Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Some of the Latest Reviews for The IX 

 
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Pretty much epic in all ways. I am still wrapping my head around the multiple fascinating concepts author Andrew P. Weston introduced in his novel, THE IX. We have a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they’re fighting. A US cavalry group escorting a Cree princess and the army of allied Native American warriors hunting them. A British special forces team and the terrorists they’re trying to stop. Oh, and the aliens who zapped them out of time and into the future. There. I think I’ve covered the major players.
What is astounding to me is with so many characters and multiple threads of characterizations and historically important behavior and linguistics, I never, ever felt lost or confused. I am officially blown the hell away. So, forgive my clumsy attempt to squish so much rich goodness into a few spoiler-free paragraphs.
Weston starts his novel with hook after deliciously tantalizing hook. With the Legion, we immediately connect with a high ranking officer who dreams of the day he’ll retire (possibly to Gaul), ending his impressive military career on a high note. This part of the book brought to mind Maximus from a film I still adore, Gladiator. He, too, wanted to end his war so he could return to his family and enjoy a peaceful life. But a peaceful life is not in our hero’s future.
Jump ahead to the cavalry’s mission to safely escort a Native American princess to her betrothed. The marriage will end hostility on the Plains. The characterizations again hit all my happy buttons. Weston imbues these people of color with intelligence, strength of will, strength of character–basically, he makes them real, not caricatures. The cavalry soldier we have as our point of view is fleshed out and I admire his thoughtfulness and bravery. When shenanigans occur, I’m both pissed off and fearful. I like the characters and I didn’t want them to fail. In walks the author and his twisty little plot and boom! Another jaw-dropping event happens.
You get the picture. A similar, what-in-the-world event happens to the special forces team. In all, the author pretty much blows your mind on every level. I kind of loved that, and I kind of despised him for it. Ha! Yes, it was a love-hate relationship.
Okay, still with me? So, all these people from different times in history suddenly awaken in the same place, same time. Yep, the future. Their kidnappers (not the best description, but it works) are desperate for help and this rag-tag group is their last hope, known as The Ninth (or for you educated folks, The IX) because eight previous time-zapped groups tried and failed in the same battle. Their opposition is called the Horde, a race of I-have-no-idea monsters that suck the life energy right out of you, leaving you dead (or wishing you were). Man, even the Horde was awesome.
I can’t give any details because this adventure, this perfect sci-fi drama of action and trust and betrayal and hope, deserves to be read by you and absorbed into your life. This is a superb story and it has too many layers to peel back to do it justice. What I love most is no one is wasted. Not one of the many characters we meet is rendered unimportant in some way. No fodder. No cardboard secondary's.
Do I recommend this book? Um, does chocolate cake taste fantastic? Of course! If you love a solid story that gives you moments of real fear for the safety of those imaginary people on the page, then I recommend, recommend, recommend highly THE IX.
(By Tricia Skinner - Geeks in High School)
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Such is the cornerstone of Andrew P. Weston’s masterful science fiction novel, The IX. Tens of thousands of lightyears from Earth and centuries into the future, an astoundingly advanced alien culture is falling prey to those who use their advancement against them. Known as The Horde, this vast and seemingly instinctive race of predators are feasting upon the Ardenese, whose technology fails to provide them with weapon powerful enough to defeat their enemy. As the Ardenese hurtle towards extinction, they place the essence of their culture into The Ark, a technological marvel existing over a fracture in space time. Using the fracture to their advantage, the Ardenese program their computer, The Architect, to scan time and space for the best candidates to defeat The Horde. Swept up at the moment of their death, these selected few are tasked with the unenviable goal of destroying The Horde - or falling victim to the clutches of the beasts.

Yet upon whom does the Architect place its final hope? A first century Roman Legion (the fabled IX Legion lost in the hills of Scotland), a 19th century American Cavalry troop, and a 21st century special-ops team. They comprise the ninth and final wave of support against The Horde and are a stark contrast to the previous waves. For unlike the eight waves before them, the IX wave hold the key to the destruction of The Horde - and it is an answer so simple, it astounds them all.

