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The Legion and the Lioness (World Apart Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : December 19, 2017
- File Size : 1472 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 329 pages
- Publisher : Robert D. Armstrong (December 19, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B078J4BYX6
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,856 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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An epic saga but at an action movie pace.
Buy this today and in a couple of days you will be wishing you took your time. And lamenting the wait for the next book(coming soon?)
We learn about how the world has started to succumb to an Android uprising, and the slow decline of humanity.
The Captain is married to a man named Luther, who suffers from severe anxiety, that has limited his life a bit.
After several bits of her life, and the war, we get to a part of the story in which Victoria is offered the role of lead pilot aboard a carrier ship out to Titan. The mission will have a huge ship, with over 5000 people, and she can take Luther. It will be the first of possibly many ships, but she is welcome to stay, or bring people back, and once back on Earth, make a return trip.
Then we reach the pivotal part of the story, where Victoria wakes up 72yrs into the future, having been frozen to save her life. She received a fatal head wound that no one could treat at the time, so she was put into a coma on ice, until she could be treated.
There are elements of Ripley’s story here from Aliens, were she awoke so far into the future to find everything that she held dear lost to her. Armstrong does a brilliant job of getting inside Victoria’s head, and describing the impact of waking up so far into the future, you really feel like you are the one who has woken up in the future.
There is an extraordinary depth to the world building that has gone into this story, both at the start, with the previous iteration of Victoria’s world, and now, this new iteration of it that she has awoken into.
However, she has not woken up on Earth. Earth has been lost to the Androids, and she is on Titan. Again, there is some incredible back story here that I don’t want to give too much away.
She is offered the chance to return to Earth to help in a mission to try and take out the Androids, as the remnants of humanity fear that the Androids will come for them on Titan. Even more important to her, Luther may still be on Earth.
And thus begins the second part of this story, and what is the beginning of the core part of this book, that leads into the next book. I don’t want to give too much away, but this is an outstanding piece of writing, and you will be totally enthralled by Victoria’s story.
There are some exceptional characters in this book, Victoria, as mentioned, is just such a fascinating and powerful person. Armstrong has given her so much depth, that you feel that you know her, you understand her motivations, her pain, and the will that drives her. Accompanying her are Drake, one of the people from Titan, who believes in her, and her mission. One of the best characters in the book is Xena, an AI Robot that is sent to watch over Victoria and make sure that she doesn’t do anything inappropriate. Xena has some of the best lines in the book, and at times, reminds me of K2SO from Rogue One, in that ‘I’m just stating a fact, it’s just coming across like sarcasm’ way of speaking.
Xena lightens the mood in what is some incredibly powerful, gritty and intense moments in this story.
Whilst I have mentioned characters and story, I would be remiss to not cover the writing of the action, which is just stunning. Armstrong gives such incredible detail in his battle scenes, whether it be hand-to-hand or spaceship, the descriptive work is just exceptional. It is not that he goes into gruesome detail, but he describes the physical scene, as well as the emotional impact of those in and around the scene, and his style of writing really creates such an all encompassing view of the combat, you really feel so involved in it.
Overall, this is a brilliant first book to the series, and I am already over halfway through the next book, which is just as good, if not better. This is a series that any sci-fi fan shouldn’t miss, but it will interest others to, action/adventure or anyone who likes a good character driven story.
Between now and the time the sequel comes out I will have read another 50+ books and the only thing I will remember is the GREAT cover art and the fact that I was left wanting........At this point I am so frustrated that I wish I had not read it. The author could have easily given us a reunion that was memorable and the follow ups could have been how the two of them could have used their skills and love to be an example of how to overcome. To leave two people so emotionally ripped apart is NOT how to end a story....MHO.
So, if you want to know what the book is about, read the 1st few free chapters. :-)
The stars given on the other hand give a better idea for it is per individual, not like movie reviews where one individual / or a few, rates a movie really bad yet the masses love it.
For me it is all about the feelings/ideas/fantasies/"living it" a book gives you, when you “get” into the story, it has to grab your attention. THOSE are the best books in my opinion. They deserve the STARS.
This book, I liked it.
At first, I began to mold into the concept of this futuristic world built with so much happening, so fast. Once I sunk into the story, I was thoroughly enjoying the events and feelings that were so relatable and connected with Victoria on another level.
Having a female lead was refreshing and the sci-fi description was just enough to keep the story plausible. The story is written in the first-person narrative and so at times, it was hard to grasp the other characters emotions or thoughts, however, that did not take anything away from experiencing the storyline.
I particularly liked the cover design of the book. It was obvious that the author had invested time and care into designing it. As every squealed written book, this one was no different with its ending. Since the literature and dialogue were written in a satisfying way, it left no doubt in my mind that the next book was going to be just as good.
I recommend this book to all futuristic sci-fi readers.
Top reviews from other countries
The story was great too, you expected it to go a very specific way. Nope again. Twists, turns or routes you just didn’t see coming. It was great, kept you on your toes and kept the story fresh.
ONCE I STARTED READING THE BOOK, I COULDN'T STOP TILL THE END OF BOOK!
I WANTED IT TO GO ON.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR NEXT INSTALMENT ! !
WELL WORTH BUYING, AS YOU CAN SEE BUY THE 5* RATING I'VE GIVEN IT.
THANKS TO KINDLES AUDIO READING I CAN ENJOY BOOKS AGAIN AS I LOST ABILITY TO READ AND WRITE AFTER ONE FIT TOO MANY. IT'S GREAT FINDING NEW AUTHORS AND GENRES.