Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Falcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind #2) by Christopher Nuttall

Falcone Strike (Angel in the Whirlwind #2)Science Fiction/Space Opera

From Goodreads:

Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning…and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive.

The chances for success are slim—and for survival even slimmer.

Armed with a ragtag fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail. But failure almost certainly means death—or worse, as the Theocracy does not treat prisoners kindly. Pitted against the enemy defenses of her old nemesis Admiral Junayd, there is no room for error. And with a spy hidden aboard her ship, Kat will need more than her wits to survive. Can Kat enter the lion’s den, strike a blow for the Commonwealth, and escape with her life?

While Falcone Strike follows a familiar pattern it tells a very good story in the process.  I met Kat Falcone in book one of the series and enjoyed how she handled a very bad situation.  Now she is back and has put herself at risk by tell a blowhard with powerful friends just what is and is not.  As a result she is sent behind enemy lines to make as much trouble as she can with a less than stellar fleet to do it with.

The plot flowed smoothly and the action matched the problems that Kat faced.  The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are shades of grey. It was fun to see how Kat would solve the problems with a less than excellent fleet of ships.  The world building is set to allow some very interesting plot development in future books.  All in all a fun Space Opera series.   I am looking forward to meeting Kat in future books.

47 North published Falcone Strike by Christopher Nuttall in 2016.

I received an ARC of Falcone Strike from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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