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After the finest battleship-class spaceship in Earth's fleet, the "U.S.S. Merrimack," rescues a near-space Roman world besieged by a destructive alien life-form known as the Hive, the Romans? leader, Caesar Magnus, insists on honoring the ship's captain, John Farragut. But when Caesar is assassinated, Farragut must lead a mission into the heart of Hive territory in search of a Roman who has been presumed ?dead? for decades.
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About the Author

R. M. Meluch is an American SF writer, and published the first of her Tour of the Merrimack series of military SF/space opera novels in 2005. She can be found at rmmeluch.com.

Reviews

Nostalgia-minded readers who yearn for the days of "Doc" Smith's Lensman books will enjoy the third installment (after 2006's Wolf Star) of Meluch's barely modernized space opera series. When the Palatine Empire's home world of Roma Nova almost falls to the voracious, nigh-invulnerable Hive, which travels between the stars in search of organic matter to consume, Caesar Magnus reluctantly subjugates the empire's forces to Capt. John Farragut and the U.S.S. Merrimack. This marriage of convenience is strained when the Legate voices suspicions that the Americans are trying to steal technology developed by long-dead Roman genius Constantine. As Farragut and the Roman cyborg Augustus (who plays a combination of Spock and McCoy to Farragut's Kirk) investigate the Hive infestation, they come to suspect Constantine might be not only alive but in possession of the secret to defeat the Hive. Assassinations, the threat of civil war and a canonically evil villain all keep things hopping in this fast-paced space adventure. (Nov.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Grand old-fashioned space opera, so toss your disbelief out the nearest air lock and dive in." "Grand old-fashioned space opera, so toss your disbelief out the nearest air lock and dive in."' -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review Praise for the Tour of the Merrimack series: "While Meluch depicts combat and warrior culture as well as any writer in the subgenre, the true joy of this outstanding effort...lies in its inspired use of current speculation on the origins of the universe, quantum singularities and even the old chestnut of time travel.... Meluch shows particular skill in creating memorable characters while exhibiting a refreshing ruthlessness in subordinating them to the logical ramifications of the plot." --Publishers Weekly (starred review), for The Myriad "Rousing far-future SF novel.... This is grand old-fashioned space opera, so toss your disbelief out the nearest air lock and dive in." --Publishers Weekly (starred review), for Wolf Star "Meluch is an excellent writer, and has a firm grasp of military tactics, character development and storytelling. A good substitute for those waiting for David Weber's next Honor Harrington novel." --Sacramento Book Review "Enough action and suspense for three novels. Meluch's wry, realistic wit finds the ludicrous in the military, sex in the military, and a dozen other matters. A treat for military sf buffs." --Booklist, for The Sagittarius Command "Fast action, hairbreadth escapes, and Meluch's facility for humor in an astonishing range of situations incum-bent on military life become the order of the day.... A fine yarn to chuckle along with, just like the previous Tour of the Merrimack adventures." --Booklist, for Strength and Honor "The Ninth Circle is an immensely readable book that flows very quickly and draws you in withsharp little hooks that demand you finish the book before you dream of beginning any other." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer "A lovely sequel with excellent writing and wonderful characters.... This is a great read for people who liked Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey and Daniel Leary." --SFRevu "A heart-pounding thrill ride.... Fans of Star Trek and Heinlein alike will enjoy the story...a great story of space warfare and the triumph of the human spirit against insurmountable odds." --Grasping for the Wind Praise for the Tour of the Merrimack series: While Meluch depicts combat and warrior culture as well as any writer in the subgenre, the true joy of this outstanding effort lies in its inspired use of current speculation on the origins of the universe, quantum singularities and even the old chestnut of time travel . Meluch shows particular skill increating memorable characters while exhibiting a refreshing ruthlessnessin subordinating them to the logical ramifications of the plot. Publishers Weekly(starred review), forThe Myriad Rousing far-future SF novel....This isgrand old-fashioned space opera, so toss your disbelief out the nearest air lock and dive in. Publishers Weekly(starred review), forWolf Star Meluch is an excellent writer, and has a firm grasp of military tactics, character development and storytelling. A good substitutefor those waiting for David Weber s next Honor Harringtonnovel. Sacramento Book Review Enough action and suspense for three novels. Meluch s wry, realistic wit finds the ludicrous in the military, sex in the military, and a dozen other matters.A treat for military sf buffs. Booklist, forThe Sagittarius Command Fast action, hairbreadth escapes, and Meluch s facility for humorin an astonishing range of situations incumbent on military life become the order of the day.... A fine yarn to chuckle along with, just like the previousTour of the Merrimackadventures. Booklist, forStrength and Honor The Ninth Circleis an immensely readable book that flows very quickly and draws you in withsharp little hooks that demand you finish the bookbefore you dream of beginning any other. Seattle Post-Intelligencer A lovely sequel with excellent writing and wonderful characters . This is a great readfor people who liked Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey and Daniel Leary. SFRevu A heart-pounding thrill ride .Fans ofStar Trekand Heinlein alikewill enjoy the story a great story of space warfare and the triumph of the human spirit against insurmountable odds. Grasping for the Wind" Praise for the Tour of the Merrimack series: While Meluch depicts combat and warrior culture as well as any writer in the subgenre, the true joy of this outstanding effort lies in its inspired use of current speculation on the origins of the universe, quantum singularities and even the old chestnut of time travel . Meluch shows particular skill increating memorable characters while exhibiting a refreshing ruthlessnessin subordinating them to the logical ramifications of the plot. "Publishers Weekly"(starred review), for"The Myriad" Rousing far-future SF novel....This isgrand old-fashioned space opera, so toss your disbelief out the nearest air lock and dive in. " Publishers Weekly"(starred review), for"Wolf Star" Meluch is an excellent writer, and has a firm grasp of military tactics, character development and storytelling. A good substitutefor those waiting for David Weber s next Honor Harringtonnovel. " Sacramento Book Review""" Enough action and suspense for three novels. Meluch s wry, realistic wit finds the ludicrous in the military, sex in the military, and a dozen other matters.A treat for military sf buffs. " Booklist," for"The Sagittarius Command" Fast action, hairbreadth escapes, and Meluch s facility for humorin an astonishing range of situations incumbent on military life become the order of the day.... A fine yarn to chuckle along with, just like the previous"Tour of the Merrimack"adventures. "Booklist," for"Strength and Honor""" "The Ninth Circle"is an immensely readable book that flows very quickly and draws you in withsharp little hooks that demand you finish the bookbefore you dream of beginning any other. " Seattle Post-Intelligencer""" A lovely sequel with excellent writing and wonderful characters . This is a great readfor people who liked Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey and Daniel Leary. SFRevu A heart-pounding thrill ride .Fans of"Star Trek"and Heinlein alikewill enjoy the story a great story of space warfare and the triumph of the human spirit against insurmountable odds. Grasping for the Wind"

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