The conclusion to the third Ark Royal trilogy!
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.
Now, HMS Vanguard and her crew - and the largest fleet ever assembled by the nations of Earth - heads out on a do-or-die mission to challenge their enemies to one final battle...and if they lose, they will never see home again.
©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
The Ark Royal series is pretty decent military sci-fi. This author should just stick with this series. His other stuff is not good. Very confusing how that can be. Hope he does more Ark Royal books and less of the others.
Also, he uses "grimly" a bit too much....
We Lead is the 3rd installment in the Vanguard trilogy which is the 9th offering in the overall Ark royal series by Christopher G Nuttall. Vanguard is just coming off refurbishment and ready to deliver the knockout blow to the their newest alien nemesis. With a "hail mary" jump behind enemy lines, the taskforce hopes to surprise their enemy by moving on their homeworld and forcing either total defeat or surrender.
The sci-fi elements are in line with past installments except for the one addition of some new physics that permit a one shot tramline creation of their choosing allowing them to catapult to a region of space unexpected by the aliens. Overall, Vanguard and this series have grown stale and this volume is the weakest of the group. George washed out the marines and occupies an ill-defined liaison role where she seems to be a naval officer, but at the beck and call of the marines whenever. The Vanguard captain continues to lament her humble upbringing and lack of political connections. At the same time, Prince Henry is hanging out, terrified a reporter will speak to him and ruin his children's lives. It's a pity that in spite of the survival of the monarchy, the entire geopolitical structure of Earth, the English aristocracy, and even British tea, that other than the tabloid press, reputable news reporting has gone extinct. What happened to the BBC? Also, the constant ruminations about clueless politicians and the "bean counters" is getting tiresome. The Ark Royal universe needs a serious reboot.
The narration is respectable with an adequate range of voices and decent pacing.
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I loved the early Ark Royal series - not really sure why now, since I'm finding these later books in the series both pointless and annoying. No new ideas, and nothing new to learn. The stories aren't BAD, and the narration is the same, but it's nothing but noise at this point. As you read more of the series you begin to realize how inflated the books are by the writing style used, where each idea tends to be re-stated several times in totally superfluous ways. A more typical writing style would result in a book about 1/3 the length is my guess.
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