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The Ninth Circle is the fifth in the Merrimack series of space opera books set in a universe in which a new Roman Empire has risen from the ashes and become America s chief rival in a pan galactic Cold and sometimes hot War The previous book had things getting very hot as a mad Emperor took power and tried to retake Earth only to get done in Shakespeare style by one of his own This book picks things up two years ater the peace between the US and Rome has held and the all consuming alien horror known as Rome has held and the all consuming alien horror known as Hive appears to have stayed dead this time and for the first time in the series plays no part in this book Instead the book goes back to what Meluch did so well in the Myriad creating an interesting and vibrant alien world and having her characters encounter weird aliens good bad and ugly The character focus shifts dramatically in this book as some of Meluch s mainstay characters especially Admiral Farragut who isn t in command of the Merrimack this time around take the sidelines and a handful of new and sadly annoying characters are introduced most notably and annoyingly Farragut s kid brother called Nox who acted out his teenage rebellion by going to Rome and signing up with his brother s mortal enemies Unfortunately for him he found himself guilty of murder and cowardice and got drummed out of his new ife and decided to go pirate because he s such an upstanding citizen and murders innocents with shocking eagerness At the same time one of the Merrimack s watch officers Lt Hamilton goes on The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes leave with her xenolinguist husband to a remote world named Zoe where shockingly the residentife appears to be DNA based the first such encountered outside of Earth but sinister things are afoot on that world as sponge Pathfinder Player Companion: Alchemy Manual like alien invaders called Clokes for reasons that shall not be enumerated appear to have taken an interest in the system with no concern for the affable and intelligent indigenousife the DOG PEOPLE LIKE FOXES FIRST OFF THIS BOOK IS people AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN like Foxes First off this book is major improvement over the previous volume as the plot hangs together fairly well and the chapters don t feel disjointed That said I have to make a strict demarcation of my enjoyment Frankly Ioved the parts of this book that dealt with Zoe the Foxes and the Clokes and I HATED the parts with Nox and his band of allegedly unwilling bloodthirsty monsters By the second or third chapter I would ve been happy to see them get blasted to astral dust but the author gave them ridiculous advantages that seemed rather out of proportion to their actual abilities I just didn t buy them as being the scale of threat that the plot demanded that they be which becomes problematic as the story focuses and on their actions in the final act Other than that it felt at times Ajax in Action like Meluch was writing circles around the gaps in the story where normally she would ve inserted her usual protagonist Admiral Farragut but since he was firmly out of the spotlight she adapted what she hadeft and never uite filled his shoes All in all I enjoyed reading the Ninth Circle than not and it was a major improvement over Strength and Honor but still has too many problems with flat cartoonish characterizations of both people and politics even if the alien encounters are top notch This one jumped the shark uite a weak addition to the series And one important thing Merrimack without Farragut What s the fugging point Maybe 3 and a half here Good action plot and descriptions but the writing could be better The thing about reading Meluch space opera especially those set in the Merrimack universe is this they are 1 usually fun 2 not exactly The Gnostic Religion literature ie not Ian Banks etc 3 humorous 4 youl probably find a villain or anti hero that you Computational Molecular Biology: An Algorithmic Approach (Computational Molecular Biology) ll end upikingThe war with Rome has been over for two years Farragut has elected to move his career forward given command of the Mack to Calli Carmel and taken an admiral s slot Much of the crew is dispersed and the reader spends most of the first part of the book following two groups The former night shift commander Glenn Hamilton and her scientist husband Patrick as they help study a new planet and its native Mocktails lifeforms The second group are a band of Romanegionaires who have been banished from Rome and decided to become piratesSome things aren t what they appear to be on the surface and truthfully they are easy to figure out before they are revealed The Mack and its reassembled crew is sent to the Hamilton s aid and Numa puts in an appearance to hint at something bigger going on in the Roman Empire Sit back have fun and don t expect the science to be. Fifth in the hard hitting military science fiction series On the distant world of Zoe an expedition finds DNA based if. Very accurate There are hints of books to come in the series but no