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Ark Royal [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Nuttall
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,585 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you wish for peace, prepare for war.

-Royal Navy Motto

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye.

But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons. Ark Royal and her mismatched crew must go on the offensive, buying time with their lives And yet, with a drunkard for a Captain, an over-ambitious first officer and a crew composed of reservists and the dregs of the service, do they have even the faintest hope of surviving ...

... And returning to an Earth which may no longer be there?

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    About the Author

    Christopher Nuttall is the author of 35 books on kindle and 10 books through small presses. He currently moves between Britain and Malaysia with his wife Aisha and a colossal collection of books. Follow his blog or facebook page for updates, special offers, snippets and more. Website: Blog: Facebook Fan Page:

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    • File Size: 1486 KB
    • Print Length: 381 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    140 of 158 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Space Opera January 16, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Washed up crew? check.
    Past his prime Captain? check.
    Obsolete ship? check
    Unstoppable aliens? check.
    Big damn heroes moment? check

    Fun read.
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    69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A solid read January 16, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    As usual with the author, we find a great work of world-building in a good scifi story that leaves the reader wanting to know more about the characters, their opponents, their allies and their environment. Also to be noted the effort made to remain as hard in terms of realism as possible in the writing. It is not 2001-hard, of course, but as far as military scifi goes, this is consistent, believable and enjoyable, three adjectives you do not see together that often in scifi.
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    78 of 88 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Weak with a side of weak sauce May 16, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I've had a kindle for years now and have had plenty of opportunity to read many of the "indie" sci fi authors on Amazon. I was excited to try this book based on how well it's reviewed but I'm sad to say this book is a poorly written rehash of old ideas, with cardboard cutout characters.

    Lest you doubt me, take a look at this exchange in Ch 5 (loc 853 - 870) between the CAG, and a female pilot and tell me how this level of writing and characterization rates more than 2 stars at most. (I'll shorten it so you don't have to suffer as I did)

    CAG: "Either share your problems with me or put them out of your mind, for good."
    Rose: "It's my boyfriend," Rose said, softly. "He's ... been deployed with the unified defence force." ...
    CAG: "I'm sorry to hear that," he said and meant it. ... "But you can't let it affect your duties."
    Rose sagged. "I know that," she said, weakly. "What do you suggest I do?"
    CAG: "Write him v-mails, then forget about it." ...
    She gave him a smile that completely transformed her face. "Thank you, sir."

    Seriously? Is there a female on the planet that would be happy with the suggestion that she send a v-mail and forget about it? Even better, she was grateful for the advice because it hadn't occurred to her that she could send a v-mail? Please!

    When the first space battle had come and gone with nary a bit of excitement I knew that it was hopeless to read further.
    For those looking for solid indie sci fi authors I would recommend Thomas Mays' "A Sword Into Darkness" or Evan Currie's Odyssey One series.
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    98 of 119 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This book has all the right ingredients, but the author has not combined them effectively and the final presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Ryk Brown's "Frontier" series and Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet" are far and away superior space opera in every respect.

    Putting aside the amateurish and somewhat childish sex/romance sub-plots, there were several aspects of this book I found particularly annoying: the use of narration, confusing or opposing statements, and just plain nonsense. Taking the first item, I don't think I've ever read a book with so much narration inserted in the middle of conversations. Frequently there are 2 or 3 pages of narration between a question posed by one character and the answer given by another. Once the answer comes I have forgotten the question and would have to go back several pages to remind myself of the topic of conversation. As I read further into the book, I learned to skip the narratives and look ahead for the quotes so I could keep track of what the characters were discussing, then go back and read the narration in-between. If it happened once or twice it would not be a big deal, but it's once or twice in every chapter.

