Sunday, October 11, 2015

The Oncoming Storm (Angel in the Whirlwind #1) by Christopher Nuttal

Military Science Fiction

From Goodreads:

In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy’s two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine “Kat” Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy’s newest warship, Lightning.

Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew’s respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn’t just a possibility—it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy’s war machine destroys everything she holds dear?

The Oncoming Storm is Military Science Fiction with a lot of familiar elements.  In The Oncoming Storm they come together in a great story.  The first scene with Kat Falcone shows her confronting her Father for pulling strings to get her the command of a warship going to Cadiz.  That sets the scene for the rest of the story.  Kat and the Commonwealth are the good guys.  The Theocracy is the enemy and war is coming.

The story caught me from the first paragraph.  The characters were very well developed, the plot moved at a brisk pace, the world building and back story was supplemented by a appendix in the back of the book.  The plot, the characters, the pacing all make this a very good start to a new Military Science Fiction series.

This is book one in a new series.  Everything is set up an exciting series.

47 North published The Oncoming Storm by Christopher Nuttall in 2015.

I received an ARC of The Oncoming Storm from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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