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Cursed Command (Angel in the Whirlwind Book 3) by [Nuttall, Christopher]
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Captain Kat Falcone owes her life and career to her former right-hand man, William McElney, and she did everything in her power to make sure he was front and center for a promotion. But now that he has it, she fears he’ll have to watch his back. Captain McElney has been assigned to HMS Uncanny—nicknamed Unlucky—a heavy cruiser tainted by the mysterious deaths of two former captains and rumors of mutineers. Nevertheless, as the interstellar war with the Theocracy rages on, the Uncanny will travel in tandem with Kat’s starship, HMS Lightning, to the notoriously lawless Jorlem Sector to forge alliances for the Commonwealth and quash rampant piracy.

As Captain McElney struggles to whip a hostile crew of miscreants into a disciplined fighting force, Kat is saddled with an undermining new executive officer—an untested aristocrat whose bigotry colors his sense of duty. Both captains wage war against ruthless pirates while conspirators aboard the Uncanny plot to seize the ship. When the starships find themselves locked in a death match with an enemy juggernaut, Kat must make a desperate and devastating sacrifice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (7 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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By Anarchymedes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 March 2017
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Well, I cut one star off my rating, hereby demoting Kat Falcone to a four-star officer. Mostly, it's not her fault - although the way she talked to the president of a corrupt, totalitarian world, while being effectively in his power is perhaps a crazier thing to do than to charm the pirates into ignoring the Marines, especially when no one sees it.
Speaking of pirates: if they are as stupid and cowardly as shown in this book, how could they survive for so long out there, without any support from anyone? Not a single Captain Jack Sparrow for them? Who perhaps could've swayed our heroine's heart away from her monument-like Marine sweetheart? Who could unite a world or ten under the black roze banner, and to hell with superpowers and their superpower plays? That's just not fair, and no fun.
About uniting rebels: that mutiny story just doesn't hold water, full stop. Under a decent captain like Sir Williams, the evil chief's mates would've quietly taken him out themselves - selling him out as a scapegoat could indeed have been a bit dangerous - and then forgotten the whole business and bravely served the Commonwealth. He's not that fearsome, nor is he invincible - as his rather crude deal with the Theocracy demonstrates.
You disappoint me, Lady Falcone: I was so looking forward to see you become the Commonwealth's Joan of Ark, crushing the Theocrats' morale by being a woman who beats them, and taunts them, and beats them again, by inspiring the ready to surrender colonies to fight... Ah well, it's not Queen of The Black Coast, by Robert E. Howard, one of my favourite, and most moving Conan stories. So, one star down.
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Many of Sf's best tropes are trotted out in this entry. Ruthless pirates, a new captain facing down a mutiny, a captain placing herself in danger despite regulations and a final climactic battle with a more powerful foe. They are the best for a good reason! I enjoyed Christopher's take and will be coming back for more when the next is released. Good to see that other characters are being given pov time, Kat is levelling up so quickly that she could find herself as a character in the same position that Honor Herington is, to high ranked for adventure.
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Absolute blast of a story. Long and detailed story arcs. Complex and likeable characters. Action that actually excite.

Do it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good installment in the series 10 May 2017
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on
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The main thing that this series has going for it is its readability. This novel, in common with the rest of the series, features a linear plot and unlike some of Nuttall's (and other space opera authors') novels, it tends to focus on leadership challenges and interpersonal issues rather than technobabble. This causes the reader (me, at least) to hold interest and enjoy the novel. Some novels of the genre are nothing more than an endless series of battle scenes strung together with a marginal plot. This novel does better than that.

That having been said, there are some obvious logical errors in the novel. The "Uncanny" starship is totally screwed up when Sir William goes aboard, and he can spot this in a millisecond. The air purifiers are marginal, the ship stinks and is dirty, etc. Look, I served in the military, and one characteristic of about any military above the level of say, Uganda's, is that there is a never-ending round of inspections by higher authority which would have prevented the kind of decay that infects the "Uncanny." It just wasn't realistic, given that the Commonwealth is a modern society akin (no exactly like) Great Britain circa 1940 only more advanced technologically, obviously. There are other issues like this in the story, and I will not detail them for fear of committing spoilers. Having said that though, the story is quite readable.

The female protagonist, Kat Falcone, is too good to be true. She has everything. Looks, health, and intelligence (because she is genetically engineered for these things), she is a scion of an upper-class aristocratic family, and yet she has not let any of this go to her head. Oh, and being genetically engineered she won't age much, and will live to enjoy being perfect for centuries or something. She, is, in fact, perfect, and everyone in the Galaxy would love to be her, or a male version thereof. Well, OK. By contrast, Horatio Hornblower had stained and ugly teeth, and was largely ordinary save for his intelligence. Just sayin' ...

I enjoyed this installment in the series. I would also like to be eternally young, great looking, rich, aristocratic, and superior like Kat Falcone. Just sayin' .... RJB.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of space opera action 3 April 2017
By FrancisT - Published on
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As is usual with a book by Chris Nuttall there's plenty of action, the characters are interesting and even the baddies have potential good points. There's also, as usual, some thought provoking underlying drivers to the action. In this case it's the question of loyalty and trust and how to expand that to a larger group. Politicians who try to expand their empires (the EU for example) might usefully read this and ponder.

Finally, this is an excellent sequel to the two previous books in the series and while it sets us up nicely for book 4 it wraps up nicely with most loose ends resolved. I don't think you absolutely need to have read the prequels to read this (and you certainly don't need to have read them immediately beforehand) though it will certainly help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, well written 12 March 2017
By CINDY TOBIAS - Published on
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All the pleasures of fast paced space opera with all the grammar and quotation marks correctly used. He even knows that it is "worse comes to worst," which nobody else gets right. The characters are appealing, and the technology and universe make sense.
And did I mention the pleasures of fast paced space opera?
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this storyline going ! ! 26 April 2017
By Bob wilson - Published on
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Come on, Chris... I've read you are going to go off on a tangent and do a spin-off and not keep us up with Kat and Sir William..
Well, ok, that's fine, but don't forget the offense is ready to take it to the Theocrats...and we'd really like to kick their butts ! !
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Ships: great risk, loss and politics 15 March 2017
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Another strong novel in the Whirlwind series. What is too much risk? Is exclusivity in the aristocracy based military undermining the Confederation need to integrate new admissions desiring to serve? Kat & Sir William meet their challenges head on.