    Also on my "annoying list", are the many places where the author either gives opposing information or his writing is so obtuse as to make the reader think he just reversed a previous statement. Other times what he says makes the reader stop and ask "What is he thinking?" Examples: (minor spoilers here but no plot give-aways)

    1. Early in the book we learn by analysis of the aliens' attack recordings, that their star-fighters are not as maneuverable as the human ships. Later however, in the actual dogfights, the aliens are easily out-dodging the humans.
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    29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grand old space opera! January 16, 2014
    By tkioz
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Once again Christopher Nuttall lives up to his reputation, Ark Royal is a rip roaring tale that I couldn't put down. A space opera in the old tradition, Ark Royal follows the adventures of the titular ship, an old carrier that has been maintained as a show-piece but now is all that stands between Earth and an Alien fleet.
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    81 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Space Karaoke March 29, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Ark Royal by Christopher Nuttall is so bad, it is bad. I can't for the life of me reconcile the five star reviews with the book that sits in front of me. This isn't so much Space Opera as Space Karaoke, a pale,limp and uninspired imitation of a genre that has been blessed by far more talented hands such as Herbert, Simmons, Reynolds, et al. This book is more Dan Brown in space. Turgid writing, etch-a-sketched characters and action so leaden it defies logic. It takes a rare form of talent to be able to turn military science fiction into something this dull! But the writer has succeeded. Hats off to you sir, well done!!!

    Where oh, where to start? Ah yes, the plot. Aged battleship considered obsolete actually turns out to be man's redemption in the fight against invaders by being able to throw bits of rock really fast. Excellent, what's next? Ah, characters! The crew is made up of interchangeable stereotypes. The captain is a drunk but transforms into the strong stoic leader, the second in command is ambitious and wants his own command but tows the line, the fighter ace that has problems at home, ad infinitum. Now repeat these descriptions every 20 pages or so to fill in the time between the dull as ditchwater space battles. Repetition of these is NOT character development, it is repetition. It gets dull very, very quickly.

    And that's just the men. Women, in the context of this narrative, are seen purely through the looking glass of sexism in that they are frequently described as weak or stupid in comparison to their male counterparts with a toe curling air of subservience. Add to that the constant referencing of attractiveness and you begin to wonder about how the author actually views women. This is definitely a universe where men are MEN and women are irrelevant.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, highly recommended
    loved it, good book, well written, good characters
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Worth the price
    Published 6 hours ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Plausible Sci-Fi - a Good read... and it is a three parter...
    A good read - many grammar errors but still a good read .... I enjoy the flawed characters.... No superman among them
    just humans that push themselves to the absolute max, and... Read more
    Published 7 hours ago by A. Briggs
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good characters excellent story line.
    Published 9 hours ago by joseph a gracia
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good for the most part
    Awesome and great performance! Just a fun ride. Some sex scenes not suitable for minors.
    Published 1 day ago by Jase
    1.0 out of 5 stars not recommended
    Mostly unbelievable military characters in a trope ridden story. An entirely boring magical technology saves the day ending. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by David D.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good
    Good series so far
    Published 4 days ago by WLG
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, good story
    Very engaging first book in this series. Focuses on the human more than the technological. A recovering alcoholic Captain leads a crew of reasonably believable supporting... Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars good read -- but a little confusing --especially with the ...
    good read -- but a little confusing --especially with the ability to change appearances and replace key personnel- similar to Total Recall -- and take over command of Ark Royal.
    Published 9 days ago by Jerry Long
    3.0 out of 5 stars The price was right
    Good enough for me to get the sequel using a gift card from Christmas. Not sure I'd have done so if I'd had to spend cash.
    Published 9 days ago by jjw901
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    More About the Author

    Christopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has published eighteen novels and one novella (so far) through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.

    Professionally, he has published The Royal Sorceress, Bookworm, A Life Less Ordinary, Sufficiently Advanced Technology, The Royal Sorceress II: The Great Game and Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling with Elsewhen Press, and Schooled in Magic through Twilight Times Books.

    As a matter of principle, all of Chris's self-published Kindle books are DRM-free.

    Chris has a blog where he published updates, snippets and world-building notes at and a website at

    Chris is currently living in Malaysia with his partner, muse, and critic Aisha.

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    May I have some more sir.
    More will be coming, promise. What my blog for details.

    Feb 2, 2014 by C. G. Nuttall |  See all 18 posts
    Get Ark Royal for free!
    Scam trolling for advertising,avoid it!
    May 16, 2014 by Brian |  See all 2 posts
    next in the series?
    Soon, I hope. My current plan is a separate book, then a return to this universe. Watch my blog for details.

    Feb 2, 2014 by C. G. Nuttall |  See all 4 posts
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