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The IX (The IX Series Book 1) by [Weston, Andrew P.]
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Soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds, including the IX Legion of Rome, are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing, and 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 stark ultimatum:
Fight or die.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1956 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Perseid Press (26 January 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RM54QBA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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As a child and teen, one of my favorite things to read about were the Romans. I loved the history, the mythology, the tales and legends. It all fascinated me. Picking up The IX, I anticipated having a ride much like that. I was pleasantly surprised to experience not only nostalgia, but a beautiful blend of history and science-fiction like I've never read.

Initially, it was not the tale but the writing style that blew me away. I connected immediately with the author as I was pulled into the story. The characters brought a sense of urgency with them; everything seemed to threaten them and their safety. The suspense of the story was second-to-none and left me flipping through the pages with my own urgency. I just had to know what happened next. I loved the descriptions of settings, the flow of the tale, and the unique direction the author took with the work. The "fight or die" adage turned into "read or die" for me.

If you enjoy novels with your heroes and villains firmly set, with a bit of historical flair, loads of action, and just the right amount of sci-fi to keep things interesting, this is the book for you. Highly recommended!
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As I was reading “The IX” I was reminded of “A Canticle for Leibowitz.” The comparison is more of a shadow correlation because it was about fifteen years ago that I read “Canticle,” but the enduring trait of that novel is its breadth. You get a sense of the passage of time and the enormity of the universe and this sensation also applies to “The IX.”

First of all, the concept of “The IX” is fantastic. The idea of gathering up warriors from different ages and throwing them into a fight for their life is the kind of starting point most sci-fi/fantasy fans will jump at. The only drawback of an idea like this is realizing it in a way that doesn’t appear campy or contrived. If the author rushes to get to the punch, the effect is cheapened. However, Andrew Weston is too skilled an author to fall into this trap. The mechanics of this book are rock solid, and Weston stays true to the established rules.

The first quarter of the book details the backgrounds of the various protagonists who will populate the novel. The reader gets to spend significant amount of time with all of them in their native setting. These moments are not rushed, and the presence of significant back story sets up the suspicion that there is an interconnectedness of fate which causes the actions of their past to impact the future. However, this theme isn’t applied in a “Cloud Atlas” kind of way, it’s just a lurking presence that adds spice to the whole experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It has enough action to keep you entertained and turning the pages on a first reading, and enough subtext to make you want to revisit it again and again. Andrew Weston is a skilled storyteller and his work shows the polish of an experienced craftsman (with minimal search I found many examples of his writing published with “Amazing Stories”).

Check out “The IX,” you won’t be disappointed.
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With its superb and vivid writing, this novel is one that readers can certainly sink their teeth into. It's obvious from the get-go that the author is not only gifted with an extraordinary imagination but also with the ability to bring to life a strangely compelling cast of characters in an equally strangely compelling atmosphere of danger and suspense, starting with the clever premise of bringing together warriors from different periods in time and assembling them in a tense struggle for survival in an alien world. How these people of such diverse cultures and attitudes are able to engage in a fierce combat with an obviously powerful and inhuman enemy makes up the bulk of the storyline. While a sense of impending danger is always present in chapter after chapter, one is frequently struck not only by the increasing momentum of events being described, but also (for example) by such striking descriptive passages like the one early on in the novel, describing an Indian warrior with "tomahawk in hand, long flowing locks streaming behind him in the gale,...a vision of the very land itself come to life."
This would surely translate into a tremendous theatrical film. The absorbing, action-packed storyline, and the vividly etched characterizations are already present in the writing in an incredibly visual way. One of the best-written science-fiction sagas to come my way in a long time!
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Leave it to a man living in the tranquilly of a beautiful Greek island to come up with a dark vision of cosmic strife and violence. With a unique writing skill, Andrew P. Weston brings into the story multiple facets of experienceâ"his training as a soldier and policeman, his studies in criminal law and astronomy, his expertise in supporting Nasa research, and his imagination, greatly inspired by mythology.

âaeWe of the Ninth Legion are well versed in siege preparation, commander. You need not fear.â The IX was a Roman legion that operated from the 1st century BC until the mid-2nd century AD and then, mysteriously, disappeared from records. In this book, Weston uses the riddle to take a leap from the pages of history into the future. It is there that he imagines the predicament of fighters, transported at the moment of their death to an unfamiliar place at the far side of the galaxy. Here is a large cast of characters.

Here is the attempt to preserve the possibility of life in the future: âaeHe stood at the very top of a huge shaft that had been cut down through the planetâ(tm)s crust for a distance of more than two leagues. Within that borehole, safely interred within a multitude of vacuum shells, were millions upon millions of genetic samplesâ¦waiting for a time when they could at last be released, to reseed a ruined world.â The descriptions are just as vivid in the science fiction mode as they are in the mythological mode: âaeLathered with sweat, the horse wheezed with every stride, laboring terribly under the strain of their wild gallop. Ignoring his mountâ(tm)s protestations, James Houston hunkered down in the saddle and pushed it to even greater efforts.â

Will they be grateful to their rescuers and assist them in fighting their formidable enemy?
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