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The Cruel Stars

Ark Royal, Book 11
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Series: Ark Royal, Book 11
Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stand-alone set during the Ark Royal Era.

The Royal Navy never expected to fight a full-scale interstellar war. Everyone knew the Great Powers would never risk everything on armed conflict when there was plenty of room for everyone in outer space. But when a hostile alien force stumbles across humanity's handful of colony worlds, the Great Powers must set aside their differences and fight to preserve humanity from utter destruction.

Desperate for starships and manpower, the Royal Navy embarks upon an ambitious plan of converting freighters into makeshift carriers and recruiting reservists and criminals to fill the ranks. Classed as expendable, the small carriers will be given the most dangerous missions to slow a remorseless alien foe.... And the pardons their crews have been offered will be meaningless if they die.

©2017 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Graham
  • Western Australia
  • 21-07-2019

You need to renumber the books

The books need renumbering to chronological order. It loses impact when going back over old ground.

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  • Polanin
  • 28-05-2018

Enjoyable.

Unfortunately pulled by the nose hair towards the end and the Epilog was not very convincing.

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  • David Tengdin
  • 09-06-2019

A fine continuation of a well defined series and universe

Nothing flashy, special, or particularly surprising about the next installment here in the Ark Royal universe.

If you enjoy the style of the series so far this is a fine continuation of it. There’s nothing poor about this book, but nothing great either.

I listen to Sci-Fi fantasy when i need something mentally engaging and light, but don’t expect to be stunned. That said i’d buy it again and i enjoyed it.

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  • Ignacio
  • 02-05-2019

A. chance for redemention

Loved it Great story a look from a different angel, and charactets made it this time

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  • Linda Luella
  • 25-01-2018

Boring!

Couldn't care less about the characters or the story. Fell asleep listening to it and I have no desire to go back and hear everything I missed. Sending it back.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-04-2018

Good plot, shame about everything else

Would have enjoyed the book more if one of the main characters, Alan, wasn’t a Scot with a stiff scottish accent. It spoiled the storyline and I doubt I will continue as I found the accents rather grating.

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  • The Trog Father
  • 27-06-2018

Parallel to Book 1

This book starts just before Book 1 in the Ark Royal series and continues through parallel to the first Ark Royal book.

You follow the crew of a freighter captain who's ship is conscripted into the Navy as an escort carrier. This ship never crosses paths with Ark Royal at any point but fights in it's own engagements in systems near to where Ark Royal is deployed.

Interesting story that on the whole I did enjoy. Nothing much to wright home about though.

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  • L W Seaton
  • 01-07-2019

the story continues

really enjoyed this book can't wait to get the next book to see how far the story goes.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 01-06-2019

not what I expected

for a side story, everything about it is not bad. its just disappointing as the characters and setting was not part of a large event during the other books which doesn't make everything that happened that very important. anyway, not a bad story but quite forgettable.

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  • Sir Bazile
  • 25-05-2018

A nice addition to the Ark Royal Saga.

An interesting view of the start of the Terren/Tadpole war. I spent happy minutes placing it in context with Ark Royal herself. Much of which happens before and during the first half of Ark Royal's story.