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Martin Coughlan

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  • Hard Duty: Merkiaari Wars, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark E. Cooper
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (253)

    Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "good space opera that will keep Scifi fans..."
    "Highly enjoyable Sci-Fi Series"
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    I received a review copy from the author for an unbiased review.
    I'd been looking for a new sci-fi series to get stuck into and I believe I've found it in the Merkiaari Wars series by Mark E. Cooper. The action and build up was great, kept me listening long after I had intended to take a break, I wanted to hear what would happen next, especially when humanity discovered and observed a new alien race. There were times where I felt the female characters all had the same character, although this could have been done to the male narrator's voicing of them! Enjoyed this first book so much when I was just over half way through it I went and ordered the second in the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Dark: Alexis Carew, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J.A. Sutherland
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    At 15, Alexis Carew has to face an age old problem - she's a girl, and only a boy can inherit the family's vast holdings. Her options are few. She must marry and watch a stranger run the lands, or become a penniless tenant and see the lands she so dearly loves sold off. Yet there may be another option, one that involves becoming a midshipman on a shorthanded spaceship with no other females.

    LJM VO says: "I LOVED THIS STORY"
    "Space Opera that invokes Aubrey-Maturin series."
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    I received an Audible copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

    The quaint English setting of this space adventure immediately invoked the setting of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series for me, which was a good start. The science side of the book is perhaps too much in the background and some of the characters feel like stereotypes. Having said that, I enjoyed listening to the book (narrator did a good job of voicing the protagonist) and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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