The Myriad Review

By | January 19, 2010

The Myriad (Tour of the Merrimack, #1)
by R.M. Meluch

Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (2) of 5 Stars – “It was ok”
Recommended for: Military Scifi Readers

Book description:

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, even able to attack and kill swarms of the seemingly unstoppable Hive. But nothing could have prepared the captain and crew of the Merrimack to face the Myriad-three colonized worlds in the midst of a globular cluster that the Hive had somehow overlooked.

Military SciFi is one of my favorite sub-genres. I picked this up thinking something along the lines of Weber and the book did fit the genre. Plus it mentioned one of the cultures being based on Ancient Rome. Seeing as Ancient Rome is my favorite historical period, I figured this book would be the greatest story ever.

However, it did take me a little bit to get into the story. A lot of the beginning of the book started with hints of background that read like this was a book in the middle of a series and you should have read the previous book before starting this one. Once I got past the first 50 pages I started to get into the story a bit more. The basic premise is that two former enemies have allied to defend against something even worse. A hive insect sort of race that’s only goal is to make everyone its next meal. That combined with what felt like fairly stock characters made this into a sort of Star Trek meets Starship Troopers.

The book however did manage to carry itself almost all of the way through, far enough to make me want to know more, until the end. I will avoid spoilers, but the twist at the end was jarring and just not needed. It detracted from the whole story instead of adding to it. Without it, I may have considered continuing on in the series, but in light of a story that took a lot for me to get into in the first place ending like that, I lost all interest in following the adventures of the U.S.S. Merrimack.

That being said, plenty of people love this book. So if the plot sounds of interest it might be worth your time. I would recommend instead reading David Weber and Steve White’s Starfire series. The last couple (In Death Ground and The Shiva Option) dealing with Arachnids who want to eat everyone. That being what I had hoped this book was going to be.

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