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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hard Duty by Mark E. Cooper

Genre: Science Fiction

Setting: In the future, on interplanetary space vehicles, and on alien planets.

First Sentence: Captain to the bridge!

This novel is the first in Cooper's Merkiaari Wars series.

Humanity's first contact with an alien civilization, the Merkiaari, did not go well.  In the ensuing war, many planets were destroyed along with countless human lives.

So now, when the alliance's explorers discover another sentient species, the new species is watched very carefully.

The explorers discover that the Shan are an interesting and relatively peaceful people.  Unfortunately, they too have been attacked by the hated Merkiaari.  The humans and the Shan take some time learning to trust each other.

Then the unthinkable happens.  The Merkiaari attack again.  Will the humans and the Shan survive this onslaught by the murderous Merkiaari?

When I began reading this book, I was somewhat confused.  The author jumped around between characters and plot lines which seemed unrelated to each other.  Then I discovered that this book is a prequel to the rest of the series.  While this novel is interesting and well written, it would probably be better understood after reading some of the other books in the series.

Interesting characters and an easy to read style made this novel and enjoyable read.

I liked it.


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