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Ark Royal (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Christopher Nuttall

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If you wish for peace, prepare for war.
-Royal Navy Motto

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye.

But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons. Ark Royal and her mismatched crew must go on the offensive, buying time with their lives And yet, with a drunkard for a Captain, an over-ambitious first officer and a crew composed of reservists and the dregs of the service, do they have even the faintest hope of surviving ...

... And returning to an Earth which may no longer be there?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 459 pages
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Space Opera 16 janvier 2014
Par bookmonkey786 - Publié sur
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Washed up crew? check.
Past his prime Captain? check.
Obsolete ship? check
Unstoppable aliens? check.
Big damn heroes moment? check

Fun read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A solid read 16 janvier 2014
Par Laurent P. - Publié sur
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As usual with the author, we find a great work of world-building in a good scifi story that leaves the reader wanting to know more about the characters, their opponents, their allies and their environment. Also to be noted the effort made to remain as hard in terms of realism as possible in the writing. It is not 2001-hard, of course, but as far as military scifi goes, this is consistent, believable and enjoyable, three adjectives you do not see together that often in scifi.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Grand old space opera! 16 janvier 2014
Par tkioz - Publié sur
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Once again Christopher Nuttall lives up to his reputation, Ark Royal is a rip roaring tale that I couldn't put down. A space opera in the old tradition, Ark Royal follows the adventures of the titular ship, an old carrier that has been maintained as a show-piece but now is all that stands between Earth and an Alien fleet.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK storyline but too uneven and confusing at times. If there is a sequel I won't bother to read it. 4 février 2014
Par Bob Baust - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book has all the right ingredients, but the author has not combined them effectively and the final presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Ryk Brown's "Frontier" series and Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet" are far and away superior space opera in every respect.

Putting aside the amateurish and somewhat childish sex/romance sub-plots, there were several aspects of this book I found particularly annoying: the use of narration, confusing or opposing statements, and just plain nonsense. Taking the first item, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much narration inserted in the middle of conversations. Frequently there are 2 or 3 pages of narration between a question posed by one character and the answer given by another. Once the answer comes I have forgotten the question and would have to go back several pages to remind myself of the topic of conversation. As I read further into the book, I learned to skip the narratives and look ahead for the quotes so I could keep track of what the characters were discussing, then go back and read the narration in-between. If it happened once or twice it would not be a big deal, but it's once or twice in every chapter.

Also on my "annoying list", are the many places where the author either gives opposing information or his writing is so obtuse as to make the reader think he just reversed a previous statement. Other times what he says makes the reader stop and ask "What is he thinking?" Examples: (minor spoilers here but no plot give-aways)

1. Early in the book we learn by analysis of the aliens' attack recordings, that their star-fighters are not as maneuverable as the human ships. Later however, in the actual dogfights, the aliens are easily out-dodging the humans.
2. When discussing the fail-safes to prevent the human ship's computer systems from falling into enemy hands, we are told that if defeated or captured "security protocols purge the local control networks". This is followed a couple sentences later by "the networks might also regard a self-destruct signal as a network failure and ignore it". Really? Military computer systems, hundreds of years advanced from today, can't be relied upon to follow the commands they're given?
3. It took me several re-reads to figure this one out - "the aliens had prepared for an ambush that hadn't been prepared".
4. Human prisoners were drugged into a zombie-like state by the aliens, and later we're told that wasn't such a bad thing because that way "they wouldn't be bored" while in prison.
5. Regarding alien capture, we are told "The quarantine ward was completely self-contained, to the point where the prisoners and their monitors would be completely isolated from the rest of the ship." OK, that makes sense, I can see why they are totally isolated. But a paragraph later the captain says "Make sure the guards are rotated regularly. I don't want to take any chances."
So now we're going to rotate the guards and break the quarantine?
6. These three sentences were presented in this order - "The aliens seem to have vanished completely, abandoning the section. They weren't in any fit state for a fight. We've taken them prisoner". (I guess the prisoners are invisible?)
7. And the one that got to be really annoying, is the phrase "give the aliens a bloody nose". Literally, every encounter with the aliens was described with this exact phrase, sometimes it was used more than once in the same narration.

