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From the book jacket: America had been free, a democracy. But now Edward III was king, and America was a land with a small, wealthy elite and a vast body of peasants eking out their meager living in the countryside or preying upon one another in dangerous city slums. Edward's soldiers and especially his executioner. Brigadier General Tow, would see that this was exactly how life in America remained. Only one man ever had the courage to speak out against the tyrant's rule--a man driven by the dream of restoring democracy to the land, only to become the martyr ignominiously hanged on Boot Hill. But from this death a new leader was born, a visionary young man not quite of this world, Chicago Red. His words would take action and be the spark to set the land ablaze with a new kind of revolution....
THE ITIRI: BEINGS MORE ANCIENT AND MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYTHING IN THE GALAXY... "Alihahd": the name meant simply "He left."- No one, not even his most trusted crewmen, knew what his real name was. He had foiled the evil Na'id Empire countless times, striking blow after unexpected blow for freedom throughout the galaxy, always vanishing into hyper-space moments before the Na'ids could lay their hands on him. But now Alihahd knew that his time had come. An entire Na'id squadron was closing in on his single, defenseless ship. The rebel cause was doomed. Yet Alihahd could never have foreseen that the real battle was not over but just beginning, a battle to be fought not in the depths of space but in a world out of time; with a race which even the combined might of the Na'id empire was unable to stop....
Now, after more than a decade, R. M. Meluch returns to the science fiction firmament with the first novel in a fast-paced, action-packed military science fiction series that seriously wreaks havoc with space, time, and our concepts of reality. Set in the distant future, when Earth and her colony worlds have long been at war with the forces of the Palatine Empire-an offshoot Earth culture that bases its values, civilization, and military structure on those of the Roman Empire-R. M. Meluch introduces us to her universe at a pivotal moment in its history. Following the tenet that, "The enemy of my enemy is my ally," the forces of Earth and the Palatine have recently united in an uneasy and extremely fragile alliance against the Hive, the alien life-form that is swarming across the galaxy, literally devouring everything it encounters along the way. What this means for Captain Farragut, commander of the battleship class spaceship U.S. Merrimack, is that he is about to be loaned a new officer as part of his crew-a Roman "patterner" named Augustus, manipulated through bioengineering to be something more than human. Just before they acquire Augustus, the crew of U.S. Merrimack stumble across a still-active signal buoy at a far-distant globular cluster. And, against all odds, within the cluster they discover three colonized worlds known as the Myriad, which the Hive have apparently overlooked. Even Augustus can't foresee all of the perils that will await them when they make contact with the local humanoids, who are obviously not native to these worlds but have colonized them at some point in the past. Due certainly at least in part to the Merrimack's very presence in the system, paradox begins to flow into paradox almost too fast for even the genetically and cybernetically enhanced patterner to follow. And as the Hive closes in on both the Merrimack and the ships of the Palatine Empire-it becomes critical to unravel the mystery of the Myriad. For the price of failure may be the destruction of not only the Myriad, but of Earth.and Palatine as well....
When peace exists between the Terran and Palatine Empires, the troops aboard the U.S.S. Merrimack are always on edge, waiting for the Roman forces to violate the treaties in a sneak attack on some unprotected corner of the galaxy. But as far as anyone can tell all is quiet in the universe. Admiral John Farragut no longer walks the decks of the space battleship he commanded for so many years, his time now spent on Earth with his wife and child. Captain Calli Carmel has taken Farragut's place on the ship they've both called home for so long, and she commands the Mack firmly and fairly. Others, too, are absent from their posts. Lieutenant Glenn Hamilton is on a well-deserved leave, traveling with her husband, Dr. Patrick Hamilton, the ship's xenolinguist. They're aboard a League of Earth Nations ship on a scientific expedition to an Earthlike world named Zoe, located at the back of beyond at the edge of the galaxy. Glenn is resigned to a quiet and boring run--a chance for Patrick to do what he does best while Glenn takes a back seat and tries not to upset the researchers, who can't abide any military presence. But when their vessel is attacked upon arrival, Glenn is forced to seize control, managing to crash-land the ship with no loss of life. Then--thanks in part to Patrick and Glenn--the expedition discovers that life on Zoe is DNA based, an extremely rare occurrence. So when alien invaders are also discovered on the planet, and they begin wreaking havoc on both the humans and native life-forms, it is only natural for Glenn Hamilton to call on the U.S.S. Merrimack for help. Meanwhile, on the Roman world of Phoenix, the hazing of a new recruit has gone horribly wrong. His untimely death leads the remaining members of his unit into permanent exile. Condemned to the hell of being considered dead to all they hold dear, they steal a cutting edge spaceship and, dubbing themselves the damned of the Ninth Circle, become pirates. Their leader is a man called Nox--formerly known as John Knox Farragut--younger brother to the admiral. Inevitably, both the Ninth Circle and the Palatine Empire find their way to Zoe. And suddenly all sides are on a collision course to determine the fate of this uniquely valuable planet....
