Cursed Command : Angel in the Whirlwind

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Lauren Ezzo
  • Series: Angel in the Whirlwind
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Captain Kat Falcone owes her life and career to her former right-hand man, William McElney, and she did everything in her power to make sure he was front and center for a promotion. But now that he has it, she fears he'll have to watch his back. Captain McElney has been assigned to HMS Uncanny - nicknamed Unlucky - a heavy cruiser tainted by the mysterious deaths of two former captains and rumors of mutineers. Nevertheless, as the interstellar war with the Theocracy rages on, the Uncanny will travel in tandem with Kat's starship, HMS Lightning, to the notoriously lawless Jorlem Sector to forge alliances for the Commonwealth and quash rampant piracy.
As Captain McElney struggles to whip a hostile crew of miscreants into a disciplined fighting force, Kat is saddled with an undermining new executive officer - an untested aristocrat whose bigotry colors his sense of duty. Both captains wage war against ruthless pirates while conspirators aboard the Uncanny plot to seize the ship. When the starships find themselves locked in a death match with an enemy juggernaut, Kat must make a desperate and devastating sacrifice.

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A good military Sci-Fi

This is book three in the Angel in the Whirlwind Series. Captain Kat Falcone’s XO, William McElney, receives a promotion to Captain and is given command of the HMS Uncanny whose nickname is “Unlucky”. The prior two captains of the Uncanny have died mysteriously. There are rumors of mutiny among the crew or spies from the pirates. The Interstellar War with the Theocracy continuous from the prior books. The HMS Uncanny is to follow Falcone’s ship HMS Lightning to the lawless Jorlen Sector. Their mission is to obtain allies, fight the Theocracy and pirates. At the end of the book, Falcone and McElney both faced boards of inquiry for losing their ships.

The book is well written. The story flips back and forth between Falcone and McElney. The characters are continuing to develop. Nuttall is creating an interesting universe. The space battles are nail biter. Nuttall also has a political plot intertwined with the war and pirate’s activity. Looking forward to next book.

The book is just over twelve hours long. Lauren Ezzo has done an average job narrating the book. She has narrated the series. I think I would have preferred a female narrator with an alto voice instead of Ezzo’s soprano voice.
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- Jean

Kat can't catch a break

Curse Command is Christopher G Nuttall's 3rd installment in his Angel in the Whirlwind series. Kat's former XO takes command of a ship with a history of some pretty bad luck. She leads a taskforce including this unlucky ship on a show the flag mission in supposedly neutral space only to encounter or create quite a bit of adventure along the way.

The sci-fi elements are in line with the overall series. Nuttall seems to be fleshing out this universe beyond the main superpowers, the Commonwealth and Theocracy. At the same time, there is ample display of societal organizational variation as well as a more nuanced, and complex internal societal and political conflict within the Commonwealth itself. It's unclear where Nuttall is taking this series, but he is taking his time getting there. In addition, a straight up Theocratic defeat doesn't appear imminent.

Narration is unremarkable with minimal gender distinction, while pacing is good.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio