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.
I found it to be imaginative, highly original and unique. Much fiction in general is about good guys vs. bad guys, and in Sci-Fi the battle tends to be about the weaponry. The IX is about an epic struggle for survival and the weaponry is indeed important but there is much to the story than that, such as portraits of leadership, heroism and team-building.
Because it is about a life-and-death struggle there are lots of battle scenes. LOTS of battle scenes. Those who enjoy reading about strategy will appreciate the knowledge and creativity that went into crafting every conflict.
The writing is lively and well paced. The dialog sounds natural and believable. Precise word choices paint vivid detailed pictures. Complex concepts and technologies are explained adroitly, in context, without disrupting the narrative flow or taking the reader out of the story.
The drama and suspense sustains until the very last word of the moving ending.
Andrew P. Weston is a Royal Marine and Police veteran from the UK who now lives on the beautiful Greek island of Kos with his wife, Annette, and their growing family of rescue cats. An astronomy and law graduate, he is a contracted writer of fiction and poetry. Creator of “The IX” – and the “Guardians” and “Cambion Journals” series, has also has the privilege of being a member of the British Science Fiction Association, and British Fantasy Society.
When not writing, Andrew devotes some of his spare time to assisting NASA in one of their remote research projects, and writes educational articles for Astronaut.com and Amazing Stories.
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