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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

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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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Great Idea... Poor Ending

The headline says it all really. I was greatly enjoying this book and the way the story was being developed, the detail and thought that was put into the whole process of tackling 'the fire'. And then, it ended! I don't know if it's because I've become used to books coming in 'trilogies' and so authors take their time in telling the story and completing the saga. But this book felt like only half a book to me, and the story left unfinished.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-18

"Yes Minister" in the Future taken to Space

Before you get the wrong idea this book can in no way be classed as a comedy. Don't get me wrong there were some amusing moments in it but it is probably not something that you'll find yourself laughing at.

It is like "Yes Minister" and "Yes Prime Minister" in that in theory the Civil Service does not run the country in the UK, but, in a way, they kinda do really.

Very interesting and enjoyable book that kept me interested and looking forward to continuing right up until the end. In a way you could also say its a very cynical look at the worlds politics.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Really Funny

I hesitated to get this book due to some of the other reviews but I'm so glad I did.

I haven't enjoyed a book as much as this one for a long time. It is sci-fi 👍 it has a well thought out story 👍 it's really really funny 👍 at least I thought it was.

My wife enjoys watching red dwarf, not going out and maranda. I feel if you enjoy these TV comedies you'll probably enjoy this book. A lot of very dry humer.

I don't understand why people had a problem with the author narrating the book as well. I thought he did a decent job.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This is more Ark Royal 2.5 than 10

I have enjoyed listening to this book. That being said none of the story is needed or adds anything much to the ark royal story as a whole.

The book covers the 24 hour period during which the Tadpoles invade the solar system and manage to bombard earth in the crossfire. It ties up some loose ends that didn't really need tying. It give a bit more insight into how Mr Nuttall invisioned the Tadpoles mentality as being which was interesting.

The book then jumps a little forward to ark royals return from it's 'Nelson Touch' deployment into enemy space and the political leaders arguing about the future war plans that we know about from book 3, the Trafalgar gambit.

All in all, good book, but not adding much to the story as a whole.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-17

Good Book... Not as good as his 1st

Before I start I would like to say that this is a very good book and I've only dropped it one star on the story rating because this is a well written book with a very good story that keeps you engaged all the way through.

I got this book because Mr Falconer's first book (Not Allan) was outstanding. It had some plot twists that I found completely unexpected and I loved the book from start to finish.

This book feels like it was maybe finished to hit a deadline given by the publishers. It has plot twists but most of them I picked up on from the very first clue... And yes, I mean the very first clue... It took chapters and chapters for the main characters to catch up with me. There was only one or two twists that I saw much closer to the reveal but nothing that really kept me on my toes.

So in shot, a good book that you will enjoy if you love Sci-Fi like me, but unfortunately falls short of his first work.

Still looking forward to Mr Falconer's next book ;-)

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Really?..... REALLY?!?!

Where to start?

The biggest problem with this book is I found it virtually impossible to care about any of the main characters.

First we're expected to believe a professional assassin working for Her Majesties government has a pang of conscience after over 130 kills and wants out.

Then we have to believe the organisation he works for is happy to let him run around London doing his own thing instead of letting him go to his retirement home 6 feet under!

He then tries to 'make amends' by helping a youngster avoid becoming a gang banger... never mind he already IS one.

While 'helping' he manages to get several people killed and others sent to hospital, at lest 2 of whom are 'good' people.

Then in the final show down he makes so many tactical errors and does so many stupid things it makes it really REALLY hard to believe he could possibly have successfully 'eliminated' over 130 people without getting himself 'retiered' earlier!

All in all... don't wast your time with this. Honestly DON'T!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

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