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A stand-alone set during the Ark Royal Era.

The Royal Navy never expected to fight a full-scale interstellar war. Everyone knew the Great Powers would never risk everything on armed conflict when there was plenty of room for everyone in outer space. But when a hostile alien force stumbles across humanity's handful of colony worlds, the Great Powers must set aside their differences and fight to preserve humanity from utter destruction.

Desperate for starships and manpower, the Royal Navy embarks upon an ambitious plan of converting freighters into makeshift carriers and recruiting reservists and criminals to fill the ranks. Classed as expendable, the small carriers will be given the most dangerous missions to slow a remorseless alien foe.... And the pardons their crews have been offered will be meaningless if they die.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A fine continuation of a well defined series and universe

Nothing flashy, special, or particularly surprising about the next installment here in the Ark Royal universe.

If you enjoy the style of the series so far this is a fine continuation of it. There’s nothing poor about this book, but nothing great either.

I listen to Sci-Fi fantasy when i need something mentally engaging and light, but don’t expect to be stunned. That said i’d buy it again and i enjoyed it.

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Enjoyable.

Unfortunately pulled by the nose hair towards the end and the Epilog was not very convincing.

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A nice change !!

I was not really thrilled with book ten in this series as I felt like it was a rehash of an already told story. This , however, is quite good !! A total different story line set in the same universe. Good job Mr. Nuttall !!!!!

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A. chance for redemention

Loved it Great story a look from a different angel, and charactets made it this time

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Boring!

Couldn't care less about the characters or the story. Fell asleep listening to it and I have no desire to go back and hear everything I missed. Sending it back.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-04-18

Good plot, shame about everything else

Would have enjoyed the book more if one of the main characters, Alan, wasn’t a Scot with a stiff scottish accent. It spoiled the storyline and I doubt I will continue as I found the accents rather grating.

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  • The Trog Father
  • 06-27-18

Parallel to Book 1

This book starts just before Book 1 in the Ark Royal series and continues through parallel to the first Ark Royal book.

You follow the crew of a freighter captain who's ship is conscripted into the Navy as an escort carrier. This ship never crosses paths with Ark Royal at any point but fights in it's own engagements in systems near to where Ark Royal is deployed.

Interesting story that on the whole I did enjoy. Nothing much to wright home about though.

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  • 04-14-21

A great stand-alone story

This book takes us back to the start of the Tadpole wars and introduces an interesting storyline to that universe.

It's great to listen to another back story that adds depth to the Ark Royal universe, I enjoyed it and do recommend it.

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  • Draconikus
  • 08-15-20

A bit risqué, but worth it

Definitely could have done with a 'fade to black' a few times, but great otherwise.

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 09-12-19

repetive

so much repeating of expressions of what has happened before and if you have read the books so far inaccurate. not clever

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  • CJSILV
  • 08-21-19

great book 😀

Loved the book story is very good I highly recommend listening to this book series
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  • L W Seaton
  • 07-01-19

the story continues

really enjoyed this book can't wait to get the next book to see how far the story goes.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 06-01-19

not what I expected

for a side story, everything about it is not bad. its just disappointing as the characters and setting was not part of a large event during the other books which doesn't make everything that happened that very important. anyway, not a bad story but quite forgettable.

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  • Sir Bazile
  • 05-25-18

A nice addition to the Ark Royal Saga.

An interesting view of the start of the Terran/Tadpole war. I spent happy minutes placing it in context with Ark Royal herself. Much of which happens before and during the first half of Ark Royal's story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-20

sci fi and blue

ok sci fi with a hint of porn ,I'm not to sure if all the military slang is correct

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  • Graham
  • 07-21-19

You need to renumber the books

The books need renumbering to chronological order. It loses impact when going back over old ground.