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  • What Price Honour

  • Merkiaari Wars, Volume 2
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Only by the grace of God and the use of Nanotechnology were they defeated. The result of that Nanotech? Vipers, a regiment of super soldiers tasked with protecting the Alliance and annihilating the Merki. It was a job they performed with distinction, a job they completed almost two centuries ago. A job that cost them their humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Involving and imaginative

  • By PaulWray73 on 15-06-15

Rise of the Vipers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of What Price Honour to be better than the print version?

I actually went straight into the audio version after listening to Hard Duty without reading the print version first. Whilst it is certainly true that Mark E Cooper has drawn me into the story with his characters and plot Mikael Narramore breathes life into those characters making each one stand out and adding excitement to every listening session.

What did you like best about this story?

From induction to creation and finally to deployment we have finally learnt more about vipers from what they are to why they react as they do. When we reach the Child of Harmony campaign they truly come into their own combating the Merkiaari and aiding the Shan ground forces.

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

From character interaction to location descriptions and scene setting Mikaels clean and crisp diction makes it easy to differentiate between participants and his tone and pace adds drama and excitement as required.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Gina begins her augmentation process and it all goes to hell in a handbasket I found myself clenching my fists and hoping that it would somehow work out, that the medics knew what to do and could save her.

Any additional comments?

Mark E Cooper builds upon the work he begun in Hard Duty as we learn more about the Alliance and in particular the 501st before he sends us straight into the depths of a warzone and a desperate bid to prevent genocide. Combined once again with the vocal talents of Mikael Naramore I was not only gripped from start to finish but found myself plunging straight into book 3 to find out where the story would go next, exceedingly entertaining.

  • Hard Duty

  • Merkiaari Wars, 1
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Humanity's last encounter with aliens saw 16.2 billion people killed in a war with the Merkiaari that had spanned decades. Two hundred years later, the Alliance is cautiously exploring beyond its borders again, but the survey corp is considered a mere gesture by some. General Burgton of the 501st Infantry Regiment believes a lack of expansion is leading the Alliance into stagnation. So when one small ship discovers a new alien race, it should be an easy decision to make contact, but what if the aliens are like the Merkiaari?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and exciting!

  • By Tristan on 08-12-14

Gripping and exciting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Would you listen to Hard Duty again? Why?

Definitely. Mark E Cooper has written a book that is both believable for humanity's future but also has that sparkle of science fiction that we all crave for. As the story progressed I found myself drawn in and felt almost like a part of the crew hoping that the mission would be successful and Mikael Naramore does such a wonderful job bringing life to the characters that I'm now champing at the bit to see how the story continues in the second book.

What other book might you compare Hard Duty to, and why?

Most of my previous science fiction reading has been limited to more battle focused series and this has been a wonderful change of pace for me that I don't honestly think I can compare it to my previous experience.

Which character – as performed by Mikael Naramore – was your favourite?

James grew to be my favourite as the story progressed but Captain Colgan was a firm favourite from start to finish as well. Where James developed into himself and found purpose as his story progressed Jeff Colgan exuded calm confidence and reliability mixed with a compassionate side and a need to get the job done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Without wanting to post a spoiler(so no names) but the death of a father is always hard especially when he is tring to stay calm for the sake of a young child.

Any additional comments?

A superlative story well written and delivered I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to escape into the stars and meet new races :)

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