Weston’s The IX is a masterful combination of blissfully minimalistic writing and the advanced complexity of a superb science fiction novel, indicative of Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart and James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Instead of forty pages of waiting for the characters to figure out what we already know, we get a solid few that imparts upon us the same amount of affection and pride for our characters - without frustrating us to the point of skipping to ‘get to the good part.’ With Weston’s writing, the whole novel is the good part. The pace moves rapidly, with the intelligent dialogue and well-choreographed action allowing us to progress with the plot while also connecting us with the characters.

As in the novel, simplicity is often underrated - especially in writing itself. Clean and precise storytelling is often overlooked for pages of political banter, chapters of history, and subplot upon subplot so saturated in characters that you need a notebook just to keep track of who’s alive and who’s dead. (I’m talking to you, George R.R. Martin.) Such a story has its charms, but there’s a point where reading becomes more of a chore than a feat of imagination. Any description included in The IX is essential to the plot, and the history is hardly superfluous, but it doesn’t weigh the overall story (or the reader) down. In fact, this parallelism between Weston’s minimalistic writing with a sophisticated plot and a simple answer to a sophisticated problem brilliantly adds to the magic of the novel. Heck, even the title fits the theme.

Now, that’s not to say the story is simple. To call it such would be a sham. The science fiction, based on temporal mechanics, electrodynamics, and biomechanics, is complex but easy to understand, largely due to Weston’s precise writing. Additionally, while the term “simple” implies underdeveloped characters, it is precisely that clean description of our main troup and the way they face their adventures that endears them to us. Sure, there are subplots and side journeys into the lives of our characters, but they are so expertly woven into the story that it never feels like a departure from the overall story.

Ultimately, when it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction.

The IX delivers.

Simplicity in the midst of intricate complexity.
(By Amy Hypnarowski - The Forbidden Fruit)
 
 
Interested?
 
 
Roman legionnaires, far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia.
 
A  US cavalry company, engaged on a special mission, vital to the peace treaty proposed by Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.
A twenty-first century Special Forces unit, desperate to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
From vastly different backgrounds, these soldiers are united when they are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing. Thinking they may have been granted a reprieve, imagine their horror when they discover they have been transported to a failing planet on the far side of the galaxy, where they are given a simple ultimatum. Fight or die. Against all odds, this group of misfits manages to turn the tide against a relentless foe, only to discover the true cost of victory might exact a price they are unwilling to pay.
How far would you be willing to go to stay alive?
The IX. Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.
Experience the Fight for Yourself!
The IX 
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The IX

Alternative Science Fiction for the Discerning Reader

 
Do you think that sci-fi has gone stale in recent years?
Lost its edge or perhaps its universal appeal?
 
If so, you might like to avail yourself of the #1 international bestseller - The IX, a pleasing blend of historical fact and fiction, metaphysics and theoretical science that crosses genre boundaries and is taking the world of speculative fiction by storm.
 
What are people saying about the IX?
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Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. I was right there, on Arden, while reading. Action-packed through every chapter, the story unfolds as former enemies are forced to learn how to trust each other, to trust the visions & experiences of those who walk the spirit-world, & to share information. I highly recommend this book to fans of SF/fantasy, & horror.
Amazing Stories

The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship or Gordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde) It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion,& Weston takes the story in unexpected directions that are intriguing & fun.
If you're in need of some fast-paced storytelling, lots of action, & an army of characters drawn from Earth's past and future, The IX should serve you well
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Black Gate

Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination& science fiction magic as is available today. A strong book by a solid author.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /Vine Reviewer


When it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction. The IX delivers.
Fanboy Comics
 
If you like your science fiction fast paced and gritty, full of realistic action and dark humor in the face of overwhelming odds, then The IX is definitely the epic for you.
Fans of Julian May’s “Saga of the Pliocene Exiles,” Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, and Jerry Pournelle's “Janissaries Series” will love this tale. It combines the divergent elements of the past, present, and future, and blends them together into a slick and stylish package that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.
The Must Read Science Fiction Adventure of 2015.
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure...
Find out for yourselves why...

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Death Is Only The Beginning Of The Adventure


 
What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?
 
Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?
 
How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?
 
Yes…
 
What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?
 
Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!

Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.

That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a simple but stark ultimatum:
Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive.

Fight or die!

How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare?
Do they survive?
Find out for yourselves, in The IX.
… And remember…


Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure!
 
