The Nelson Touch, Ark Royal Book 2
Written by Christopher G. Nutall.
Narrated by Ralph Lister.
Ark Royal to date is the only carrier capable of standing up to the alien’s weapons due to its antiquated thick armor. The other carrier commanders in Earth’s armed services found themselves incapable of commanding her because all of their training in newer ships systems left them unable to function effectively when confronted with Ark Royal. That left a drunkard Commander Ted Smith to have his career salvaged and promoted to Admiral by this book as he was the only successful leader against the Aliens.
Now the Space Lord has placed him in command of a multinational space force tasked with seeking out systems deep in enemy territory and causing massive damage. The idea is to cripple their ability to make war. Hmmm, why wouldn’t they have a similar idea? Makes you wonder.
Kurt Schneider, the last acting CAG from Ark Royal has spent three months at the academy rush training five hundred new star fighter pilots including a Royal. His marriage is a disaster and the prize money he had won as part of Ark Royals crew is about spent due to his wife…being not a very good wife while he was claiming war stress to not be a very good husband.
The Royal, Prince Henry, has assumed another identity and is now a Star Fighter pilot on Ark Royal. He certainly gets his head bitten off enough as a Royal, oh wait, he’s in disguise. He finds solace in the arms of someone who doesn’t know who he is.
There are at least three more story lines embedded in this novel or series and the aliens are just getting interesting. I will say that I find the Stuffed Chair Club voice of the narrator kind of irritating but the story has me coming back for more. Three out of five points for this and that is because of deliver. Who knows, you might like it.