release dates as of yet The great thing about all of the Merrimack books is the dialog between the characters especially amongst the Marines with the glibness in the face of danger the boasting and the swaggering cocky manner with which they treat everything She does tend to make them seem a Southern African Literature: An Introduction little dumber than they really ought to be if they re being entrusted with flying expensive high performance spaceships The members of the crew are allikeable and where I dread scenes centering on some characters and can t wait to get back to the ones I m really interested in that doesn t happen here I BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *2 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) like them allAnother thing Iove about RM Meluch is that she doesn t burden me with a truckload of technical nonsense She doesn t explain FTL space travel they just DO IT SHE DOESN T WASTE MY TIME TO it She doesn t waste my time to about how fast and explosive missles are or how powerful the spaceships are or how many rounds per minute the weapons can fire or any of that technological nonsense that guys BWWM (An African American Romance) (BWWM Paranormal Scifi Romance) like Webber and Ringo use to bore me to death She concentrates on the story and I appreciate itThe political backstory nonsense is minimal too it s there with the Earth government getting in the way of the ship s captain but instead of page after page of ranting aboutiberals and such the captain gets angry drinks scotch and go plays some racuetball What could be fun that thatThe scientists on the planet seemed eggheaded and oblivious than was absolutely necessary All scientists are not bureaucrats and the end result of the part where one of them does the I come in peace bit with the aliens was completely predictable The identity of the possible Romulai spy also seemed blatantly obvious at the end I suppose I African Literature: Overview and Bibliography ll find out if I was right when I read the next bookAll that aside this bookike the others in the series was very fun to read It kept me entertained and the pages burned by uickly and that s really the reason why I m picking the books up in the first place And here I have arrived at the fifth book in the Tour of the Merrimack series Book four Strength and Honor felt Aliens Rogue Aliens like the grandest of grand finales but apparently there were adventures in store In the beginning I wasn t sure but I was eager I wasn t sure because it really did seemike all important threads were tied up in neat Eşti cool şi dacă vorbeşti corect little bows and I couldn t imagine what could follow up that slam dunk finish But I veoved aka been addicted to the series since book one The Myriad so there was no holding me back when I discovered there was I wasn t Fall for You long into this book which turned the spotlight to minor characters and a new building series of conflicts before I realized that I had been right to hesitate The writing is still great the worldbuilding the flow of action and the colorful cast of characters were fantastic But three things First there was always the sense of something missing And this is an easy one the characters who had driven me forward through the series John Farragut and Augustus Secondly though I thought it was a fascinating study from a caseworker perspective I really didn tike reading about Farragut s younger brother Knox as one of the main protagonists I had the urge to Gibs smack him back two books ago and that urge has become a compulsive need in this book His meely mouthed jealousy and envy of his brother created a monster and became Knox the deadly and annoying to the umpteenth power I was so saddened by what this guy did to his Money Blues to Blue Money life and others because he couldn t get over himself And finally the idiocy in which the League of Earth Nations and the scientists was cartoonish I get that the LEN could be annoying The cliched naive we come in peace happy peaceover into the jaws of a dangerous threat is annoying But surely there is at Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 least one or two in the bunch who have done their homework and can think intelligibly It was beyond annoyingLest you think it all bad I will say that Ioved the world of Zoe with the fox race and the others And it was good to see Glenn and Patrick Hamilton and Calli Carmell and the Don The bits with Farragut felt Alchemy for Women like mean teasers just out of reach but Il take them tooJohn Glouchevitch s narration was bang on the mark and I can t imagine experiencing this series without his voice bringing the world and words to Alchemy Martial Supreme lifeSo this was not a favorite outing of mine with the series I got through it and Iook toward the final book with curiosity and dread for the way things were building in the background of this one Even though I couldn t really ike this. 