 
If you like your science fiction fast paced and gritty, full of realistic action and dark humor in the face of overwhelming odds, then The IX is definitely the epic for you.
Fans of Julian May’s “Saga of the Pliocene Exiles,” Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, and Jerry Pournelle's “Janissaries Series” will love this tale. It combines the divergent elements of the past, present, and future, and blends them together into a slick and stylish package that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.
The Must Read Science Fiction Adventure of 2015.
Find out for yourselves why...

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Embrace of the Incubus

 
What has gone before?
The Rage of Augustus
Augustus Thorne is a Cambion, an Incubus/human hybrid cursed with a hunger he can barely control.
All he has ever wanted is to be able to lead a normal life: To meet someone, fall in love, settle down, have children. Sadly, the simple pleasures that everyone takes for granted are denied him, because of what he is.
Fated to feed from humans, plagued by desires that threaten to turn him into a monster, he has channeled his self-loathing into a quest for revenge. For over two hundred years, Augustus has hunted and executed every demon he can find. And he has done his job well, for he is both despised and feared within the demonic community.
However, there is one Incubus in particular Augustus has always yearned to meet: The one responsible for attacking his mother in the first place! The one responsible for the years of anguish and suffering that have followed!
His own hated father–Fanon!
For centuries, his father has managed to elude him…until now! Fanon has grown careless, arrogant. His blatant disregard for moderation has allowed Augustus to track him to a suburb of Los Angeles where a disproportionate number of women–all fitting a similar profile–have died in recent weeks.
Hoping to spring a trap, Augustus travels to that location and lies in wait.
However, other players have a stake in this deadly game.
Fanon’s carelessness has brought his actions to the attention of the demon governing body, the Chapter. Shocked that Fanon is unashamedly disregarding one of their strongest taboos–that of concealing any hint of their presence from the humans they live amongst–they dispatch members of the Forge, their warrior elite, to eliminate him.
Not realizing this, Augustus springs his trap, only to discover that he has stumbled upon the assassination squad at work. During the battle that follows, Fanon arrives to witness the devastating prowess of his hybrid son.
Horrified, Fanon flees the scene, beginning a chase that leads Augustus across a number of major European cities. During that Pursuit, Augustus not only inches ever closer to his loathsome father, but he also unearths some shocking discoveries!
It would appear his mother’s misery was not a simple case of sheer bad luck, or of being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Incredibly, Augustus uncovers hints and references to indicate his birth may have been planned!
Delving into those secrets, Augustus discovers a whole different world, hidden in plain sight! One that not only makes him as much of a target as his father, but a source of hope to many others too! And it is these ones in particular who astonish him, for they are from among the Demondim! And they live by a strict code of honor that strongly appeals to his own rigidly enforced guiding ethics.
Amazingly–while all this is happening around him–he also meets an incredible woman, Colleen Wolfe, and falls in love!
With so many things to consider, Augustus has to reassess his life. While trying to balance his new priorities, he unwisely agrees to a truce with his enemies. Some do indeed act with integrity. However, others–and especially the demon king–make plans to answer the threat they feel his presence represents.
And all the time, behind the scenes, the diabolical influence of Fanon continues to foment disaster.
The story ended in an abandoned warehouse in London, the venue of a rave. Thinking he is going there for an evening out with a human woman, the first person he has ever allowed himself to fall in love with, Augustus is taken by surprise. Almost too late, he discovers just how deeply both his father’s and the demon king’s treachery runs, when both make a play to promote their own agendas.
The climax occurs when the warehouse is blasted apart by the arcane energies unleashed during a fight to the death between Augustus, Fanon, Agamemnon–supreme warrior of the Forge–and a crack team of his Forge assassins.
Who lived?
Who died?
We found out in…Kiss of the Succubus.
 
