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Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning...and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive.
The chances for success are slim - and for survival even slimmer.
Armed with a ragtag fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail. But failure almost certainly means death - or worse, as the Theocracy does not treat prisoners kindly. Pitted against the enemy defenses of her old nemesis Admiral Junayd, there is no room for error. And with a spy hidden aboard her ship, Kat will need more than her wits to survive. Can Kat enter the lion's den, strike a blow for the Commonwealth, and escape with her life?
©2016 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By sonofsoulreaver on 09-02-16

Fantastic Followup!

Oh my God! The war is ON! This story is a wonderful take on the horrors of war. My only complaint is when narrator is speaking for the X.O., she far too quiet, and since he's a major character, it becomes a real problem when trying to listen.

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By Jean on 03-05-16

Gripping action

This is book two in the Angel in the Whirlwind series about Kat Falcone. Captain Kat Falcone is back in command of HMS Lighting. The mission is a deep strike mission into enemy space to gather intelligence and distract the Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares a counter offensive. Kat has gained the confidence of King Hadrian, and has been given a brevet rank of Commodore. Her ship HMS Lightening has been newly outfitted but the rest of the ships in her squadron are outdated and understaffed and to top it off there is a spy aboard.

The book is well written and the plot flows smoothly with some exciting twist. The last half of the book has some space battles and Kat adds some captured ships to her fleet. It is obvious that Nuttall is building the base for future books in the series. I am enjoying this series so far. I had less difficulty with the narrator Lauren Ezzo this time; sort of getting use to her style of reading but still do not like the flat dull delivery of some of the characters.

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By Henrik on 11-06-17

I am hooked

Much like honour harrington and in a good way.
Entertaining and surprising plot development. But on the big scale expected results in the end.

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By Alexander on 11-08-16

Decent, better than book 1

This is a space-naval drama that carries an enormous number of parallels with the Kris Longknife series (strong female lead from a wealthy aristocratic family, run away to the navy, promoted beyond her experience and given unrealistic odds but through wit and excellent leadership is enormously successful) , although a totally different story and political situation are at play.

Personally I like science fiction for the science and space operas for the complex politics. This story is more of a naval drama than a science fiction or a political space opera. I wish there was more focus on the science, but I am a high school science teacher so I have my personal biases. None the less, I was drawn in by the story and by the developing characters. The voice acting is great and it's a decent story, but does not compete with the Enders series, Asimov's Foundation or the more whimsical Kris Longknife.

I did find this book to be a step up from the first in the series and hopefully it will improve with further publications. I'll give it a solid three and a half stars and I'll definitely be buying the next one when it comes out.

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