Tales of the MERC Part One: The Trial

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Malice and Stout have a problem. Retired heroes of the MERC, they have enjoyed all the benefits that implies. Unfortunately, their son, Hari, decided to follow their lead and enrolled in the MERC Officer Candidate Program without their knowledge. Worse, Hari’s planning to attempt the Trial. Upon learning of her son’s folly, Malice demands that Stout take action. What's an old soldier to do? More
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  • Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
  • Words: 20,590
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780463165188
About Mike Eschbach

I would describe myself as unassuming. I'm the 4th of 5 kids, a Penn State grad, a U.S. Navy vet and an entrepreneur. I've been married since 2002.

I've been writing fiction informally since I was ten years old. I've outlined and written down ideas for stories in several different genres. It is only as I've gotten older that I've tried to take a stab at actually writing in effort to get published.

I've written in a number of different fictional styles including retrospectives, faith based stories and humor. Right now my efforts are focused on world building in a military fantasy setting under the title 'Tales of the MERC.' Parts One and Two are currently priced at 99. Part Three is priced at $3.99.

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Reviews of Tales of the MERC Part One: The Trial by Mike Eschbach

ksanchack reviewed on Aug. 24, 2021

Interesting character development presented in a gritty environment with choices to be made that are not perfectly pristine. This is not the series for a reader that wants the conflicted teenager worrying about whether they should seek out their 'chosen one' destiny. This is a storyline about embracing a future with both promise and pain.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Dane Peterson reviewed on July 20, 2019

A fun read with some new, creative ideas (not just the same old stuff). Thoroughly enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next one.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
LSG997 reviewed on June 26, 2019

Terrific read. Great story and character development in few chapters. Target demographic certainly seems to be 14-24 year old boys, but as a full fledged soccer mom I really enjoyed it too. (Maybe it’s because I see a bit of Malice in me?)

Only minor critique is the lack of consistency in choice of language. Both Part 1 and Part 2 go back and forth between formal (Mideval?) language and casual, present day speech including slang. Attention to this in the next installments might be warranted. It does not at all distract from the storyline, just the believability. It could go either way (formal “old world” language or current day) but consistency would improve the work.

Well done from this new author—looking forward to the next installment!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Connor Whiteley reviewed on June 6, 2019

Amazing book and a must read. It's engaging and it has a great storyline with equally good characters. I won't mention the plot to prevent spoils but you should give it a read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Tab Rasa reviewed on Jan. 22, 2019

Dam' good start to something awesome. The story line and milieu are interesting without being cliche'. I am very interested to see how Malice and Stout - and Hari - develop!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Sarah reviewed on Dec. 21, 2018

Engaging plot and intriguing character development, all packed into a 20k story with a flowing, stylistic prose. Stout's adventure has only just begun, and I imagine this is a well-developed world we've only just caught a glimpse of as readers. Can't wait to see other installments in this interesting fantasy universe Eschbach has created. This is an author to watch, folks.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Michele reviewed on Dec. 13, 2018

Very interesting first installment. Looking forward to the next book. This author has a lot of talent and very well developed vocabulary!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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