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On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her.

But there's still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the front lines.

Assigned to a task force heading to assist humanity's alien allies, Vanguard and her crew find themselves caught in a deadly alien trap. Can they survive to turn the tables on their enigmatic foe? Or will their next encounter with the new enemies be their last?

©2016 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Spading up the same turf over, and over, and over

I've never been in the military, but I have to wonder, does EVERY officer spend EVERY waking moment, and weigh EVERY decision in terms of how it will affect his or her career; and ponder EVERY situation in the context of their public school or academy experience like the officers in this (and the previous book in the series) seem to? It becomes tiresome after a while.

The storyline is interestingly enough, but the repetition makes it unlikely I'm going to sign up for any more books in the series.

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A Return to What Made this Series Great

As the eighth in a series (if you haven't read the earlier ones you should obviously not start here) the question is: Has the series lost its Oommphh -- or should it continue? So I write this for those of you who have gotten this far, and would like an answer.

First, this book feels like a return to the first two installments which I enjoyed greatly. (if you did not read the original Ark Royal, do so!) More of the nuts and bolts of the ship, the people and the fleet actions. A couple of fine running battles as well. The narration, as always, is great. While there is no ultimate resolution (as befits a series) it did feel just a little like the setup for the next volume. But the expansion of known character and the introduction of new technologies was fun. I am again looking forward to the next book !

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Nuttall does it AGAIN!

Christopher G. Nuttall CONSISTENTLY brings fantastic works of Science Fiction to his fans! Ark Royal Lives on!

It's cool seeing stories like this played out from a British point of view... Usually it's "we Americans" that feature in Science Fiction, while other cultures are nonexistent, or "Enemies".... Nuttal routinely brings characters from other "Earth Countries", and even "Whole Countries" into his stories, without belittling them.. Nuttal often has "The Americans" as British Allies during battles, with a tip of his hat to 'American Technological ingenuity/inventions', and his characters even note that they are using the technology that they are SURE "The American's" wouldn't like others to know about, but "The American's" don't complain when the characters use/expose those technologies to defeat a foe when needed.

I am always left with the feeling that Nuttal, himself, admires his 'American Cousins' at least as strongly as Americans admire our British Cousins... It seems that even though America and Britain have our minor differences from time to time (as does every family), we know, without doubt, that we can depend on each other to always watch each others backs!

I DO wish that Nuttal would add more of his personal Commentary on world politics to the ends of more of his books, as he did in "The Barbarian Bride". I ALWAYS like listening to someone who KNOWS what they are talking about, and that can make uncanny logical deductions about future events "In Reality, affecting us Right Now"

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 10-05-16

Another awesome book!

I truly enjoy this series, Mr Nuttall is quickly becoming one of my favorite Military Sci Fi writers!

I like the addition of more ground combat action, I would like to see more dynamic and interactions between US and UK forces and even the other powers.

I'd like to hear more about the other great powers military units, compare the British ships to American, French and Chinese.

I know it's hard for Mr Lister to do other accents but I would like to see more Americans, Chinese and French.

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Grimly

He needs an editor. He used the word "grimly" several hundred times throughout the book. It was distracting. Still a good book in this series, but the author's nutty right wing politics eke out now and then. Still Nuttall's only good series. Hope he sticks to writing these more often.

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narration not so good

the English tend to state more with a quiet tone. which negates the neen for shouting please have an English moderator in the next one

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great story line

I have enjoyed the Ark Royal story line form the begaining and this new book has not disappointed me. I love the main charractor s.

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Best since Ark Royal

I liked this book. Good blend of people and war. In depth, just couldn't out down.

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  • Mark T
  • Portland, OR
  • 02-26-17

I Wish I Would Stop Listening!

What did you like best about Fear God and Dread Naught? What did you like least?

I so enjoyed the first Ark Royals that I "have to listen" to the new books. But each time I'm reminded that it's a foolish decision.

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

I hope not, but I will probably keep hoping for the best.

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Keep them coming!!!

I really enjoy the development of the characters as well as the attention to technical detail. Thank you for a great experience!!!

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  • R JONES
  • 12-11-17

oreading, excellent reader, but the storie

enjoyable reader is excellent, but the stories are becoming formulaic, uncertain wether I want to continue with the series.

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  • P. Sleet
  • 01-03-17

Pressure is building

Second in the Vanguard arc, not quite like the Empire Strikes Back but you know what I mean. This is a regular multi volume pot boiler. Leaves us with more open ended character arcs then we started with. The Vanguard arc has so much promise.

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  • darron j lea
  • 11-02-16

great

once again another great book from the ark royal series can't wait for the next

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  • Andrew Cairns
  • 10-21-16

Brilliant

Absolutely amazing set of books, never fails to have me gripped. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Mark
  • 10-14-16

Better than last

Good story, better than last book, but you need both
Maybe it's 4 stars but can't remember last book review

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  • Krzysztof
  • 10-02-16

The story continues and...

It's very good. The author has constructed great plot that leaves reader with a desire for more. I did enjoy this series from book one and I think I will fore many (I hope) books to come. Fine constructed not only main plot but also the social and political background. There is one downside - old problem I guess... It's cognitive distortion : presenting us as diverse and independent individuals (we are different within the grup) and them (aliens) as acting like they were all the same. Although it's justified with the new aliens (since they are "enigma" to us), I hope it will be evolving into more "mature" (as they are not alike) aliens. As many will point out that this is problem of 99% of the space operas I will say only this that I hope it will be more of that 1% rather than this 99% and I am sure it's well within this author capabilities. And as a big plus he is trying to do so! I hope we will see mixed alien/human crew as that will help with this matter - just the thoughts... ;)

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  • Mike
  • 12-09-16

Still want to listen to more

Any additional comments?

This is a series I have followed from the beginning.
The performance is top rate.
The story is progressive and understandable
Please continue to produce the series

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  • Trevor
  • 12-02-16

book 8

Great looking forward to book 9 hopefully be out soon thanks .If you can make it really soon.