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Méridien

A Silver Ships Novel, Book 3
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: The Silver Ships, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Méridiens are fleeing to their far colonies - and they have reason to run. Over the course of decades, they have lost hundreds of ships, billions of people, and seven Confederation colonies to an alien enemy: an advancing swarm of silver ships transported in the bowels of a gigantic, spherical vessel.

Alex Racine, who once enjoyed the solitary life of an explorer-tug captain, is now an admiral and responsible for the lives of a quarter million Librans. Further complicating his life, Alex's Librans have made it clear they don't want to settle on his home world. They want a new home, and he must secure them one.

The silver ships await Alex's makeshift flotilla at Libre, the last colony they consumed. Thus far Alex's people have succeeded in skirmishes against the enemy's fighters. Now, though, they're preparing to attack the entire alien fleet and halt the devastation of the colonies.

To the surprise and chagrin of his officers and crew alike, Alex concocts a new plan, for he believes humanity faces not one but two alien species, and one may be enslaved to the other. If so, Alex believes, slaves should be liberated, not obliterated.

To test Alex's theory, his people must capture a wholly intact silver ship - a feat never before accomplished. The crew remains doubtful, but their admiral is determined to communicate with the aliens before he's forced to destroy them, and his wish is their command.

©2015 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 S. H. Jucha

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  • Jean
  • 26-07-2017

Meeting the Silver Ships

At the end of the last book, the Meridien from Libre and Alex arrived back in his home world. In this episode, Alex finds a government controlled by a man who is against Alex and the Meridien. Alex discovers the people are still with him and the Meridien but they decided to find a world of their own. At the end of the last book, Alex put forth a theory that the silver ships are possibly slaves of the alien in the giant ship. That would make the discovery of two different alien species instead of one. Alex sets out to attempt to communicate with the aliens in the silver ships. I was taken by surprise by the world they chose to settle.

The book is well written and the plot twists and turns. The politics are also heating up. The characters are evolving and the Meridien are having problems adjusting from their pacifist beliefs. At times, Jucha seems to over simplify; I would enjoy a more complex situation and characters. I am enjoying reading about the building of a new society and world. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over fourteen hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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  • T. Murray
  • 27-04-2016

Awesome.....

The imagery, the characters, and the story come to life giving a one-time experience. Yum

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  • Bob H.
  • 29-03-2016

One More Time

This is the third book in a series of five. Still plenty of action and adventure. More sci-fi tech is introduced. A new villain appears. And the fun continues.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 23-08-2016

It's become a one man show

S H Jucha's 3rd Silver Ships novel, Meridien was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first 2 installments. Alex must deal with a new New Terran government that is exclusively corrupt and criminal. Eventually, returning to Meridien, Alex and Julian are the only sentients to divine the mystery of the Silver Ships. After a resounding defeat, Alex and his burgeoning colony head off into interstellar space following a less than warm reception by the Meridien home world. At the close, Alex is left to create a growing economic powerhouse that is likely to provide the muscle in this section of the galaxy, but come to be resented by his neighbors.

Th sci-fi elements delve into the nature of the alien race associated with the silver ships, while some clues to their gravitic technology are revealed. The disappointment with this volume is that Alex has grown into a nearly invincible powerhouse that always seems to be a step ahead of everyone else and serves as chief cook and bottle washer. Alex is the only one to see the dangers and devise the plans to overcome the next impediment. Conveniently, all his SADE friends have an opportunity to play critical roles. At the same time, the Meridiens are an odd caricature of a combination of timid mlktoasts and overbearing, stuffy, Victorian-era twits who will accept death over deviating from their precious protocols.

Grover Gardner is outstanding with range, pace, and tone. His narration alone is worth the price of entry. Hopefully Alex will actually be tested at some point as well as allowing others to actually play a role every now and then.

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  • shane
  • 21-07-2016

This book was boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story was super boring. The last two books were great not sure what happened here. Next time perhaps stay away from all the boring alien communication stuff.

Has Méridien turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not interesting enough. The big enemy was supposed to be the silver ships that were dominating the galaxy but a few min in they are no longer the problem?? Lame

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

The main AI.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleep. I tried for two weeks to get into this book 😒

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  • DH
  • 01-08-2019

The series is sliding

Great performance. The story is still interesting but it's getting repetitive. The hero can do no wrong. The constant sex the hero gets doesn't add to the story and in many ways detracts. This is likely the last book I will listen to in this series.

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  • Jimmy Lehmkuhl
  • 21-06-2019

Magnificent Story

I love the Story line and the reading. I am enthralled by the action. I will be buying all future books of this series.

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  • Chris
  • 09-05-2019

Visiting Meridien

Good continuation of the story, picking up right where we left off in book 1. Interesting to learn more about the Meridien culture. Good story. Will be moving on to book 3.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-04-2019

poor merger ways of audio an written word is shit

differences with Kindle audible or Amazon apps for purchasing have inconsistencies of how to make the purchases when you want both read with your eyes and listen at the same time have too many difference procedures confusing someone who knows how to do it in one app and can't figure it out in the other. including a constant inability to tell you whether you already only book or an audio book existing your library the poorly noncommunicating libraries between audible library Kindle library Amazon library.. all three apps should use one single library three times the work necessary to do what using the same format for all three apps. you use my saying sign-in in passcodes laziness failure to give a shit

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  • James Short
  • 11-01-2019

Great book well written and a good narrator.

Great book well written and well narrated . I recommend this series fully start at the first one so you can follow the story better.