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Friday, April 3, 2015

How Readers Feel About The IX

I thought I'd share some recent reviews of The IX to let you know how people are feeling.
If you're looking for a rich, complex and compelling story, then look no farther than Andrew Weston's "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!
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!

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!
If you would like to find out more about the sci-fi epic of 2015, just check out the links below, or on the picture of the covers in the side bar.


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.


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