Hard Duty: Sixteen billion dead. In humanity's last brush with the Merkiaari, it was nearly wiped out in a war that spanned decades. When survey ship captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate. But what if the life form is as deadly as the Merkiaari?
As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival.
What Price Honor: Nanotechnology was all that kept humanity afloat in their brutal war against the Merkiaari, and it led directly to the creation of vipers, a regiment of cyborg super soldiers tasked with protecting the Alliance. When Gunnery Sergeant Gina Fuentez finds one of the fabled viper cyborgs in a terrorist camp during a mission, her squad comes under attack. Two members of her squad are dead, and she'll face the same fate if she can't escape the ensuing firefight.
Operation Oracle: General Burgton's self-imposed mission is to safeguard the alliance from future Merkiaari attacks. As the black missions Burgton authorizes begin to fail, he spends trillions of dollars on a forbidden solution: artificial intelligence. When the project collapses, Burgton compounds his crime. If he can't build an AI, he'll just have to steal one!
©2007, 2013 Mark E. Cooper (P)2015 Mark E. Cooper
"The Second Merkiaari War"
This omnibus edition of the first three books in the Merkiaari Wars series is an entertaining read. I was more or less just expecting what is typical in alien space military type series where each book is just a continuation of the other, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the books each unique in itself, and tell a complete story in itself. Book 1 covers the background on a lot of the characters and the world and history, with a lot of disparate stories, which may make you wonder what it has to do with the Merkiaari war. Each thread in itself it very entertaining however. The second book deals more with an invasion and the repulsion. Book three then deals on a smaller scale with the aftermath, and plans to prepare for a much larger coming war, and to a greater extent a small team action on a mission to assist with the battle planning by locating a desired asset. I got this audiobook as a free review copy. I'd already purchased book 1, and I've previously purchased other books by the author, so I was very happy for the opportunity. Even so, the value for this omnibus for a 1 credit purchase is just fantastic and an easy recommendation.
Unlike a lot of multiple character view point novels, which I can often struggle with in audio format, I found that these worked well in that each character story was able to progress for a decent chunk of time before cutting to another. With some books the author cuts way too frequently, doesn't demark the transitions, and I sometimes (often) just can't pick transitions, leaving you lost and having to rewind a lot. It didn't happen to me here.
The narrator did a stellar job (pun intended) with the books, and I'd definitely listen to more books by him, and do in fact have a number of his other narrations in my library.
I look forward to more books in this series and from this author, and will have to get the next book in this series!
"Good and Bad... but Good over all."
As an author, it is unfortunate that I become over analytical when I read/listen to a book. My current genre is horror, but I love Space Operas and hope to delve into it 8n the future.
The first book disappointed me. There was a lot of back story but little actual war (especially with the Merkiaari). It would be like watching Star Wars but only seeing the Empire for ten minutes of the whole movie.
However, the first book did set up nicely for Book 2. Finally, there was some good action with the alien invaders. Also, in hindsight, the first book's over-done back story, it allowed me to care more for the characters.
I was a little disappointed in the lack of more Merkiaari action in book 3, though it did have some decent action toward the end, and also gave a little insight from the alien's perspective.
In the end, I'm happy I didn't stop after book 1 and will continue with the series.
"Great space combat"
Already had listened to book 1 when I was offered this 3 book combo by the the author at no charge in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com. Books 2 and 3 were even better than the first with gripping story lines and interesting characters. Will definitely be continue with the series.
"Best Space Fantasy Series Ever"
This series is unbelievable. One of the most iconic pieces of science fiction I've ever enjoyed. The ability to enjoy the trilogy in one swoop made the experience that much more enjoyable. Can't wait for the rest of the books.
"Production must have been improved"
I read reviews that the production of this was bad. It didn't bother me at all. Yes the computer voice was still made to sound like a robot, but I thought it worked. Overall, I'd recommend this book.
"The long way around."
I enjoyed the story told across these three books thou I felt the author took the long way around. there are parts that felt long winded and unnecessary to move the plot. I'm glad I bought the 3in1 because I don't think I would have bought 2 and three after book one alone. as a whole it was enjoyed and thou it took all three books to grab my interest it has and I will give book 4 a listen as well.
