Ark Royal

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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 But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull.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?

[Like my other self-published Kindle books, Ark Royal is DRM-free. You may reformat it as you choose. There is a large sample of the text – and my other books – on my site: chrishanger.net. Try before you buy.]

Product Details

  • File Size: 1694 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVKCMQC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A very, very good book

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2014
By Kipper Snack
Ark Royal is the first book by Christopher Nuttall that I have read. I have to say that it’s a very, very well written book. I finished it in 2 sittings. It’s a smooth, very easy, relaxing yet exciting, fast paced read. It’s almost as if having a conversation with your best friend. If you’re familiar with the Battlestar Galactica series, this has elements which will remind you of that. I believe what I enjoyed the most is the resurrection of the flawed main character into the person for which everyone could cheer, how he rises to be the best and elevates others with him. To be sure, at this book’s end, the reader is left with many lingering and unanswered questions which screams for a sequel (I don’t know if one is planned but certainly hope so). Regardless, this book explores a great “storyline”, well executed with lots of action, inscrutable “aliens”, exciting space-based battle scenarios and characters for whom to root. If you’re a fan of the military space opera genre, you won’t be disappointed.

He crawled out of a bottle to save the world

 on May 28, 2016
By Mike Nemeth
With “Ark Royal” Christopher G. Nuttall created what may at some point be considered a classic. It has all the elements of a sweeping Glenn Ford western, drunk captain, misfit crew and near derelict post. But Nuttall chose for his setting a future earth that has conquered the solar system and, in fact, taken humanity into deep space by way of discovered “tram lines” that instantly transport starships multiple light years and enable colonization of distant earth-like worlds. One problem: Humanity discovered it isn’t the only intelligent life form out there. Another race just entered the picture and tore into the best carriers, battle cruisers and interplanetary defenses it could muster like they weren’t trying too hard. This alien threat doesn’t even communicate. They appear bent on total destruction. Their plasma weapons melt through plating on modern space ships like nothing. But then there’s Ark Royal, a 70-year-old ship that should long have been retired. It survived because of Capt. Ted Smith, a capable leader who crawled into a bottle years ago, and a group of people who believed the star ship was worth keeping. What made the Ark Royal special is its massive shielding. More modern ships didn’t need it, or so thought their designers. They were faster builds and more maneuverable. And they didn’t “wallow like a pig” while in battle. But Ark Royal is tough. The Admiralty of modern Britain reluctantly offers Smith command of a mission to go take it to the aliens and get some payback and perhaps try to limit their momentum. Humanity had to do something or all would be lost and the species would be pounded back into the stone age or annihilated. Smith is saddled with an aristocratic second in command who tried to take the ship from him. But this second, James Fitzwilliam, learns quickly that he would have been sorely outclassed and underprepared had he taken over the Ark Royal, an ancient ship cobbled together with multiple control systems that only seasoned engineers and staffers knew how to use and, more importantly, fix. Fitzwilliam becomes a fan of Smith immediately but he’s told of his superior’s drinking and told to watch out and even demote him if necessary. Smith has his demons but he’s the one the Admiralty, and humanity, needed. He outsmarts the enemy, using his resources to their greatest advantage. His is the story of the underdog taking it to the ultimate destroyer. Disclaimer: I’m already a Nuttall fan. I read the first three books in this series one after another. I read his series on the space marines already. I had been savoring his other stuff, waiting for a moment when I just wanted to escape into a tapestry that enabled me to feel like I was in another place, smelling recycled air, running through a ship’s passageways and engaging the enemy in small star fighters. I typically rate the books I read highly because I pick genres and authors I like. I read a lot and tend to drop stuff I don’t like because I figure what’s the point? Nuttall’s characters have flaws but they’re still worthy of respect, my respect anyway. And as a reader I appreciate that. They get back up. They move forward. They think things through. There’s no idiotic move on the part of a character just to further a plot twist. Note that I’m referring to TV writing. Good Christ, some of the crap even on the better written series.

Writing at its Royal best.

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2014
By J. Perez
WHAT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO KNOW BEFORE I BOUGHT THIS BOOK (No spoilers)

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