I did finally manage to finish reading the book, but it took several attempts because when I would run across one of these silly descriptions I'd put the book down and not pick it up for a couple days.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Space Karaoke 29 mars 2014
Par George Anderson - Publié sur
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Ark Royal by Christopher Nuttall is so bad, it is bad. I can't for the life of me reconcile the five star reviews with the book that sits in front of me. This isn't so much Space Opera as Space Karaoke, a pale,limp and uninspired imitation of a genre that has been blessed by far more talented hands such as Herbert, Simmons, Reynolds, et al. This book is more Dan Brown in space. Turgid writing, etch-a-sketched characters and action so leaden it defies logic. It takes a rare form of talent to be able to turn military science fiction into something this dull! But the writer has succeeded. Hats off to you sir, well done!!!

Where oh, where to start? Ah yes, the plot. Aged battleship considered obsolete actually turns out to be man's redemption in the fight against invaders by being able to throw bits of rock really fast. Excellent, what's next? Ah, characters! The crew is made up of interchangeable stereotypes. The captain is a drunk but transforms into the strong stoic leader, the second in command is ambitious and wants his own command but tows the line, the fighter ace that has problems at home, ad infinitum. Now repeat these descriptions every 20 pages or so to fill in the time between the dull as ditchwater space battles. Repetition of these is NOT character development, it is repetition. It gets dull very, very quickly.

And that's just the men. Women, in the context of this narrative, are seen purely through the looking glass of sexism in that they are frequently described as weak or stupid in comparison to their male counterparts with a toe curling air of subservience. Add to that the constant referencing of attractiveness and you begin to wonder about how the author actually views women. This is definitely a universe where men are MEN and women are irrelevant. Add to this the vague undertones of xenophobia that permeate this book and you start to realise how atrocious this actually is. There's a distinct whiff of how utterly brilliant the UK is and how everyone else is a bit rubbish but redeemable if only they would conform to our standards. It is, to quote some British vernacular, "a bit pony and trap".

So, what about the action then? Is it exciting? Is it riveting? would be the answer. I was reading this outside in the garden and the squirrels racing through the tree branches were having more fun than me. Hell, even the ants were seeing more action! The key selling point should have been the battles between the eponymous ship and the aliens but these are described in such a clinical and dispassionate way that I couldn't help but think "skip to the end!" And then you come to the (literally) indescribable enemy. I lost count of the number of times that the word "alien" was used. At one point I lost it completely and started shouting "Get a Thesaurus!! It's a book with words that have a similar meaning. Use it!!"

Well, that aside, the aliens are described as "ugly" and vaguely humanoid and leathery. And that is about it. I think. I'm sure there was some sort of medical examination that took place in which more information was divulged but by that point I was feeling like the dog in one of those Gary Larson cartoons. You know, the one where it has a man pointing at a dog with the title "what you say to a dog" followed by "what the dog hears". In this case it was "Blah, Blah, Blah, Alien, Blah, Alien, Alien, Alien, Alien, Blah, Blah." I think the point I really lost it was when the **** ship was described as being made from "unobtanium" or some such rubbish. You then have to factor in the technology as well which is just laughable. I think I would have been more excited and enthused if it had been titled "UK vs Giant Spheres of DOOM". I particularly like the idea of tramlines in space. It's a really good analogy for the actual novel as a whole: Doddering, rickety, slow moving and gets you from point A to Z missing out all the bits in between.

I can't believe I parted with my own money for this. It is basically science fiction for people who don't like science fiction, reading, plot, characterization, originality, style or logic for that matter. It is an "experience" to read (or endure depending on your viewpoint I suppose!) but judging by his audience there are lots of people who like his stuff so fair play to him. He's just not my cup of tea!
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