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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.

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His other series are crap but this one is good.

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....

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So So

After enjoying the first 8 books in this series, I was disappointed in the writing, story, and performance. As someone who has done a little acting in my past, I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to voice all the different characters in these books. One annoying thing - John Naiser's voice changed dramatically from books 7 & 8. In book 9, Mr. Lister uses a blustery older man's voice much like the voice he used for the older naval admiral in the other books. It is almost like when you get to a higher position, you must bellow out everything. Annoying. His Scottish accents were great as were most of the other voices. I just did not like the voice he used for Naiser in book 9..One miss out of so many is not bad though.

The story drags a bit, uses what I have come to call cliches in Mr Nutall's universe - a ship that performs like a "wallowing pig" - it seems Mr. Nutall has to work that phrase into each of his books several times.

Hopefully book 10 will find that Mr. Nutall was reinvigorated and will get back to crisp story telling.

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Great addition to the series- now I want more.

Definitely what I was expecting from Nuttall for this series- loved it. Hoping that the end was setting up a new trilogy...

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great book

loved it. wouldn't mind listening to is again. every thing was just perfectly pleasant. time

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Best since book 3

The first three in the series were still the best but still a great series

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Baffling in many ways

Reminded why I stopped listing to this series a while ago. Unbelievable aliens and ridiculous ship physics left me disengaged and baffled. Some redeeming features to the story, but far too long spend dwelling on the minutae of "middy" life in the navy.

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This series just keeps on strongly trucking along.

This series just keeps on strongly trucking along. NuttallN has created an interesting universe where no character is safe.

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It was superb

The antagonist had a weirdness that only made it more interesting. I also liked how descriptive it was.

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Bee good book

I started listening to these books because I was in between series and was looking for a new one to listen to. This one popped up in my suggested listens on audible.

I had never heard of Christofer G Nuttall before so I was a little cautious. I got through the first one and thought this series is starting off ok if a little predictable. Then about book 4 I realized wow! These books are better than my first impression. You had to listen to the first one to have the history and it is a good book but from about book 4 on they have gotten better and better. The characters get more fleshed out and change with time like normal people. It is great work.

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Not a bad book but horrible narrator

I gave up listening. The narrator was too intense for the male characters and sound like he is constantly barking in my ear. It would have been forgiven if he was doing it during action.

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  • Sir Bazile
  • 06-20-18

Next!?

Listened to the sage x3 even adding the New stories into the timeline.

KEEP GOING.

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  • roguetrooper
  • 05-13-22

Brilliantly written series

Brilliantly written series of books and the characters grow into people who you can relate to and the losses are not fair as war in space Fiction had few happy endings as we navigate through the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

Brilliant Trilogy

Brilliant three piece, story was really good, great narrating as always. thankyou for a great collection.

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  • Daniel Cairns
  • 01-23-22

An ok book in the series

I love the series and it's definitely worth reading as a fan. I just didn't feel immersed and 'addicted' as remember I used to be.
I think there were too many names and planet designations to remember.
It did feel like a good legacy story for some of the previous characters.
Simple and straightforward storyline.
Performance was very typical of Ralph Lister; great when speaking England-English, not great at accents and women voices are still old fashioned; soft&weak. Although an improvement from previous books where women always sounded helpless and stupid.

This is coming off as a terrible review, but I still enjoyed the book. I think there story could have been more complex (story, not Planet names) and it would have been better to have felt more what it was like on the ship.

I look forward to book 10!

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  • P J Beards
  • 04-19-20

Another smahers

Wow!!!! Had me gripped managed to listen to it in a few days. Fast pace, great performance and just brilliant!!!!

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  • CJSILV
  • 08-12-19

5 stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

great book 😀 Love the story and the narration I highly recommend listening to this book and the rest of the series

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 05-23-19

a somber end to a great story.

another excellent militaristic science fiction story. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Senta410
  • 12-21-18

Poor George.

Excellent sequel. Good informed story line based on,. Naval politics. But is George really dead?

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 10-24-17

The usual good stuff from Nuttall

Ralph Lister turns in a great performance once again as the narrator of Nuttall's latest offering. Grand space opera, military sci-fi, call it what you will, it's easy listening as Britain goes out and conquers the universe.

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  • shane
  • 09-12-17

a good end

at least this was better than the last empire corps story although felt a little rushed in places still a good performance by Ralph though