[The Ninth Circle] Kindle ð R.M. Meluch


Ud enjoyment of the foibles of human nature and deeper underlying ssues the entire series s deeper underlying ssues The entire series s fast moving and unpredictable Start with Book 1 The Myriad The great thing about all of the Merrimack books s the dialog between the characters especially amongst the Marines with the glibness Globalization, Sports Law and Labour Mobility: The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan in the face of danger the boasting and the swaggering cocky manner with which they treat everything She does tend to make them seem a little dumber than they really ought to bef they re being entrusted with flying expensive high performance spaceships The members of the crew are all likeable and where I dread scenes centering on some characters and can t wait to get back to the ones I m really Competitive People Strategy: How to Attract, Develop and Retain the Staff You Need for Business Success interestedn that doesn t happen here I like them allAnother thing I love about RM Meluch Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices ACT and Related Laws is that she doesn t burden me with a truckload of technical nonsense She doesn t explain FTL space travel they just dot She doesn t waste my time to write about how fast and explosive missles are or how powerful the spaceships are or how many rounds per minute the weapons can fire or any of that technological nonsense that guys like Webber and Ringo use to bore me to death She concentrates on the story and I appreciate The International Law of Biotechnology: Human Rights, Trade, Patents, Health and the Environment itThe political backstory nonsenses minimal too Limits to Stakeholder Influence: Why the Business Case Won't Save the World it s there with the Earth government gettingn the way of the ship s captain but Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games instead of page after page of ranting about liberals and such the captain gets angry drinks scotch and go plays some racuetball What could be fun that thatThe scientists on the planet seemed eggheaded and oblivious than was absolutely necessary All scientists are not bureaucrats and the end result of the part where one of them does the I comen peace bit with the aliens was completely predictable The Let's Talk 3 Student's Book identity of the possible Romulai spy also seemed blatantly obvious at the end I suppose I ll find outf I was right when I read the next bookAll that aside this book like the others Socrates, The Wisest And Most Just? in the series was very fun to read It kept me entertained and the pages burned by uickly and that s really the reason why I m picking the books upn the first place uite a weak addition to the series And one European State Aid and Tax Rulings important thing Merrimack without Farragut What s the fugging point Rightt s been a while so as a refresher this s the military scifi series where the Roman Empire went underground for a few thousand years only to re emerge n the space age and set up a whole new empire The Only Way Out Is in: A Modern Day Yogi's Commentary on the Synergy of Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra in opposition to the USn space and then a lot of homoerotic things happened Got that GoodI stress read the first few books n this series and enjoyed the hell out of them You know where you make a Cartesian plane with goodbad on one axis and enjoyablenot enjoyable on the other this series was waaaay Deep In The Badenjoyed Uadrant But We in the badenjoyed uadrant But we been through a few twists and turns killed off some major characters sent others off to get married to a random and t turns out the enjoyable was coming from a very specific scenario and when you erase that wellWhat you re left with The Lake is Meluch s politics pro military to the point of jingoism her series long disdain for civilian peacekeeping forces turned up to eleven and this really awful moment where I realized she s genuinelynterested n a bunch of teenaged boys who deliberately set out to become spree killers because daddy didn t love one of them enough no for REAL THAT S HIS ACTUAL REASON that s his actual reason s also a lot of frankly weird back and forth about how the right thinking people can recognize a hostile species on sight t s genetic Apparently Evil aliens just look wrong but those stupid scientists they want to talk to the ugly aliens before starting a shooting war and don t recognize the superiority of the cute aliens what bullshitBlech Someone let me know The Devil Aspect if she resurrects the bio engineered vicious Roman genius Otherwise I m out E When aliennvaders are also discovered Glenn Hamilton calls on the USS Merrimack for help But the Ninth Circle and .
In the not so distant Future A Hidden Conspiracy Stretching a hidden conspiracy stretching of years reveals Selected Dialogues itself Romans have been hidingn sleeper cells and when they awaken they nearly take over the Earth They lose the war and retreat to form their own galaxy spanning empire The new Roman Empire and the US are n the midst of a cold war at the beginning of the series Sometimes they team up in the midst of a cold war at the beginning of the series Sometimes they team up alien nvasions and other times their cold war gets particularly hot It s all rather exciting like a hoo rah version of Star Trek Since the last book Captain John Alexander Farragut has been promoted to Admiral and Calista Carmel has become captain of the Merrimack I like Carmel a lot but I do miss Captain Farragut he and Augustus were the characters I read the books for and now they re both out of the series When an old shipmate Glenn Hamster Hamilton finds evidence of a new alien race Farragut sends the Merrimack to Four Corners Level 1b Workbook investigate Meanwhile a band of Roman mens cast out of the empire and become pirates on a collision course with the MerrimackOn the one hand once I started this book I didn t stop reading till I was done On the other hand book I didn t stop reading till I was done On the other hand main Stahl's Illustrated Substance Use and Impulsive Disorders impetus for finishing wasn hopes of reading what hideous Love and Punishment (Beyond Fairytales series) ignominious end thencredibly annoying Knox came to because holy shit balls I hate that character He s the Haulden Caulfield of serial killersEven f I didn t think Knox was the stupidest most blindingly self absorbed twit to ever stain a page and making t all the worse he s clearly a favorite of Meluch s I still couldn t uite stomach this book It s just too clearly biased the UN analogues are foolish and ridiculously naive continually creating obstacles for Our Heroes and being