The U.S.S. Merrimack was the finest battleship class spaceship in Earth's fleet, able to stand up against the best the Palatine Empire could throw at them. They were even able to survive an attack by the deadly swarms of the seemingly unstoppable Hive. Only her sister ship, the Monitor, was her equal. However, with the Palatine forces preparing a massive offensive, and the Hive targeting every living organism in the galaxy for destruction, even these two great battleships may fall....
This omnibus edition includes the first two novels of R.M. Meluch's acclaimed Tour of the Merrimack series, The Myriad and Wolf Star.
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.
What People are Saying About This
"Meluch shows particular skill in creating memorable characters while exhibiting a refreshing ruthlessness in subordinating them to the logical ramifications of the plot."—(Starred Review for The MYRIAD), Publishers Weekly
"Captain John Farragut and the intrepid crew of the starship USS Merrimack take on the Romans with the skill, flair, and foul-mouthed witticisms one would expect from space-faring sailors and marines."—(Starred Review for WOLF STAR), Publishers Weekly
"The Myriad begins a series that is an amalgam of subgenres: military science fiction, space opera, time paradox, and alternate history.... This novel will prove thoroughly enjoyable to fans of military science fiction authors like David Weber and David Drake."—The B&N Review
"The novel is full of action, tough military talk, and space-opera war."—SciFi.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This review is ONLY for "The Myriad". 4 stars. I liked the characters and the story which was not cliched. I was surprised by the change in plot at the end of the book and in a good way. The SF was well written and thought out. I will be looking for "Wolf Star", the sequel. A previous reviewer objected to the book because the language was not what he knew was used in this situation. I am unclear whether he meant he had served in the Marines aboard a fully integrated space ship in a galaxy far, far away or that he expected that language would not change over a period of time long enough to have established multiple viable colonies beyond the Milky Way.
Good sci-fi but puerile story-telling The sci-fi was pretty good, at least as far as page 50, where I had to bail out. On page 50 the head of the Marine air wing explains to the battleship commander why he wants a specific female pilot to be part of a landing party. He basically says that she is the nastiest "she-dog" (her phrase) on the ship. The use of that term instead of what really would have been used was the last straw for me. This book seems targeted at girls from about 14 to 20, especially those with no knowledge of the military or what military shipboard life is like. Among other annoying bits, the introduction of every new man includes a description of what I would call his "hunk factor," which I found puerile. The military activities and environment were not at all like how it really is, something about which I am knowledgeable. I guarantee you that precious few captains are on a first name basis with any of their officers, especially the very serious, iconic ones such as the author tries to create here. If her books are not aimed at the young woman audience, I strongly suggest that long before Red Team the author have someone who has factual knowledge of the environment she is trying to project read her future works and comment on whether they ring true. Good sci-fi content will only take you so far if the characterization and interpersonal relationships are not done well and the environmental setting and dynamics don't ring true. Further, in my opinion, the cited reviews were accurate only if based on the market cited earlier; I did not considered them representative of the sci-fi readers' population overall.