Kiss of the Succubus
Having survived the double-cross planned by his own spawn-father and the demon king himself, Augustus is trying to come to terms with his lot in life.
Both Fanon and Agamemnon lay dead, but Augustus feels hopelessly lost! Besides his mother, he has only ever loved one woman in his long and lonely life. He has only ever lowered his guard…once…just once, and allowed someone to get close.
And now Colleen is gone. Driven away by the very real dangers his lifestyle embodies.
Alone again, feeling bitter and resentful, Augustus eventually forces himself out of his self-imposed hiatus to put the new knowledge he has learned to use.
And not before time!
An insidious new threat has emerged. One that exposes humanity to a danger the likes of which they have never faced before! One that would see them reduced to the status of cattle in a worldwide meat-market.
However, it would appear fate is at last smiling upon Augustus.
On his very first undertaking back into his violent life, he stumbles upon a mysterious woman, Marissa. She is a true force to be reckoned with! Augustus watches, amazed, as she dispatches a number of demons with consummate ease. And no wonder! For Marissa appears to be the only other Cambion he has ever encountered!
Quickly joining forces, they set out to make Samael pay for his deviousness!
However, all is not as it first appears.
This so-called Cambion is, in fact, a genetically altered Incubus. An impostor dispatched by Samael to breach Augustus Thorne’s defenses and defeat him in a way no other can! Not by strength, but by guile!
Unaware of this, Augustus begins to sow the seeds of a new relationship, whilst delving into the latest secrets he has unearthed. He hopes this knowledge will help expose further details about his origins as well as assist him in neutralizing the emerging threat. However, the deeper Augustus digs, the more startling are the facts he uncovers.
It would appear Samael’s schemes were centuries in the making. When first proposed, those plans raised concerns as to the wisdom of his choices, and doubts as to his fitness to rule. A secret faction arose within Demondim to oppose him. Through that faction, the seeds were sown for a remarkable savior. A Despoiler, capable of utilizing the power of the three bloodlines to overthrow the fallen angel and his Paladin!
The deeper Augustus delves, the more a disquieting realization becomes apparent. He might be this foretold Despoiler, for circumstances indicate a great deal of planning and forethought went into the selection of all those involved in his spawning, both human and demonic!
Keeping this information to himself, Augustus seeks to unearth the specifics that will help him understand his place in things. But in doing so, he is maneuvered into a position whereby he must work ever more intimately with Marissa. It is only inevitable they draw closer.
This is exactly what Marissa craves, for behind the scenes, her accomplices have been searching for the descendents of a very particular bloodline. One from whom they hope to extract a rare poison to use in their machinations against Augustus.
Events progress in tandem.
A chance meeting unexpectedly rekindles the spark of love between Augustus and Colleen Wolfe. They are overjoyed by this reunion, and this spurs Augustus to learn more about his heritage and the incredible power this will grant him.
Sure enough, when his senses are enhanced even further, Augustus becomes aware of a third layer of reality in which additional revelations have been secreted away. Delving into them, he learns of the existence of ancient artifacts he will need to successfully fulfill prophecy. Amazingly, it is within this realm that Augustus also discovers the presence of the Ar-neter–Elemental Guardians–created at the dawn of time. They not only safeguard the fragile balance between the heavenly, demonic and human realms, but also exist to prepare the way for the Despoiler’s coming.
Marissa also makes headway in her endeavors. Managing to secure the extract she needs, she plans the perfect way of lowering the defenses of her target. Things appear to be progressing smoothly, until the newly returned Colleen Wolfe threatens to ruin her scheme. Unwittingly, Colleen has made herself a target!
Meanwhile, Augustus realizes his only chance of fully understanding his capabilities, and discovering the location of the artifacts he requires, lies within the halls of the greatest source of Demondim law and knowledge on the planet: the Great Library, housed at their second city, Damascus, a huge fortress-like edifice built beneath the mountains.
Wreaking havoc, he destroys that city’s defenses, lays waste to its defenders and obtains the information he desires. Full of the sense of victory, he returns home with his guard lowered.
Seizing the opportunity, Marissa manages to ambush Augustus and, using the poison, renders him helpless. Preparing to murder Augustus, she is thwarted at the last moment by Colleen Wolfe, who lays down her life to save him.
The story ended in bitterness and pain.
Interring Colleen beside his mother within the Tau-rus, the living force that binds all life together, Augustus vows revenge. His power is growing daily, and he teeters on the edge of fully realizing his potential. Woe betides any who fall into his clutches!
Samael walks the halls of his ravaged city. The death toll is alarming, as was the ease with which the defenses were overcome. Appalled, he is forced to raise his greatest paradox–the Paladin–from slumber. For while the Paladin represents a lethal threat to Samael’s schemes, this true Cambion is the only force in existence capable of standing against Augustus!
Thus, the scene is set for the finale.
Will the Paladin succeed where all others have failed?
Will Samael secure his position as undisputed ruler for all eternity?
Will others embroiled in this nightmare see the culmination of their desires?
Or will Augustus succeed in achieving his destiny, and at last, end his relentless campaign of revenge and hate?
Only time will tell, as we enter the final chapter of the story in:
The Cambion Journals–Embrace of the Incubus.
 