FROM THE BEGINNING, WAR WAS INEVITABLE The immortals had ruled for far too long. Those who had served them and lived on other worlds were not complaining, but the free mortals claimed they had a star empire of their own, and no desire to become someone else's pets or servants. Despite all this, only minor skirmishes had occurred, quickly ended by the Queen's Squadron, pilots of the only faster-than-light ships in existence, and guardians of all the worlds that belonged to the immortals. But now the free mortals had come up with their perfect strategy for destroying the "gods." And all that stood between the immortals and doom was one of their own-the last surviving truthspeaker-ready to throw away her immortality, and the men and women of the Queen's Squadron, ready to challenge the very heart of a sun in the defense of their people....
The Earth space forces, spearheaded by the United States, have long been at war with the forces of the Palatine Empire, a neo-Roman culture that broke away from Earth's control long ago. The pride of the U.S. space fleet is the battle class starship, the U.S.S. Merrimack, commanded by Captain John Farragut. But when the alien life-form known as the Hive-a biological force whose only imperative is: seek and devour-begins wreaking destruction across the galaxy, the Romans are forced to turn to Earth for help. Caesar Magnus surrenders to Captain Farragut, and the period known as the Subjugation begins. Ever since the surrender, an uneasy peace and alliance have been in force, as all humanity and their alien allies join together to battle the Hive. When a near-space Roman world is besieged by the Hive, Merrimack comes to the rescue in the nick of time. But what they learn from this unexpected attack is that there is no safe place in near or deep space when it comes to the Hive. Yet they also discover some clues which send Earth and Roman ships alike on a joint mission to a far-distant world in the heart of Hive territory-a world that they have begun to suspect is home to one of the greatest geniuses of all time, a Roman who has been presumed dead; for decades. If he is still alive he may be the only person who has figured out how to counteract and control the Hive. He may be humankind's last hope for survival-or the engineer of the destruction of both Earth and Palatine.
WAR BETWEEN THE WORLDS. In a universe where Earthmen and Uelsons battle over the domination of galaxies, what chance does one small, seemingly backward planet have for survival? But Arana is much more than just a desirable refueling point midway between Earth and the Uelsons. Arana is the homeworld of a new race in the family of man--the Royalists. It is also the home of one very special Bay Royalist--Teal Ray Stewert, a key figure to the future of his entire planet. And what neither Earthmen nor Uelsons know is that Teal and his planet may be the catalyst for the ultimate struggle between mankind and its most hated enemy!
"Earth's space forces, spearheaded by the United States, had long been at war with the forces of the Palatine Empire, a neo-Roman culture that broke away from Earth's control long ago. But when the alien life-form known as the Hive - a biological force whose only imperative was seek and devour - began wreaking destruction across the galaxy, the Romans were forced to turn to Earth for help. Ceasar Magnus surrendered to Captain John Farragut - commander of the pride of the U.S. space fleet, the battle class starship, the U.S.S. Merrimack - and the period known as the Subjugation began." "Even since the surrender, an uneasy peace and alliance had been in force, as all humanity and their alien allies joined together to battle the Hive." "When the threat of the Hive seemed to have been neutralized, John Farragut was summoned to Ceasar Magnus' fortress to be honored. But instead, Ceasar Magnus was assassinated and Farragut and the Merrimack were lucky to escape from what could have proved a deadly trap." "Now Magnus' son Romulus has taken control of the Palatine Empire and has himself proclaimed Ceasar, and Captain Farragut and the Merrimack are about to face their greatest challenge ever." "The forced alliance between the interplanetary Empire of Rome and the United States-led Earth is shattered as Ceasar Romulus declares war, striking at the U.S. Deep Space base and then following up with a direct attack against Earth. Merrimack has no choice but to retaliate with an assault on the Roman capital world of Palatine. In the midst of this chaos, the Hive renews its invasion. And even if John Farragut and his crew can survive all of this, the rogue Roman palterner Augustus - who was long been assigned to his own mission aboard Merrimack - flees the ship when war is declared, and no one knows whether he is only biding his time, waiting to meet Farragut in a final deadly showdown."--BOOK JACKET.
