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Soldier of the Legion [Kindle Edition]

Marshall S. Thomas
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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HE JOINED THE LEGION. HE SURVIVED TRAINING ON PLANET HELL. HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL. HE WAS WRONG.
His Legion designation is Beta 3, warname Thinker. This will be his first real mission, the first mission for all the members of Beta squad—young men and women given immortality but trained to die for the cause of freedom. They are going into the deep Outvac to investigate the remote planet Andrion 2. What they find could start a war, they all know that, but what they don’t know will take every ounce of training to survive.

ABOUT THE SERIES
Soldier of the Legion is an action-packed, fast-paced science fiction series in the tradition of Starship Troopers. It chronicles the adventures of a squad of young soldiers dedicated to honor and duty who stand as the only shield to save humankind from those bent on their destruction.

"Soldier Of The Legion by Marshall S. Thomas is an epic science fiction novel. Set in the far-flung future, Soldier Of The Legion chronicles the struggles of a brave squad of Legionnaires who must fight to survive horrific battles against a corrupt, slave-raiding empire—and a far worse force of inhumans. A perilous, exciting space saga, Soldier Of The Legion is enthusiastically recommended reading for fans of the science fiction action/adventure genre." — Midwest Book Review

BOOKS IN THE SOLDIER OF THE LEGION SERIES
Solider of the Legion
March of the Legion
Slave of the Legion
Secret of the Legion
Cross of the Legion
Curse of the Legion

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marshall S. Thomas is a retired U.S. Government official who served overseas in East Asia for most of his 35 year career. Marshall attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the University of New Mexico and the University of Miami with a major in Government/International Affairs and a minor in History.

Marshall currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Kim Lien. His youngest son Alexander, 22, is now in college studying biochemistry. His eldest son Christopher is a graduate of Radford University who studied art and graphic design. Marshall loves to write, and especially enjoys writing science fiction He is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Goodreads, the Authors Den, and C.E. Winterland's Mindsight Forum.

AWARDS
2010 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Curse of the Legion)
2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Cross of the Legion)
2003 IBPA Ben Franklin Award Finalist for Popular Fiction (Solider of the Legion)
2002 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Soldier of the Legion)

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"...a deep, rich story that captures the heart of Sci-fi... a perfect story... captivating... moving…. Highly recommended!" -- Nancy Mehl, MyShelf.com

"...exciting read... Heart pounding action. Mind blowing battles... Adrenalin pumping... futuristic sci fi masterpiece... I enthusiastically recommend this book." -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Marshall S. Thomas is a Foreign Service Officer who has served in East Asia for most of his career. Marshall attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the University of New Mexico and the University of Miami where he graduated with a major in Government/ International Affairs, a minor in History. Marshall's Foreign Service career included postings in Saigon, Vietnam (1969), Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, and Washington D.C.

Product Details

  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing (April 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V12SBS
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Review - enthusiastic recommendation August 31, 2002
Format:Paperback
"A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds." That brief beginning blurb on the back cover of this book did not prepare me for the exciting read I found in Soldier of the Legion. Heart pounding action.
Mind blowing battles. Adrenalin pumping encounters with alien life. Mr. Thomas packs that and more into this futuristic sci fi masterpiece.

From first page to last, the action stopped just long enough to let me catch my breath. The story unfolds through the eyes of Thinker, a Legion warrior who joined up after a broken romance. Thinker and his fellow warriors are kept young and strong, immortal, through biotechnology beyond our present imagination. The barren worlds they face and alien life they battle become real through the author's creative mind and skillful writing style.

Horrific other-worldly combat assignments come alive through Mr. Thomas's prose. Eerie images of fire and destruction dance on the face plates of their armor as our heroic warriors slog their way through blood, fire, slime, and body parts to hard-won victories. From fossilized cities that once housed vanished civilizations, to violent volcanic worlds, Thinker and his Beta unit take on forces that are bent on destroying life. All human life. These immortal warriors face horror and human degradation beyond imagination. But ruthless slavers and hives of terrifying alien maneaters barely prepare them for the scourge of all creation, the soulless Omnis.

