Being the cheap reader that I am. I browsed the Amazon Kindle Lending Library for something free that interested me, and I ended up with the space opera Ark Royal by Christopher G. Nuttall. The plot is very familiar, but it was well written and worth the time it took to read it.
It follows a drunk Captain of an old out of date ship that is on the verge of being scrapped, but when an unknown enemy starts to destroy human worlds, they may be earth’s only hope.
Like I said in my into paragraph, the story is not completely original, but it is tightly written, and despite being familiar it kept me very entertained. What I appreciated after reading several Honor Harrington books in my life, is that this novel contains a whole story, and the page count isn’t ridiculously high at only 440. That being said there is more then enough room for this to become a series if the author wishes.
I would read more books about the Ark Royal if they are written, and given the extremely affordable price tag of free or three bucks on Amazon. It doesn’t hurt the pocket book either. So if you are in the mood for a fun space opera that is also a fairly quick read, Ark Royal might just be what you are looking for.