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On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her. But there’s still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the fr On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her. But there’s still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the front lines. Assigned to a task force heading to assist humanity’s alien allies, Vanguard and her crew find themselves caught in a deadly alien trap. Can they survive to turn the tables on their enigmatic foe ... ... Or will their next encounter with the new enemies be their last? [Like my other self-published Kindle books, Fear God and Dread Naught 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.]


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On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her. But there’s still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the fr On her last cruise, HMS Vanguard - the most powerful battleship in the Royal Navy - barely survived her encounter with a deadly new enemy. Now, with her commanding officer accused of everything from mutiny to dereliction of duty and her crew under a cloud, the Royal Navy doesn't quite know what to do with her. But there’s still a war on. And Vanguard must return to the front lines. Assigned to a task force heading to assist humanity’s alien allies, Vanguard and her crew find themselves caught in a deadly alien trap. Can they survive to turn the tables on their enigmatic foe ... ... Or will their next encounter with the new enemies be their last? [Like my other self-published Kindle books, Fear God and Dread Naught 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.]

30 review for Fear God and Dread Naught

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    I first started reading the Ark Royal Series in 2014. I read Vanguard #7 in the series in May of 2016. For some reason I stopped or got side tracked from the series. I am glad I started reading the series again. The book is well written. Nuttall writes a good military science fiction story. In this book we have two strong key women characters that have evolved from incidences in the prior book. There are Captain Susan Orinara, who is the newly appointed Captain of the battleship HMS Vanguard, and I first started reading the Ark Royal Series in 2014. I read Vanguard #7 in the series in May of 2016. For some reason I stopped or got side tracked from the series. I am glad I started reading the series again. The book is well written. Nuttall writes a good military science fiction story. In this book we have two strong key women characters that have evolved from incidences in the prior book. There are Captain Susan Orinara, who is the newly appointed Captain of the battleship HMS Vanguard, and Midshipwoman Georgina Fitzwilliam, who is the newly appointed First Midshipman or First Middy on the Vanguard. Both women are in difficult situations from things that occurred in the prior book. The world is now at war after being attacked by an unknown alien race. The story goes back and forth between the Captain’s problems and that of the First Middy. The characters are interesting, the plot twists and there are lots of space battles. Overall a good space opera story. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is thirteen hours and sixteen minutes. Ralph Lister does a good job narrating the book. He has narrated all the Ark Royal Series. Lister is a British actor, voice artist and award-winning audiobook narrator.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bigal-sa

    I think I am getting tired of this whole space opera gendre where authors use some pseudo-science (in the form of space travel), but then revert to what is known when it comes to surface activities. Using helicopters 6 centuries down the line? Using conventional firearms 6 centuries down the line? Using road vehicles (and roads for that matter) 6 centuries down the line? I don't think so... The contrived plot lines wears a bit thin after a while. I think I am getting tired of this whole space opera gendre where authors use some pseudo-science (in the form of space travel), but then revert to what is known when it comes to surface activities. Using helicopters 6 centuries down the line? Using conventional firearms 6 centuries down the line? Using road vehicles (and roads for that matter) 6 centuries down the line? I don't think so... The contrived plot lines wears a bit thin after a while.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Crate