"Great new series"
This collection of the first 3 books in the series was a very enjoyable listen. Narration was excellent. There is no single main character but is a story of many people and places at war with alien invaders. There are good guys, bad guys and guys that your not quite sure of. The world the author created contains love, laughter, tears, violence, despair and hope. The action was steady, becoming frenzied at times and kept my interest throughout despite the collection being 40 hours long. When finished I still wanted more. The last book naturally ends in a cliff hanger that will make you want to get the next one to see what happens to the newest character introduced into the story.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
"Writer needs to stick to romance novels."
This book is very frustrating. The narration was brilliant. The story was engaging. The writer is not smart enough to write SF. He has no concept of interplanetary distances, and has space ships zipping from asteroid belt to asteroid belt in half an hour. He has no concept of Newtonian physics, and thinks that as soon as you increase drive power you will start to catch up to the spaceship that has been out-accelerating you. He thinks that many centuries in the future there will still be an English language or corporations like Raytheon. A decent editor would have sent this mess back for a major rewrite. The howlers are just too outrageous to overlook.
OTOH, follow Mikael Naramore. He is a brilliant narrator, one of the best I have ever heard.
"Enjoyable entertainment told by an awesome narrator."
Right up there at the top.
I loved the alien Shan people. I can't recall much that didn't interest me.
This is the first, but he was superb.
We know there are aliens out there because the Alliance now has (#? 380)planets joined. What we didn't realize was there was a race out there only wanting to eliminate all others. No quarters given.
"Talking Dogs in Outer Space ?!?!?"
not write about talking dogs in outer space
I have not listened to his other performances
everything to do with talkng dogs - the entire concept and its execution is stupid
The performer is good but thank God he was not asked to bark. An interesting story is marred by this awful concept of talking dogs in outer space.................
"Good and Gripping Series"
Passed away what would have been many boring hours while travelling. Would highly recommend. Roger
"A long book, but worth the listen."
How the story is told on multiple fronts. My favourite parts were the super human vipers.
Viper Eric. This is the first enhanced soldier that we are introduced to, and it shows just how powerful the vipers are.
A pleasure to listen to. Distinctive voices made each character easy to distinguish from the others.
They will return
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.
Already owned and loved the books. Thought I would venture into the world of audio books, and I am very glad I did. Mikael does a fantastic job as the narrator, bringing the story alive. Great narrator, great story, well worth a try.
"Excellence through Speaker"
Another masterful collaboration from Mark and Mikael.
The story and narrator work very well together and 3 books in 1 go is an excellent deal.
The people , alien life , and others come alive as your not long in being caught up with the fate of the characters even the usual bad aliens.
The fight for survival in a world where even the heroes in this case Vipers and the aliens fight for recognition and the respect from their peers bring a level to the storytelling that will im sure make you an instant fan. The popularity of this series will bring you into a world which will have many more books im sure.
"Another Great SiFi Story"
Just enough Sweat Tears etc, to keep me listening, its been a while since I've been so well entertained. The tech was just enough to entice my imagination, but I can accept more if the writer has it. Very well narrated too, I will be ordering the others in this series.
"The story countries and expands.."
The Vipers and The Shand. Cooper builds on the relationship between the two races flung together in the battle against the ruthless invaders.
A common tales but addressed well and compellingly with a good balance of character and action. .
Well worth the read and I'm looking forward to hearing the next instalment!
"well worth listening to"
the hours whisked by, well read, decent story, unexpectedly structured. my only gripe is perhaps a couple too many main characters which means occasional confusion and not quite enough character development for us to fall in love with them all. I will be reading more.
"Good content, well written... Story lacking"
I bought this because I listen to audiobooks while I work, and this set represents a whole lot of bang for your buck.
All fairly standard sci-fi tropes. First contact, AI, supersoldiers, nanotechnology, galactic war against hostile aliens etc.
It's well written, but the author is clearly more in love with elucidating on his world and in particular, the technology therein, than telling a good story.
That isn't to say the stories are bad, but I certainly wasn't gripped. The writing is decent, most of the characters are a little thin but have plausible motivations. Overall I'm a little luke warm and won't rush to continue the series.
"Way to go"
Having missed all three books when released, I purchased the omnibus books, 1-3.
By the end of the book, I was left wanting more.
This is well worth a listen and I have already purchased book 4. However, I see that book 4 seems to be the last in the series, which I think would be a shame, if the first three books are anything to go by.
A really enjoyable listen.
"Old school space opera"
This series of books (1-3) were fantastic value for money. I enjoyed the old school scifi nature of the story.
I din't have a favorite character. Having the first three books in one go resulted in lots of characters to keep track of.
I haven't listened to any other but this one was well read
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