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Merkiaari Wars Series

Books 1-3
Written by: Mark E. Cooper
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Merkiaari Wars, Book 1-3
Length: 41 hrs and 31 mins
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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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Great story...but no closer

this series is great and I really enjoyed it BUT let me warn you of something important to me. Its been 4 years since book 5 released and the author seems very uncertain and vague on when and if more books will come.

So if you hate not having closure then i suggest you bookmark this series then walk away for a year or two and we can all hope the series wraps itself up.

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Entertaining

Enjoyable box set. Performance and story kept me listening. I Just purchased books 4&5.

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It got me good

This is an excellent series. Books 1 2 & 3 are very much like an action movie: war, tech, not very much depth to characters and an enemy who you only really start to scratch the surface of by the end of book 3. This makes it a light and fun read- you don't have to contemplate the deeper implications of what is going on in the story ( because there are none): or whether the author is trying to make some sort of commentary on society today - he is not . The story itself is often predictable. Despite that it's still a fun read - like watching a rerun of your favourite action flick! I quite enjoyed it.

The audiobook is excellent quality and the reader is very clear. I still laugh every time the reader says "SHAN system" because of his overemphasis (think of you saying "Shan" and somebody repeatingly asking you what did you say?) . I would say that there was probably four chapters in the entire series that were worth skipping because they were obviously fillers to help the author get to his next book . Also the opening sequence in the beginning book was a little random . I still feel like I didn't quite understand that battle sequence and how it fit in. Maybe it was an issue with how it got transferred from the printed page to Audible - but these are all minor quibbles.

In general, I avoid reading books that are part of a series unless that series is finished. That's because I find many of the authors keep turning out books year after year after year with no end in sight to generate income and the story degrades and I eventually get bored. However, I have to say this series has got me - and it has got me good! I'm hoping the series will finish before I get caught up to the most current book :) I highly recommend it!

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  • Michael Oberhardt
  • 2015-09-29

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
  • 2015-09-26

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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  • Daniel
  • 2016-01-20

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)
  • 2016-01-01

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
  • 2015-10-06

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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  • Parnell
  • 2016-02-18

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.

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  • Deborah
  • 2015-10-17

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."

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  • Brass Honcho
  • 2020-02-26

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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  • Sky_Mex_
  • 2020-01-10

Fun and different

Great characters, great storyline. Looking forward to the next books. As always, Mikael Naramore is superb.

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  • Aquatic Kumquat
  • 2019-10-20

Worth the Credit

The first few books in this series makes this totally worth the credit. It’s not a genre I typically listen to, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Of all the story lines, I found the sections dealing with first contact and collaboration with a friendly alien race to be the most engaging. There’s more that’s good about the series than bad. If there was another omnibus of similar length I'd pick it up in a heartbeat.

That said, it’s not without its problems. These books continually hit hard on one of my pet peeves: Sci-Fi novels written by authors that don’t know the difference between download and upload. “Download” is constantly used in situations where “upload” is the correct word. This was immersion breaking.

Other Problems (mostly in last book):
- Flow of time is not clear. We skip ahead large blocks of time and aren’t told about it. Sometimes we’re told that a trip takes 2 hours to go somewhere, but somehow they get back for a distress call in mere minutes.
- Random PoVs (usually antagonists) that are presented for no reason, don’t further the story, and are then forgotten about.
- The last story is just a mess. Felt like the author was running out of steam. There are too many plot holes to count, and even the descriptive language goes out the window. For example: There’s a big battle scene… instead of describing the action the author just abbreviates everything to “They died.” “He died.” Etc. No explanation of how. Kinda makes you wonder what the point of including a battle in the story if the action wasn’t going to be described.
- The books end without resolution. The war goes on, the story just stops.

The end isn't exactly a cliffhanger, but it ends on an interesting note that makes me want to continue, but it appears that the series has been abandoned since the last book was released a few years ago.