The Oncoming Storm : Angel in the Whirlwind

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Lauren Ezzo
  • Series: Angel in the Whirlwind
  • 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning.
Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew's respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn't just a possibility - it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy's war machine destroys everything she holds dear?

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Good start to the series

While it does read a bit like 'Harrington Light', and there are a number of clear similarities,it stand up very well to comparison with Nuttall's other series,

Sadly, what lets it down, is the narration. Lauren Ezzo isn't a bad narrator, just totally wrong for this book. Her voice is far too light to cope with all the male voices (they range from growly to squeaky) and the delivery is very wooden. I can see that she is supposed to represent a very young woman, but she needs much more gravitas, not to mention an ability to convey different emotions. Someone such as Elizabeth Flett or Allyson Johnson, both of whom have narrated space opera very successfully, would have made a much better choice of narrator.
I am looking forward to book 2, but I hope for better narration.
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- Ariana

A strong beginning

The comparison to "On Basilisk Station" is unavoidable but that's not a bad thing. The premise of expansionist star nation, an inexperienced first time star captain with a XO who has been passed over for promotion, is a good one. With this starting block the author crafts his own solid story, even poking fun at the similarities between Kat and Honor. The depth of world building isn't on the level of Weber but who's is?(and at times who wants to) Nuttell has made a fun enjoyable world and clearly made the effort to having a interesting main character and not have her as overly perfect as Harrington can come across as. Overall It's not at the level of "Basilisk Station" but it's a good attempt well worth a read/listen.
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- Barrie Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-09-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio