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The Sagittarius Command, by R.M. Meluch Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: DAW Published: 2007 Review Posted: 5/7/2016 Reviewer Rating:
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The Sagittarius Command, by R.M. Meluch
Book Review by Joshua Palmatier
Have you read this book?
Sagittarius Command is the third book in the Tour of
the Merrimack sci-fi series from R.M. Meluch. This series is
much more Star Trek-ish than hardcover sci-fi, but I've enjoyed the
books in the series so far.
Premise: In this book, the Roman leader Caesar Magnus is assassinated
during an ceremony in honor of the Merrimack's
captain Farragut. In order to keep the tenuous peace between the Roman
Empire, Farragut must travel deep into Hive territory to not only find
out who ordered and orchestrated Magnus' death, but also to find out how
the Hive has managed to locate and attack numerous Roman worlds, even
though there are ships on watch, waiting for the Hive to approach. And
throughout it all, the tensions between Farragut's crew and the Roman
allies-once-enemies they are forced to work with continue to rise.
Again, this series is very Star Trek in nature, which is fine by me,
since I love Star Trek. It's the reason I keep reading. And this book
is much more focused in terms of plot than the last one, with the usual
mystery inherent in most Star Trek plots. How is the Hive getting past
the ships posted as guards and attacking the Roman planets, leaving some
of them destroyed? And then there's the question of who assassinated
the Roman Caesar, of course. The characters are their usual colorful
selves in this one, with some advancement of some of the interpersonal
plots set up in previous books, which is always nice.
Overall, this is a great addition to the series, with a much clearer,
sharper plot than the past two books, although that could just be that
I've settled into the characters now. (Much like a Star Trek series
doesn't get good until the characters settle into their roles.)
Definitely a series I'd suggest everyone check out.
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