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The Nelson Touch

Ark Royal, Book 2
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Series: Ark Royal, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission...or will they die, alone and unremarked, hundreds of light years from home?

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Very absorbing story!

an interesting read, really great sci fi idea. It's good to see an author who does something different. I definitely enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!

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Great Series

Really enjoyed this series and highly recommend for those who enjoy good science fiction.
Looking forward to more works by this writer.

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  • Samuel
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 20-07-2014

A great story continued!

[{ "answer" : "Yes, after devouring the first audio book in the series - Ark Royal - in a single listen, I immediately purchased this, listened to it at work, and then proceeded to re-listen to Ark Royal again. (I may be overdoing this, but it's a great story.)", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "Would you listen to The Nelson Touch again? Why?", "id" : 45, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "The development of both character and ability in a young man with a hidden past, and the suspenseful conclusion. Powerful!", "type" : "Story", "question" : "What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nelson Touch?", "id" : 7, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "I really enjoyed the final scene. I can't really give it away. You'll just have to trust a fellow listener!", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "Which scene did you most enjoy?", "id" : 25, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "Yes. I did!", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?", "id" : 55, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "A great continuation of the series. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of C Nuttall on Audible, as I'm sure to not only spend credits, but also my meagre $$$ bills.", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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  • Lore
  • 23-06-2015

The story arc remains engaging in book 2.

I wrote in my review of Ark Royal that I found the overall story to be a bit dry and the characters to be stereotypical.. Not much changes with book 2 except that the characters do get fleshed out a bit more. However, it is the overall story arc that carries the day with this series and that continued to fuel my desire to keep listening.

Theodore Smith is promoted to Admiral and must lead a fleet of human ships, led by Ark Royal, back out to confront the Aliens. Humanity has progressed their technology somewhat but Ark Royal still remains the only ship in the fleet able to stand up to the enemy plasma weapons. Their mission is high risk as Earth will be left without Ark Royal's protection so a lot is at stake.

I found this book to be a bit more enjoyable than book one with one new key character added - a star fighter pilot with a secret. This helped a bit with the level of character presence but it was the overall war with the aliens that held my interest throughout. For my money you can just skip the forbidden shipboard romances and launch fighters! This one is worth picking up if you enjoyed book one and again I would peg it at 3.5 stars.

Ralph Lister was solid again as narrator.

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  • Anthony
  • 12-02-2015

captured

I got book one for $4.95 on special, then used a credit for book 2, now I'm hooked. it's interesting that unlike most sci-fi novels, there was no immediate and miraculous way that the aliens were able too speak our language, just another wrinkle in a war that seems from the human to have no reason for starting. I'm looking forward till book 3.

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  • Peter
  • 12-02-2015

Almost excellent

Needs just a little more effort on the physics to be a great not just very good yarn. Some sting similarities to "The Lost Fleet" series. But worth a listen.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 23-11-2014

Commendable sequel with an evolving story arc

The Nelson Touch is a great sequel that builds on the above average introductory story of the Ark Royal series. Basically Nuttall has created a future universe with faster than light travel, while preserving the current geopolitical structures during an era of expansion akin to 18th and 19th century colonialism. In the opening salvo, mankind encounters an alien race seemingly bent on human annihilation. An old, mothballed British "carrier" is the only spaceship that can put up a fight and takes the lead with a crew of rejects in defending humanity.

In this installment, humanity goes on the offensive and takes the fight to the aliens with several surprising developments. Details about the aliens are slowly revealed. There is the addition of a "mystery" crew member this time out and Nuttall does a great job of alternating big picture developments with a host of personal revelations with the major characters, including career advancements. Nutall also displays an excellent sense of portraying the fog of war throughout. Finally, the author sets up the 3rd installment with Earth hanging in the balance and a potential diplomatic solution. Sci-fi elements are limited largely to alien biology.

The narration is excellent with a great range of voices, tone, and mood.

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  • Jesse
  • 18-08-2014

Good Second Installment

A decent follow on to a pretty gripping story. I generally haven't enjoyed British Sci-Fi but this one is good. Narration is first rate although it took a bit of getting used to. By the end of the first book though you'll not even notice. I do think the stuffy British Officer attitude is a little overdone. Commands and much dialog are barked instead of spoken and it's almost a caricature of a British Officer. But it's not a deal killer. I liked the Prince Henry angle. Perhaps more should be played up as Henry the Warrior King since he has become a genuine war hero.

Waiting for the next book and that's the problem with Mr. Nuttall. He has two excellent series going at the same time. This one and the Empires Corps. While the print version of the next in this series (The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3) is out the Audio version is not scheduled until October. The next in the Empire's Corps series is not scheduled until November. I go through these things like once a week and am left holding my breath for the next installment.

When you're done with this check out the Empire's Corps. You'll like that one too.

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  • Micah
  • 15-04-2015

A bit odd...

