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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Praise for the IX

Take a look at what some are saying about The IX
"Weston's mix of history, metaphysics and real science ventures into territory not often explored in science fiction. What happened to the IX Legion of ancient Rome? Find out here, where Past, Present and Future are masterfully blended in an epic novel that takes classic elements to new heights. Weston has a true gift for superb storytelling and memorable characters. This one is not to be missed." 
 --- Joe Bonadonna, author of Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, Three Against The Stars, and others.

 The IX.
First, let’s get this out of the way. I was given a review copy of this book for a fair and honest review. Anyone who reads my reviews, know I usually only post the ones where I can give a 5 or 4 star. Anything else I contact the author and attempt to explain why I can’t do better. That said, this is not just an...other 5 star review. I would give this one at least an 8 if it were possible. I stayed up way too late to finish the book. It not only had me on the edge of my seat, it twisted me into knots at the end. Whoa! This is a science fiction story to get and hold on to. It is an amazing work with a mind boggling conclusion. Frankly, I’m still processing it. Excellent, fantastic story! The author’s imagination leaves me gasping.
Cherime MacFarlane
Review of The IX by Ann Stolinsky

(For Amazing Stories)
Rhomane, the only remaining city on the planet Arden, is under siege by a group of mindless monsters known collectively as the “Horde.” Arden is not the only planet the Horde besieged … it destroyed 30 planets in 15 months. The Ardenese population is being decimated; while once there were eight billion humans on the planet, only eighty thousand remain. The Horde continually attacks the walls of the city, walls built using lydium, the densest material known, even though the attack results in each monster’s demise. The walls will hold … or will they?
The Ardenese believe that the only solution to prevent their total annihilation is to create a rip-tear in space-time, combining their life forces into an Ark. They leave behind an Archive-Architect, programmed to search for life forces from Earth; bringing them via a stable gateway to Arden with the hope of stopping the Horde and rebuilding the planet. The Architect searches Earth in various eras: the past, the present, and the future. Eight groups have already been transported to Arden from Earth with no decrease in Horde activity. The ninth brings the Ninth Legion of Rome from the year 120, soldiers and members of Indian nations from 1860, and Special Forces members from 2052. Combatants who were enemies in their own eras must learn to work together in this era to ensure the survival of the remaining humans. Resources are rapidly dwindling. Will the ninth cohort find the clue to survival by listening to the Cree shaman from 1860 and the medical doctor from 3314, or by using currently known science and technology? Commander Saul Cameron carries the fate of Arden on his shoulders.
I really enjoyed this book. The author deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. I was right there, on Arden, while reading. Action-packed through every chapter, the story unfolds as former enemies are forced to learn how to trust each other, to trust the visions and experiences of those who walk the spirit-world, and to share information. I highly recommend this book to fans of SF, horror, and fantasy.

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