This might be the best of Nuttall s books that I have read I can t think of any of his that I have enjoyed. A Learning Experience.A really good story, political and military science fiction but as good as the story is, there are some very real and hard truths about the political realities in the USA In today s world, this is a possibly very real portrait of the conditions underlying the premise of the story Give it a shot.you ll be entertained.Plus have something to reflect on. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Left me shaking my head in wonder, how did this book get printed Firstly no character development at all, they are literally pop up card board cut outs.Secondly character interaction is awful stereotypical, b grade dialog, which i can normally live with, as long as i get my sci fi fix, right well i did read it all, so guilty there, sadly the book left me feeling almost insulted it really does treat you, like your an intellectual muppet quick exampleI loved the part where his girlfriend gets Left me shaking my head in wonder, how did this book get printed Firstly no character development at all, they are literally pop up card board cut outs.Secondly character interaction is awful stereotypical, b grade dialog, which i can normally live with, as long as i get my sci fi fix, right well i did read it all, so guilty there, sadly the book left me feeling almost insulted it really does treat you, like your an intellectual muppet quick exampleI loved the part where his girlfriend gets kidnapped, gets rescued hours later, then the main protagonist has to talked out of wiping out EVERYONE in Iran and Saudi Arabia I would let it slide, but the writer devotes literally dozens of pages to that shit, apparently annihilating over a hundred million people is a reasonable response WHO DOES THAT and this is the main protagonist, we are supposed to identify with and like this guy The politics of this book is right out of fox news, and just to be clear, roughly 1 2 of this book is politics orientated the only part i liked his name Pchris nuttall i wont be buying another I would say that this book is a bit different It is not the usual adventure book about a bunch of humans that discover that aliens do exist, get hold of some alien tech, and boldly goes on an adventure into space Well, it is a bit of that but it is also quite a bit a political story about breaking free from the Earth and the existing governments and creating a whole new nation.Normally I do not like books with too much political slant in them but I have to say that I found this one rather enjo I would say that this book is a bit different It is not the usual adventure book about a bunch of humans that discover that aliens do exist, get hold of some alien tech, and boldly goes on an adventure into space Well, it is a bit of that but it is also quite a bit a political story about breaking free from the Earth and the existing governments and creating a whole new nation.Normally I do not like books with too much political slant in them but I have to say that I found this one rather enjoyable to read It of course helps that I share much of the main characters aversion for bureaucratic over sized governments Everyone gets a bit of the ire in this book but I cannot help to be particular found of the slapping the European Community and United Nations get I live in the middle of that mess as well as work for an international organization and as far as I am concerned the useless and disconnected from reality assholes in Brussels and Geneva deserves all the trashing they get But I am digressing.As usual the book is quite well written and the characters are well done and fun to follow The rather far out hey let s make our own state idea that just goes from crazy idea to reality is well crazy but also a wee bit different as well as fun reading Parts that I quite liked are when Steve and his friends take down the ignorant government agents and in general the surprise effects from the advanced technology he has acquired.One criticism would be that it is all done a bit naively, simplistically and way to fast Personally I think the book could have been a lot longer, or the story split over several books Some things just feel rushed and glossed over Although I can also understand that the author must cater for a reasonably wide audience and not all people like long detailed books.So far I have quite liked all the books from Mr Nuttall that I have read This one is probably somewhere in the middle of the bunch If a sequel comes out I will surely pick it up but there are other sequels from this author that I am looking forward toeagerly Earth is not alone There is a towering civilisation out in the galaxy, far greater than anything we can imagine But we are isolated from the galaxy until now When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth, intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex military veterans all Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship and their lives To Steve, the captured starship represents a great opportunity, one to establish a new civilisation away from Earth and its increasingly oppressive bureaucracy But with the aliens plotting their revenge and human factions suspicious of the new technology, it will be far from easy to create a whole new world A Learning Experience is DRM free You may reformat it as you choose There is a large sample of the text on author s site This is a new series by Nuttall I have become a big fan of the various Nuttall series In this book our hero is Steve Stuart and friends who are all ex military An interstellar gang of scavenger abducts Stuart and friends with the goal of selling them into slavery Stuart and his buddies take over the ship an advanced alien ship and instead of returning to earth decide to establish a colony on the moon Of course, they have lots of exciting adventures in the process.The book is well written This is a new series by Nuttall I have become a big fan of the various Nuttall series In this book our hero is Steve Stuart and friends who are all ex military An interstellar gang of scavenger abducts Stuart and friends with the goal of selling them into slavery Stuart and his buddies take over the ship an advanced alien ship and instead of returning to earth decide to establish a colony on the moon Of course, they have lots of exciting adventures in the process.The book is well written with lots of action Nuttall did not do much character building in this story but maybe he plans on developing them overbooks in the series My complaint about this book is Nuttall allows himself to be side tracked into a lot of political ultra conservative advocacy Unlike his other books Nuttall made a few missteps about science and physics in this story I did like the comparison with Star Trek with some of the alien technology, great fun The basic idea of the story is interesting This story is basedor less in our time frame but it is similar in a way to the Empire Series I am looking forward with anticipation to see what Nuttall will do with the storyline in future books in the series.