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A good moving add on to the first book. A story full of fighting and heartbreak, much like any naval battle. A lot to read that leaves the readers asking what comes next, given the ending circumstances, that have many branches from where the author can go. Jun 13, Lexxi Kitty rated it really liked it Shelves: I forget now raped by it; and. Right so, as said, series continued. Kat Falcone, the lead, is back in Commonwealth space forced to do stuff she despises, like go to society parties. This fleet includes one modern warship the one she captained in the prior book , and an assortment of crap old broken down ships that, some of them, literally can no longer fly — and are therefore cannibalized to get the other old ships somewhat closer to being able to fly and fight.
Their mission — take this fleet of crap that could probably be stopped by a kid with a water gun, and go behind enemy lines. Feb 20, Gary Holt rated it liked it. This series has a number of interesting things going for it. It's very much in the style of Weber's Honor Harrington series, and here it picks up the same thing that Honor Harrington book 2 had--a battle against a crazed theocracy.
The heroine is not quite the hard-as-nails heroine of the Honor Harrington series, which honestly I think I like better. The politics is interestingly murky. The character is thrown into situations where her aristo This series has a number of interesting things going for it. The character is thrown into situations where her aristocratic origin can't save her; she has to make hard decisions, and she chooses to make them for good reasons mostly. What was less good: It is somewhat grating to read novel after novel about the evil religious empires, when the author shows no understanding of what attracts people to religion in the first place, and why these religions originally swept people off their feet.
This novel certainly fits the all-religion-is-just-evil-power-play stereotype. Here the Honor Harrington series, I thought, really excelled, in comparison with this one: Weber shows how religion can be good, or it can really go off the rails; it does not have only the one effect or only the other. May 09, Adam Windsor rated it really liked it Shelves: The first book in this series took a very long time to get to the action, which is definitely not the case with book two. It's got a much faster tempo all around, as Kat Falcone leads a rag-tag fleet on a deep raid into enemy territory.
The mission provides an entertaining read overall, with stratagems and setbacks and long odds gambles. The book's not flawless, of course. Characterisation remains quite thin overall - only Kat, her XO, and one enemy officer exist as much more than names - and the The first book in this series took a very long time to get to the action, which is definitely not the case with book two.
Characterisation remains quite thin overall - only Kat, her XO, and one enemy officer exist as much more than names - and there's a subplot about a civilian observer that doesn't seem to go anywhere in this volume possibly in later ones. The enemy state is also aggressively evil and despotic, to an extent that some readers may well find difficult to stomach. Jun 26, Patrick Barnes rated it it was amazing. Exciting tale Seems very realistic based on military political interactions of the last several hundred years.
Heroine is smart, determined and effective while not omniscient not omnipotent. I think you will like this story of you like military science fiction. Nov 13, Mark rated it really liked it. A fun and very light read. Lots of tropes, good characters. Some thinly veiled parallels to the current global political system. Enjoyed it if you ignore all the obvious plot flaws.
Same review as number 1, as it is a direct follow on. Apr 04, Andy Gratton rated it it was amazing. May 24, Michael Bush rated it really liked it. Quite excellent Once again Christopher Nuttall has struck good with a strong female protagonist in this battle of good and evil and an exceptional display of the evils of religious zealotry and the maniacs behind it. Feb 19, Mark Zodda rated it liked it. Another enjoyable entry in the series. Good balance of action and intrigue. Jun 21, Jay Collins rated it liked it.
I do have some issues with the author but I did enjoy this book and will continue with the series. Jun 17, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 11, Mark rated it really liked it. I reviewed the 4-book series on book 4 review. Jun 11, terence j chute rated it it was amazing. Good read A very interesting and good read. I am waiting to start reading the other 2 books. Jun 12, Sam rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 07, Elusive rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 15, Jess F. Deegan II rated it it was amazing. I haven't wanted to read the next book again like this since i began the Honor Harrington series.
Oct 04, Herbert Glasgow rated it it was amazing. A real page turnner I found myself caught up in the twists and turns of the story I am anxious to see where the story goes in the third book. Jan 24, Brett Thomasson rated it liked it Shelves: The spread of electronic books and self-publishing has been a boon for fans of genre fiction, as it made bringing titles in their preferred lines a lot easier to bring to "print" or e-reader. With reduced production costs, authors could put their work out there with their own resources, or publishing companies would recoup expenses early enough to risk some more titles.
Of course, that sometimes means some real crud gets published, but it can also mean, in cases like Christopher Nuttall's "Angel The spread of electronic books and self-publishing has been a boon for fans of genre fiction, as it made bringing titles in their preferred lines a lot easier to bring to "print" or e-reader. Of course, that sometimes means some real crud gets published, but it can also mean, in cases like Christopher Nuttall's "Angel in the Whirlwind" series, some good finds and fun reads. Kat's homeworld is a colony whose founders transformed it into an aristocratic oligarchy and her position as the youngest member of one of the more powerful families has let her go pretty much her own way.
