Monday, April 20, 2015

The IX - More April Reviews

 
What are readers saying about the IX?
Let's take a look at more reviews from April
*******
A well executed combat story with an intriguing premise and interesting characters. I didn't know how the author would pull elite soldiers from different time periods and cultures together but he did this well. They come together to fight the "horde". An evil relentless enemy seemingly lacking in intelligence. However, just when these soldiers think they have the "horde" beaten, they find out something about them that is a game changer.
The soldiers diverse skills and personalities make for an explosive story.
The writers knowledge and skill make the many battle scenes come to life.
It isn't 'till we are nearing the denouement that we find out how the "horde" came into existence.
Worth a read if you are a sci-fi fan and a fan of combat stories. I can see this being made into a game.
*******
This book had a cinematic feel to it. It was if I were watching all of the events and characters scroll across a giant screen, as opposed to me turning pages. Brilliant and epic tale!!
*******
An Amazingly imaginative plot which alone makes this book stand out. The writing and storytelling are gripping and the concept amazing. I totally enjoyed this book and will be looking for more from Andrew Weston. Excellent.
*******
This book is awesome. The story is told from a different perspective where the reader explore all happenings and details. The picture is painted in front of the readers as they read. The IX is awesome it brings reading to action.
*******
This is a really thrilling novel! It was super entertaining from the beginning to the end and was a very enjoyable experience. I’m definitely going to seek out more from this author
*******
 
 
 
If you like your science fiction fast paced and gritty, full of realistic action and dark humor in the face of overwhelming odds, then The IX is definitely the epic for you.
Fans of Julian May’s “Saga of the Pliocene Exiles,” Robert Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit, Will Travel”, and Jerry Pournelle's “Janissaries Series” will love this tale. It combines the divergent elements of the past, present, and future, and blends them together into a slick and stylish package that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.
The Must Read Science Fiction Adventure of 2015.
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure...
Find out for yourselves why...

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

What Do the Leading Lights of the Industry Think About the IX?

 
Take a look at what the leading lights of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Geek Fandom
think about the historical military sci-fi action thriller -
The IX.
 
Amazing Stories:
 
Black Gate:
 
 
Still unsure if this is the book for you?
Here's a rundown.
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What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?

Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?

How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?

Yes…

What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?

Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!

Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.

Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.

That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are 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 simple but stark ultimatum:

Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive. Yes…

Fight or die!

How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare?

Do they survive?

Find out for yourselves, in The IX.

… And remember…

Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure!
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Reviews

 
What are readers saying about the IX this April?
Here are some snippets to pique your interest
 
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The enemy of my enemy is my friend. I couldn't not read it and I am so glad that I did. The warriors of different countries and eras brought together to fight a single foe, this is fantasy, science fiction, horror, historical and military all seamlessly rolled into one great story.
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Romans, Native Americans, fierce Celtic warriors, Special Ops, American Civil War fighters – not a huge amount in common one would think. Wrong. Death is what they expect – but not necessarily what they get – at least not where and when they think. From differing backgrounds they are thrown into a war and a world far removed from Earth. The Horde have decimated the galaxy and the Ardenese for decades and now all that remains is myth and the hidden remnants of a once mighty civilisation. The 9th intake is the last best hope for the salvation of Arden, if they can put aside their differences. Technology far beyond ours brought expansion, then it brought war.
Action takes the fore in this adventure which encompasses military, historical, science fiction and fantasy. The characters are varied, at once both complex and simplistic, and often surprising. Death stalks the pages, but his companions are loyalty, courage and dignity. Well written with twists and turns, and a rather unexpected ending.
Great for fans of sci-fi, time travel fiction and historical.
*******
I was really attracted to the premise of The IX. Warriors and heroes from different ages coming together to fight a common enemy, and the three groups from the different eras could not be more different. The three groups, a Roman legion, a US cavalry division and an elite squad of British commandos from the near future, are all snatched away at the moment of their violent deaths on Earth and flung across the galaxy. In an interesting twist the enemies of each group are also transported to the new world. We therefore have Celtic tribesmen, red Indians and a gang of eco terrorists also caught up in the struggle to save their new home. At first I thought this may lead to various tensions but each of the rivals quickly put their enmity aside and assimilated quickly into their new life, where ancient rivalries are put aside. They all quickly get used to their new environment and technologies, particularly alien to the older groups. In a quirk of fate, it is the iron in their more primitive weapons that prove deadly to their new enemy – The Horde.

The Horde are a, seemingly, endless and mindless army of aliens who feed off the energy and life-force of the humans, prepared to throw themselves in suicidal assaults in order to reach their goal. At first it appears as if The Horde will continually assault the city of Rhomane until either they or all of the residents of the city are dead. Each chapter is packed full of action as the deadly struggle seems to head inexorably to a conclusion. But then something changes, giving more depth to the plot. Perhaps There is more to The Horde and the mutually destructive war they at first seem to blindly relish.
*******
This sci-fi, military history novel really gets your imagination working. The possibilities of going to another world to prove ourselves worthy of moving on to a higher more spiritual evolved planet sound intriguing. Andrew P Weston weaves a fascinating story of adventure mixed with a touch of metaphysics. I love these kinds, of stories where your imagination is being challenged. This is a good read that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading sci-fi, military history.
*******
The author has created a wonderfully rich universe, the characters, action and plot are all brilliantly conceived. Though clocking in at 400plus pages you feel the need to read more and then a bit more to see what happens to these chosen warriors. Great, great book.
*******
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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I am not generally a fan of this genre, but I've been trying to spread my wings a bit lately with my reading. I wouldn't say that this book has made me want to buy more in the genre, but it kept my attention the entire time and the writing was superb. I was definitely invested in the characters and had to finish the book to see how it would end. This is a fast-paced read with a large cast of characters each with their own agenda. I would say readers of high fantasy and epic fantasy will rate this very highly. Enjoy!TOP 1000 REVIEWER
 
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The people above seemed to like it.
What about YOU?
 