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible Christian Rummel does an excellent job narrating the story Rummel is an actor and a 2013 Audie Award finalist for narrating Jack Campbell s Lost Fleet series Loved itthis is one of the few books that really kept me interested lots of action and down home thinking I for one would love to see a sequel to this book, maybe even a series.I would recommend this book to everyone.Country ways of life, military thinking and space ships, whatcould you ask for. This had such great potential then ruined it with political garble I couldn t get past the anti government rambling to try to get to what could have been a good story This book is pure science fiction There isn t much better science fiction than what this story tells You have aliens, advanced technology, Earth veterans military guys, women, and a bunch of criticism of the government Whatcould you ask This starts out with a group of military veterans, friends and their brothers out camping in Montana The military veterans have all recently gotten out of the military for one reason or another with most not happy the way things were going These people This book is pure science fiction There isn t much better science fiction than what this story tells You have aliens, advanced technology, Earth veterans military guys, women, and a bunch of criticism of the government Whatcould you ask This starts out with a group of military veterans, friends and their brothers out camping in Montana The military veterans have all recently gotten out of the military for one reason or another with most not happy the way things were going These people lived and grew up in Montana where people are few and far between and they prefer it that way Most of these guys grew up on a ranch in Montana and learned how to take care of themselves while on the ranch prior to ever getting into the military Now, you have a alien starship coming out of the night sky, landing and telling them that they are now prisoners of this alien Horde and to kindly get into their spaceship The aliens have weapons which they use on one of the guys, killing him fairly quickly Once inside the starship, these guys find out these particular aliens don t appear to be acting very smart They don t seem to be comfortable with the weapons their holding and certainly not used to watching prisoners It doesn t take long before Steve Stuart, the oldest Brother, to overpower one of the guards and take his weapon From there, they escape the compartment they are in and finish off killing or capturing all the other aliens on the ship The ship is now theirs The find the former Starship Captain and remove the silver band from around his head not realizing exactly what it is Steve is holding it and feels a definite compelling need to put it on which he does He now finds he is in neural contact with a fantastic computer AI database that instantly answers any question he puts to it Additionally, once he has an answer, the finds the new knowledge is forever retained So he starts asking about this ship and the former occupants He finds out that these are pretty stupid aliens who had a ship that definitely wasn t theirs and they had not real knowledge of how to operate it They also had no idea of how to us the weapons they wear carrying and his friends death might have just been an accident So, Steve begins leaningandabout the galaxy that is now bigger than he or any human ever thought They find that humanity is a very small cog in a vast number of civilization, most very definitelyadvanced than Earth.So, what would you do if you found yourself now in control of significantly advanced alien technology that you could understand and put to use This includes medical technology that can completely repair a human body and fix all existing illnesses forever if the human was still alive They also have significantlyadvanced weaponry than anyone on Earth and control the high orbitals of Earth with the ability to locate and destroy anything they wanted The only problem with this book is that there is so much that isn t explained But you shouldn t dwell on that Just read the book for the fun of it I don t know if given the same situation it would have come out as good as it did These guys are way too forgiving I ve read a lot of Christopher G Nuttall s books and all are extremely well written I hope he keeps them coming I m looking forward to reading the next book in this series Nuttall might be the most prolific author in the world at the moment Lots of fun fantasy and Military SF released in a timely fashion for very little cost Even if I don t love every one of his books, I m never bored A Learning Experience is the first of his novels I ve actively disliked It s hard to see how a lad from Edinborough can write characters that espouse far right US libertarian nonsense and it not be a satire But he plays it so straight that I began to wonder if Nuttall himself mi Nuttall might be the most prolific author in the world at the moment Lots of fun fantasy and Military SF released in a timely fashion for very little cost Even if I don t love every one of his books, I m never bored A Learning Experience is the first of his novels I ve actively disliked It s hard to see how a lad from Edinborough can write characters that espouse far right US libertarian nonsense and it not be a satire But he plays it so straight that I began to wonder if Nuttall himself might be something of a crank Which is a depressing thought At times it felt like Heinlein during his later senile fascist phase though obviously not as well written.Anyhow, the premise itself was kind of fun, and there are a couple of sequels which sound like they re less political andtraditional SF goofiness I hope so