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The Long Road Home (A Learning Experience Book 4) by [Nuttall, Christopher]
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In the wake of the Solar Union’s stunning victory over the Tokomak - the masters of the galactic community - humanity has been invited to send a diplomatic mission to the Kingdom of Harmonious Order, one of the oldest and most significant races in known space. It is an opportunity that cannot be missed, a chance to forge ties with a powerful ally. And so a lone starship is dispatched to the galactic core to open discussions ...

... But when that starship runs into a deadly trap, she and her crew must battle their way home before they are merely the first casualties in a renewed war.

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  • Print Length: 737 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XKN2L17
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Outnumbered in a hostile galaxy humanity reaches out for allies. Problem is aliens are alien. Trapped behind lines the crew of the Odyssey have to come up with one trick after another to survive. A well named ship by the way. Plenty of action, exploding fortresses and ships sneaking around while being hunted like a submarine. The problems of being a diplomat to an alien culture where values are different and agendas are not only unclear but are deliberately lied about is explored. I'll be getting the next one, the war is about to start!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series. 6 May 2017
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on
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I am a Nuttall fan and I like some of his books and not some others. This one falls into the latter category. I wanted to like this one because I like the idea of Earth emerging into the Galaxy and trying to establish a foothold in space against tough odds.

The worst thing about this book is the undeniable fact that the people do not act like human beings -- they appear to be a species of unisexual automatons. The women act exactly like men. The attempts at "romance" in this novel are laughable, and make human romance out to be more like a reflex, like scratching an itch, a business transaction, or the like -- there is no actual "romance" at all. It's weird. I guess this is of a piece of Nuttall's "Politically Correct" writing ethos that women are just as tough as men, female marines are just as big, strong, and tough as the men, etc. that recurs in almost all of his novels. Sometimes I can put this issue aside and enjoy the story, but here the way the men and women interact is just plain strange.

Trying to put the man-woman issue aside, this one is a dull slog. Nuttall makes the common military science fiction error of equating battle scene after battle scene with actual storytelling. Frankly, most SF battle sequences are nothing but technobabble, and that is the case here. What is missing is an interesting and changing storyline that holds the reader's interest. Nope, the Odyssey goes to its diplomatic mission, and then heads back (no spoilers here). That's about it. The pace is slow, with Nuttall attempting to hold the reader's interest with the aforesaid technobabble battles. It does not work. RJB.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but picks up nicely. . . 26 March 2017
By Keith Glass - Published on
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This is a different sort of book for Nuttall, but his "A Learning Experience" universe setting is starting to change as well. This book follows the voyage of the starship Odyssey (I know, its' five year mission....) to meet an Elder Race called the Harmonies. They've asked for an Ambassador from the Solar Union.

The set-up is longer than Nuttall's typical tales of the inky blackness of space, but ends up being crucial to the trademark plot twists of his books. In reality, this is a bridging book, because the main act of the saga is warming up: the Second Tokamak-Human War....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nuttall usual 30 April 2017
By Bob - Published on
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Slow read. Storyline too slow in first third. I would have put this down if I hadn't read so many good novels by this author. Not on par with other novels in this series. The first story by this author I haven't rated Five Star. Hoping rest of the book is better. If it picks up I will change this review. I am still a Christopher Nuttall fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars A few too many narrow escapes. But fun! 7 May 2017
By N. Wishek - Published on
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Nuttall is a good story teller and the concept of the whole series caught my attention from the very first book. This book was maybe not the very best of the,, but it continued the saga very well. And, not to give away the ending, does leave you waiting to find out what happens next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Please continue. 2 May 2017
By Tmike - Published on
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I recommend this book to anyone that likes an excellent read by a great writer. Christopher Nuttall has become my favorite author. He also has a great deal of common sense. If the leaders of the world would follow his thinking, the world would be a safer place.