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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 But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull.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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Biographie de l'auteur

Christopher Nuttall is the author of 35 books on kindle and 10 books through small presses. He currently moves between Britain and Malaysia with his wife Aisha and a colossal collection of books. Follow his blog or facebook page for updates, special offers, snippets and more. Website: http://www.chrishanger.net/ Blog: http://chrishanger.wordpress.com/ Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherGNuttall

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 381 pages
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Space Opera 16 janvier 2014
Par bookmonkey786 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Washed up crew? check.
Past his prime Captain? check.
Obsolete ship? check
Unstoppable aliens? check.
Big damn heroes moment? check

Fun read.
74 internautes sur 83 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A solid read 16 janvier 2014
Par Laurent P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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.
114 internautes sur 135 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Weak with a side of weak sauce 16 mai 2014
Par Gary Miller - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I've had a kindle for years now and have had plenty of opportunity to read many of the "indie" sci fi authors on Amazon. I was excited to try this book based on how well it's reviewed but I'm sad to say this book is a poorly written rehash of old ideas, with cardboard cutout characters.

Lest you doubt me, take a look at this exchange in Ch 5 (loc 853 - 870) between the CAG, and a female pilot and tell me how this level of writing and characterization rates more than 2 stars at most. (I'll shorten it so you don't have to suffer as I did)

CAG: "Either share your problems with me or put them out of your mind, for good."
Rose: "It's my boyfriend," Rose said, softly. "He's ... been deployed with the unified defence force." ...
CAG: "I'm sorry to hear that," he said and meant it. ... "But you can't let it affect your duties."
Rose sagged. "I know that," she said, weakly. "What do you suggest I do?"
CAG: "Write him v-mails, then forget about it." ...
She gave him a smile that completely transformed her face. "Thank you, sir."

Seriously? Is there a female on the planet that would be happy with the suggestion that she send a v-mail and forget about it? Even better, she was grateful for the advice because it hadn't occurred to her that she could send a v-mail? Please!

When the first space battle had come and gone with nary a bit of excitement I knew that it was hopeless to read further.
For those looking for solid indie sci fi authors I would recommend Thomas Mays' "A Sword Into Darkness" or Evan Currie's Odyssey One series.
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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 Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Grand old space opera! 16 janvier 2014
Par tkioz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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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