This is the start of a new story ark in the Ark Royal universe. As such we are introduced to a new ship class, a new captain, crew and showcases it's capabilities. Nuttall delivers a feast for the reader. He sets the scene by describing the stresses the last 2 interstellar wars have had on the great power's economies, the political realities of same and kicks off the book with a bang. Space action, a first contact mission straight from hell with 3 dimensional characters. The epilogue was a particularly nasty twist. My only gripe was Christopher's writing tick, "and yet" and "it was hard, so hard" came up again. "And yet" seems to get a work out as the action picks up. I may have noticed it more with this one because I've read several of Christopher's novels this month.
As human space increases, more alien races are encountered. "Invincible" is sent to investigate when a massive colony ship arrives in a distant star system. A terrifying new threat is encountered, but the ship and its crew live up to its name. I've read and enjoyed all of Mr Nuttall's "Ark Royal" series. He's been able to keep the tension going throughout the series.
Nuttall consistently expands the universe he’s created by adding new bits on to the old but in a convincing way. The extension of modern tech into the near future and matching it with credible characters makes the whole series of books very satisfying to read.