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The Ninth Circle: A Novel of the U.S.S. Merrimack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Misfire

    Farragut is sidelined behind a desk, his greatest gesture is to cry. Instead we get to hang out with Hamster and her mismatched husband for most of the book. Several chapters spent with them and smart-aleck alien foxes. For more boredom, LEN scientists are thrown in the mix to be clueless jerks amd nothing more.

    Second half of the book features Merrimack and that Mary Sue Cali Carmel vs. new aliens that we're supposed to hate--wait we want to save them--wait, no we hate them. Numi's motivations were murky, a new sinister threat looms off in the distance and Kerry Blue and her cohorts haven't evolved one bit. Done with this series.

    The Pirates had a meshed together sameness, I defy you to tell Leo from Nicandor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Very good twist to the other 4 books.

    The ninth circle is very cool, this the Romans have a hand up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Liked it I guess.

    I really liked the Merrimack series, but I have to admit I am not really sure how I feel about this book. It was different from the previous books of the Merrimack series, which doesn't make it bad, just . . . I guess I did like it but wasn't what I expected.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    an engaging military science fiction tale

    On the planet Phoenix, the small Roman unit gives newcomer Cinna a choice to jump or not from the Widow's Edge cliff. Frightened he assumes this is a test to prove he can overcome his natural instincts, but when he lands he leaves a red splat on the ground. His brothers in arms except Nox flee the scene, but Sector Primus Surveillance Center Observer Six watchers observe in horror but bet on the outcome of the incident. The late Cinna's brothers in arms are disgraced and kicked out of the legion.

    The Spring Beauty scientific expedition to the planet Zoe has the zenzoologists debating whether the native mammoths communicate even before they arrive. Scientists Patrick Hamilton and Peter Szasney are hostile towards each other. On remote Zoe, they find something that shakes the core of their belief system. As the former Roman unit turned into the Ninth Circle pirates, the crew of the U.S.S. Merrimack, troops loyal to the Roman Emperor Caesar Numa, and something more insidious converge on Zoe.

    The fifth tour of the warship U.S.S. Merrimack (see The Sagittarius Command; and Strength And Honor) is a fascinating entry as the war between the two human cultures remains heated but has a new player. Once again, R.M. Meluch makes a case that war is the waste of foolish politicians who send the young (but not their offspring) to die on remote worlds. The Ninth Circle is an engaging military science fiction tale that fans of the Merrimack will enjoy especially because there is a late twist while newcomers will feel lost on the spacefaring tour.

    Harriet Klausner

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