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_The Myriad_, R.M. Meluch

Recommended by K. (thank you!), this is military sf by someone who has apparently been writing for awhile altho I was not aware of that. First entry in a series (Tour of the Merrimack #1), ensemble characters, a war with a colony that seceded has been interrupted by an attacking collective called the Hive. Our Ship of Heroes and Heroines (good gender mix throughout, which is a big chunk of why K. recommended it to me) is trying to bring the war to the Hive's Home, rather than fight a defensive fight forever (or until all the humans are dead). Along the way, they stumble across an odd trio of planets that seems to not have FTL travel but came from a long, long way away without generation ships. Oh, and they seem to have near-instantaneous communications among them. Hmmm. In the middle of a globular cluster. Things are complicated when the written language turns out to be the same as something that turned up a long ways away and has been dated to older than the universe.

With that set up, it's sort of a gimme that there's going to be some kind of stargate system. And the older than the universe indicates that something has roundtripped twice which suggests time travel. Thus, we are not particularly surprised (hey you! You do realize I include spoilers in my reviews, right?) that the climax of the book revolves around whether a time paradox exists and how it will be resolved.

The choice Meluch made for solving that little conundrum can only be done once in a series. At most. I, personally, kept thinking, dude, that was just a dressed-up it-was-all-a-dream, wasn't it? But the new-real universe at the end may include some interesting story possibilities. Now I have to decide whether to continue with them or not.

The whole recreate-the-Roman-Empire thing has been done before, altho again, Meluch's take has some entertaining aspects to it. Marines being carted around the stars by a Space Navy of the future has also been done (to death, arguably. Heh. Uh, sorry about that.). Serviceable (okay, I can stop any time) milsf for those with a weakness for that kind of thing.

Separately, I really need to remember to call K. and have a long chat about the romantic entanglements of this novel. Because those, honestly, may have been the best aspect of the whole thing. ("I'm not cheap. I'm free." _That_ is a fantastic line.)
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