She's relished the challenge of military service and loss of the cloying world of high society and whispering politics she previously had to look forward to, but the long arm of family influence may have done her in. In The Oncoming Storm , she found herself promoted to command many years ahead of other officers, and perhaps given a position for which she wasn't ready. Now, in Strike , she has earned some respect from her fellow spacers, but has quite a ways to go before she's looked upon as anything other than a privileged dilettante playing at war by the wider service.
And war has come to the Commonwealth, as it finds itself facing the world-gobbling religious fanatics of the Theocracy, a fundamentalist regime that believes all worlds must be brought under its particular religion.
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Nuttall carefully blends elements of current religions into the Theocracy to keep it from being too closely identified with any of them, and doesn't dig too deeply into its theology. While this makes for some confusion for the reader, it lets him focus on his story instead of defending his plot choices against charges of bigotry. Nuttall's good with characterizations -- Kat herself may have more than a few hints of being an Honor Harrington clone, but she's branching out as her own person quickly.
He's also good with space battles and action scenes. Hyde but never had the chance to read or encounter them in school—as it has always been Beowulf for English Lit. Nevertheless, this novel offers an entertaining value for me because it gives us a glimpse of the Robert Louis Stevenson that could flirt, love, converse, or show varying degrees of emotion; the Robert Louis Stevenson that is made whole and alive again with words.
And I truly enjoy seeing historical icons come back to life through books. Dec 04, Barb rated it liked it Shelves: This novel covers nearly thirty years in the lives of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson and their family. I don't think I've read a single one of Stevenson's books but I found Nancy Horan's tribute to his life compelling. While the Stevenson's travel adventures were interesting what I enjoyed most was reading about the couple's relationship and Louis's relationship with his parents.
Thomas Stevenson was not very supportive of his son's career choice, he wanted him to build lighthouses or study la This novel covers nearly thirty years in the lives of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson and their family. Thomas Stevenson was not very supportive of his son's career choice, he wanted him to build lighthouses or study law, neither occupation called to Louis and he went through periods of poverty without his parents support. RLS's health was seriously compromised for much of his life. He struggled to survive one debilitating illness after another.
Fanny's efforts to nurse him back to health at such a great cost to herself was a testament to her devotion to Louis. The Stevensons travelled all over the world, they were poor, they were rich, they were well connected, they were completely disconnected. They lived an amazing life together with a wide cast of interesting characters as friends, acquaintances and employees.
I loved learning about RLS process for writing, the way he wrote what he dreamt, the way he could find his way back into a dream over multiple nights. He was a fascinating person and Fanny was an amazingly strong woman. Horan covers a lot of ground with this book and does a very thorough job, her research is obvious. Though there were a few events that I wished had some further explanation. For example, I wondered where Fanny's children, Belle and Sammy, were when she went with Louis and had surgery in London. I also wondered what the surgeons did for her. At an earlier point in the story Louis is traveling to California, he arrives in Manhattan after sailing from England and finds a boarding house run by a friendly Irish family where he decides to stay.
In the morning he goes to collect waiting mail and finds a telegram from Fanny's sister. I was completely confused as to how Louis could be collecting his mail when he'd only just arrived in Manhattan. Perhaps there was a plan in place ahead of time for where Fanny's sister should send communication, it's not really important but it puzzled me when I read it.
And finally there was one important conflict that never had a resolution and I wondered why Horan left it hanging the way she did. Horan brings to life the multitude of setting RLS encounters in his travels. The many varied and quirky characters that make brief or longer lasting appearance along the way are individual and distinct.
And though Fanny was a fiercely devoted wife, she never comes across as anything but an independent woman who has chosen to live her life supporting, encouraging and nursing her husband back to life, to good health and success. This novel is brought to us by the lovely woman that wrote Loving Frank. Although not quite as phenomenal as her debut, her sophomore piece, also a biographical fiction, again about the wife of a great, this time an author rather than an architect.
Frances Van de Grift Osbourne, the determined, fierce, loving, vivacious wife of the renown Robert Louis Stevenson, is quite the woman behind the scenes. At almost five hundred pages, spanning several decades, and an impressive cast of characters, th This novel is brought to us by the lovely woman that wrote Loving Frank. At almost five hundred pages, spanning several decades, and an impressive cast of characters, there was definitely much to be covered in this saga. However, unlike she successfully did in Loving Frank, the pacing here was unsatisfactory.
Readers will find themselves wavering between suspenseful page-turning and dispassionate concern for the characters on the pages before them. Certain relationships needed further exploration; various scenes continued needlessly. Osbourne carries most of the novel, although the novel is about both she and Louis. In the first several chapters,it is only her, with her three children, having bravely left her cheating husband, something rarely done during those times, to study art in Belgium. Unfortunately, she is only to discover that the University does not accept female students. Her youngest son Hervey falls ill, relocating them to Paris.
He does eventually pass away, following which she has a nervous breakdown of sorts, leading to a recommended retreat in the nearby countryside, Grez-sur-Loing, a sort of artists' colony, where she first meets Bob Stevenson, then his cousin Robert Louis Stevenson. I am not even going to try to re summarize this saga-like novel. Needless to say, it covers a lifetime of adventures. In fact, there were concerns at Stevenson's death that his real life adventures would overshadow his literary achievements, as, yes, this was all based on fact.
They lived on cruises, in Hawaii, on islands, on ports, in ships, in the mountains at first, before they discovered the miraculous alleviation sea air brought, high altitude was the best cure. Familial, romantic, platonic, etcetera. The Stevensons were involved in the politics of the natives their. Sadly, after all the caretaking Frances did, Robert Louis Stevenson died of what seems to be a cerebral hemorrhage.
As he requested, his last resting place was on the islands in Samoa. As for the title of our novel? It is actually what, apparently, Louis wanted as his remembrance Here he lies where he longed to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill. This book was interesting in the beginning but was way too long to hold my interests for the duration of the novel.
Can't recommend this book. As I told someone else look on Wikipedia for a few facts about the lives of the husband and wife but then take the time to read one of his works. I think that would be time well spent.
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View all 7 comments. The first book I remember owning as a child was A Child's Garden of Verses - given to me by my kindergarten teacher. It was a prized possession and one of the few mementos I have from childhood. It is surprising that I never went on to read any more of his books but that is going to change. Nancy Horan is making a living off of the phrase " behind every great man stands a woman. It is astonishing to me what total devotion it takes to love a genius.
At the expense of everyone and everything - all attention must be paid to them. While I found the idea behind this book very interesting the story was just so-so. I was never very captivated by either of them. The most interesting part was when he was writing The Strange Case of Dr. Having said that, I now want to go back and read the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. And the children of lovers are orphans.
Sep 24, Barbara rated it it was ok Shelves: I found Part One to be a bit cumbersome. Part two was far more interesting, as was part three. There are some very interesting historical details that the author masterfully weaves into the novel, which I appreciate. It is mentioned in the book that Stevenson was so fun and interesting, that friends were left gasping for air. Yet, there are no scenes in the book where Stevenson left anyone laughing hysterically. Everything we learn of Fanny and Louis is through word of mouth and second hand. The reader learns about some world evets and the artist world during the time period of They lived where his health would allow, and his health took them to some strange destinations.
Otherwise, for me, the book was too passive to be fully engaging. Aug 27, Candace rated it liked it. The love story between Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osbourne is one of those it would be hard to make up. They met in the French countryside when Fanny was recovering from the death of her son and Louis was visiting his cousin. She was American, older than him, and married to a philanderer in San Francisco.
She also had two young children. He was already ill with tuberculosis but nonetheless striving to become a writer, not the doctor his family expected. Their courtship was certainly not ea The love story between Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osbourne is one of those it would be hard to make up. Their courtship was certainly not easy. Fanny was torn between him and her commitment to her marriage—divorce was unacceptable in the s—and returned to San Francisco. But Louis followed her in a journey that nearly killed him. She divorced her husband, they married, and began a peripatetic life in search of a healthy climate for Stevenson took them to the most astonishing places.
Fanny realized that when they were on the sea his health improved dramatically, so they rented vessels and sailed the South Seas; Louis cheerfully coughing and writing away while Fanny managed things. Often they traveled with his mother, sometimes with her adult daughter and her husband. Wherever they went Stevenson was adored, not just for his storytelling but for possessing that charisma that made people love to be around him.
Fanny, mercurial, funny, capable of rolling her own cigarettes, a writer herself who often felt that her talent was slighted, is a remarkable character. Here, we have the exact opposite, big-hearted people who are full of life, busting with excitement, traveling to exotic places and embracing it all. Who could capture all that? Nancy Horan does her best and the book is a good read, but it fails to capture the love, adventure, and joy of the couple, all experienced under the death sentence of an incurable disease.
If nothing else it will encourage them to explore the mystery of their extraordinary love. Feb 25, JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it Shelves: Fanny runs away from America with her three children to escape her philandering husband. She and her three children go to Belgium where Fanny and her daughter plan to study art.
While recovering the lively Robert Louis Stevenson arrives and immediately falls in love with the earthy independent American who is ten years older.
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Initially Fanny is unimpressed but his love, charm and personality win her over and their fierce love affair commences. Theirs is a romantic partnership of intense joy and chilling brushes with death that spans decades and the globe. This is a tour de force for Ms. She has captured the time, the place and the characters exceptionally. I knew very little about Mr. Stevenson and was enchanted with his and Fanny story This was a book club read and I probably would not have picked it up on my own I have never read a book by RLS, Probably never will, but he sure did live in interesting life: I really liked Fannie and felt for her as a woman and as a mother, not really sure how I felt about RLS, clearly he has talent I will be interested to see how everyone else in my book club felt about the book tomorrow, sometimes after the discussion you change your mind a little bit about the book, and sometimes you don't One thing I do have to say is it could have been a little shorter, but on a positive I listened on audio and the narrator did a fabulous job especially with the Scottish accent This book had so much potential.
I dragged myself through the first half of this book for days and days, not wanting to pick it up, but knowing that I needed to at least try to get through this. I gave it a really good shot, but this book and I just didn't click.
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Maybe it was just me, but it was so hard to get through. The writing was dense and very textbook-like. I didn't feel like I was reading a story; the writing didn't come alive. The characters were dynamic, but they almost felt forced. It seemed like Horan was having trouble taking these people out of history and making them into more than just words. I didn't relate to these characters, I didn't empathize with them, and I didn't understand the choices that they were making. There wasn't even really development from Fanny and Louis meeting each other and then falling "madly" in love.
It just sort of We didn't get to watch. And I couldn't feel the connection between the two of them. Why did they care so much about each other? What made them follow each other across the world? Most of the time, they were just two annoying people in a room together. There wasn't life in their relationship And I just couldn't force myself to keep reading this novel when it never seemed to get any better. It's unfortunate, because I really thought I was going to like this one, and it was well-written in that the words flowed nicely and the dialogue was believable, but I just didn't find myself captivated by Under the Wide and Starry Sky , so I had to stop reading.
Nov 03, Marcella rated it liked it. This is a bit hard for me because I loved the author's first book called Loving Frank. I wanted to love this book just as much even more so since it's actually longer. However, I found that that is exactly what actually caused me to not like it as much as I wanted to - the length. Not that I'm afraid of long books or don't enjoy them, but this one in particular could have been written with less detail. I feel that not only would this have saved time, but it also would have made the story so much This is a bit hard for me because I loved the author's first book called Loving Frank.
I feel that not only would this have saved time, but it also would have made the story so much better and interesting. I also felt that the author had a limited audience to begin with - either ones who had read and enjoyed Loving Frank or perhaps fans of Robert Louis Stevenson. With such a limited audience in my opinion the book should have been written in half of the amount of pages. I am no expert, but there were times when I was just bogged down in details and found myseld praying for the story to pick up again and just move along. Aside from having so many details where the characters in the novel characters move around so much it was also hard to keep track of the story and realize what year the characters were in and where they were going next.
It was hard to keep track because again there was just too much detail Yes, the traveling part was important because they spend most of their lives doing it, however, we don't need a full description of each day of a day sea voyage. Having said that if you have the time you will enjoy the author's prose. I will still look forward to her next book. My apologies if my review is clear as mud, but again I wanted to love it and it just didn't quite pan out.
I am a Nancy Horan fan and that's why I decided to give it a whirl. Mar 01, Patricia rated it really liked it. Horan author of Loving Frank again takes historical events in the life of a strong woman and weaves them into a compelling fictional portrait. I didn't know anything about Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny but now I want to read a biography or two. Mar 07, Book Concierge rated it it was ok Shelves: Book on CD performed by Kirsten Potter.
It begins when Fanny leaves her philandering husband in San Francisco, and sails to Belgium with her children and their nanny, so that she can study art. Once again Horan turns her attentions to a man who was difficult to live with, and a woman who was conflicted about her life with that man. It should have been interesting, but this book somehow failed to capture me. They finally get to Samoa in Chapter 65, just over pages from the end of the book. I know that it was but a short period in their lives, but I would have liked much more about their lives in Samoa.
Kirsten Potter does a fine job narrating the audio book. She has good pacing, and sufficient skill as a voice artist to bring the characters to life. Four stars for her performance. Aug 15, Maryellen rated it it was amazing Shelves: It seems only fitting that this close to Valentine's Day I should read and revel in this love story. And truly, that's what this book is; it is the love story of Robert Louis Stevenson and his beloved wife, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne Stevenson.
Author Nancy Horan pieces together bits of history taken from the many letters and publications of Mr. Stevenson and combines them with her own imaginings to give to us this love story. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter authorlindsayc or on instagram authorlindsaycummings. When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia.
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