The Lion and the Unicorn (Review)

The Lion and the Unicorn (Review)

o yes, I’ll bet you are thinking this will be another Nine Princes in Amber reviews with a title like this.No, I’m back to reading the Ark Royal series, where the humans (as of this book, the fifteenth of the series) are fighting a virus that has the human fleet against the wall, and seemingly will not stop until all of humanity are its wretched, brainless slaves. And this book is probably one of the best of the lot, since the original Ark Royal.

In seeking new weapons systems, the designer on Earth have come up with an interesting idea. Currently long range missiles get shot down easily, and they are costly. To counter this fact, a two ship team is created. Lion, the battle cruiser, sits well off in cloak and fires the missiles on ballistic boosts to carry them to the enemy. And Unicorn, a corvette in close and under even heavier cloak, acts as the director, activating and guiding in the missiles when they are at point blank range.

Interesting idea, made moreso by the captains who helm the ships. In the larger Lion, we have the aristocratic Lord Thomas Hammond, cautious and conservative. In the nimble risk-taking Unicorn, there is the dashing risk-taker Captain Mitch Campbell. And, of course, while the idea works well in its initial use, the two commanders begin to square off. Campbell believes he could have reduced a huge enemy fleet to ingot with yet another attack while Hammond decides to quit while they are ahead. Now Campbell is wording his reports with faintly damning observations (and, in addition, getting the attention of Hammond’s wife).

So it’s a great book of space battles and humanity on the edge of extinction, one that I really enjoyed. If you are looking for a long, progressing story about the English space navy in its various wars against its various threats, look no further than Ark Royal and all its sister books. They are on Amazon under author Christopher Nuttall, or (if you are lucky) in a used book store.