Saturday, February 6, 2016

The IX Series



With the release of Exordium of Tears only a week away, I thought it might be a nice idea to share some of the comments made by recent reviewers for The IX itself. Even better, they're presented in brief bullet-points.

Why should you consider the IX Series?
Just take a look:
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A book you need to read - Highly recommended - A stunning effort

A fantastic idea of combining the historical and the modern

A phenomenal read -  Excellent concept and gripping story - Compelling

A stunning book you will struggle to put down

A compelling book I recommend to fans of fantasy and science fiction genre
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Here's the blurb for Exordium


Fight or die.
That simple yet brutal reality is the tenet by which the refugees from Earth – including the fabled lost 9th Legion of Rome; the 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Cavalry Unit; and the Special Forces Anti-Terrorist Team – were forced to live by while the Horde menace existed. Believing that the threat is over, the survivors now yearn to settle down, start families, and reclaim the lives stolen from them. But such aspirations might remain beyond their reach, for a shadow looms on the rose-tinted horizon of new beginnings.

The release of the re-genesis matrix has done much to foster a restoration of exuberance across Arden. Along with a resurgence in floral and faunal diversity comes the results of splicing the Ardenese and human genomes: transmutation. A metamorphosis of stunning magnitude that not only affects the living, but those still is stasis as well. Recognizing the emergence of a new hybrid species, the Architect – the arcane AI construct tasked with the preservation of the Ardenese race – responds by unlocking previously hidden and inaccessible areas of the city. It also releases an archive of sealed state secrets. Such revelations are eagerly perused, whereupon a shocking discovery is made. Prior to the fall, it was common knowledge amongst the Senatum (the highest levels of Arden’s government) that not all the rabid Horde had joined in the rampage across the stars toward Arden.

Realizing that the peril still exists, the newly reformed administration elects to respond in earnest. Existing resources are utilized, suitable candidates are chosen, and a flotilla of ships is sent out to secure, quarantine, and reclaim the outer colonies. A mammoth and hazardous undertaking. And nowhere more so than at the planet from where the outbreak was known to have originated – Exordium – for there, the ancient Horde are not only supremely evolved and highly organized, but are capable of a level of lethal sophistication, the likes of which has never been witnessed before.

It is into this kiln of incendiary potential that the cream of Arden’s fighting forces is deployed.
Worlds are torn asunder, suns destroyed, and star systems obliterated. Yes, tragedy is forged, in a universe spanning conflict which proves once again that…

Death is only the beginning of the adventure.
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So there you go.
Interested? You know what to do.


http://www.amazon.com/The-IX-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00RM54QBA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8


http://www.amazon.com/Exordium-Tears-IX-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01AAFEU6O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1454777605&sr=1-1&keywords=the+ix+exordium+of+tears




Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dare I say...Devilishly Good?

Well, well, well.
As I mentioned the other week, residents have only just received Netflix here in Greece.

So, having feasted on Jessica Jones, I thought it might be a good idea to try a series I collected as a boy - in comic form - and one that appears to be attracting all sorts of rave reviews.

Daredevil

What can I say...?
I'm about halfway through and find it the best version of this franchise yet.
Barbarous, brutal and bloody marvelous.

Like Jessica Jones, it shows what you can do when a series concentrates on plot and sound acting instead of an overabundance of special effects.

Bravo...I'm turning into telly-veggie

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The IX Series - Brain-Food for Geeks


Following its release in January 2015, "The IX" went on to become an international bestseller, and continues to attract rave reviews from the leading lights of speculative fiction: (Amazing Stories - Black Gate Fantasy - Fanboy Comics - Epicstream - Geeks in Highschool - This Dark Matter) to name a few.

And they're not alone. Similar sentiments are echoed by an army of readers who include Nebula Award Winners and Amazon Vine stalwarts among their ranks.

It may also interest you to know The IX is actually featured on this years suggested
Nebula Awards Reading list




On February 15th 2016, The IX will be joined by the long awaited sequel - 

"The IX - Exordium of Tears"

Where you'll truly learn the consequence of what it means to 
Fight or Die!


Treat your imagination to a science-fiction fest that will leave you stunned, shocked and salivating for more:
http://www.amazon.com/IX-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00RM54QBA/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453784343&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ix
http://www.amazon.com/Exordium-Tears-IX-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01AAFEU6O/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453784405&sr=8-1&keywords=Exordium+of+tears

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Now THAT's a Series


We only just received Netflix here in Greece and I just finished the first series of 
Marvel's Jessica Jones.

In one word:
AWESOME!
At last - a believable, hard-drinking, not afraid to get her hands  dirty, reluctant...but with a heart of gold "super hero".

Lets hope it continues.
(Nuff said)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Neil Gaiman on Edgar Allan Poe

I've been a longtime fan of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, his work has been a source of inspiration behind a lot of my poetry and the 'mood' of some of my work.

