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The strength of this series, the story arc of humanity's war with the Aliens, comes to a conclusion in The Trafalgar Gambit. Christopher Nuttall does not leave many loose ends as he builds the story to a crescendo that results in a satisfying ending to humanity's first interstellar war.
Fundamentally this book is more of the same as far as the characters and plot goes. If you are already sick of being reminded that Ark Royal is old and the only ship that humanity has that can stand up to the Aliens then you should move on, but if you want to find out if the Old Lady can survive another confrontation with the Aliens then you won't be strung along. Humanity is losing the war and Ark Royal is sent out on a final mission to make contact with a peaceful alien faction as a last chance to save humanity.
I am not a fan of "trilogies" that get milked for extra books so I applaud the fact that Nuttall wraps up the story arc of the war very nicely with this book. It concludes a solid military sci-fi trilogy and yet still allows for more books to begin with a new story arc. If book 2 kept you engaged then there is no reason not to pick up book 3 and see how it all ends.
Ralph Lister remains consistent as the narrator so I am giving him 4 stars this go round for yet another 3.5 star performance. :)
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The Trafalgar Gambit completes Christopher G Nuttall's Ark Royal trilogy. The story picks up immediately after the conclusion of Book 2 with Earth having been directly attacked by the aliens while Ark Royal was on her mission in enemy territory. In the concluding chapter, Ark Royal is given the mission to make contact and negotiate with any alien faction intent on peaceful resolution. Along the way, the crew must deal with sabotage attempts both external as well as internal. The battle scenes are brief, but intense. Prince Henry is recovered and plays a decisive role in both negotiations and battle.
The sci-fi elements are limited mainly to prior physics with some added alien biology and unique socio-cultural factors of the aliens, although there is little novelty. While the conclusion is satisfying, and likely signals the end of this series, there were some unanswered questions, from the mundane to whatever happened to Molly to how the geopolitical organization of Earth will evolve.
The narration is excellent with good pacing and range of voices. This is both an enjoyable and engaging listen.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
I've tried to get behind this series but it just isn't that good. the narrator is good and the general presentation is good, but the writing is just not. over the last three books the author has not grown or learnt, simply repeated and repeated the same phrases and recapping. if you streamlined these books you could reduce their lengths by 20% with no noticeable difference.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sadly the narrator of this book is awful he only have about 3 different voices in his repertoire. There are so much better British narrators out there. Peter Kenny or John Lee are so much better and that is just naming 2.
The biggest joke about this is there is so many accents in Britain and this person can only do one accent so all the characters pretty much sound the same.
I like the story of this book but the performance of the audio reading is awful don't waste your credit or money on this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful