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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: #88,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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First off, I have to say this book has been sitting on my kindle for over 1 1/2 years. I’m not sure why I bought it, but I’m glad I did. Since I started publishing my late husband’s stories, I’ve read nothing but indie books for the past three years. Don’t get me wrong, I love indie books and their authors, but I miss the feeling of reading a professionally published book. So when I started reading this little gem, my reading persona gave a big sigh of relief. Yes, I still found a few proofreading errors, but they seem to be popping up everywhere anymore.

This is a long book, so be prepared to spend some time devoted to it. And it’s not a fast-paced story, but there were times when I couldn’t read fast enough. I loved the premise of the story, bringing different cultures and times from Earth to Arden to save the people and the planet from the Horde. I could tell this was written by a military man as there is a lot of military jargon and strategies throughout the book.

I became attached to quite a few of the characters, but like all war, people die. So, this book is laced with emotions. Especially the Epilogue, which brought tears to my eyes. Now I read some 1 star reviews that felt the Native American aspect wasn’t used to it’s full advantage, or not needed at all. I didn’t feel that way. For me, it meshed nicely with all the other cultures that were trying to adapt to an extremely violent environment. I also have a soft spot for the Native American culture, so I very much enjoyed their inclusion.

My complaint about the book, were the nature of the transmuted Horde. Weston’s explanations were sometimes confusing, but not enough to mar my enjoyment of this book.

If you love alternate history, military stories, and sci-fi, you’ll want to read this book. This is book one in the series, but this ended so well, with no loose ends, I don’t feel compelled to read the next book. I give it my 5 feathers.
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Author Andrew Weston blends history, action, adventure, fantasy, science-fiction and a spectacular story line in his epic tale...The IX.
An advanced civilization faces annihilation from a horde of monstrous aliens intent on destroying all mankind. Three armies from different times on earth are chosen at the time of their deaths and are spirited away to another planet. There they will unite and use their military strategies and special resources to fight against this seemly unstoppable nemesis.
I can see this as the next science-fiction blockbuster movie, or better yet, a television series. I did not want the story to end, and like many other books, I will read it again! I am a science-fiction fan, but this read also contains mystery, adventure, and science put forth in such an intelligent and invocative write that it should appeal to many people looking for a great intense adventure. I hope this is part on an ongoing saga because I want to continue reading the adventures of the IX. 5 stars...wish I could give it 10!
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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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