    In the eighth novel of the Ark Royal series we see the HMS Vanguard repaired and made ready to return to the front lines of the battle with this enigmatic enemy comprised of two separate species. Little is still known about them but as wreckage and biologic samples are recovered after battles a picture is beginning to form. Earth for the moment is safe, the fleets are engaging within "Tadpole" space and the system "Unity" is where Vanguard and her flotilla are bound but with such a long turnarou In the eighth novel of the Ark Royal series we see the HMS Vanguard repaired and made ready to return to the front lines of the battle with this enigmatic enemy comprised of two separate species. Little is still known about them but as wreckage and biologic samples are recovered after battles a picture is beginning to form. Earth for the moment is safe, the fleets are engaging within "Tadpole" space and the system "Unity" is where Vanguard and her flotilla are bound but with such a long turnaround time for messages and intelligence they are not sure what to expect. Marines and ordnance are deployed and then the fleet is engaged with running battles in and around Unity as two battle fronts are created, one between the colossal power of the battleships and carriers the other from individuals with rifles and courage under fire. Fear God and Dread Naught is as expected a direct continuation from the novel Vanguard with the addition of a few characters from previous novels. Christopher once again writes the space and ground battles well and with all good military scifi there is no happy ending for everyone, bravery and courage are not always rewarded and victory is never guaranteed. As mentioned in other reviews, a series this long will live or die based on a reader's interest and enjoyment of the first novel they read, if you have gotten this far then like me you enjoy Christopher's writing within this series and look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy of stories within the series as a whole.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Three and a half stars. Another installation of the Ark Royal universe. Nuttall continues with solid characters and even paced action. This story has new aliens and new mysteries but feels formulaic in some places. Christopher Nuttall has written a large number of books and I have read most of them, this is as good as most, but doesn't stand out. Three and a half stars. Another installation of the Ark Royal universe. Nuttall continues with solid characters and even paced action. This story has new aliens and new mysteries but feels formulaic in some places. Christopher Nuttall has written a large number of books and I have read most of them, this is as good as most, but doesn't stand out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Pietrzyk

    This one was a marked decline from the rest of the series. A new enemy that is technologically is always one step ahead? More like a bad dream than a good space navy storyline.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    Susan took control of Vanguard in the last episode, in what would for most, be considered a Mutiny action, thus seizing the bridge in a time of war. Although this saved many lives, and the battle, and the US fleet, she must now deal with the consequences. In the middle of this of course, Humanity is once again at war, but this time it is with a new alien race, well 2 of them by all accounts. This time, the Tadpoles are allies as well. This book is once again, another brilliant story by Nuttall, wh Susan took control of Vanguard in the last episode, in what would for most, be considered a Mutiny action, thus seizing the bridge in a time of war. Although this saved many lives, and the battle, and the US fleet, she must now deal with the consequences. In the middle of this of course, Humanity is once again at war, but this time it is with a new alien race, well 2 of them by all accounts. This time, the Tadpoles are allies as well. This book is once again, another brilliant story by Nuttall, who continues to show that he is not only capable of writing extraordinary Military Science Fiction, but he is also capable of writing an outstanding human side of the story as well. For Fear God and Dread Naught is just that, both a human story and the brilliant Military stories we have come to expect. The story continues, following along with the Vanguard, as well as a combined Human fleet, going to meet the Unknown Aliens in Defence of Unity in the Tadpole sector. After losing the initial conflict, and with forces on the ground, we get to see the story from a very different point of view, once again getting the perspective of a member of the Fitzswilliam family, as George is planetside. She is there after her shuttle crashes, and we get her intense and very brutal look at the ground war between the humans and the aliens as they fight for supremacy of space. The ground battle is incredibly brutal, incredibly detailed, and we not only get a real insight into Midshipwoman George we hadn’t previously seen, we get a firsthand account of the inhumane, violent and severe nature of the conditions on the ground. George is with a unit of Marines, so we also get a feel for how they operate, and this makes for some great reading also. Nuttall also gives us an insight into the aliens, detailing both species. In space, there is some amazing action as the aliens are relentless in battling the human forces. There are multiple battles fought, and as with his other starship battles, Nuttall gives brilliant and detailed descriptions of these to really involve the readers. This is true Military Sci-Fi at its best, both on the ground and in space. The difference is, that Nuttall has also included a Human element to, allowing us, the reader, to become more personalised with the characters, and more invested in the outcomes. It makes for some absolutely outstanding reading – and is the reason why Nuttall continues to provide some of the best books around in this genre.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Moore