Don't miss out on this epic conclusion
 

Embrace of the Incubus - Cover Reveal

 
Augustus Returns -
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The Cambion Journals

Embrace of the Incubus

Devastated by the loss of Colleen, and enraged by the treacherous cunning of King Samael, Augustus Thorne decides he has suffered enough. In a stunning reversal of roles, he dares to embrace the full might of his Cambion nature, and accepts his role as the 'Despoiler' recorded in prophecy. Taking the fight deep into the heart of demon territory, he wreaks terrible destruction on all who cross his path.
Driven by dark fury, and feeling he has nothing to lose, Augustus invites certain death to ensure the reign of Samael is crushed, and the breach between realms is sealed once and for all.
But others still have a pivotal role to play in this endgame, and things may not be as they first appear.
Is the world of mankind safe, or doomed to slavery?
Wait and see, as the story reaches its dramatic conclusion in...
Embrace of the Incubus.
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Don't miss out on this epic conclusion
 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Evil Returns - And So Does Its Bane

 
Will evil prevail or will Augustus step up and assume the mantle of The Despoiler?
Only time will tell in
The Cambion Journals - Embrace of the Incubus
 
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The Rage of Augustus
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

Whoever they are, they’ve never met Augustus Thorne.

Born a Cambion—half-demon, half-human—and cursed with a terrible hunger he can barely control, Augustus hunts and exterminates any Incubi and Succubae he can find.

His life is spent searching for the foul scum who raped his mother, Augustus’s own father.

Driven by rage, his quest leads Augustus through the centuries and around the world until fate suddenly hands him his heart’s desire.

Things are not as they appear and the revelations Augustus uncovers are mind boggling. When he finally corners his father in London, events take an unexpected twist.

Is revenge served upon a bed of scalding rage?

Discover the awful truth in Book One of the Cambion Journals: the Rage of Augustus.

 
Kiss of the Succubus

Having survived the double-cross planned by Samael, the demon king, and Fanon, his own spawn-father, Augustus Thorne is trying to come to terms with his lot in life. Both Fanon and Agamemnon, the king’s assassin, are dead. But also gone is the only woman Augustus has ever loved, driven away by the dangers his lifestyle brings.

Augustus doesn’t have the luxury of dwelling on what might have been. An insidious new threat has emerged, one that exposes humanity to a danger unlike anything they’ve ever faced before.  

Stumbling upon a mysterious woman who appears to be the only other Cambion he’s ever met, Augustus discovers he doesn’t have to face the threat alone. Has he met his soul mate, or is she too good to be true?

Augustus much watch his step, unsure who else might want him dead. The story continues in The Cambion Journals: Kiss of the Succubus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The IX - #1 in Australia Again

 
What a delight to find The IX topping the charts in Australia once again.
 
Thank you so much to all the fans who are supporting this remarkable story - and especially to the discerning readers Down Under who continue to highlight the popularity of science fiction there.
 
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Have YOU read The IX?
Find out why you should
 
Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. I was right there, on Arden, while reading. Action-packed through every chapter, the story unfolds as former enemies are forced to learn how to trust each other, to trust the visions & experiences of those who walk the spirit-world, & to share information. I highly recommend this book to fans of SF/fantasy, & horror.
Amazing Stories

The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship or Gordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde) It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion,& Weston takes the story in unexpected directions that are intriguing & fun.
If you're in need of some fast-paced storytelling, lots of action, & an army of characters drawn from Earth's past and future, The IX should serve you well
.
Black Gate

Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination& science fiction magic as is available today. A strong book by a solid author.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /Vine Reviewer


When it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction. The IX delivers.
Fanboy Comics
 
If you like your science fiction fast paced and gritty, full of realistic action and dark humor in the face of overwhelming odds, then The IX is definitely the epic for you.
Fans of Julian May’s “Saga of the Pliocene Exiles,” Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, and Jerry Pournelle's “Janissaries Series” will love this tale. It combines the divergent elements of the past, present, and future, and blends them together into a slick and stylish package that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.
The Must Read Science Fiction Adventure of 2015.
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure...
Find out for yourselves why...

Amazon:
 
Barnes & Noble: