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This is the latest entry in Nuttall's "Ark Royal" series, and mostly
concerns another first contact situation which ends up with both sides
shooting at each other. I say mostly, because there is some other
business going on as well. I think it is all understandable if you jump
in to this book without having read the other books in the series, but I
think you would wonder why it is relevant, while if you are following
the series this other stuff is another thread in a continuing story. If
you have read the others, I'd say that this is again reliably
entertaining. If you haven't I'd guess that you would understand and
enjoy this one, but the original "Ark Royal" is also entertaining and
may be a better place to start.
One of the themes in this book is the influence of what is probably a
runaway military technology. While I don't think this one is
particularly plausible, it does make me think about the Fermi problem
again. All of these technological civilisations out there without even
one of them making a runaway screw-up big enough to be obvious to us?
That is beginning to sound implausible to me.
That's because you aren't goodlife.