Saturday, January 31, 2015

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to get absorbed into the world created and the ..., January 30, 2015
This review is from: The IX (Kindle Edition)
Andrew P. Weston has creatively used the mystery of The Ninth Legion to weave a tale of epic proportions. What more can one expect after mashing together fighters from different time periods on an alien plant.

The conflict that begins to arise is tense, the action vividly described and the suspense enthralling. The pacing is well distributed as Weston takes the time to show you the lives of warriors prior to being snatched at the point of their death. This builds the character of the warriors and allows thee reader to make a connection with them. The tale that ensues is a sci-fi fan's wildest dreams. It's easy to get absorbed into the world created and the trials and struggles the characters must endure to save a civilization from a merciless foe.

"The IX" is fantastic novel that will have readers flying through the pages despite it's length.

A recommended read.
 
          "Fight or Die", January 30, 2015
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This review is from: The IX (Kindle Edition)
For centuries, military historians and Roman scholars alike have argued about why and how the Ninth Roman Legion disappeared. Weston gives us one possible answer: they were spirited away at the moment of death, along with other hand-picked warriors from Civil War times and the 21st century, to fight for an advanced human civilization in the future against an enemy intent on destroying all humanity.

"Fight or die" is the only choice for warriors from the past, present, and future in a novel sure to please you if you like a mix of high adventure, military history, hard science fiction, and metaphysics. A tour de force! Highly recommended.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Early Reviews For The IX

 
Make This Superb, Sensational, Spectacular Story Into A Movie Please!, January 27, 2015
This review is from: The IX (Kindle Edition)
Maximum aggression is what you get when you bring together three elite groups of warriors from three different time periods under the Eagle of the Ninth Legion. Take these warriors, soldiers, and war fighters, along with their enemies, and place them at a time and place in the future to pool their talents and resources to try to save a more advanced civilization from perishing. Excellent plot, you will definitely feel like you got an episode of Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Annals of Military History, past and present, fused into one tremendous, free flowing, fast moving, action packed, thrilling, exhilirating, breathtaking, roller-coaster, epic confrontation of good versus evil.

The writing is superb. The characters are well developed, and you definitely care about the outcome of the various groups of combatants involved in this story. It's 451 pages long, so even if you are like me, a really fast reader who wants to get from page 1 to page last as soon as possible, I don't think you should read it that way. Slow down, enjoy the journey, and deal with the people you meet, the problems they face and must overcome, and identify the characters who are most like you. Do you see yourself in the roles of one of the various leaders, or are you a mystic with a vision that will unite the tribes?

Let me finish with a few superlatives. It's only the end of January, but let there be no doubt that I seriously do not anticipate reading a better book in 2015. This book has it all. It crosses genre-boundaries, has characters who you can despise, characters who you can love, and characters who you wonder whether or not you could tolerate / stand them / put up with them very long in real life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this magnificent book. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Weston in the future. He clearly has quite a clever mind that is able to bring his background knowledge about the military and law enforcement to form a harmonious relationship with his creative talents.

This one is a must-read for 2015. Obviously it's five stars, and anyone who enjoys scifi, fantasy, military, humanity at its best and humanity at its worst, will enjoy this book. I've got to say that I think all people from age 12 to age 100 will find this book enormously entertaining. This book definitely should be made into a movie. I would cast Denzell Washington as Marcus Brutus, Prime Centurion of the first Cohort of the Ninth Legion of Rome. Oh, Marcus is my favorite character in this book, since he's a lot like me. Who will your favorite character be?
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Deserves the highest rating I can give., January 28, 2015
This review is from: The IX (Kindle Edition)
There has been much debate about the fate of the Ninth Roman Legion (the IX) which disappeared from historical records around the year 108. In his excellent new novel, author Andrew Weston gives us his take on what befell the legionnaires and what use they made of their specialized knowledge in the time following their mysterious disappearance.

An entire civilized world faces destruction at the hands of a seemingly unstoppable enemy. An enemy that spends the lives of its forces so extravagantly there seems to be no intelligence behind it. To combat this ravening force the Ninth, along with Native Americans, ancient Caledonians, American civil war fighters and 21st century armaments experts are snatched from Earth and transported to this beleaguered world to help find the key to understanding and destroying the enemy.

As a premise it’s exciting enough, and the writing certainly doesn’t disappoint. There’s tension, confusion, action and suspense aplenty. Yet the strength of this novel, in my view, rests in the characters Weston has created. It’s impossible not to get involved with them; from the events prior to their being snatched from the familiar and dumped into chaos, to their struggles to understand, through to their determination to use what skills they possess to aid the strange civilization that “saved” them. The IX is a tour de force and Weston’s skills as a writer and plotter are plain for all to see. I’d definitely recommend this book for all lovers of great and exciting fiction, regardless of genre.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advance copy of this novel and am happy to give it an honest and unbiased review. I truly believe it deserves the highest rating I can give.
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If you love heroes, military history, January 26, 2015
This review is from: The IX (Kindle Edition)
If you love heroes, military history, science fiction and fantasy or metaphysical adventure, this is the book for you. Warriors from the past, present and future are recruited at the moment of death and snatched away to fight in a far future against an implacable enemy. The IX (pronounced The Ninth), a real Roman legion who went missing in the first century AD, are among those taken, along with American Indians, Civil War fighters, and 21st century commandos. The story is deep, compelling, the science and history sparkles with clarity, creativity, and insight. But the characters are the great draw in this story, a grand step forward in military sf and fantasy. You'll be on the edge of your chair for the climax of this major novel by an amazing, polymathic new talent. Five stars because there are no more to give....I'll be one of the first to tell you: "Buy this book."
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The IX

Currently No 1 - Goodreads - Best Military Science Fiction
&
Best Military Science FictionThrillers
 
 
And  4th - Best Military Science Fiction
 
Find out for yourselves why...
 
The IX

Fight or Die!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The IX is now LIVE!

(eBook format only at this time)
 
 
The wait is over.
 
It is my pleasure to announce that the IX is now live and available through the link below, and on the smaller picture to the right of the main blog.
 
 
Due to the quirks of publishing maps, the paperback format will take a few weeks longer to be with us. So thank you in advance for your patience.
 
If you're still not decided. Take a look at the reviews already on Amazon - and the additional ones shown below this post.
However...
Whatever you do - Enjoy!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Praise for the IX

Take a look at what some are saying about The IX
 
 
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"Weston's mix of history, metaphysics and real science ventures into territory not often explored in science fiction. What happened to the IX Legion of ancient Rome? Find out here, where Past, Present and Future are masterfully blended in an epic novel that takes classic elements to new heights. Weston has a true gift for superb storytelling and memorable characters. This one is not to be missed." 
 --- Joe Bonadonna, author of Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, Three Against The Stars, and others.
 
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 The IX.
First, let’s get this out of the way. I was given a review copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Anyone who reads my reviews, know I usually only post the ones where I can give a 5 or 4 star. Anything else I contact the author and attempt to explain why I can’t do better. That said, this is not just an...other 5 star review. I would give this one at least an 8 if it were possible. I stayed up way too late to finish the book. It not only had me on the edge of my seat, it twisted me into knots at the end. Whoa! This is a science fiction story to get and hold on to. It is an amazing work with a mind boggling conclusion. Frankly, I’m still processing it. Excellent, fantastic story! The author’s imagination leaves me gasping.
Cherime MacFarlane
 
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Review of The IX by Ann Stolinsky



(For Amazing Stories)
 
Rhomane, the only remaining city on the planet Arden, is under siege by a group of mindless monsters known collectively as the “Horde.” Arden is not the only planet the Horde besieged … it destroyed 30 planets in 15 months. The Ardenese population is being decimated; while once there were eight billion humans on the planet, only eighty thousand remain. The Horde continually attacks the walls of the city, walls built using lydium, the densest material known, even though the attack results in each monster’s demise. The walls will hold … or will they?
The Ardenese believe that the only solution to prevent their total annihilation is to create a rip-tear in space-time, combining their life forces into an Ark. They leave behind an Archive-Architect, programmed to search for life forces from Earth; bringing them via a stable gateway to Arden with the hope of stopping the Horde and rebuilding the planet. The Architect searches Earth in various eras: the past, the present, and the future. Eight groups have already been transported to Arden from Earth with no decrease in Horde activity. The ninth brings the Ninth Legion of Rome from the year 120, soldiers and members of Indian nations from 1860, and Special Forces members from 2052. Combatants who were enemies in their own eras must learn to work together in this era to ensure the survival of the remaining humans. Resources are rapidly dwindling. Will the ninth cohort find the clue to survival by listening to the Cree shaman from 1860 and the medical doctor from 3314, or by using currently known science and technology? Commander Saul Cameron carries the fate of Arden on his shoulders.
I really enjoyed this book. The author 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 and experiences of those who walk the spirit-world, and to share information. I highly recommend this book to fans of SF, horror, and fantasy.
 

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Fight or Die!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Latest Pre-Release Review For The IX

 
 
A pre-publication review of The IX, January 8, 2015:
Cherime MacFarlane...

The IX.
First, let’s get this out of the way. I was given a review copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Anyone who reads my reviews, know I usually only post the ones where I can give a 5 or 4 star. Anything else I contact the author and attempt to explain why I can’t do better. That said, this is not just another 5 star review. I would give this one at least an 8 if it were possible. I stayed up way too late to finish the book. It not only had me on the edge of my seat, it twisted me into knots at the end. Whoa! This is a science fiction story to get and hold on to. It is an amazing work with a mind boggling conclusion. Frankly, I’m still processing it. Excellent, fantastic story! The author’s imagination leaves me gasping.
 
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The ultimatum: Fight or die.

Roman legionnaires, far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia; a US cavalry company on a special mission for Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln; and a Special Forces unit from the 21st century, desperate to prevent nuclear catastrophe:

Snatched away from Earth at the moment of death to a failing planet far away, these misfit soldiers must unite against a relentless foe, where the cost of victory may be more than they're willing to pay.

How far will they go to stay alive?