- Paperback: 594 pages
- Publisher: Perseid Press; First Printing edition (January 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098641400X
- ISBN-13: 978-0986414008
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 116 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. Action-packed and highly recommended.
The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship or Gordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde) It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion, & Weston takes the story in unexpected directions that are intriguing & fun.
Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination & science fiction magic as is available today.
Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /VineReviewer
When it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with theminimum of distraction. The IX delivers.
A brilliant & amazing synthesis of military, horror and far-future science fiction.
Nebula Award Winner Michael A. Armstrong
The author's knowledge of military history & his speculations about what might have happened to the legendary Ninth Roman Legion have led to an amazing trip through time & space to a world where things are not ever as straight-forward as they seem. Blending in believable science & classic elements of old Westerns, Weston has created a truly delightful story.
This Dark Matter
If you come back from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and find yourself pining for a galaxy far, far away with a few similar elements, I highly recommend The IX.
The IX is the most inventive science fiction novel I haveread since "Stranger in a Strange Land". That's saying a lot. The plot ishighly complicated, and yet so clearly and gracefully written that it is easyto follow.The ending is wildly inventive and too brilliant to give away. Suffice it to say I ended the book with tears in my eyes.
About the Author
Andrew P. Weston is a Royal Marine and Police veteran from the UK who now lives on the beautiful Greek island of Kos with his wife, Annette, and their growing family of rescue cats.
As creator of the critically acclaimed IX Series, and Hell Bound & Hell Hounds, (novels forming part of Janet Morris' Heroes in Hell universe), Andrew also has the privilege of being a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the British Fantasy Society, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
When not working, Andrew devotes some of his spare time to assisting NASA with one of their remote research projects, and supporting charities. He also writes educational articles for Astronaut.com and Amazing Stories.
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The story could perhaps be best described as military science fiction, with lots of detailed descriptions of fortifications, weapons systems, troop movements, and battle commands. This procedural fare is broken up with bursts of feverish action and glimpses of interpersonal conflict and comradery. Dashes of European mythology and a heavy dose of Indigenous mysticism come to light as the story progresses, adding an unexpected dimension to the tale. The IX is an unusual novel, and all is definitely not as it first seems.
The narrative can be a little hard to follow at times; the perspective shifts frequently and is split not only between the factions but also between a number of different characters within each faction. I think this is the most characters I’ve ever seen given the spotlight in one book. But the author pulls it off fairly well and I was rarely confused about whose viewpoint the story was being told from.
Overall I enjoyed this book. The IX is a cautionary tale: the things we consider our greatest achievements may in fact turn out to be our downfall. Combined with its unique blend of science fiction influences, this story has a bit of something for everyone.
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!
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!