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Her Majesty's American

Her Majesty's American, Book 1
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Series: Her Majesty's American, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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The union jack takes to space! All-new alternate history science fiction from New York Times best-selling author Steve White.  

In an alternate future where the British empire never crumbled, the spaceships of Her Majesty’s Navy work to keep the spaceways safe. Commander Robert Rogers of the Royal Space Navy is a defense intelligence officer known for his unconventional ways. Rogers is American born and raised, a loyal citizen of the Viceroyalty of North America. He’s a descendant of the founder of the highly effective, pro-British Rogers’ Rangers during the Colonial unpleasantries of 1776, and he’s inherited his ancestor’s intelligence and drive in spades.  

But there are those among the stars who are not so happy being subjects of the British Empire. In the Tau Ceti system, a cauldron of trouble brews as a terrorist faction of the rebellious Sons of Arnold attacks the empire from within, and warships of the theocratic Caliphate enter the system, prepared to do their worse to destroy the hated empire head-on.  

Yet standing against the coming anarchy and tyranny is one intrepid spy prepared to risk all for queen and empire: Commander Robert Rogers, her majesty’s American.

©2018 Steve White (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Slow

Goes nowhere. Obvious plot. Just not my cup of tea ;-)
I hope to get my money back.

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Naive and Cliched Characters

MC makes the same mistakes again and again.

For someone in Naval Intelligence he seems to lack the requisite skills and character. Throughout the story the MC is lucky.

This was disappointing because the alternate time line is interesting. The premise is great, but the characters are too cliched.

And the one or two female character, beside the Queen, that appear seem poorly written in my estimation.

Women are more than the seductress.

Despite all this I still enjoyed the book. It was an easy listen and extremely uncomplicated, and since that was what I was in the mood for i enjoyed the book.

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  • Simon
  • 09-04-18

Not the Book I Was Looking For

A rare case of not being able to finish a book for me. After some pretty compelling fantasy epics I was in the mood for something snappier and I loved the idea of a traditional British Empire contesting rebels with a James Bond character, albeit with an American twist, at the centre of it. It didn't turn out to be quite the smooth ride I expected though.

For such a short book I felt that White went into too much unnecessary detail, for example a listing of planets and statistics about them. His characters spoke far too formally and with some definite cases of verbal diarrhea. While he does put a lot of effort into his re-imagined history it was often distracting rather than of any benefit.

The narration by Matthew Lloyd Jones was mostly fine but some of his accents felt weak and his dispassionate alien voice was perhaps too good in that it was hard to listen to.

So, maybe some good ideas but this was a book that simply didn't work for me.

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  • paul sparks
  • 09-11-18

An American James Bond in space

Cliched and lacking pace or pathos I was left bored for most of this, year narrators rudimentary attempts at accents were cringe worthy, I don’t see the point of trying to do female voices or accents of Asian or Arabic people, just narrate the story!