What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?
Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?
How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?
Yes…
What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?
Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!
Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.
That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are 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 simple but stark ultimatum:
Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive. Yes…
Fight or die!
How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare?
Do they survive?
Find out for yourselves, in The IX.
… And remember…
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure!
Amazon:
 
Barnes & Noble:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Fanboy Comics Review of The IX


Simplicity in the midst of intricate complexity.

Such is the cornerstone of Andrew P. Weston’s masterful science fiction novel,
The IX. Tens of thousands of lightyears from Earth and centuries into the future, an astoundingly advanced alien culture is falling prey to those who use their advancement against them. Known as The Horde, this vast and seemingly instinctive race of predators are feasting upon the Ardenese, whose technology fails to provide them with weapon powerful enough to defeat their enemy. As the Ardenese hurtle towards extinction, they place the essence of their culture into The Ark, a technological marvel existing over a fracture in space time. Using the fracture to their advantage, the Ardenese program their computer, The Architect, to scan time and space for the best candidates to defeat The Horde. Swept up at the moment of their death, these selected few are tasked with the unenviable goal of destroying The Horde - or falling victim to the clutches of the beasts.

Yet upon whom does the Architect place its final hope? A first century Roman Legion (the fabled IX Legion lost in the hills of Scotland), a 19th century American Cavalry troop, and a 21st century special-ops team. They comprise the ninth and final wave of support against The Horde and are a stark contrast to the previous waves. For unlike the eight waves before them, the IX wave hold the key to the destruction of The Horde - and it is an answer so simple, it astounds them all.

Weston’s The IX is a masterful combination of blissfully minimalistic writing and the advanced complexity of a superb science fiction novel, indicative of Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart and James Dashner’s The Maze Runner. Instead of forty pages of waiting for the characters to figure out what we already know, we get a solid few that imparts upon us the same amount of affection and pride for our characters - without frustrating us to the point of skipping to ‘get to the good part.’ With Weston’s writing, the whole novel is the good part. The pace moves rapidly, with the intelligent dialogue and well-choreographed action allowing us to progress with the plot while also connecting us with the characters.

As in the novel, simplicity is often underrated - especially in writing itself. Clean and precise storytelling is often overlooked for pages of political banter, chapters of history, and subplot upon subplot so saturated in characters that you need a notebook just to keep track of who’s alive and who’s dead. (I’m talking to you, George R.R. Martin.) Such a story has its charms, but there’s a point where reading becomes more of a chore than a feat of imagination. Any description included in The IX is essential to the plot, and the history is hardly superfluous, but it doesn’t weigh the overall story (or the reader) down. In fact, this parallelism between Weston’s minimalistic writing with a sophisticated plot and a simple answer to a sophisticated problem brilliantly adds to the magic of the novel. Heck, even the title fits the theme.

Now, that’s not to say the story is simple. To call it such would be a sham. The science fiction, based on temporal mechanics, electrodynamics, and biomechanics, is complex but easy to understand, largely due to Weston’s precise writing. Additionally, while the term “simple” implies underdeveloped characters, it is precisely that clean description of our main troup and the way they face their adventures that endears them to us. Sure, there are subplots and side journeys into the lives of our characters, but they are so expertly woven into the story that it never feels like a departure from the overall story.

Ultimately, when it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction.

The IX delivers.

Simplicity in the midst of intricate complexity.


Score: 9/10

 
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The IX - #1 in Australia

 
Well, its official!
The IX is also No 1 in Australia.
 
Amazon Australia:
 
I don't know what to say, except
"Thank you"
To all the fans of The IX Down Under who are part of a growing fan base making the IX an international sensation.
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If YOU want to find out what all the fuss is about...Read on.
 
 
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.
Experience the Fight for Yourself!
The IX 
Amazon:
 
Barnes & Noble:


A Good Read on Goodreads

 
The IX
Still topping 11 categories on the Goodreads lists,
and drawing rave reviews.
 
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What is it about the IX that draws so much attention?
 
Find out for yourself:
 
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What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?
Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?
How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?
Yes…
What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?
Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!
Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.
That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are 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 simple but stark ultimatum:
Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive. Yes…
Fight or die!
How does this group of mismatched and antagonistic misfits fare?
Do they survive?
Find out for yourselves, in The IX.
… And remember…
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure!
Amazon:
 
Barnes & Noble:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


The IX

Crossing genre boundaries

 
It's often been said that fans of one particular genre can be very hard to please when they take a peek into something different. Perhaps, nowhere is this more evident than when we look at the different tastes enjoyed by adherents of Science Fiction & Fantasy.
 
The consensus is, that sci-fi has gone stale in recent years, that its lost its lustre. Indeed, I read a recent article where a very well known and established fantasy author who was itching to write a science fiction novel openly admitted he was advised by friends and agents to steer away from the subject, or suffer the consequences.
 
Have you heard something similar?
 
That is why I have great delight in announcing that The IX managed to reach the No 11 slot on the most popular blogs for March with the most venerable Black Gate
 
 
As you know, Black Gate is the No1 site for fans of Fantasy Literature.
To think that the post by Fletcher Vredenburgh attracted such attention is a great honour, so, on behalf of The IX and the team at Perseid Press, I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you for such wonderful support.
 
You can find details of all the posts on their list here:
 
If you'd like to see what Fletcher Vredenburgh said about The IX you can read his post here:
 
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And of course, if YOU want to find out more about the historical Sci-Fi epic that is The IX
You know what to do.
 
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.
Experience the Fight for Yourself!
The IX 
Amazon:
 
Barnes & Noble: