, but i won't listen to the 3rd book. To high fallhight from book 1.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Couldn't put it down"
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
The very end, but I won't spoil it for the readers
He is a good reader and once you get used to him he is very good
Yes, emotional right at the very end
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.
"Great space opera"
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.
I have preordered the third volume in the series
Oh my god, how many times was "grim" repeated? Or "nasty surprise"? It gets really irritating.
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