The Nelson Touch : Ark Royal

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Ralph Lister
  • Series: Ark Royal
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission...or will they die, alone and unremarked, hundreds of light years from home?


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Customer Reviews

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Mind Numbing Rubbish

What could the author have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The first 15 chapters of this book are irrelevant garbage.
Kurt and Molly domestic drama (yawn), Kurt's still banging Rose (don't care), Prince Henry (how original) secretly enlists and endlessly ruminates on the burdens of being a prince.
I was willing to overlook the repetition throughout book one because the story did move along, albeit very slowly. Book 2 is excruciatingly painful.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

Oh hell no.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Definitely disappointed. "The Nelson Touch" gets my award for worst sequel for 2014.

Any additional comments?

The editors should be shoved out the nearest airlock.

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- SteveK

Starts with an anachronism, goes down from there

I picked up The Nelson Touch because the aliens in Ark Royal seemed like they might be interesting and I was hoping the second book might pick up a bit from the first. I was sadly disappointed. Although there is a little more insight into the aliens in The Nelson Touch, the storylines are still mostly focused on human melodrama with an awful lot of repetitive detail. (Got really sick of the zillion discussions of how sleep deprived these people are - well, duh, often true for active duty military.) The worst part for me is that the book has a huge anachronism in it that is actually a major plot driver. The first born son of the King of England (who is the SECOND born child) enlists as a fighter pilot and much angst ensues because as everyone knows, as the first born SON he will take the crown if his father dies. Nuh-uh! The British Law of Primogeniture has recently changed (about time!) and sorry, Mr. Nuttall, but the prince's sister would be next in line in the 24th century if there is even a crown to wear by then. So, that whole story line becomes a big bust. OK, the book was published a few years before the law changed, but I think a good sci-fi writer needs to be able to project out the future just a little better than this and this one was definitely predictable.

Once again, the women characters are cardboard cutouts and the men aren't really that interesting either. Once again, Ralph Lister did a good job with narration, but this just wasn't a very engaging story. And, once again, we STILL don't know much about these aliens.

I'm done with this series.
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- Tango "Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios