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This is book seven in the Ark Royal Series. HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship build by the Royal Navy. Each of the books in this series features a ship starting with the old obsolete ship HMS Arch Royal. The last book featured HMS Warspite; the Navy has taken lessons learned and built the mighty HMS Vanguard. As in the other books there is a problem with the commanding officer and an unhappy crew. The Captain has mental problems, the XO went AWOL and our hero, Susan, is the newly assigned XO. As Susan is trying to figure out what is wrong with the ship and what to do, a new alien species is discovered and Vanguard is sent as part of the fleet to attempt to meet the aliens. Vanguard suddenly finds herself at war with the new alien species; thankfully the Tadpoles are allies in this war.
Nuttall usually has some interesting characters in his books and this story is no exception. The author has managed to keep information about the new aliens limited and that helps build more suspense. This is the first book in this series to feature a black woman in the leading role. Nuttall has always featured strong, competent women in his books. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Ralph Lister does an adequate job narrating the story.
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Two things that are so annoying that on book 7 this author never caught on to, and has not resolved yet, just pisses me off.
First, the "After All" thing... i mean really?! EVERY DAMN SENTENCE ENDS WITH "AFTER ALL"!?!?! Is this a British thing? Because i'll tell ya right now, as an author and writer my self, i would NEVER let a work out for publication with an issue like that. Let alone 7 of them. Every time i listen to it now, i feel like i'm getting punched in the face with a wet noodle, it ruins the story for me.
Second. NO MILITARY INT HE WORLD would NOT provide a way for an XO to report their CO without repercussions on their record. This is seriously the dumbest plot point in this entire series, and i'm ready to scream! At the very least an informal meeting with an admiral that likes the XO, to explain her concerns would go completely off the record and the admiral could actually DO SOMETHING about the damn problem. No navy officer worth their salt would EVER let concerns for their own career put the people under their command in jeopardy. EVER. Because in any western style navy that very issue would get them dishonorably discharged.
Maybe this is a problem in the Royal Navy today. I don't know, but i heavily doubt it. In the US, an XO reliving a captain who is having a panic attack in the middle of combat would be hailed a hero. Both by the captain, and the admiralty.
Other then these two MAJOR PROBLEM points with me, i actually enjoy this book... i just hope i can finish it... after all... GOD DAM that hurts to even write now.
cant help but get lost in them. a really good listen! makes you look forward to the rest.
best work so far by the Nuttall and the performer,for the Ark Royal series.
couldn't stop listening!!!!