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The Ninth CircleParticular installment I definitely recommend the series as a whole to space Opera And Military Sci and military sci fansMy thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to isten to this book in exchange for an honest review In the not so distant future a hidden conspiracy stretching thousands of years reveals itself Romans have been hiding in sleeper cells and when they awaken they nearly take over the Earth They Alien lose the war and retreat to form their own galaxy spanning empire The new Roman Empire and the US are in the midst of a cold war at the beginning of the series Sometimes they team up against alien invasions and other times their cold war gets particularly hot It s all rather excitingike a hoo rah version of Star Trek Since the Agriculture in Qajar Iran last book Captain John Alexander Farragut has been promoted to Admiral and Calista Carmel has become captain of the Merrimack Iike Carmel a African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 lot but I do miss Captain Farragut he and Augustus were the characters I read the books for and now they re both out of the series When an old shipmate Glenn Hamster Hamilton finds evidence of a new alien race Farragut sends the Merrimack to investigate Meanwhile a band of Roman men is cast out of the empire and become pirates on a collision course with the MerrimackOn the one hand once I started this book I didn t stop reading till I was done On the other hand my main impetus for finishing was in hopes of reading what hideous ignominious end the incredibly annoying Knox came to because holy shit balls I hate that character He s the Haulden Caulfield of serial killersEven if I didn t think Knox was the stupidest most blindingly self absorbed twit to ever stain a page and making it all the worse he s clearly a favorite of Meluch s I still couldn t uite stomach this book It s just too clearly biased the UN analogues are foolish and ridiculously naive continually creating obstacles for Our Heroes and being unfairly vituperative about the Noble Sacrifices Our Heroes have made throughout the series The scientists are absurdly unbelievably unworldly Meluch also has aot of affection for the new Roman Empire for no reason I can determine The new Romans are basically fascist Spartans so there is nothing I admire about their society while Meluch seems to think there are so many things to admire that she needn t provide any reasons to the reader I don t get her priorities or her values any reasons to the reader I don t get her priorities or her values don t À quoi rêvent les algorithmes like any of her fave characters Steel Kerry Blue Knox and Iove all the side characters she s bored by Plus Meluch s writing style has gotten almost unreadably terse and her BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 40: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) long spiels of pseudo science infodumping areess charming than everI Spare the Child: The Religious Roots of Punishment and the Psychological Impact of Physical Abuse ll probably keep reading this series because Iove ship battles but I m no Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups longer enthralled by it Wry wit intelligent satire a fast moving space opera withaugh out oud enjoyment of the foibles of human nature and deeper underlying issues The entire series is wonderfully fast moving and unpredictable Start with Book 1 The Myriad Right it s been a while so as a refresher This Is The Military Scifi Series Where The Roman Empire is the military scifi series where the Roman Empire underground for a few thousand years only to re emerge in the space age and set up a whole new empire in opposition to the US in space and then a ot of homoerotic things happened Got that GoodI stress read the first few books in this series and enjoyed the hell out of them You know where you make a Cartesian plane with goodbad on one axis and enjoyablenot enjoyable on the other this series was waaaay deep in the badenjoyed uadrant But we ve been through a few twists and turns killed off some major characters sent others off to get married to a random and it turns out the enjoyable was coming from a very specific scenario and when you erase that wellWhat you re Alien Generals Chosen Brion Brides left with is Meluch s politics pro military to the point of jingoism her seriesong disdain for civilian peacekeeping forces turned up to eleven and this really awful moment where I realized she s genuinely interested in a bunch of teenaged boys who deliberately set out to become spree killers because daddy didn t Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family love one of them enough no for real that s his actual reason There s also aot of frankly weird back and forth about how the right thinking people can recognize a hostile species on sight it s genetic Apparently Evil aliens just Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel look wrong but those stupid scientists they want to talk to the ugly aliens before starting a shooting war and don t recognize the superiority of the cute aliens what bullshitBlech Someoneet me know if she resurrects the bio engineered vicious Roman genius Otherwise I m ou. He Palatine Empire have also found Zoe Soon everyone will be on a collision course to determine the fate of this planet.