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Humanity has been ravaged by alien war. Will the next encounter spell the end of mankind?
Sixteen billion people died in the last alien invasion of the Alliance's colony worlds. 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. 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.
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 A.I., he'll just have to steal one!
©2007, 2013 Mark E. Cooper (P)2015 Mark E. Cooper
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Oberhardt on 09-29-15

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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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Peggy Preiss on 09-26-15

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rogeraee on 12-08-16

Good and Gripping Series

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

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Colin C. on 11-12-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Loxton on 01-11-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 12-31-16

So addictive

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

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