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Desperate Fire (Angel in the Whirlwind Book 4) by [Nuttall, Christopher]
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In the fourth book in speculative-fiction master Christopher G. Nuttall’s Angel in the Whirlwind series, an epic battle pits the survival of hope against the locus of destruction.

As the Commonwealth produces more starships and increases recruits, victory begins to slip from Theocratic control. This can only make the Theocracy more desperate to win…and more dangerous to fight.

After a mission to liberate an occupied planet ends in nuclear devastation, Kat Falcone—now a commodore in command of HMS Queen Elizabeth—sees firsthand just how far the enemy will go. Suddenly dealing with the war effort and a humanitarian crisis, many in the Commonwealth want a truce. Kat wants something else: to crush the Theocracy outright—and quickly.

Kat devises Operation Hammer, an all-out assault on the enemy home planet, Ahura Mazda. It is a bold and risky plan, but the enemy has revealed there can be no middle ground. Can Kat break the galactic stalemate and deal a deathblow to the Theocracy? As two empires prepare to fight the largest space battle in history, Kat must trust her instincts to save her people and avoid oblivion.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3558 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (30 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N99IRYY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was a solid ending to the theocracy war arc. The action was plentiful both in space and on ground. The problem with dealing with fanatics took center stage. It was believable, anyone who has studied history can see parallels to previous regimes who found themselves on the losing side. Cait's rise has been meteoric, to the point of stretching my suspension of disbelief, she runs the risk of being promoted above her level of experience or competence. The intrigue/traitor subplot went nowhere in this entry although we got some disturbing foreshadowing. I'll be continuing with the series.
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Should be called desperately money or desperately trying to finish the series. A frustrating read with excessive chronological and character point of view jumps.

In this story our hero Kat is once again thrust into commanding a fleet whilst being one of the most junior officers. A disappointing conclusion.
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In all the previous books of these series, there have always been some unexpected twists that made them something more than merely political statements. This one, unfortunately, lacks that saving grace. This is not to say that it's boring: it does an excellent job of arousing the outrage and loathing for the Theocracy (the bad guys). You want to read it to the end, to see them all die - or, better still, humiliated, and forced to live long lives of submission and servitude. Personally, I coulbn't think of a worse punishment for my enemies.
But in addition to being predictable, this intallment, in its attempt to give the bad guys a more fleshed-out background, manages to paint them as totally laughable stereotypes, no better than the Soviets from Rocky 4. If our enemies were so stupid, it wouldn't be so hard to defeat them - and they wouldn't be on the resurgence later. On the more positive note, the fact that some of the 'good guys' (the New Hebrides) aren't very different from the bad ones - maybe less extreme, but more likely just fearful of all modernity enough to avoid relying on technology to impose their will - gives the book a nice touch of reality, deluting the otherwise naive Republic vs Empire Cold War airs.
This book is an adequate read: it will keep you entertained about as much as following the antics of some of our real-life elected kings on the news. But I cannot forgive it when the political statement outweighs the human one.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing character development 11 June 2017
By Kitchen Queen - Published on Amazon.com
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3 1/2 stars. Kat seemed to be more of a placeholder than head of the fleet. No dynamic strategy for fighting the Theocracy. Her reactions were a little flat. Exploration of fighting a foe with no value of their own people or enemies, and how it undermines the the economy, flexibility, and expansionist goals was good. And dealing with relocating a planet population was well explored.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great . . . . 24 June 2017
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After enjoying the first three novels in this four-book story "arc" (as the author calls it), I had to read this last one. Frankly, I enjoyed the previous three more. Instead of having the most satisfying conclusion (which I was expecting), this one had the least (at least to me) -- almost an anticlimax -- and the plot was not as tight. Also, the central character, Kat Falcone, seems peripheral to the action much of the time. At the end, the author promises to start a new story "arc" featuring the same protagonist, but that was already obvious from the various irons he placed in the fire. [Note: Instead of reading, I listened to much of this book using the $1.99 audio add-on -- once again a great value. The bargain audio was a big reason I decided to buy the first and subsequent entries in this series.]
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 June 2017
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There are some real oddities with the whole theocratic world Nuttal has created. The series continues to improve. Good or bad, this entire book was dedicated to techniclally only two battles. Some of it was glazed over as if the author was afraid to elaborate as it would make the book unwieldy. Now there are conspiracies within conspiracies. Hopefully Nuttal will close the conspiracy loops sooner rather than later, lest they become more unbelievable. The king is an enigma all by himself... what is his agenda. I would rather he be the naive young monarch striving to develop his ruling persona than the villain Nuttal may be setting up for him to become. Is kat going to end up with William? Surprising how resolutely she decided to forget about her commitment to Pat. Nuttal needs to be careful with kat or her character development is going to flounder. I look forward to reading about what happens next.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but not a great ending for a 4 seiries ARC 2 June 2017
By Brian D Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Bitter aftertaste to a very engaging ARC
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read. 2 June 2017
By Larry E. Ginn - Published on Amazon.com
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As soon as Pat proposed to Kat, I knew Pat would die, that was pretty easy to see. This was a good book and followed the previous three very well. Looks forward to the next installment.