    Vanguard is battered but not dead I did enjoy the story even though Captain Onarina seemed to come out of her situation after the mutiny rather too easily, but without her the story wouldn't have been half as good. George is a character with some serious issues, and occasionally they became a bit tiresome. Still l give this one a five star rating. Vanguard is battered but not dead I did enjoy the story even though Captain Onarina seemed to come out of her situation after the mutiny rather too easily, but without her the story wouldn't have been half as good. George is a character with some serious issues, and occasionally they became a bit tiresome. Still l give this one a five star rating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Firth

    Know the Story, Read the Book It's a good book but you need the characters to carry the story. Nuttall needed to continue with characters we cared about rather than keep creating new ones related Know the Story, Read the Book It's a good book but you need the characters to carry the story. Nuttall needed to continue with characters we cared about rather than keep creating new ones related

  9. 4 out of 5

    loudon marshall

    Heard to put once enjoyed it from beginning to end Story line was good and leaves you wondering what is going to happen mechanic Like the way the story makes you want get the next book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Oldklingon

    Another great book in a great series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gary Davis

    Excellent I especially enjoyed the last few pages... Nice little twist... So let's see how the war goes in the next book. Excellent I especially enjoyed the last few pages... Nice little twist... So let's see how the war goes in the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Gillies

    Another excellent installment in the series (and the paragraph thing still continues to annoy me!) and good to see the focus on strong female leads

  13. 5 out of 5

    D.B. Crelia

    Keeps getting better The story of the new war is building along with the characters, I am looking forward to the next book

  14. 4 out of 5

    C J Cook

    Great Read I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Ark Royal series over the Christmas break. Kept me wanting more and with a very satisfying storyline.

  15. 4 out of 5

    David Greenlee

    Review of Fear God and Dread Naught It has been quite a while since I finished this book and life got in the way of doing the review when I finished it. So, I will do the best I can with an old man's memory. I have been reading the Ark Royal series since the first book in this series and I enjoyed this one also. I have the last book and am anxious to see how this all ends. I didn't like the middle 3 books that much but this series of 3 brings back the classic confrontation of humanity versus what Review of Fear God and Dread Naught It has been quite a while since I finished this book and life got in the way of doing the review when I finished it. So, I will do the best I can with an old man's memory. I have been reading the Ark Royal series since the first book in this series and I enjoyed this one also. I have the last book and am anxious to see how this all ends. I didn't like the middle 3 books that much but this series of 3 brings back the classic confrontation of humanity versus what appears to be a more powerful alien civilization. I really like the Commander Susan Ocarina character, although I guess she is actually a Captain now. Christopher Nuttall has made her a very interesting character facing a myriad of problems from incompetent superiors to fighting a space battle where the end is problematic although we all knew where is was going. The one believable thing for me, a former military person, is that the naval environment put forth in these books is so much like one would see in the British navy, that it helps push the whole story line. It was interesting to see how Mr Nuttall imagined Georgina Fitzwilliam would handle being First Middy. A tough job......especially with folks who don't care or can't wait to use your discomfort to move ahead. It's a lot like it really is. This book continues a good series.....a good read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This is a good solid military science fiction read. It is the 8th instalment in the Ark Royal series and a worthy one. As usual there is a good story, likable (and not so likable) characters and some good solid action in space and on the ground. It was a very enjoyable book to read. I was a bit worried when I read the book blurb about the commanding officer, Susan Orinara, being accused of mutiny, dereliction of duty and a bunch of other bullshit. Luckily that was rather quickly dealt with so we This is a good solid military science fiction read. It is the 8th instalment in the Ark Royal series and a worthy one. As usual there is a good story, likable (and not so likable) characters and some good solid action in space and on the ground. It was a very enjoyable book to read. I was a bit worried when I read the book blurb about the commanding officer, Susan Orinara, being accused of mutiny, dereliction of duty and a bunch of other bullshit. Luckily that was rather quickly dealt with so we could dive straight into the meat of the story. There is a new mysterious and enigmatic enemy around that shots first and does not bother to talk afterwards. If you want to be naughty one could say that there are a lot of similarities between the story of the first Ark Royal books and this one but there is enough differences to avoid it being a simple rehash of the first books. There are really two heroins in this book. Naturally one of them is Susan Orinara. The other one is Georgina Fitzwilliam, the first midshipman, and the book alternates between the two giving them more or less half the book each. Unfortunately Georgina’s fellow midshipmen are mostly a bunch of assholes and Georgina quickly runs into problems maintaining order and discipline. That leads me to a part of the book where I am a bit doubtful whether I liked it or not. On one hand she is discouraged from asking for help from her superiors because it reflects badly on herself and her career. On the other hand she is supposed to bring problems to the attention of her superiors. Naturally this pushes her into a bad situation which does indeed threaten her career. This felt a lot like double messages and like the she was set up to take the blame if something went bad, which it of course did, no matter what she did. On the other hand I liked the conflict between the aliens and the humans and the ensuing battles, especially in space, a lot. The human fleet is generally outnumbered and/or outgunned. Especially with the long range of the enemies missiles and it takes quite a lot of tactical maneuvering and skill to simply survive the onslaught. The book is, not surprisingly, well written, with good characters, a good story with a few twists in it, especially one at the end which I certainly did not see coming, and plenty of combat action. We also get to learn a little bit about the mysterious aliens although some revelations actually adds to the mystery of why the aliens went to war in the first place. As I wrote, a very enjoyable read which I had a hard time to put down once I started reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Tindale

