Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit, and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war. But, as Ark Royal sets off on a desperate diplomatic mission, it rapidly becomes clear that there are both human and alien factions that wish to fight the war to the bitter end - and that her previous missions have sown the seeds of success...or total failure.
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"More of the same with a solid resolution"
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. :)
"Satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy"
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.
"Heart of Oak - Ready, Aye, Ready"
Christopher Nuttall brings the Ark Royal Trilogy to a resounding finish. I felt the Russian political intrigue, the Royal Family Press problems, and the Royal Navy references added to the meat of the story. The series builds to an all or nothing battle for Earth's survival in the spirit of the "Last Man Standing." It's an exciting, well performed, performance.
The author seems to be repeating the same topic so he can fill the book with word count. The book drones on and on about prince Henry's royalty, his relationship, and the media's fascination with royal gossip. I was so tired of those repeats, I skipped a 10+ minutes of the reading and still didn;t miss anything important. As a science fiction enthusiast I don't care for any gossip of the royal family. That is just one of the many uninteresting topics the author repeats. Really seems like he finished the book but was short on word count. So he went back to see what he can repeat to fill his quota. Book 1 and 2 was MUCH better then this last book.
"Great Continuation of the Story"
I would like to hear more books from this series. Also if you have not already tried them, check out Christopher Nuttall's other series, Empire Corps.
Book 3 The Trafalgar Gambit is by far much better then the first 2 books. That said it still has too much of who's sleeping with who in it. Way too Much. But it does have some very good action battles in it. It is well written and well narrated. The wole trilogy could have been so much better if it didn't spend some much time on whot everyone is sleeping with and other draw out things that no one cares about.
"Mr. Nuttall we get it...really...we do"
It is a good basic storyline, with a lot of room to expand in. The problem is the author tends to dwell on things over and over again. The Ark Royal is old, and armored and the only ship that can stand up to the aliens. OK. The Crown Prince is out there too. OK. There is some problems with the Royal succession. OK. Please stop repeating it aud naseum. The story is worth the listen, as long as you are prepared for the repeats. You do get involved in the storyline of what will happen, and will there be a breakthrough, and how will it happen. Stick with it and hope the author gets the message and the next book is cleaner and smoother.
Mr. Nuttall seems to make the same mistakes in all three books, maybe he rammed them out at once. His editors let him down by not cleaning it up and asking for a rewrite.
Not sure, he does a good job. Characters are distinct and clear.
Don't hold the repeats against me, please.....
A good, original way to treat first contact, and possibly a realistic one. The tramline idea is good and explains FTL transits well. The characters are good, if we just got one dose of them we would all be better off. But still a good listen.
This is the last book in the Ark Royal trilogy. The book takes off immediately after the events in the previous book “The Nelson Force.” Warning you must read this trilogy in order starting with “Ark Royal”. All the familiar faces are present including the ones that the rest of humanity thinks are dead.
The writing has improved with each book. The characters are good, the story/plot compelling and the action is fast. Earth is losing the war with the aliens. Admiral Smith and the crew of the HMS Ark Royal are sent on a diplomatic mission. Complicating factor is the Russians and a sector of the aliens do not want to stop the fighting.
As the author cleans up all the loose ends of the story we at last find out the cause of the war. At the end of the book we have the excepted showdown between Ark Royal and a sector of Aliens that want to continue the war. What happens? Read the book. I am looking forward to more books from this talented new author. Ralph Lister does a good job narrating the trilogy.
"Poor job by the voice over actor"
The American and other accents were executed badly. He couldn't change his own thick British accent. The story was hackneyed and predictable. Although it was enjoyable due to very good character development.
"Passing at best..."
As with the other books in this series this one continued on the same trends. Canned phrases, constant repeating of sentences when pointless and an overt obsession with sex and sexuality.
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.
"I was too quick to critise"
I reviewed the last story. and moaning about too much of the storyline based on relationships but I see why. this story builds up until an epic space battle that left me feeling emotional and satisfied. I would go as far as saying it was the best story I've listen too. wow!
"A very good series of books"
I have enjoyed these books. The characters and the Aliens have been engaging and we'll thought out. I look forward to more books in this series.
"Exciting and enormous story."
Good end to the ark royal story series. very British and far reaching story. yes.
"Another great book in a thrilling series"
This was a great read and it was a real roller coaster of emotions and I would gladly take the roller coaster ride again.
The most memorable moment for me was when Charles Augustus, I mean prince Henry, was found alive aboard the alien ship.
Ralph brings a proper British accent and conveyed the authors funny and sad moments with excellence.
There were some moments when I really felt for the characters like when the c,a,g died after going out in a blaze of glory to save the alien race from mass genocide.
Just got my next credit and have down downloaded warspite and can't wait to listen to another great novel and a fantastic narrator 👍
sad at the end after learning to love the characters but it's a new beginning and looking forward to hearing the next book
"3 different voices"
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.
loved it finnished the trilogy off perfectly but would like to know how the earth faired, well narrated looking forward to more of christopher g nuttalls books
"Very enjoyable in a traditional way"
Lost a performance star on rendition of certain accents. If they can't be done leave them out, no one will worry
Totally hooked on this series. As a person with a military background I can really relate to the story and circumstances within the book.
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