How Readers Feel About The IX
As an avid Sci-Fi fan, this book caught my attention from the beginning with an interesting premise, good strong characters and just the right mix of the new and familiar. I love the premise behind this book, and the author definitely did it justice. The pulling of soldiers from unique time periods and cultures added a lot of depth to the book. Furthermore, Weston did well with each of the cultures, having the different characters respond in situations to ways that felt culturally appropriate.
I've often felt that the true measure of a hero is not just in their 'heroic deeds,' but in how interesting and difficult their villains are to face. The evil hoard in this book was not only a formidable foe, but it was an interesting creation all on its own. One part horror creatures, one part old-school evil aliens, the antagonists in this book were well thought out and formed.
The different characters were engaging and interesting, which is hard to do when you have as many as Weston has in this work. The battle tactics felt real and practical. Overall, this was an enjoyable and fun read. Fans of TV shows like 'Warehouse 13' and 'Supernatural,' and the film 'Timeline' should definitely check out this book!
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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