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Merkiaari Wars Series

Books 1-3
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Merkiaari Wars, Book 1-3
Length: 41 hrs and 31 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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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

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One of the most fantastic sci-fi stories ever

I'm very picky about the sci-fi stories I want to enjoy, and this has ticked all my boxes for approval to sit amongst my most enjoyed sci-fi's.
There are a broad range of characters, all of them central, none of them neither too dominating to the plot nor unimportant to it.
They each shed a different light on the events unfolding within the story and you learn to see all the different sides of the story and even get to see and understand their personal bias.
The sciencey elements are fantastic, and the amount of time it takes for anyone to get anywhere in the galaxy imparts both a sense of realism to scientific advancement and a sense of scale at the vastness of space.
I especially enjoyed the described technologies in how they're described. It touches on what the tech is, the basic of what it does and paints a kind of implied picture about how it works without digging too deep into any kind of fictional theoretical science and bogging you down with stopping to try and understand.
All of the facts as they're presented are easy and comfortable to digest and continue on into the story with.
And to top it all off, this is narrated wonderfully!
I will most definitely be following the rest of the books in this series.
Comfortable 5 out of 5 from me.

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waiting 4 the next book

Enjoyed it and can not wait for the next book, i am am looking forward to it

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Starts strong

I struggled to finish this. The first part I found the best, but after I found it wasn't as interesting. I didn't bother finishing the story. I think i lost interest as the story jumped all over the place after I got invested in the characters, then when the story jumped back I just did not care.

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So addictive

The flow of the 3 books is unreal keeps you wanting more really good series

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  • Michael Oberhardt
  • 29-09-2015

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!

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  • Peggy Preiss
  • 26-09-2015

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.

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  • Paul F. Kramer
  • 16-08-2019

Can't believe the praise this book got

Well, the story, plot, is not so bad, but gimme a break. The narrator is not great, (perhaps I should give him a break because of the writing, but if I were given this writing, I would have refused to narrate it! Cooper doesn't seem to trust his readers memory much, cause he hammers in his little details OVER and over and OVER. I mean, does he think we are idiots? Apparently so, as he does it constantly and I guess I was an idiot for reading the whole thing. Forgive me, but this is sort of a book written by someone that idolizes the military (and I suspect the american flag and all that stuff) so IF you like that type of stuff, sort of written for slightly post pubescent boys, fine, read it. The only redeeming thing here is that the women are just as bad ass as the men, or maybe badder. Anyway, sure it is sort of fun for people that like Sci-Fi , (which I do). And YES, there are some highlights of the future war scenes that are believable, but ugh. The aliens are either good aliens that remind you of "mans best friends" or bad aliens that make you think of just stupid dictators in our past. So I thing the story / PLOT, was potentially good, (ok NOT great, but ok) but the writing stunk. Of course, what you aught to do is listen to a scene or two before you buy. Audible has so many GREAT books. I wish Sci-Fi writers could write a bit better. Some are decent, but too many are not.

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  • Frank Walter-Meinsteier
  • 15-03-2019

ZIINNGG ZIINNGG ZIINNGG

If you enjoy a grown man repeatedly mouth the words ZIINNGG, POOF POOF, CHACHING CHACHING, etc really loudly, this is your jam.

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  • Daniel
  • 20-01-2016

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.

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  • J.D. Demers (Author / Reviewer)
  • 01-01-2016

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.

J.D. Demers

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  • ryedpar
  • 06-10-2015

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.

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  • Brass Honcho
  • 26-02-2020

Unrealistic space and land combat

Anyone with a rudimentary military knowledge will cringe at the tactics and terminology in this book. RPG’s?!? What is this, the 1970’s? I’m sure the soviets would have been impressed with the weaponry. The space combat is even worse. I felt like I was listening to a rather unimaginative book written in the early 20th century.

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  • William Eastwick
  • 31-05-2019

I’m bored

The first book was awesome. First contact, good characters, ground and space battles... What happened to that story and those characters? The rest is dull. What a waste of a good first book.

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  • D. Kuhn
  • 22-12-2018

First book was outstanding... second... ehhhhhh

The author has a habit of jumping between entirely disconnected stories (which presumably will mesh at some point in the future... third book probably). The first book is primarily a first contact novel with some tech introductions. It was VERY enjoyable, with great characters that I felt connected to and rooting for, a lot of tech to learn about (how this new universe works), and action balanced by plot and character development. The second book switches to more 'futuristic military'... and it's not great... it's OK enough that I'm still listening but maybe not hanging on every word. The characters are mostly... well... jerks, so I find I don't really care about any of them... and the military/tech plotline is just not interesting enough to draw me in. I'm not to the third novel yet and have hopes that I'll see a fusion of the two storylines that has more in common with the first book!

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  • Rogeraee
  • 08-12-2016

Good and Gripping Series

Passed away what would have been many boring hours while travelling. Would highly recommend. Roger

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  • Lincoln Betteridge
  • 18-10-2015

Fantastic

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.

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  • Colin C.
  • 12-11-2015

Not my thing

The Story didn't really take me. I Guess that if you like story's like John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell's the 'lost fleet' series's you'll enjoy this.
if you like Peter F. Hamilton or Iain M. Banks then this is probably not for you.

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  • leon molloy
  • 01-02-2018

These books are engaging and engrossing from start to end, narration is the best I've heard.

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  • Mertaal
  • 17-08-2016

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.

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  • j tracey
  • 01-11-2015

A long book, but worth the listen.

What made the experience of listening to Merkiaari Wars Series the most enjoyable?

How the story is told on multiple fronts. My favourite parts were the super human vipers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Viper Eric. This is the first enhanced soldier that we are introduced to, and it shows just how powerful the vipers are.

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

A pleasure to listen to. Distinctive voices made each character easy to distinguish from the others.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

They will return

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Neil
  • 13-10-2019

excellent star adventure

an excellent star adventure for any sci-fi fan although sometimes in places a little long winded and recapping maybe too many points but very good value for money and compelling listening

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  • Mr M Krall
  • 11-09-2019

Really enjoyable!

looking forward to books 4 5 and 6 as story seem to have just begun.

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  • PaulD
  • 17-10-2017

Truly impressive - very entertaining

I must admit that I bought this with some trepidation. I had read some reviews that were not all that flattering and to be honest, the description did not really impress me. It started as you might expect, with a space battle and some action, but then it just kept growing, exploring paths that were unexpected. Just as an interesting aside came up it blossomed into the main thread. At no point did I predict correctly what was going to happen next. Yet it all ties together in an epic vision of a possible future that is all too real in many ways. These three books together make a fantastic introduction, one I would not hesitate to recommend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Graham
  • 26-05-2017

Good and unexpectedly so

This 3 book series started off as an exciting space battle and looking at the book covers expected it to continue on this vein. But it didn't! The battle went to ground and separated in many different directions. For me it worked! I would have enjoyed a continuing space war maybe it will return?
So in short good 3 books it's not the saga of the seven suns but well worth 3 credits even though it cost me just 1