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The Méridiens are fleeing to their far colonies - and they have reason to run. Over the course of decades, they have lost hundreds of ships, billions of people, and seven Confederation colonies to an alien enemy: an advancing swarm of silver ships transported in the bowels of a gigantic, spherical vessel.

Alex Racine, who once enjoyed the solitary life of an explorer-tug captain, is now an admiral and responsible for the lives of a quarter million Librans. Further complicating his life, Alex's Librans have made it clear they don't want to settle on his home world. They want a new home, and he must secure them one.

The silver ships await Alex's makeshift flotilla at Libre, the last colony they consumed. Thus far Alex's people have succeeded in skirmishes against the enemy's fighters. Now, though, they're preparing to attack the entire alien fleet and halt the devastation of the colonies.

To the surprise and chagrin of his officers and crew alike, Alex concocts a new plan, for he believes humanity faces not one but two alien species, and one may be enslaved to the other. If so, Alex believes, slaves should be liberated, not obliterated.

To test Alex's theory, his people must capture a wholly intact silver ship - a feat never before accomplished. The crew remains doubtful, but their admiral is determined to communicate with the aliens before he's forced to destroy them, and his wish is their command.

©2015 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 S. H. Jucha

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-26-17

Meeting the Silver Ships

At the end of the last book, the Meridien from Libre and Alex arrived back in his home world. In this episode, Alex finds a government controlled by a man who is against Alex and the Meridien. Alex discovers the people are still with him and the Meridien but they decided to find a world of their own. At the end of the last book, Alex put forth a theory that the silver ships are possibly slaves of the alien in the giant ship. That would make the discovery of two different alien species instead of one. Alex sets out to attempt to communicate with the aliens in the silver ships. I was taken by surprise by the world they chose to settle.

The book is well written and the plot twists and turns. The politics are also heating up. The characters are evolving and the Meridien are having problems adjusting from their pacifist beliefs. At times, Jucha seems to over simplify; I would enjoy a more complex situation and characters. I am enjoying reading about the building of a new society and world. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over fourteen hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome.....

The imagery, the characters, and the story come to life giving a one-time experience. Yum

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One More Time

This is the third book in a series of five. Still plenty of action and adventure. More sci-fi tech is introduced. A new villain appears. And the fun continues.

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This book was boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This story was super boring. The last two books were great not sure what happened here. Next time perhaps stay away from all the boring alien communication stuff.

Has Méridien turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not interesting enough. The big enemy was supposed to be the silver ships that were dominating the galaxy but a few min in they are no longer the problem?? Lame

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

The main AI.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleep. I tried for two weeks to get into this book 😒

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It's become a one man show

S H Jucha's 3rd Silver Ships novel, Meridien was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first 2 installments. Alex must deal with a new New Terran government that is exclusively corrupt and criminal. Eventually, returning to Meridien, Alex and Julian are the only sentients to divine the mystery of the Silver Ships. After a resounding defeat, Alex and his burgeoning colony head off into interstellar space following a less than warm reception by the Meridien home world. At the close, Alex is left to create a growing economic powerhouse that is likely to provide the muscle in this section of the galaxy, but come to be resented by his neighbors.

Th sci-fi elements delve into the nature of the alien race associated with the silver ships, while some clues to their gravitic technology are revealed. The disappointment with this volume is that Alex has grown into a nearly invincible powerhouse that always seems to be a step ahead of everyone else and serves as chief cook and bottle washer. Alex is the only one to see the dangers and devise the plans to overcome the next impediment. Conveniently, all his SADE friends have an opportunity to play critical roles. At the same time, the Meridiens are an odd caricature of a combination of timid mlktoasts and overbearing, stuffy, Victorian-era twits who will accept death over deviating from their precious protocols.

Grover Gardner is outstanding with range, pace, and tone. His narration alone is worth the price of entry. Hopefully Alex will actually be tested at some point as well as allowing others to actually play a role every now and then.

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Best Audible Book in the Series Yet!

This series of books and Mr. Jucha’s writing just gets better and better! I don’t know how to express to other readers (or listeners) to the depth, surprises, entertainment, plot twists, and pure joy mixed with just the right amount of “tears” ( mostly of joy)! Where one might expect a particular plot path to be taken, Mr. Jucha continues to surprise his audience with the paths not usually expected. If this series of books is any indication of the path that the human species (& other species) might take, then there is hope for our species yet (regardless of your species). There’s even a few lessons to be gleaned for the reader in regard to how humans should (& should not) treat each other (& other species)! So, there’s even more interaction with the ship’s SADEs (Self Aware Digital Entities), the different human “cousin” citizens, technologies (both human & non-human), & as I mentioned, surprises just when you think you know which way Mr. Jucha will lean the plot & sun-plots! The books in this series can be read in any order (each stands alone), but are best enjoyed in order. Gotta’ go - there another book in the series waiting for me!

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Another excellent chapter in the series

Excellent Series with very good character and plot development. Thought enjoyable series.
Can't wait to read the next instalment in the series. Audible narration is very well done.

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nice space opera

I like this series because it is so positive. It's simple but none of the characters piss me off.

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Continued Bliss of Imagination and Hearing

Just plain excellence on Sci-Fi and lititure. Remarkable and at the highest standard for all. Only book 3 to 4 ... looking forward to ...

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Try it you'll like this series.

As I've said before it's not great classic Greek or Roman literature . Give it a try you'll love it or not .

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  • Chris P
  • 12-16-17

Fantastic

Love this series and the narration is excellent, can't wait to hear the next one! Top quality sci fi, thank you!

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  • Poppey
  • 09-25-17

Hard Going

Could not get into this at all; narration may have had something to do with it as, although the diction was very clear and precise, it came across as boring. So much so that I couldn’t finish the book.

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  • Del
  • 06-26-17

More Yarn - bit less ripping - but that's fine!

Any additional comments?

In this episode three, (non-spoiler review) the first quarter of the book is taken up with resolving the twist ending of episode two. Then we get into the meat of this part of the yarn .... exactly what is the nature of the inhabitants of the Silver Ships? Where are they from? Why are they here? What can be done about them? I can understand why some people think this section is a little long but as I am already deep into episode 4, I understand that episode 3 makes absolute sense!

The final quarter of episode 3 is a simple problem for our hero and his friends to solve ... They now have a quarter of a million refugee Librans, Meridians and New Terrans drifting through space in their small armada, just how do you start a new world? I am loving this adventure serial .... and if you trust me? Episode 4 gets ripping again!

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  • Mr. Dawson Hinds Office Centre
  • 12-18-16

All filler no thriller!!!

Sorry this was a short book stretched with mind numbing details about an alien species which was unnecessary and painfully dull. I don't think I'll down load the next book. I rarely leave bad comments but I felt the need. Poor show!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful