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The Centaurus Legacy: A Heck Thomas Novel [Kindle Edition]

Tom Bielawski , Ronnell D Porter
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Tom Bielawski is a bright light in today's dark sea of new writers. His writing gives me hope for the next generation of dreamers. I highly recommend both him and his works." -NYT Bestselling author, Tracy Hickman.

22nd Century lawman, Marshal Heck Thomas, suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law when a criminal mafia mastermind with connections to the government links him to a series of heinous crimes. With the Bureau of Investigation and the Commonwealth Fleet in pursuit, Marshal Thomas must find a way to avoid capture by corrupt officials, clear his name, and prevent the dangerous Centaurus technology from tipping the balance of power forever.

Follow the further adventures of Heck Thomas in The Orion Deception, available now.


Product Details

  • File Size: 754 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Bielawski; 3.1 edition (December 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MNIBYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for Sci Fi TV Series January 1, 2012
By Metella
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a hot, quick moving space adventure.

The swagger of John Wayne behind a ship-flying Marshall - out for justice at any price. It has the legit feel of the Old West without being sappy or feeling forced.

Although the entire story line and character set is vastly different, it has the feeling of Firefly - the Sci Fi series, and I think this would make just as good a TV series; and we are really about due for a new space series.

There is room to go both into the past and into the future with these characters - so I hope there are more installments ....

I look forward to a whole series of Heck Thomas ...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read! December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Short but action packed. I can't wait for more. My entire family has been reading since I turned them on to the book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space travel meets the old west January 18, 2012
By FLF
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Very engaging story of good guys and bad guys in the new old west. The book is short but does a good job of hooking the reader on the plot and characters and leaves you wanting more!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci Fi Read January 6, 2012
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I enjoyed the first Heck Thomas book. I am looking forward to more Heck Thomas adventures. For $0.99, it is easy enough to give it a chance. You will not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction with an Old West Twist April 24, 2014
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From the very start The Centaurus Legacy caught my attention, sucking me into the well written science novel that added elements of the Old West to create a uniquely entertaining story. Tom Bielawski brings a talent for imaginative storytelling t the forefront as he weaves a tale about a lawman who finds himself on the wrong side of the law; facing countless enemies and an uphill battle as a mafioso frames him for some truly heinous crimes, Marshal Heck Thomas must right the wrongs done to him when his life and many others hangs in the balance. The author skillfully winds the reader up with suspenseful action, emotionally charged drama, twisty mysteries and a clear aim to entertain the reader. From start to finish this was fun, exciting, imaginative and well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Western Set in the Black of Space March 29, 2014
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"The Centaurus Legacy" is the kind of novel that successfully blends two polarized genres... science fiction and old western... into one truly exciting and imaginative story that captures the reader's attention. It's well-written with a fast-pace, a smooth and stylish tone, an authentic and charming main character, and a plot that had me eagerly reading to the very end. Set in the 22nd Century where man has seeded space in far reaching ways, Marshal Heck Thomas is forced to go on the run and clear his name after being framed from crimes he didn't commit. He's got the universe against him and a stain on his name, but he's determined to do his duty and reclaim what's been taken from him, standing between danger and the Centaurus project all the while.

This is a sharp and refreshingly inventive novel that reads like an old Western, but with the slick and modern twist of space travel, and out-of-this-world technology. Tom Bielawski does a wonderful job of world-building in this story, adding layer upon layer to this universe and the characters... making for a story that comes to life in intricate ways. From start to finish this was a fun and thrilling read that I would recommend to other readers in a heart beat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable read! June 27, 2014
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Certainly this magnificent book is incredible from start to finish. Intriguing and most interesting. It kept me alive. The story line is thrilling like a roller-coaster ride with many high points. Undoubtedly this story is utterly amazing and fun. The pages were moving so fast in anticipation of the next chapter, I could barely keep up. Awesome… is the true word to describe it. Thumbs up to Tom Bielawski for such a mind blowing read.
One of the best Sci-fi thrillers I've read in a year!
I highly recommended it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella April 5, 2014
By Darrin
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I really enjoyed this novella. The storyline and characters (mainly Heck Thomas) were top notch. The development of the plot and characters were great. The ride the author takes the reader through is a fun and fast paced one, and leaves you wanting more. I really enjoyed the futuristic setting with a old west twist as well. The contrast between Heck Thomas and the time the story is set in works great, as you are wanting to see how Heck will adapt to match his time. I look forward to following the Heck Thomas series, as I think it has great potential, and this was a great way to kick it off.
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More About the Author

"Tom Bielawski is a bright light in today's dark sea of new writers. His writing gives me hope for the next generation of dreamers. I highly recommend both him and his works." - NYT Bestselling author, Tracy Hickman.

"Tom is a great literary voice in a sea of indies." -Best selling independent author, MR Mathias

Veteran Marine, lawman, and graduate of NYT Bestselling author Tracy Hickman's online workshop called the "Scribe's Forge."

I've always had a deep love of speculative fiction, particularly epic fantasy and science fiction adventures. I am so humbled and grateful for the chance to appear on your bookshelf, that I'm going to share a little bit of what you might find on mine. I grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons and reading Tracy Hickman, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, and Ann McCaffrey. Later I dug in to Robert Jordan, R.A Salvatore, M.R. Mathias, John Locke, Orson Scott Card, Robert Aspirin, Isaac Asimov, Joseph Lallo, and Brian Rathbone.

Some of my favorite works are The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Wheel of Time, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Ender's Game series. Though I've not read the books, I'm a huge fan of the Star Wars and Star Trek movie series'. I am also partial to reading Clive Cussler, CJ Box, Brad Thor, and Tom Clancy.

My future projects include a contemporary thriller series in the style of Bourne and Bond, a series of biographies of not-so-well known or loved (but influential nonetheless) Americans for children, a brand new fantasy series, 18th Century American Frontier fiction, and a series of Christian themed short stories.

How am I going to get all that done? Some of it already is. Stay tuned and thank you for taking the time to explore the wild imaginings. I'm a Dragon Highlord in my own mind!
Contact me:

on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thechroniclesofllars
on Twitter: @TomBielawski
www.SpecFiction.Net
www.TheDragonWritersCollective.com

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