Desperate Fire : Angel in the Whirlwind

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Lauren Ezzo
  • Series: Angel in the Whirlwind
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the fourth and final book in speculative-fiction master Christopher G. Nuttall's Angel in the Whirlwind series, an epic battle pits the survival of hope against the locus of destruction.
As the Commonwealth produces more starships and increases recruits, victory begins to slip from Theocratic control. This can only make the Theocracy more desperate to win...and more dangerous to fight.
After a mission to liberate an occupied planet ends in nuclear devastation, Kat Falcone - now a commodore in command of HMS Queen Elizabeth - sees firsthand just how far the enemy will go. Suddenly dealing with the war effort and a humanitarian crisis, many in the Commonwealth want a truce. Kat wants something else: to crush the Theocracy outright - and quickly.
Kat devises Operation Hammer, an all-out assault on the enemy home planet, Ahura Mazda. It is a bold and risky plan, but the enemy has revealed there can be no middle ground. Can Kat break the galactic stalemate and deal a death blow to the Theocracy? As two empires prepare to fight the largest space battle in history, Kat must trust her instincts to save her people and avoid oblivion.

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A Good Space Opera

This is book four in the Angel in the Whirlwind Series. It is best to read the series in order. Our protagonist is Kat Falcone. She is now a Commodore in command of the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Kat devises Operation Hammer which is an all-out assault on Ahura Mazda, the Theocracy’s home world. The Commonwealth is determined to end the war after the Theocracy destroyed a world and all its inhabitances just because they were losing control of the planet to the Commonwealth.

The book is well written and the pace is fast. The story is non-stop action with some humor tossed in. The story has lots of space and ground battles. Nuttall builds on the key characters with each edition. In this story Kat loses a lot of people close to her when there was a strike against her family. I thought this was the last book in the series but the ending seems to be a set up for another book. The book is a fun read and a great get- away- from- it- all book.

The book is about thirteen hours long. Lauren Ezzo does a great job narrating the book. Ezzo is a voice over artist and audiobook narrator. She has narrated the entire series to date.


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- Jean

Satisfying conclusion to a solid series

Desperate Fire is Christopher G Nuttall's 4th and final installment in the Angel in the Whirlwind series. Although Nuttall leaves open the door for future adventures, DF decisively concludes the war with the Theocracy. After a devastating genocide on a conquered world by the Theocracy, Kat Falcone plans and eventually leads the space equivalent of D-Day taking the fight to the heart of the Theocracy. While the battle plans become worthless after contact with the enemy, Kat reacts and revises as needed to get the job done.

There are no new sci-fi elements, except perhaps for the use of anti-mater weapons of total destruction. Nuttall does not pull any punches by letting main characters avoid long term consequences. Lots of innocents and even some main characters are killed. In the end, justice is served, but the final bill is quite steep.

The narration is handled well with a good range of voices and varaible pacing aligned with the degree of actions going on.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio