Hard Duty (Merkiaari Wars, #1)

Hard Duty (Merkiaari Wars, #1)

by Mark E. Cooper
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Hard Duty (Merkiaari Wars, #1) by Mark E. Cooper

Hostile aliens nearly eradicated humanity. Will the next encounter finish the job?

Sixteen billion dead. In humanity's last brush with the Merkiaari, it was nearly wiped out in a war that spanned decades. When survey ship Captain Jeff Colgan discovers a new alien race, he's required to investigate.

As the aliens discover Colgan's ship and begin to hunt him down, the captain's mission changes from one of study to one of survival. 

Hard Duty is the first installment in Merkiaari Wars, a five-book military sci-fi space opera. If you like realistic engineering, vivid battles, and futuristic warfare, then you'll love Mark E. Cooper's sci-fi work of art.

Buy the first book in your new space opera obsession today!

Reading Order:
1. Hard Duty
2. What Price Honour
3. Operation Oracle
4. Operation Breakout
5. Incursion

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016331706
Publisher: Impulse Books UK
Publication date: 03/21/2013
Series: Merkiaari Wars , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 27,868
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mark E. Cooper lives alone in a small town in the south of England, where he writes most mornings and evenings. His background is in mechanical engineering where he spent over thirty years working for Ford. He loves reading about strong female characters and can often be found laughing to himself as he listens to a book on his iPod.

His hobbies include driving his cobra--a V12 monster he built with his best friend--reading fantasy and sci-fi, and maintaining his blog at http://www.impulsebooks.co.uk/markcooper.html

He is now the author of more than eight titles in the genres he loves to read.

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Hard Duty 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a well worth the dollar. 900 some pages, well written, and well thought out. I am half way through Book #2, and it is every bit as good and well worth the $5 it costs as well.
SHEN More than 1 year ago
The first book has some issues. One is that it ends like the end of a chapter, not the end of a book. This isn't a cliffhanger, it's a "where's the rest of the book?" Problem # 2 is that the backstory you needed to grasp book 1 comes in book 2, which picks up just like the next chapter for the end of book 1. Problem #3 is that a main character is intro'ed in an uninteresting side story and is part of the cutoff ending. However his whole role seems to be to intro in book 2 a character who becomes a major character while the first character is sidelined in at least the next 3 books. Get thru the first book because the following 3 that I've read are much better and worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this on a whim, being unfamiliar with both the author and the series. It had a few slow parts, which, in retrospect, we're setting up future scenes. Overall, it was a pretty good read.
hobbit1968 More than 1 year ago
good story line plenty of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written intro to what looks like an epic space opera. Well painted storyline, world and characters.
dustoffrvn More than 1 year ago
The best off world combat space series I have ever read. Awaiting Book 5, soon I hope !
myownworld More than 1 year ago
Action packed story line with well developed characters.  The worst part is waiting for the author to write the next book in the series.  Definitely recommend picking this one up
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great job of keeping the plot going and building worlds and characters! Kept me on the edge of my seat!
jr347 More than 1 year ago
Too far over the top for me. Could not get interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
When you start reading “Hard Duty: The Merkiaari Wars, 1” you know you are in for a large and complex story over many light years of travel, across various planets and alien races. The human race has learned the hard way that the murderous Merkiaari are out to exterminate them. After many lengthy and devastating battles, the humans have pushed the enemy out, but not defeated them. Humanity is now cautious and wary about aliens, hiding their many planets through cloaked communications and other means. So when they discover the Shan, a newly discovered alien race with limited space capability, the human explores are unsure whether to warn them about the Merkiaari or simply stay hidden and let fate run its course. The Shan are a feline alien race which Mark Cooper develops well. He creates interesting characters that the reader will identify with and care about. The Merkiaari on the other hand are not described much at all, just blood thirsty aliens with an unknown agenda. Without listening to the sequels, it is hard to say how this will develop, but by the quality of the story, it should be worked out to the reader’s satisfaction eventually. This is a solid listen, good characters, and mostly good hard sci-fi. The exception is a long section about making the ship’s voice recognition device small enough to be portable. Really? You mean in 500 years no one will improve on my already outdated iPhone. On the other hand there are lots of cool tech ideas like anti-gravity, nanotech, plasma rifles, etc. The narration is excellent. Mikael Naramore has narrated dozens of sci-fi novels and is a true pro. He puts some cool sound effects in when one of the characters is listening to his own computer voice. You know who is who, but Mikael doesn’t overdo it. As close to perfect as narration can get. Hard Duty is good space opera that will keep Scifi fans entertained for many hours. Well worth listening to. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some parts of this book were exceptional but the early parts are hard to get past. But they are worth strugling through because once it gets going you dont want it to stop.
SamH45 More than 1 year ago
Very good book, good intro to the series. It has enough going for it to grab and keep your attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story pulls you in with likeable characters that you come to care about finding out what is in store for them. Each time there was a transition between characters it left me wanting more even as it drew me in to reading what was unfolding about the new character. Rich in imagination and details about other worlds, strongly recommend this series.
ventsyv More than 1 year ago
It feels a bit naive on occasion, but still very solid military science fiction. The story is intriguing and the characters enjoyable. Went through it in about 2 days and I'm starting on book #2.
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I read tje first book and loved it but the rest cost money whe thos is free. What a money grabber.