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"Exciting military space opera"

The Roman Empire was never destroyed it just went underground waiting for the right time to emerge. That time came when FTL ships were built and the planet of Palatine because the home world of the New Roman Empire. Even though it has a better military and more hardware, Earth has the slingshot technology that allows ships to travel vast distances between space stations without entering Roman territory.

Now Rome is working on a catapult technology; the mission of the USS Merrimack and USS Monitor is to find the space stations and destroy them. Captain Farragut of the USS Merrimack has run into a Roman convoy in a part of space where they shouldn't be and he hopes to follow them to the space station where he believes one of the catapults is being built. It is a trap that the Romans have set up using technology from a surprising source in the hopes of capturing the Merrimack. The captain evades the trap but it turns out the common enemy of both, the Hive, an insectoid sentient intelligence will devour the two civilizations in less than a decade unless humanity works together.

R.M. Meluch writes military space opera that is so exciting that fans will red this heart thumping action- packed novel in one sitting. Emphasis is more on action than characters but that doesn't take away from the interest Wolf Star generates in the readers as the big picture is more important than individuals who are made into stereotypes to fulfill a certain role. It will be interesting to see future books in this series when former enemies work together to destroy a common enemy.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted December 15, 2005

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007

SUMMARY

In the long war with the Palatine Empire, the pride of the Terran space fleet are its sister starships, the U.S.S. Merrimack and the U.S.S. Monitor. Now that the Palatine forces have secretly captured the Monitor and its codes, they can remotely seize control of the Merrimack-leaving her almost helpless. But as both sides struggle for supremacy, they are about to be attacked by an alien life- form-the Hive, a biological force with only one imperative: to seek and devour.

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Wolf Star
(Tour of the Merrimack series: Book 2)
by R. M. Meluch

Daw Books
January 1, 2006
ISBN #0756403243
EAN #9780756403249
336 pages
Hardcover
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