The third trilogy in the hit Ark Royal series begins now!
HMS Vanguard is the most powerful battleship ever to be commissioned by the Royal Navy, but she is not a happy ship. Her commanding officer is eccentric, rarely seen on the bridge; her former XO has deserted his post; and her first middy is resentful because he hasn't been promoted as he deserves....
But when a first contact mission goes badly wrong, HMS Vanguard and her crew are plunged into an interstellar war against a new and deadly alien threat. And if they don't make it back to friendly space in time, they will merely be the first to die in a new interstellar war.
©2016 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"Action packed story"
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.
"Series keeps getting better"
The series keeps getting better. This book was better than the colonial war series, and promises great things for the rest of the trilogy.
"Done it again !"
Yet again, another great book in the Ark Royal series.
Already downloaded the next book.
Christopher. Please write quicker !
"Earth lives in dangerous neighborhood"
Vanguard, Book 7 in the Ark Royal universe by Christopher G. Nuttall is the name of a new spaceship and the 1st installment of the next anticipated trilogy. Vanguard represents the next evolution of the ever increasing size and complexity of space faring, but battle competent vessels. With an eccentric captain who can't give an order, a new XO rapidly put in place after the last one went AWOL, and a novice middie who just happens to be the niece of an Admiral, the crew quickly shifts from battle games to battle ready as a new alien race is encountered in the most inconvenient manner.
The sci-fi elements are in line with the overall Ark Royal universe, while the new alien race remains largely unseen. The main focus of the tale surrounds two female crew members. The new XO, must deal with a wholly unfamiliar ship as well as a captain who appears to have lost his nerve, while midshipman Fitzwilliam endures hazing and hatred from a crewman who resent her lineage. Both women display exemplary grace under fire in the classic British tradition. The tale ends with the XO ready to face the music for her actions and Earth being force to deal with a new alien menace and questions about their alien tadpole allies.
The narration is superb as usual with excellent character discrimination, gender distinction, and a smooth British accent that doesn't overpower. Pacing is matched to the ebb and flow of the action.
"such a good series"
nuttal does it again expanding the ark royal universe and story with all new characters. if you're a fan of the series, this will not disappoint.
"A great addition to the series"
This was a great addition to the series. It takes the story in a whole new direction with new aliens to fight.
"Chris Nuttall hits another home run"
I haven't listened to the entire series but this was as good as Ark Royal. His books work as series or stand alone. Started on Empire Marines series now. Going to listen in order.
"I really enjoy this series despite myself"
I normally don't like military sci fi- but this series is something I really appreciate, it's not so much the characters; which aren't bad. This authors rendition of combat is quite well conceived as are the politics of his future world.
"great installment to the universe"
a little bit of a slow start for my likeing but it finished strong. anyone who enjoys futuristic warfare will enjoy this
"The series rolls on"
Great storyline and character development. Not are fighting. But the bookstore kept me entranced. Looking forward to seeing where the story goes.
"Brilliant!!! best of the entire series so far"
best work so far by the Nuttall and the performer,for the Ark Royal series.
couldn't stop listening!!!!
"A great military sci-fi novel"
This is right out of the top drawer. I listened to it avidly and wanted more when it was done. Brit sci-fi fans will absolutely love this.
"Not quite as Expected"
I Liked the Story, but there were times when there was a jump in the story leaving you wondering if a chapter had been left out, a chunk of download missing. It gave me the impression that this had been hurried. Was this worth the purchase, I think only if there will be a followup Book 8 in this series.
"The Great Series continues"
Really enjoy this series of book since the beginning with Ask Royal. Vanguard Book continues this great form with the Royal Navy in space. It is very refreshing from the staple of American super hero movies going on now. Though I don't see any of these books being changed to movie format which is both good and bad. Can't wait til book 2.
great listen really enjoyed it, and all the characters. can't wait for next book to come out
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