The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook by R.M. Meluch (Review)

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Review of: The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook
R.M. Meluch

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On March 7, 2018
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The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook

By: R.M. Meluch

Narrated by: John Glouchevitch

Published by Brilliance Audio 5/18/2017

the twice and future caesar audiobook

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

11 hrs and 27 mins

Tour of The Merrimack #6

genre: Sci-Fi

The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook Sample

The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook

4 Hearts

I practically binged on the first five books in this series and then I waited many months to finally pick this one up. I knew I would enjoy it, but… it was last book phobia setting in. I anticipate and want the story, but at the same time, once I’ve read it, I have to say good-bye to a well-liked series. #ReaderProblems

So yes, The Twice and Future Caesar is the sixth and final book of the Tour of the Merrimack military space opera series. It is set a few centuries into the future and has an alternate history where the Roman Empire never fell, but merely submersed until it had regained enough might to compete with the US for supremacy of the galaxy.

This final book explored time travel and the paradox of what happens when a person leaps through time and thus, alters history. Twice and Future Caesar begins with a prologue which reminds the reader of events that took place at the very end of book one- when a traveler through a time wormhole started a parallel time for everyone and no one realizes that history was on a different path until that moment. But, somehow, a once Caesar Romulus whom his followers manage to steal his comatose body and revive him, learns of this wormhole anomaly and he decides to go back and change history so that he doesn’t get destroyed, his lover Claudia is not dead, and he gets Rome and defeats the US.

The rest of the book becomes a retelling of the keypoints that occur in books two through five just within a new parallel time and interesting alterations in the past because of what having Romulus make his leap in the future caused.

I think I could have kissed the evil, crazy megalomaniac Romulus for doing this if for no other reason than he gave me more of the sneering brilliant Roman, Augustus, and John Farragut as captain again fighting the alien flesh eating aliens, conspiring Romans, and all the gang on Merrimack brought back together. Another thing I liked, though still wouldn’t claim to love, was that in this parallel time, Captain John Farragut’s prodigal brother, Nox, still resents his brother and envies his fame, and yes, makes choices that are heartbreaking, but in this time, he is very young and falls under the manipulations of a clever man out for his own ends. I felt pity more than exasperation with Nox and he pays for his choices in an appropriate way.

Things get dire and exciting. Lots of fighting and action, some relationships built or furthered along. There is the tension and back and forth between the US and Rome, but also civil war within Rome between Caesar Numa and the challenger Romulus. It was a great way to finish out the series though, my one niggle, was that in the end, I wanted more of a wrap up for the fallout from the last great confrontation and battle. Maybe it was meant to leave the door open for the possibility of more, I don’t know. At least the main threads were addressed.

All in all, I am sad to be done with the series. I will likely revisit the series because I enjoyed it so much and I can heartily recommend it to military space opera lovers who enjoy colorful characters and exciting fight action.

The Twice and Future Caesar Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

The narrator, John Glouchevitch, was stellar as he has been all along with this series. I’m pretty sure that he made a decent sci-fi series even better and helped me picture the characters, the plot, and the setting so much more intensely and vitally.

R. M. Meluch AuthorR. M. Meluch is an American SF writer, and published the first of her Tour of the Merrimack series of military SF/space opera novels in 2005. She can be found at


John GlouchevitchJohn Gloucevitch- Narrator
Country of Origin: us
John began honing his craft as a voice over artist at age three, when to the dismay of his parents, he began to imitate the accents of their British family friends. Over the ensuing years he studied as an actor, improviser and writer, eventually graduating with a BA in Theater and English from Middlebury College. Recent audiobook credits include Witch and Wizard: The Lost by James Patterson, The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis and Bravo (Jad Bell) by Greg Rucka. When John is not narrating, you can find him crooning soulful country ballads at

My thanks to Brilliance Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. Okay, I have to admit that I don’t read much sci fi (read: none) but I’m curious about this series. An alternate reality story where Rome never fell? Color me intrigued. Time travel too? It would be stepping out of my box but I’m okay with that. I’m going to see if my library carries this series. I’m so happy that although you had to say goodbye to a beloved series, you were satisfied with the ending!

  2. I knew this was you Sophia Rose bc I remember the other reviews and I’m glad this is still hitting all the marks for you. Sci-Fi is a genre I love and I haven’t had one turn my head for awhile. Maybe this one will

    • LOL! Yes, this is my little series addiction. It’s like a guilty pleasure b/c there are obvious flaws in the writing, but I still can’t help myself. That said, her science is brilliant- you can tell she has a background in it.

  3. Hmmmm, well who knows ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LOL! That was my tentative reaction when I started book one. Then I was hooked. It’s not a series for everyone or every mood- and you do have to ignore some issues, but yeah…

  4. I love a good time travel book. I havenโ€™t read one in awhile. I like that this one explores what happens when time is altered. I also havenโ€™t tried this narrator, I will have to add this to my audiobook list.

    • It’s an interesting series. She hinted at an alternate time element in the end of book one and now in the last book, she went there with it Most of the series is space military action against flesh eating aliens kind of stuff and civil wars. A little of everything. LOL

  5. Space opera… what is not to like? LOL Oh I’m glad this one is so good for you. I really need to get more books like this one in my life.

    • This was a series that I could not explain why out of the many sci-fi romance and space opera out there, this one caught my eye. But, I became addicted even with some real issues. I want more, too. I think I’ll try some Linnea Sinclair next.

  6. Not sure it’s for me because it’s a complicated genre for me but I’m glad you had a good time with it!

  7. Seeing a beloved series is always hard. I just finished a loved series this week. So sad, but glad to see it ended well. That is the best we can ask for.

    • Yes, very true. Vanessa over at Blushing Geek mentioned ways she gets into reading slumps and one is book hangover. I think when I finish a series I loved so much gets me that way, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thankfully, there are many out there to love on.

  8. Oh my gosh. Last book phobia is real! lol It sounds like a very interesting series. Im glad to see it was a pretty good final for ya ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes!!!! I keep doing this to myself- getting all worked up and freaked when I hit the last book.

      I couldn’t even tell you about how all these odd elements piece together and work, but they really do for me in this series. ๐Ÿ™‚

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