• Incursion

  • Merkiaari Wars, Book 5
  • By: Mark E. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (636 ratings)

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Incursion

By: Mark E. Cooper
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
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Publisher's Summary

The war games are on, but the real battle has just begun....

©2016 Mark E. Cooper (P)2016 Mark E. Cooper

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don't waste your time

there are way too many stories going on it's hard to keep focused all alone I think it was also poorly written

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The most boring book I have ever listened to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The most boring book I have ever listened to

What could Mark E. Cooper have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The most boring book I have ever listened to

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mikael Naramore?

The most boring book I have ever listened to

What character would you cut from Incursion?

The most boring book I have ever listened to

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The most boring book I have ever listened to

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Excellent

This book, like those that came before, is jam packed with action and intrigue. The narration was excellent. There were plenty of heart pounding battles won and lost, ending in death or worse. There seemed to be more tear provoking moments in this book. It is definitely not an HEA.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Do not buy this book! it will be a wasted credit



This series of books is never going to end. the author is trying to make this series drag on as long as possible. In this book the plot is not move forward at all and they literally spend half the book with a main characters walking around in a Tech Convention with made up TV stars.

I enjoyed the first three books and they seemed to move forward. the plot in the story I thought was interesting and that's why I've decided to continue. however, I will not purchase any more from the series. it would have been an amazing three or four book series, not the 50 it's going to be by the time they're done writing it!

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Series is taking a turn towards Young Adult

The series was always a little thin, but now it's taking a turn for the worse. The characters are not strong. There's little temptation to make any kind of emotional investment in them. I've listened to all the books in the series up to this one, but it's time to move on.

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The best Cooper has written!

This may be the best book Mark Cooper has written (I "think" I've listened to everything that's available from Mr. Cooper here on Audible)... His writing skills have grown immensely since this series was started! This book is ultra-well researched, down to tiny details that many Non-Military, and/or Non-Engineering, folks may well miss, and I'm sure there are other details *I* missed from areas where I have no experience. Mr. Cooper doesn't 'beat you over the head with Details', he just tosses them into the story like a subtle seasoning. He obviously put a LOT of research into this book.

I LOVE watching authors grow! I said in a review of Book 1 that Mr. Cooper was only going to get better, and happily he's done exactly that! Can't wait for his next book!

Mikael Naramore's Narration is well timed, well read, well spoken, and just plain "well done"!
This is one of those rare teams that make 'the whole' better than the sum of it's parts!

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Loving this series!

I got through this book pretty quick. I didn't want to stop listening! I waited so long for this book. Hoping the next one comes soon! The story gets better with each book and the relationships between some of my favorite characters grow. This book has a bitter sweet end. Mikael Naramore does an excellent job with each and every character which is very difficult with so many in this book. Looking forward to the next book!

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Extremely Booring - BABBLE - End of a series

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No ONE! It's probably the most boring book I have ever listened to. The Absolute Worst!! This book convinces me to end this series and probably not listen to Cooper's books any more!

Has Incursion turned you off from other books in this genre?

Genre No, Cooper Yes. It may be possible that Cooper didn't even write this book. The previous books were good, this one absolutely, consistently, and completely sucks!! Just Babble!!

Have you listened to any of Mikael Naramore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Naramore, as usual, does an excellent job. He's good enough that I could force myself to continue after the second chapter. What a waste of time!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT!! The book was crap - Skip this book and if this in an indication of what's to come from Cooper; then take him off your list!

Any additional comments?

Do NOT Buy this piece of babble, you'll regret it completely.

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War is Hell

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great audiobook. The narration is clear and engaging and the story itself is entertaining.

Any additional comments?

This book doesn't just focus on the battles. It also focuses on the price that civilians and others pay by surviving attacks. Battles that are won don't always seem so when the costs are revealed.

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Good narrator, story seems interesting

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

Caveat emptor: This book is the 5th in the series and I have not read any of the previous ones. In fact, I am not finishing this book right now because I am going to start from the beginning of the series. That being said, this is my review based on about 1.5-2 hours I have completed.

The narrator is one of the better I've listened to. Good range of character voices.

Story seems interesting. Starts out in the aftermath of some alien war where humans are allied with at least one other race against a mutual enemy. The ally race has a lot of detail and we see characters from their perspective. Interesting enough to get me to start from the beginning.

I believe that if you are a fan of this series, you probably have been anxiously awaiting this sequel.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-31-17

Superb.