In the year 2448, the interstellar Empire of Rome spans an area almost as wide as the far-flung colonial worlds of the United States of America. Caesar Numa Pompeii is still rebuilding his shredded empire after the catastrophic war that his predecessor, Caesar Romulus, waged against the United States. War's end left Romulus in a nanovirus-induced coma, captive of Caesar Numa. Numa has under his command a powerful living weapon--a patterner, an augmented man capable of synthesizing vast amounts of data into actionable intelligence. Now, Numa has lost his prisoner, and his patterner may have turned on him, while the U.S.S. Merrimack has lost the commander of her Fleet Marines, Colonel T. R. Steele. Events take a Mobius turn when fanatical devotees of Romulus rescue their fallen leader from his tortured captivity and fashion him into the most capable patterner ever created. Romulus is back, more insanely brilliant than ever. But without his queen, all the power in the universe means nothing. Romulus will move heaven and Earth and space and time to rescue his beloved Claudia. Admiral John Farragut returns to the space battleship Merrimack in an attempt to head off the impending temporal catastrophe. Past and future hinge on a critical moment when time broke once before in the distant star cluster known as the Myriad.
WORLDS AT WAR Tannia, Erde, and Occo-Earth's farthest- flung colony worlds. Long forgotten by the mother planet, each had found its own path to survival. Occo, an isolated planet of mystery ... Tannia and Erde, twin colonies that had coexisted for 192 Earth years-but far from peacefully. Twenty years earlier, the world had come under Tannia's sway, and Anton Nordveldt, shot down on Tannia, became first a prisoner of war, then a professor of the classics, attempting to civilize his former enemies. Then he met the beautiful Maggie, a fighter pilot. Drawn together by love, they were eventually driven apart by Nordveldt's past loyalties-until Tannia and Erde were attacked by a new deadly foe, Occo! And suddenly old enemies became uneasy allies, and Anton and Maggie flew the skies together in a desperate struggle to save both their worlds. . . .
From the book jacket: BORN OF WIND AND WOMAN Daniel East's mother was dead. Laure Lafayette-Remington East, the only person who had ever been able to speak with the Kistraalians, the wind beings who'd called Aeolis their home long before humans transformed it into a paradise planet for the very wealthy. Alive, Laure could have warned the winds about the human weapon that could threaten their very existence. Now Daniel alone remained to carry his mother's message of survival But to accomplish his mission Daniel had to learn how to communicate with the winds. And in the learning, he discovered a ten-thousand-year-old secret that sent him rocketing across the galaxy in search of a living legend which could herald the beginning of a new age or the final extinction of an entire race.... WIND CHILD
THE MORTS were turning up all over Aeolis, the Eden-like planet named for the unexpected winds which sprang from nowhere and swiftly faded again. But unlike the winds, the Morts didn't just fade away. These unidentifiable corpses--which on closer examination proved far from human--posed a bizarre threat to human control of Aeolis. So the Serviceship Halcyon XLV was dispatched to the planet to solve the secret of the Morts, a secret whispered by winds every day--a secret older than mankind, which could spell the end of human life on the planet...
Set in the distant future, when Earth and colony worlds have long been at war with forces of the Palatine Empire-an offshoot human culture that bases its values, civilization, military structure on those of the Roman Empire-Wolf Star opens at a crucial moment in the struggle between these two opposing forces. The Earth space forces, spearheaded by the United States, have long retained an advantage over the Romans through a "sling-" technology that permits them to cross vast distances between two crucial space stations, totally bypassing Palatine territory, rumors abound that the Romans have almost succeeded in the completion of their equivalent of Earth's stations. If this is true it means they will be able to catapult their fleets beyond the reach of Earth's forces, immediately laying claim to numerous areas of disputed territory. To find the secret bases and halt construction of the catapults, Earth has assigned the pride of the U.S. space fleet, the two sister battle class starships, the U.S.S. Merrimack and the U.S.S. Monitor, to seek out and destroy the Palatine stations before they become fully operational. Now, the Merrimack has located a Roman convoy that they believe is key to the success of their mission. But unbeknownst to Captain Farragut and his crew the Roman convoy is not quite what it appears to be, and this cunning enemy has a secret plan of attack which could well leave the Merrimack helpless in space-with surrender the only option. Only the unorthodox strategies of Captain Farragut may stymie the Romans' attack. Yet even if they escape the forces bearing down on them, it is only the opening salvo in a whole new stage of the Earth/Palatine conflict. And even as the two sides struggle for supremacy, an alien life-form is bearing down on them-the Hive, a biological force whose only imperative is: seek and devour!
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