    This review will be posted with each book in the Ark Royal series with separate ratings for the individual books as I found them. Christopher Nuttal is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy his plots and characters equally and, with the exception of his fantasy novels, I read whatever I can find. And he is prolific. Ark Royal is the first book in a great series. So far, it goes on for 9 books in three separate trilogies. The first and last trilogy are the best but the other three are worth reading This review will be posted with each book in the Ark Royal series with separate ratings for the individual books as I found them. Christopher Nuttal is one of my favourite authors. I enjoy his plots and characters equally and, with the exception of his fantasy novels, I read whatever I can find. And he is prolific. Ark Royal is the first book in a great series. So far, it goes on for 9 books in three separate trilogies. The first and last trilogy are the best but the other three are worth reading. For the most part, the stories contain a number of characters that are well developed with heroic aspects as well as the fatal flaws. The reader gets to know them well. The action is fast paced and contains a healthy dose of space opera and military on-the-ground action. You often end up with a sense of loss but with the feeling that it is all worthwhile.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mick Bird

    Great read I have been waiting for this book to be published. We see the vanguard and her crew sail out to war again. But first the issue of her captain had to be sorted. It took Prince Henry to get the admirals to get their thumbs out of their asses, and see what happened. Young George Fitzwilliams, has been promoted to first middy. But things don't go as planned for her, she is dropped in deep water from day one. She gets two new midds from the a academy, and two misfits.. Great read I have been waiting for this book to be published. We see the vanguard and her crew sail out to war again. But first the issue of her captain had to be sorted. It took Prince Henry to get the admirals to get their thumbs out of their asses, and see what happened. Young George Fitzwilliams, has been promoted to first middy. But things don't go as planned for her, she is dropped in deep water from day one. She gets two new midds from the a academy, and two misfits..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brian Whittle

    The Midshipman strife ark was trying but thankfully that was sorted fairly early in the book. It was only really there to get one of the characters into a specific situation, after that it was an enjoyable space romp.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

    Now the waiting game. Good ending, but felt like less fulfilling that most of these. Seemed to not get too far along,but a couple surprises at the end. I will read the next one right when it comes out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Key

    Very entertaining This is an enjoyable series and I look forward to the next book! Here are the seven more words required. Stupid requirement!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert J. Frye

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dick Willson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul J Becker

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steven M. Mason

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mr R D Linzey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victor

  30. 4 out of 5

    Antony Steele

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