If you're thinking of listening to this then you must have either read the books or listened to them!
This is far better than the previous book. it presents new characters and completes the circle for other's.
The story arch expands and gives greast depth. it is a long book but when you finish this you simply want more, you need to know what happens to the characters.
A good story resd very well indeed.
well done.




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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-15-17

please hurry with the next book

another great listen very good story with interesting characters , Mikael narrates the story perfectly , each different voice is belivable many narrators fail there , please hurry with the next installment.

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  • S. Reid
  • 01-11-17

Deeper into the Wars

See the reviews are complaining about the content, yes the book goes deeper into the politics and the emotional backgrounds and thoughts of the main characters as well as some new ones, however if you are going to create a worthwhile universe then you also have to have the background. The pace of the book is slower but I feel that it's more of a bridge between the start of a story and a move to a new chapter of the war. I enjoyed this level of detail and humanistion of the war amd what happens in the background after all it worked for the Honor Harrington universe and given time and hopefully lots more books then I feel that it's on the same road. Found the talents of Michael Naramore very appropriate to this type of book and shall also be looking at more of his work.
In summary some people may not find this ad enjoyable especially if it's just the battles you like but I think most will definitely stick with the slower pace and enjoy it just as much.

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  • mr c w jubb
  • 01-03-17

outstanding

loved it !
once again marks words and mikhails voice knock it out of the park !

highly recommended to all .

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  • Angela
  • 02-22-17

Worth a read

Another good book in the series but there were a few points that it felt like things were a little dragged out. I am looking forward to the next instalment however.

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  • Phil
  • 01-12-17

Too Short

The series keeps getting better, but the overall progress is not moving much. Would like to see a bit more movement in the storyline's

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  • Loxton
  • 02-10-18

One of the best sci-fi's I've enjoyed!

I wanted to review each novel as I listened, but felt drawn into going straight to the next and then the next.
This series absolutely enraptured my creative enjoyment from book one all the way to here, and leaves me wishing that the next one comes out sooner rather than later.
It was so enjoyable that it made my work habits whilst listening easier than ever.

All of the different characters who carry the limelight in their own acts in the story are each unique from one another.
They all hark from very different cultural, military, and even species circumstances that make caring for their plights and perspectives interesting and fresh.

I love the description of the technologies used too. It's neither too simple nor too complicated. Each of the technologies is believable and explained simply enough to convey that and build a basic image of how it was built/functions. I feel an error of many sci-fi's is trying too hard to scientifically explain a fictional technology for the sake of the story and bogging the story down in over-the-top details that shake up your suspension of disbelief.
This story does not do that!
Fold Space drives are described incredibly simply, and I love that you essentially don't learn their presumably intricate workings and just know that they do in fact work with variations of power/speed from different vessel classes.

The sense of scale is also wonderful. This series really grasps the idea of how big the galaxy and space is, and the colonies are all so far apart in distance and time that each move feels important.

The only points that troubled me were the descriptions of the Shaan and the Merkiaari, physically I mean.
Over the various scenes with each of them I got the idea about what they looked like, but (unless I wasn't paying sufficient attention at the time) I didn't hear any comprehensively descriptive viewpoint on either of them to clearly paint a picture of them. In saying that, I do know how difficult it can be to accurately describe a creative image of a fictional being without actual images.
One reason why I absolutely love it when an author employs a graphic artist to depict some core elements; worlds, ships, weapons, creatures, in some viewable pages of their novel.

The only other point which I craved during the happening would have been more info/flashback of immediately following the first war about the political, social, and military circumstances that prevented Humanity from weeding out the Merkiaari.
Just from a simple perspective, the dangers of not seeking them out and eradicating them following the first war far outweigh the dangers of not - the series speaks for itself with this new war beginning. But I would like to understand the politics that brought all that to the state it is.

But the few points I didn't like are tiny compared to how much I love this series!
I am certain that once the series is complete, that I will listen to this several more time over the years.

And not to mention how amazing the narration was! Superb!

Rush the next ones out please!! :)

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  • Tudor
  • 08-25-21

Still waiting

A real shame that it's been nearly 5yrs & still no Episode 6, hopefully it will be written one day as the story has been left hanging.

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  • Bradley
  • 08-01-18

top story

Next one please
This one answered some questions from the last one but also asked a new box full of new ones.
I'm getting old don't make me wait to long.

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  • Michael
  • 01-14-17

Please sir can I have some more

More please now

The way the characters have been built and the story is so rich well written and really
Enjoyable narrator is stunning really enjoy mikael work