Recently, I 'got' into Neil Gaiman, a creative, wonderfully warped character and creator of a number of genius masterpieces: Neverwhere, The Wolves in the Walls, M is for Magic, to name a few.

Imagine my delight when I spotted this piece on his website:

Some Strangeness in the Proportion: The Exquisite Beauties of Edgar Allan Poe.

Take a peek at it here:
http://neilgaiman.com/Cool_Stuff/Essays/Essays_By_Neil/Some_Strangeness_in_the_Proportion:_The_Exquisite_Beauties_of_Edgar_Allan_Poe.

 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Why Consider The IX Series?
 
 
 
Let's just take a look at a few reasons why you might want to consider the sci-fi extravaganza that is The IX Series.
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1. Since its release in January 2015, The IX held the #1 position in its category for months on end. In fact, for more than six of its first twelve months in print. What's more, The IX has rarely fallen outside of the top 50.
 
2. The IX has attracted rave reviews from the leading lights of speculative fiction:
Amazing Stories - Black Gate - Fanboy Comics - Epicstream - This Dark Matter - Geeks in Highschool. What's more, Nebula Award Winners and a host of Amazon Vine Reviewers have given this epic their highest commendation.
 
3. The IX is one of the novels on the Suggested Nebula Awards Reading List as published through the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
 
4. The incredible sequel to The IX - Exordium of Tears continues the incredible adventure in a way that stretches the imagination and leaves you panting for more.
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Interested?
Here are the Blurbs.
 
The IX
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.
 
Exordium of Tears
Fight or die.

That simple yet brutal reality is the tenet by which the refugees from Earth – including the fabled lost 9th Legion of Rome; the 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Cavalry Unit; and the Special Forces Anti-Terrorist Team – were forced to live by while the Horde menace existed. Believing that the threat is over, the survivors now yearn to settle down, start families, and reclaim the lives stolen from them.

But such aspirations might remain beyond their reach, for a shadow looms on the rose-tinted horizon of new beginnings.
The release of the re-genesis matrix has done much to foster a restoration of exuberance across Arden. Along with a resurgence in floral and faunal diversity comes the results of splicing the Ardenese and human genomes: transmutation. A metamorphosis of stunning magnitude that not only affects the living, but those still is stasis as well.
Recognizing the emergence of a new hybrid species, the Architect – the arcane AI construct tasked with the preservation of the Ardenese race – responds by unlocking previously hidden and inaccessible areas of the city. It also releases an archive of sealed state secrets. Such revelations are eagerly perused, whereupon a shocking discovery is made.
Prior to the fall, it was common knowledge amongst the Senatum (the highest levels of Arden’s government) that not all the rabid Horde had joined in the rampage across the stars toward Arden.
Realizing that the peril still exists, the newly reformed administration elects to respond in earnest. Existing resources are utilized, suitable candidates are chosen, and a flotilla of ships is sent out to secure, quarantine, and reclaim the outer colonies.
A mammoth and hazardous undertaking. And nowhere more so than at the planet from where the outbreak was known to have originated – Exordium – for there, the ancient Horde are not only supremely evolved and highly organized, but are capable of a level of lethal sophistication, the likes of which has never been witnessed before.
It is into this kiln of incendiary potential that the cream of Arden’s fighting forces is deployed.
Worlds are torn asunder, suns destroyed, and star systems obliterated. Yes, tragedy is forged, in a universe spanning conflict which proves once again that…
Death is only the beginning of the adventure.
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Avail yourself of one of the best new science fiction adventures available today.
Fight or Die!
 
http://www.amazon.com/Exordium-Tears-IX-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01AAFEU6O/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453016988&sr=8-1&keywords=the+IX+exordium+of+tears
 
 

 
 
 

 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

The IX - Editorial Reviews:
 
 
With the release of The IX - Exordium of Tears just around the corner, I thought it might be nice to remind my readers of what the leading lights of speculative fiction have to say about The IX:
 
Take a peek:
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Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing humanlife-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. Action-packed and highly recommended.
Amazing Stories

The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship orGordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde)It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion, & Weston takes the story in unexpected directionsthat are intriguing & fun.
Black Gate

Weston knows how to keep the reader on theedge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination& science fiction magic as is available today.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /VineReviewer

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.
Fanboy Comics

A brilliant & amazing synthesis of military, horror and far-future science fiction.
Nebula Award Winner Michael A. Armstrong

The author's knowledge of military history & his speculations about what might have happened to the legendary Ninth Roman Legion have led to an amazing trip through time & space to a world where things are not ever as straight-forward as they seem. Blending in believable science & classic elements of old Westerns, Weston has created a truly delightful story.
This Dark Matter

If you come back from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and find yourself pining for a galaxy far, far away with similar elements, I highly recommend The IX.
Epicstream
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Like the sound of that?
Then you know what to do...
 
 
This is the Pre-Order link: