Merkiaari Wars Series

Books 1-3
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fun and different

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

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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.

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Good Sci-Fi Series

I enjoyed these books and would highly recommend them to fans of Sci-Fi. The storytelling is compelling and the characters and world building are complex and believable.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 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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  • Lincoln Betteridge
  • 10-18-15

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.
  • 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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  • leon molloy
  • 02-01-18

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

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  • j tracey
  • 11-01-15

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
  • 10-13-19

excellent star adventure <br />

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
  • 09-11-19

Really enjoyable!

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

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  • PaulD
  • 10-17-17

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
  • 05-26-17

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

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  • Scott R
  • 03-12-17

Excellence through Speaker

Another masterful collaboration from Mark and Mikael.
The story and narrator work very well together and 3 books in 1 go is an excellent deal.
The people , alien life , and others come alive as your not long in being caught up with the fate of the characters even the usual bad aliens.
The fight for survival in a world where even the heroes in this case Vipers and the aliens fight for recognition and the respect from their peers bring a level to the storytelling that will im sure make you an instant fan. The popularity of this series will bring you into a world which will have many more books im sure.

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  • Loxton
  • 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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  • James
  • 07-25-18

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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  • Michael
  • 12-31-16

So addictive

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