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 But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull.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?
The Ark Royal series by Chrostopher G. Nuttall starts off a bit slow and seems to be just another iteration of an old trope, mainly obsolete warship with obsolete crew save the day. However, once you get past the first couple of chapters the characters take on a life of their own and you really start to care about them. If Christopher Nuttall has a strength, a he of course has many, the main one would be character development. The stories develop well and proceed at a good pace. The Audible versions of these books are well produced and narrated by Ralph Lister, whose voice talents lend a legitimacy to the Royal Navy setting.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first three books and eagerly await the production of the fourth book in audio format.