unfairly vituperative about the Noble Sacrifices Our Heroes have made throughout the series The scientists are absurdly unbelievably unworldly Meluch also has a lot of affection for the new Roman Empire for no reason I can determine The new Romans are basically fascist Spartans so there Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is nothing I admire about their society while Meluch seems to think there are so many things to admire that she needn t provide any reasons to the reader I don t get her priorities or her values I don t like any of her fave characters Steel Kerry Blue Knox and I love all the side characters she s bored by Plus Meluch s writing style has gotten almost unreadably terse and her long spiels of pseudo sciencenfodumping are less charming than everI ll probably keep reading this series because I love ship battles but I m no longer enthralled by Kaltblau it The thing about reading Meluch space opera especially those setn the Merrimack universe s this they are 1 usually fun 2 not exactly literature e not Ian Banks etc 3 humorous 4 you ll probably find a villain or anti hero that you ll end up likingThe war with Rome has been over for two years Farragut has elected to move his career forward given command of the Mack to Calli Carmel and taken an admiral s slot Much of the crew Between Octobers is dispersed and the reader spends most of the first part of the book following two groups The former night shift commander Glenn Hamilton and her scientist husband Patrick as they help study a new planet andts native lifeforms The second group are a band of Roman legionaires who have been banished from Rome and decided to become piratesSome things aren t what they appear to be on the surface and truthfully they are easy to figure out before they are revealed The Mack and Julian 3: The Works of the Emperor Julian its reassembled crews sent to the Hamilton s aid and Numa puts Contemporary Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia in an appearance to hint at something bigger going onn the Roman Empire Sit back have fun and don t expect the science to be very accurate There are hints of books to come The Taming of the Werewolf in the series but no release dates as of yet This one jumped the shark Wry witntelligent satire a fast moving space opera with laugh out lo. Fifth n the hard hitting military science fiction series On the distant world of Zoe an expedition finds DNA based lif. Nd here I have arrived at the fifth book n the Tour of the Merrimack series Book four Strength and Honor felt like the grandest of grand finales but apparently there were adventures n store In the beginning I wasn t sure but I was eager I wasn t sure because t really did seem like all mportant threads were tied up n neat little bows and I couldn t First Cosmic Velocity imagine what could follow up that slam dunk finish But I ve loved aka been addicted to the series since book one The Myriad so ther Maybe 3 and a half here Good action plot and descriptions but the writing could be better The Ninth Circles the fifth Philosophy of Psychopharmacology: Smart Pills, Happy Pills, and Pepp Pills in the Merrimack series of space opera books setn a universe n which a new Roman Empire has risen from the ashes and become America s chief rival n a pan galactic Cold and sometimes hot War The previous book had things getting very hot as a mad Emperor took power and tried to retake Earth only to get done Joshi Mousou Shoukougun, Vol. 4 in Shakespeare style by one of his own This book picks things up two years later the peace between the US and Rome has held and the all consuming alien horror known as the Hive appears to have stayed dead this time and for the first timen the series plays no part n this book Instead the book goes back to what Meluch did so well n the Myriad creating an Tryst with Prosperity interesting and vibrant alien world and having her characters encounter weird aliens good bad and ugly The character focus shifts dramaticallyn this book as some of Meluch s mainstay characters especially Admiral Farragut who Tryst with Prosperity: Indian Business and the Bombay Plan of 1944 isn tn command of the Merrimack this time around take the sidelines and a handful of new and sadly annoying characters are Al Capone's Beer Wars: A Complete History of Organized Crime in Chicago During Prohibition introduced most notably and annoyingly Farragut s kid brother called Nox who acted out his teenage rebellion by going to Rome and signing up with his brother s mortal enemies Unfortunately for him he found himself guilty of murder and cowardice and got drummed out of his new life and decided to go pirate because he s such an upstanding citizen and murdersnnocents with shocking eagerness At the same time one of the Merrimack s watch officers Lt Hamilton goes on leave with her xenolinguist husband to a remote world named Zoe where shockingly the resident life appears to be DNA based the first such encountered outside of Earth but sinister things are afoot on that world as sponge like alien Code Name: Bikini invaders called Clokes for reasons that shall not be enumerated appear to have taken annterest Below the Moon (The 8th Island Trilogy in the system with no concern for the affable andntelligent ndigenous life the dog people like Foxes First off this book s a major mprovement over the previous volume as the plot hangs together fairly well and the chapters don t feel disjointed That said I have to make a strict demarcation of my enjoyment Frankly loved the parts of this book that dealt with Zoe the Foxes and the and I HATED the parts with Nox and his band of allegedly unwilling bloodthirsty monsters By the second or third chapter I would ve been happy to see them get blasted to astral dust but the author gave them ridiculous advantages that seemed rather out of proportion to their actual abilities I just didn t buy them as being the scale of threat that the plot demanded that they be which becomes problematic as the story focuses and on their actions n the final act Other than that Doctor Who it felt at times like Meluch was writing circles around the gapsn the story where normally she would ve Doctor Who: The Dominators inserted her usual protagonist Admiral Farragut but since he was firmly out of the spotlight she adapted what she had left and never uite filled his shoes Alln all I enjoyed reading the Ninth Circle than not and Bankerupt it was a majormprovement over Strength and Honor but still has too many problems with flat cartoonish characterizations of both people and politics even f the alien encounters are top notc. He Palatine Empire have also found Zoe Soon everyone will be on a collision course to determine the fate of this planet. The Ninth Circle