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Publisher's Summary

In the wake of Earth's collapse into chaos, Captain Hoshiko Stuart made the mistake of speaking her mind - and was exiled six months from Sol to a naval base in an unexplored and uncontacted sector. Placed in command of a single squadron of starships, she expected nothing but boredom.
But when she discovers an alien race threatening to exterminate all other races within the sector, Hoshiko and her squadron are drawn into a war to stop them, even if it means forging an alliance with aliens who may themselves become a threat to humanity and building an empire that may alienate her from her family once and for all.
The Black Sheep is the third stand-alone book in A Learning Experience.
©2015 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 04-08-17

Riveting

This is book three in the Learning Experience series. Our protagonist, Captain Hoshiko Stuart, spoke her mind and is now exiled for six months from Sol to a naval base far away in the unexplored sector. She is in command of a single squadron of Starships. They discover an alien race threating to exterminate all other races. She joins some other alien races to defeat them. Of course, she makes commitments and agreements beyond her authority but they are a long way from Sol and the seat of government.

Our hero is a likable character with courage and honor. She is sort of like David Weber’s character Honor Harrington. The book is well written and the pace is fairly fast. Nuttall creates some interesting and extremely likeable characters. Most often he has strong women in his stories and in this book as the lead character. I like that Nuttall did not do a lot of rehashing background from prior books in the series. He did just enough to trigger recall of the history of a situation or person. This is a good action packed get- away- from- it- all space opera.

The book is almost 12 hours long. Christian Rummel does an excellent job narrating the story. Rummel is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 11-13-16

Hochiko fail.

Love this series. Hated the character Hochiko. It was to the point that part way through the book I started rooting for her demise. I was all in at the beginning but the character seemed to come from nowhere & felt like the author could have been better served sticking to the characters established in book 1 or 2 in this series. I regret spending a credit on this particular book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Vytautas Liesis on 11-03-16

good, but not brilliant.

The story was good, though it lacked something. it was just plain war, battles and the plot was quite simple. I have enjoyed it, but maybe I am used to more sophisticated stuff... Recommended anyway.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Patrick on 09-19-16

fantastic

Christopher G Nuttall is fast lyrics becoming one of my favourite science fiction authors. Everything I have read or listened to that he has written is absolute gold. Keep up the good work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A C Bennett on 06-21-17

Once again an enjoyable read

Plenty of action an a lot of intrigue .A must read to add to the series..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Adam on 11-19-16

Solid, military-based sci-fi

A solid, enjoyable 'Star Trek' style (military- and space-warfare-based) expansion of the Stewart universe. A promising and dramatic continuation of the narrative which sustains interest through its continuity and pacing. I was very happy to overlook some relatively predictable script and simplistic characterisation on this basis. I very much hope the series continues.

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