Strength and Honor (Tour of the Merrimack Series #4)

Strength and Honor (Tour of the Merrimack Series #4)

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by R. M. Meluch
     
 

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"Earth's space forces, spearheaded by the United States, had long been at war with the forces of the Palatine Empire, a neo-Roman culture that broke away from Earth's control long ago. But when the alien life-form known as the Hive - a biological force whose only imperative was seek and devour - began wreaking destruction across the galaxy, the Romans were forced to…  See more details below

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"Earth's space forces, spearheaded by the United States, had long been at war with the forces of the Palatine Empire, a neo-Roman culture that broke away from Earth's control long ago. But when the alien life-form known as the Hive - a biological force whose only imperative was seek and devour - began wreaking destruction across the galaxy, the Romans were forced to turn to Earth for help. Ceasar Magnus surrendered to Captain John Farragut - commander of the pride of the U.S. space fleet, the battle class starship, the U.S.S. Merrimack - and the period known as the Subjugation began." "Even since the surrender, an uneasy peace and alliance had been in force, as all humanity and their alien allies joined together to battle the Hive." "When the threat of the Hive seemed to have been neutralized, John Farragut was summoned to Ceasar Magnus' fortress to be honored. But instead, Ceasar Magnus was assassinated and Farragut and the Merrimack were lucky to escape from what could have proved a deadly trap." "Now Magnus' son Romulus has taken control of the Palatine Empire and has himself proclaimed Ceasar, and Captain Farragut and the Merrimack are about to face their greatest challenge ever." The forced alliance between the interplanetary Empire of Rome and the United States-led Earth is shattered as Ceasar Romulus declares war, striking at the U.S. Deep Space base and then following up with a direct attack against Earth. Merrimack has no choice but to retaliate with an assault on the Roman capital world of Palatine. In the midst of this chaos, the Hive renews its invasion. And even if John Farragut and his crew can survive all of this, the rogue Roman palterner Augustus - who was long beenassigned to his own mission aboard Merrimack - flees the ship when war is declared, and no one knows whether he is only biding his time, waiting to meet Farragut in a final deadly showdown.

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Editorial Reviews

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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 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 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 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756405274
Publisher:
DAW Hardcover
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Series:
Tour of the Merrimack Series, #4
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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