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Marine Cadet (The Human Legion Book 1) by [Taylor, Tim C.]
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You’re 17 and lucky. You just made Cadet. But there’s no time to celebrate, because only the best make Marine. Failures face the Cull…

Five centuries ago, Earth sold a million children into alien slavery. Now their descendants want their freedom back!

2565 A.D. When seventeen-year old Marine Cadet, Arun McEwan, forges an unlikely friendship with an alien scribe, he crashes into a world of treachery and conspiracy. How can he possibly survive three more years until graduation when every day brings a new deadly threat?

But survive he must because his new alien allies show him glimpses of his destiny — a vision of a better future that only he can forge.

A dream called the Human Legion.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3700 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Human Legion Publications (26 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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AN interesting story... but the author has tried to show the MC's humanity but turning him into a child, it make sense in the plot but its irritating to read. Maybe it gets better but i put the book down after getting about half way because i just wasn't interested enough to deal with the wining.
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A good mix of Science Fiction, mystery & suspense as a young man struggles to grow, knowing things aren't what they seem. Marines! They never seem to change even with genetic engineering & controlling drugs. Still gung ho!
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I couldn't get into this at all and stopped a short way in.
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By ned56 on 20 February 2015
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A well crafted story line with a fast paced plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept, couldn't get past the main character's faults 21 August 2015
By Roger A Fischer - Published on
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A interesting concept, maybe this is only for young adults, but I couldn't get into this story. For someone whose ancestors had been enslaved and then bred and genetically modified to be the perfect cannon fodder, and who has been subject to military discipline from childhood, the main character makes boneheaded mistakes you would expect from a punk kid. He can't control his outbursts, not even when he knows it could subject him and his comrades to draconian punishment. And through all that there is some implied "destiny" for him, the implication that he is different and special, which is often a source of enmity with his peers. The writing and editing were good or I would have taken another star.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise 22 February 2015
By Jonathon K - Published on
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This book has me somewhat torn. On one hand, it had me reading until the end, wanting to find out what happened, and that is a good sign. On the other hand, there were many weak points about the book, some that rather bothered me.

I am not going to focus on the good here, because frankly, I can't put my finger on what was good. However, that does not mean the good doesn't exist. It certainly does. I just can't delineate the good points. I read the whole book, so I must have liked it.

On the bad points, they are easier to point out. I will note a few of them here.

First, the book is way too long. Long books are fine, but only if they didn't drag out. The entire section of when the protagonist is serving a week's punishment as an aux was frankly ridiculous and could have been eliminated, for example. All that scene did was to fortify the feeling that the Marine cadets were not in some sort of 20-year recruit training but in a fraternity where goofy hijinks were conducted. Yes, people died there, but still, the cadets let petty actions interfere with life and death.

That leads to another problem I had. A reasonable human perspective was non-existent. Life and death seemingly meant nothing to the characters as they acted in self destructive ways without regards to consequences. The author did offer up a reason for this, but I didn't buy it. They know the consequences of their actions, yet don't seem to care.

The entire "life is cheap" aspect of the book makes no sense. I can accept the Cull, which was the author's rendition of a Roman decimation, as a tool to induce better performance in training. However, beyond that, it makes no sense. It take 20 or more years to train a Marine. It takes 9 months to create a human (nothing was mentioned about this, so I would assume current biology still holds sway). Marines evidently fall like scythed wheat in battles for their masters, yet somehow, there are millions of Marines in cryogenic sleep and entire battalions and huge numbers of cadets are executed for inane reasons. The numbers just don't add up.

Finally, there is the protagonist, Arun. He is one of the most unlikable protagonists I have come across, but that could just be to give him room to develop. He is supposed to be a good tactician, but we never see it. He is a petulant whiny kid who is somehow in love with an older cadet who he doesn't even know, and he keeps discussing her with his squad despite them telling him to can it (later events concerning this were extremely far-fetched). He puts himself and his squadmates in danger for stupid and insignificant reasons. And just about everyone hates him for a silly event that is blown so out of proportion that it becomes a drag on the story. The other cadets' virulent hate for him is unreasonable and unrealistic.

There is quite a bit to like about the book. I read it through, and I might read the next on in the series. It could have been so much better, though. I would recommend it to those who like the Space Marine genre who might want to give it a shot.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good editor 13 February 2015
By Michael J. Rentner - Published on
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Too long with no payoff. The book ends with none of the mysteries revealed. But as is becoming so typical of scifi nowadays the lead character seems to hop in the sack with every female he comes across. The sexual partners are portrayed in a very juvenile way.

I highly resent being forced to buy another book before I even can learn what this story will be about, especially when so many pages were wasted in one side story after another. Nothing wraps it all up in a conclusion. It's like the author just rambled on an on and decided it was a paper long enough to turn in to the teacher for credit.

Talented writer, but this really needs to be trimmed down a lot and focused on some result. The end was very unsatisfying.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what an adventure. What a great way to spend this outer space fighting for Earth and the Human Race. 16 January 2015
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Marine Cadet (The Human Legion Book 1)
Tim C Taylor

I didn't get halfway thru the first chapter before I was hooked and on an adventure like no other I have ever taken.

Mr. Tim C Taylor has a way of writing that flows smoothly and seamless. Then every so often he places a bomb. He places them with the expertise of a seasoned author, which just sinks the hook deeper. He has a great since of timing, you never know when you will be laughing or cringing, you will be reading alone in the middle of a shoot out and he throws in something so funny and not expected that it makes you love the adventure even more. Or he can go in the opposite direction and the story will have the characters setting around just talking with their team and BOOM something really horrific happens and Mr. Taylor doesn't skip a beat it is seamless...smooth.

He has taken the proud Marines, twisted and re-modeled them into a futuristic Branch for the conquering allies, that rule earth. They breed the human race into super Marines (fighting machines). What a concept...what a story.

The pace is fast and moves at a good click. Which is in my opinion is good because I couldn't get enough of it. I enjoyed the way Mr. Taylor has put a great balance of war/fighting and personal insight into the characters and showed the camaraderie of the Marines themselves. It takes place around the year 2566 and we see what Earth has turned into. It is all orchestrated into this action packed science fiction series.

You can't go wrong picking this book up for a read and if you get hooked, like I did, I hear Book 2, Indigo Squad (The Human Legion Book 2) is now out. I for one, am very glad this is an ongoing series, I'm enjoying the adventure. You can also join the Human Legion on-line and get updates and communications from and for the Indigo Squad. You get the the inside scoop.

Thank you Mr Taylor for another great adventure that is just starting and giving me the time of my life in space.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another very interesting series to read 6 July 2015
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Before I start: I would recommend that you purchase the three book series as a set and save some money. Not much, however you would have everything together in one package.
I did not care for this book initially until I realized that the hero of the story was irritating as any teenager can be. It took 20+ chapters to understand this. And Taylor kept it true till the end of book 1. I also expect this to hold true through the other books until Arun becomes older.
I really don't want to into further details, except to say this series is more than worth it to buy & read.
Almost no formatting errors which I appreciate. However many, I thought, grammatical errors, which are disappointing.
Taylor has really created a very different universe to become involved in.
You should appreciate this book. I did.