A Small Colonial War : Ark Royal

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Ralph Lister
  • Series: Ark Royal
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A new war has broken out.... Indian ships have invaded three British-held systems, and Indian troops have occupied British colonies, forcing Britain to choose between war and shame. The Royal Navy, battered by the fires of the First Interstellar War and desperately trying to recover from the terrifying casualties, must launch a counterattack and recover the colonies. For HMS Warspite - and a task force of British warships - the stakes have never been so high. If the Royal Navy loses, Britain will be humiliated, and the global power system will shift catastrophically, but even victory may come with too high a price. Pushed to the limits, the Royal Navy must take the offensive and determine the outcome quickly...before the Indian gambit triggers a civil war that will rip the human sphere apart.

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A fitting conclusion to the series

The Warspite series concludes with A Small Colonial War, which focuses on the conflict in space between India and the UK. India sees an opportunity to be recognized as a "Great Power" and decides to seize control of a few British held systems as well as Vesy. This act of war puts the Royal Space Navy in a tough spot as the only way it can fight back is to pull ships from the border that protects human space from the tadpoles. Exposing the border could have dire consequences for humanity but the UK can't afford the shame of letting India steal systems from them without a fight.

This is military sci-fi and the battles are well done. Captain Naiser and Warpsite play a key role in the story as two evenly matched battle groups go up against each other. The battles are interesting and there are some tough decisions to be made. This conflict also provides an opportunity for both sides to try out new weapons and technologies for the first time since the war with the tadpoles came to an end.

Each book in the series is better than the one before it but as usual character development is not a strength of Christopher G. Nuttall. In the end the Warspite series is just not as entertaining as the Ark Royal series simply because human in-fighting is a lesser story arc than an alien invasion with the potential for human extinction. If you have enjoyed the other books in the series then you will want to finish it up and get to the point where the next series, Vanguard, is teased at the end. Ralph Lister delivers another solid performance and his British accent remains a good fit for the material.
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- Lore "Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan"

The Indian Gambit

This is book six in the Ark royal Series. This story has the Indian government in open rebellion and seizing British held plants and demanding to be recognized as a serious world power. After the Interstellar War the United Kingdom is struggling to rebuild its military as well as its war-torn country. The last thing it needs is a war with India. Can the dispute be solved with diplomacy or does the Royal Navy need to be sent out?

One thing I enjoy about the space opera genre as well as the westerns is the straight forward story of the good guys protecting everyone from the bad guys. Nuttall often takes his ideas from current affairs and puts them onto an interstellar stage. I think that in this story you can think of the Falkland War as the current affair idea.

The plot is straight forward, the pace is fast and the story is well written. Nuttall is continuing to develop the key characters with every story. The space battles are classic, the story entertaining and enjoyable. Ralph Lister does a good job narrating the story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios