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Desperate Fire Audiobook

Desperate Fire: Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 4

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In the fourth and final book in speculative-fiction master Christopher G. Nuttall's Angel in the Whirlwind series, an epic battle pits the survival of hope against the locus of destruction.

As the Commonwealth produces more starships and increases recruits, victory begins to slip from Theocratic control. This can only make the Theocracy more desperate to win...and more dangerous to fight.

After a mission to liberate an occupied planet ends in nuclear devastation, Kat Falcone - now a commodore in command of HMS Queen Elizabeth - sees firsthand just how far the enemy will go. Suddenly dealing with the war effort and a humanitarian crisis, many in the Commonwealth want a truce. Kat wants something else: to crush the Theocracy outright - and quickly.

Kat devises Operation Hammer, an all-out assault on the enemy home planet, Ahura Mazda. It is a bold and risky plan, but the enemy has revealed there can be no middle ground. Can Kat break the galactic stalemate and deal a death blow to the Theocracy? As two empires prepare to fight the largest space battle in history, Kat must trust her instincts to save her people and avoid oblivion.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-12-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-12-17 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A Good Space Opera"

    This is book four in the Angel in the Whirlwind Series. It is best to read the series in order. Our protagonist is Kat Falcone. She is now a Commodore in command of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Kat devises Operation Hammer which is an all-out assault on Ahura Mazda, the Theocracy’s home world. The Commonwealth is determined to end the war after the Theocracy destroyed a world and all its inhabitances just because they were losing control of the planet to the Commonwealth.

    The book is well written and the pace is fast. The story is non-stop action with some humor tossed in. The story has lots of space and ground battles. Nuttall builds on the key characters with each edition. In this story Kat loses a lot of people close to her when there was a strike against her family. I thought this was the last book in the series but the ending seems to be a set up for another book. The book is a fun read and a great get- away- from- it- all book.

    The book is about thirteen hours long. Lauren Ezzo does a great job narrating the book. Ezzo is a voice over artist and audiobook narrator. She has narrated the entire series to date.


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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-14-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 06-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Satisfying conclusion to a solid series"

    Desperate Fire is Christopher G Nuttall's 4th and final installment in the Angel in the Whirlwind series. Although Nuttall leaves open the door for future adventures, DF decisively concludes the war with the Theocracy. After a devastating genocide on a conquered world by the Theocracy, Kat Falcone plans and eventually leads the space equivalent of D-Day taking the fight to the heart of the Theocracy. While the battle plans become worthless after contact with the enemy, Kat reacts and revises as needed to get the job done.

    There are no new sci-fi elements, except perhaps for the use of anti-mater weapons of total destruction. Nuttall does not pull any punches by letting main characters avoid long term consequences. Lots of innocents and even some main characters are killed. In the end, justice is served, but the final bill is quite steep.

    The narration is handled well with a good range of voices and varaible pacing aligned with the degree of actions going on.

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    Nicholas 06-10-17
    Nicholas 06-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Omg"

    Omg it was beautiful! I won't post more cause I do not want to ruin it for anyone else.

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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-09-17
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 06-09-17 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

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    "Nuttal is admiringly versatile!"

    Nuttal is admiringly versatile! He can take just about ANY subject, and spin it off into an entirely new fantastic series! I was going to say he could probably make a London Phone Booth into an interesting series... but then I thought "Oppps.. already been done" ;)

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    Vernon 06-05-17
    Vernon 06-05-17
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    "Good space military story"

    one can't help but make comparisons to the Honor Harrington stories. there is less strategy than drama and the character development is slow but by the second novel one easily has clearer understanding of characters and motivations. thanks novel ended with some strings tied, but opened the door for what I hope to be some amazing character interactions.

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    Eric Everett, WA, United States 06-05-17
    Eric Everett, WA, United States 06-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thrill"

    I believe this book will keep the reader's interest, not only with the epic space battles but also with showing how a religion can become something vile. So much so, you wont' know whether hate the religion, or the people practicing the religion.

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    Tmike 06-04-17
    Tmike 06-04-17
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    "Well done"

    The narrator spoke clearly, and was easy to understand. It went very smoothly, with no hesitation.

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    Leon A. Signet Camp Virginia Kuwait 06-04-17
    Leon A. Signet Camp Virginia Kuwait 06-04-17

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    "Awesome!!!"

    Great end to the first part of this incredible saga! Waiting with baited breath to see how it progresses.

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    William Alexandria, VA, United States 06-03-17
    William Alexandria, VA, United States 06-03-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Nuttall's best effort."

    Desperate Fire: Angel in the Whirlwind, Book 4 was overly formulaic even for the genre, and had no notable character development. The plot was full of inconsistences and the emotions so prominently featured in the story fell flat. In short Angle in the whirlwind was not Mr Nuttall’s best effort.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ssemerys 06-03-17
    ssemerys 06-03-17

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    "got really tired of the preaching"

    yes, we know fanatics are bad. but not everyone who's it's religious is a horrible person.

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