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Armed with a ragtag fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail.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?
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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 Her ship HMS Lightening has been newly outfitted but the rest of the ships in her squadron are outdated and understaffed and to top it off there is a spy aboard.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.
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.
"Good Continuation of the series"
Good Continuation of the series though this one seemed rushed to me. The time period covered in the situation in this book left me with a bunch of questions I could not much deal with..i won't go into them since I not about to drop spoilers but still I think this could have been extended further ... still I did like it for what content was presented and I look forward to book 3
"Going behind enemy lines"
Falcon Strike is the 2nd installment of Christopher G Nuttall's Angle in the Whirlwind series. The political controversy in the Confederacy is still evident and Kat manages to run afoul of political enemies. As a result, Kat accepts a secret mission to take a ragtag group of ships behind theocractic lines to disrupt their operations and impede supply lines. Kat has an opportunity to improvise and take the battle to the enemy in a decisive fashion. Along the way, she accumulates valuable intelligence and recovers some POWs, while dealing with an embedded spy.
The sci-fi elements are aligned with the earlier volume. The military scenes are well rendered from both a strategic as well as tactical level. In addition, about half the tale is told from the perspective of a theocractic admiral disgraced in volume 1. New allies are formed and Kat manages to develop her surrounding support staff. Much remains to be wrapped up, especially at the political level her father operates in.
The narration is less than optimal. While a female narrator is key given the leading character, the male characters are rendered with either a blase, cavalier, nasal, or phlegmatic style that detracts from the listening and at times places the mood of the speaker at odds with the story context.
Can't wait for book three. Got to love live a book with a strong female lead.
"This is not Honor Harrington, but just as good."
Yes, I shall be listening to this book again in the not too distant future. Seeing that the books are coming out a year apart, I shall need to review at least this book in full before listening to audiobook three.
Not to give away any of the plots but, the strategic planning and implantation for battle were as gripping as the battle themselves.
OK, so most of us agree that Lauren Ezzo has had issues with depicting male characters. Some post production thought to just raise the sound volume on characters like the XO would have done wonders. Still, we must admit that her characterizations of some specific voices are much better than used in book one without enough drastic change to make them feel like a totally new character. She put some serious thought into these changes and were deeply appreciated by this listener. She has shown growth and I will continue to be one of her listeners. Enough so that I plan to see what other books she has done and give a few a try.
Yes! At the end of the book, Kat takes the XO by the arm and walks him into the big room. And that is all I will give away. This book did reach me at an emotionally prideful level in several places, but the above mentioned was the most moving for me.
This series is not Honor Harrington and there are no Treecats or Hexapumas to be found. It is my belief that if Kat was a Kit, there would be little to denote a correlation between the two series. The series stands upon its' own with a unique storyline, background and character development. I am very much looking forward to a dozen more books.
"Pretty good space war story"
Nutall has really improved his writing since the Ark Royal series, or at least he can afford a real editor now. This writing is a lot tighter and has far less repetition than some of his earlier work. I like that in this series Nutall has at last deployed a military with a sensible rank structure, customs, and courtesies.
Ezzo continues to have a lot of problems voicing male characters, but I guess I'm used to her after the first book in this series. In any case she was less grating this time. Still, I think a British narrator would have been a better choice, given that the good guys are all British.
I liked the story a lot. Captain Falcone first gets into political hot water, but before long she's on the bridge of Lighting, leading a secret dangerous mission, involving a series of hit-and-run raids deep in enemy territory.
I only give the story four stars, because Falcone wins the Final Battle only through a set of totally unbelievable lucky breaks and fantastic coincidences.
This book is well worth a credit for fans of hard military SciFi.
"Where is Honor Harrington?"
Captain Falcone should loose once in while.
The Empire's Corps is much beeter.
This appears to be based on the Honor Harrington serries.
"Hard to listen to"
Overall this is a good story. The biggest issue I have is that the narrator has problems doing all of the male voices. Accents seems to change depending on if you are male and female and do not resemble each other. It would not be an issue if the book did not specifically say they sound similar and in no way do. Honestly they should hire a man to do all of he male voices. Mrs. Ezzo does a great job on the female voices.
"Great continuation of the story."
Was an excellent continuation of the story and brought all the characters to life more fully than just the first book alone.
"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.
"falcone strike Book 2"
I Have read both books and each one has got better .
The stories in both books have great characters that have developed as each book has come to life.
I am very impatient waiting to get the next Book ,so please hurry and get book 3 released.
"Great sequel, appalling narration"
I really like Chris Nuttall's books, and am really enjoying this sequel, but I've had to give up on listening to it, I'm now reading it on my Kindle because the narration is so awful.
Sad to say, Lauren Ezzo just cannot 'do' male voices. Since most of the characters are male it is a bit of a problem. I gritted my teeth through book 1, but this is just painful. I won't be trying a third time, I'm afraid.
"Empire's Corps v2.0"
I can't find this book great. It's almost the same as entire Empire's Corp's saga. So if you liked it you should like this (of course this is more navy concentrated story) . If you didn't liked Empire Corp saga... Read Ark Royal instead ;)
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