From what I expected this book was strange. The author has a strange obsession with the female anatomy and sex in general. Not like there is anything wrong with it, but when it's used it seems out of place and random. Also details about ships, places etc are constantly repeated as if the author was trying to just fill space.

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  • Matt Breckenridge
  • 09-02-2015

Well executed military sci-fi

What more could you want? Can't wait to start the next book in the series. Five more words needed to finish.

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  • Tristan Dudley
  • 06-02-2015

Great for naval history buffs who like sci-go

As a fan of the Aubrey-Maturin books AND sci-fi, this was a pleasant mix. The narrator was good, but could have varied the voices a little more. It was enough to tell who was speaking, but it was more like being read to by a parent as opposed to a professional narrator.

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  • max
  • 30-12-2014

Engaging storyline.

I like the way it was written and narrated. I've enjoyed this and the first book in the series so far.

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  • Gary
  • 03-10-2014

Can not wait for the next book to release

I liked both books 1 and 2. I'm looking forward to the next book, hopping it will complete the story.

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  • Daniel
  • 26-10-2015

Tom Clancy does Battlestar Galactica for the Brits

Great fun space military drama. Live the sorry and characters. Performance is mostly very good, but I can't forgive the Scottish accent! "they're going to take us from behind captain"

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  • Kari
  • 13-09-2014

Grew on me over time

Books 1 & 2: At first I found it difficult listening to this type of story in a British accent (I grew up on American movies!!).
The Audio directing was a bit off. I could tell each time the reader took a break. The volume was reduced on the last words (like a fade-out).
But, by the tme book 2 ended - I was hooked. At least I only have to wait 1 month for book 3.
Get past the "non-stereo typical" British Accent and all the characters come to life and a are pleasure to experience.

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  • Caz in Maspalomas
  • 02-09-2014

Couldn't put it down

Would you consider the audio edition of The Nelson Touch to be better than the print version?

For me, yes. Kindle is abridged so shorter and the Audible version is not. Therefore you get the full work and it is a good story

What did you like best about this story?

The very end, but I won't spoil it for the readers

What does Ralph Lister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He is a good reader and once you get used to him he is very good

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, emotional right at the very end

Any additional comments?

It is a good book, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but if this is your think then better than Asimov.

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  • Fatmaninthesun1
  • 27-08-2014

Great space opera

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Following on from Ark Royal, the adventure of the Royal Navy in space moves up several gear to deliver a fantastic vision of what the Earth might do faced with the circumstances.
As well as a developing plot, there are new characters to involve the listener and we learn more of our existing heros. This is looking to be a great series, ideal for a TV series.

Any additional comments?

I have preordered the third volume in the series

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  • Mr Mask
  • 18-08-2014

Drags its anchor a little, but is worth a listen

Much like the first in the series, this book is flabby in its reuse of phraseology - particularly noticeable if you consume audio books at a rate of knots. It also has a tendency to switch away from the most critical action to some of the central relationships in the story.

If you've read The Forever War (and you should, you'll enjoy it) you'll be acutely aware of scientific inaccuracies which while not wholly detracting from the story, do seem to be leisurely skipped over.

I'm faced with the third book in the series and normally I'd jump straight in, but the poor narration and repetitive storytelling and causing me to take a break right now. I'll finish it as the yarn is worthwhile, but it's not the most satisfying experience.

Worth listening to in order to continue the story.

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  • Mike T.
  • 11-07-2018

Book B+. Narration B-. Editing C. Ending A-.

The good:
Excluding accents - good narration.
Building the series in a way that makes me want to keep reading.
Deepening relationships and flawed characters. Always a welcome thing in a military space opera.
The ending.

The bad:
Caricature accents! French - Inspector Clouseau. Chinese AND Japanese - Charlie Chan. Scottish - Over the top Star Trek Scotty. American - Weak. Also Admiral Smith sometimes sounds like Admiral Ackbar. :-) Ralph Lister has a good "narrator voice", but accents? Shudder!

Same repetitive phrases as in the first book. (Couldn't disagree. Bloody nose. Sooner rather than later. The odds were staggeringly low/high). Helloo! Editor?

Lots of unexplained military/naval acronyms.

The royalty / nobility stuff takes up too much room. Getting old fast.

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  • Alisdair ramsay
  • 18-05-2015

Good Listen

Like listening to a good space "soap" good character development ,enjoyed episode 1 and 2 ..looking to episode 3 soon..😎

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-2019

Very enjoyable

Really good listen... can't wait to start next in Ark Royal series....well narrated....voices suited characters...Well done Mr Nuttall

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  • CJSILV
  • 19-07-2019

great book 😀 👍

Love the book great book series highly recommend listening to this book and the rest of the series 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 08-05-2019

another excellent book.

after all that hard work to win they lost a lot. I look forward to what happens in the next book.