Times of respite are few and far between for soldiers of the Legion. Thinker has the violently possessive Valkyrie and tender-hearted Priestess to take his mind off warring.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From MyShelf.com September 12, 2002
Format:Paperback
Beta 3, called "Thinker," because others see his capacity to reason even though he has been trained to react instantly as a part of a military team, is sent with his detachment to Andrion 2 to secure the planet. He is part of "The Legion," an army sworn to protect to the death. And death is the price a soldier of the Legion must be willing to pay to defend the Confederation of Free Worlds against the "System." Although an uneasy truce exists between "ConFree" and the System, unusual activity on Andrion 2 leads the Legion to speculate about possible illegal actions from the "Systies." Thinker is part of a unit. Each soldier has a unique personality. Some, Thinker is convinced, are insane. But in the Legion, they are brothers. One mind - one heart - and one life.
The planet is inhabited by a people the soldiers refer to rather derisively as "Scalers." These people, actually called the "Taka," attack the Legion. But, when they are saved by the soldiers from the disgusting exosegs, horrible, deadly creatures that aren't supposed to be on Andrion 2, the Taka declare their loyalty to the Legion.
What is happening on the planet? Are the Systies there? How did the exosegs get to Andrion 2? Nothing makes sense. Thinker's sense of alarm is muted by his desire for another soldier, Priestess - and the conflict he feels when a past love from his training days on Planet Hell shows up and declares that she and Thinker are tied together for eternity. Where is his heart? Does it belong to Priestess or Valkyrie? Is this emotional battle compromising his ability to sense danger? Thinker needs all of his wits and training - because there is a surprise on Andrion 2. One more diabolic and dangerous than any of the soldiers have prepared themselves for.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written & edited June 6, 2011
By Danal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read other $0.99 items that were enjoyable or entertaining. This one felt like I wasted my time. The prose style is sophomoric. The editing is horrible; quite often, the same words or phrases are repeated a few sentences apart. Even character actions are re-described with tiny variations in the phrasing, less than 2 paragraphs apart. This pattern occurs throughout the book. It is as though an outline were filled in by multiple prose writers (or even computer generated prose) and no editing cleanup occurred.

Once past the horrible prose, there are more holes inside the "suspension of disbelief" than you can count! We have technology that allows an individual soldier to fire projectiles at almost random aim points and his suit AI will ensure that each hits an enemy, but we also have aircars being flown by human pilots in the thick of battle. We have a soldier fighting a force of approximately equal technology, yet none of his unit gets killed throughout battle after battle. We have no socio-economic framework that drives the conflicts. We have interstellar capable starships launching from the surface of a planet and evading established forces already in orbit. We have enemy soldiers in armor being taken out by simple laser shots, yet our hero's armor withstands nearby micro-nukes, antimatter bombardment fit to take out an entire base... and on and on. No consistency inside the story.

Once past the horrible use of tech, there is almost no over-arching plot or theme. A weak attempt is made at portraying the Legion as harsh and death-centric, yet no foundation is under this skin. Why are characters named by call-signs such as "Psycho" or "Valkyrie"? What about duplicate call signs? Is the expeditionary force thousands or hundreds or a handful?

Anyway, enough typing for me. Skip this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but pretty damned good
The writing isn't perfect and there are occasional formatting errors with the kindle, but the story is captivating and once I start reading I can't seem to put it down. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donovan Cacace
5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than you think it will be - in so many ways! Love it!
Never been a huge sci-fi fan; but, the nuances and allegorical twists are so enticing that it is hard to put down! Read more
Published 13 months ago by BC
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK book, but somewhat uninspiring at times
I liked this book, but it was a middle-ground presentation of the genre. If you want a good read, this is one for you. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hugh N North
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldier of the Legion
This was a very intertaining book. I love reading it. Just good all around product. I have read it several times.
Published 13 months ago by Carl Pouncy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story!!
Good story, and I plan to read all the titles that are out there. However I do wish the author would explain the hardware a little better.
Published 16 months ago by Pathfinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure sf
A well thought out action packed book,full of new weaponary and solid action,the oppressive atmosphere of tons of rock above you bearing down on you gave me the creeps not liking... Read more
Published 17 months ago by andylarner
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good, even for mindless reading
I am a sci-fi freak, and will read just about anything, but Soldier of the Legion just is not worth the time. It's Starship Troopers without characterization or plot.
Published on April 8, 2012 by Benton
4.0 out of 5 stars March On...
The Legion marches on with a new squad of recruits in the début Soldier of the Legion, the definitive authors cut. Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by wulfsiege
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
I quickly finished this book and imeadetly bought the second in series! I am now several books into the series and would still recomend it to anyone looking for a great military... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by CW
1.0 out of 5 stars Cartoon capers
The Confederation Legion are the good guys. The Systies are the badies. Unfortunately, they are cartoon baddies. They enslave and they kill, for no apparent reason. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Sarge
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