Soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds, including the IX Legion of Rome, are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing and transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a stark ultimatum: Fight or die.
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Although I am a "visual" person and therefore like to run my eyes over a printed page, many listeners may find the audio version of The IX, narrated by young British Shakespearean actor Rob Goll, to be even more fun than the print version. Goll handles an ensemble cast of characters deftly, using multiple accents and timbres to keep the speakers distinct. I enjoyed the version of the story told in this audiobook, written by Andrew P. Weston, a military/ security professional, particularly well because the narrator kept the disciplined tone of warriors and diplomats facing crisis and never let the tale descend into melodrama. For this blend of historical fantasy and science fiction, where the fantastic and the human stand cheek to jowl, the narrator's approach worked particularly well.
If Weston's The IX reminds me of anything it's the immortal Janissaries by Jerry Pournelle, with a pinch of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds thrown in for good measure.
Goll brought his fluid voicings and multiple accents, sometimes making himself sound like a group or a crowd, and sometimes achieving intimacy, even rendering short songs sung by small groups, tunes and all.
I tried to listen in one sitting, but this is a long audiobook. I found myself being torn away by real life, though, because I would turn on the audiobook at the slightest opportunity until I had heard the very last word.
If you love science fiction, space opera, combat stories told by military professionals, plus flights of colorful literary fancy, you'll love this story. Veterans particularly will recognize themselves and their friends in the ensemble cast. So hear it soon, as an antidote to today's troubles, or for the pure pleasure of a brave story told with bold experimentation that really works.
This book was not awful, as some of the previous reviews stated. I do question the choice of narrator. I have a feeling that they hired Rob Goll based his foreign sound. English is clearly NOT his primary language. it may work for sounding exotic, but it made for some painful listening at times. This book feels as though there is much source material left out. The author introduced many characters just to nevet really do anything with them. Hardly any real character development for the Legionaries, the Highlanders, the U.S. Cavalry. This could have been a great story. Alas, it is what it is. Not bad but not great.
by Andrew P. Weston
A superb, gripping and very well-written story from Weston, which will stimulate the senses of any reader.
A tale that will take you to far side of the galaxy and engage in battles for life and death in this epic story. The book is compelling and holds the reader's attention magnificently - fate, destiny and anticipating the future spills from these pages.
I am very grateful to have received an advanced copy of this amazing work by this author and surely more great things to come!
"I was cheering for the bad guys"
A completely different book.
What we have here is the most incredibly stupid super advanced society ever to grace sci-fi. Suspension of disbelief shattered instantly, with internal mutterings in my head saying " stupid stupid stupid " Kinda like the sub plot to Star Trek : The Voyage Home but taken to extremes, Whale song i suppose is acceptable lost knowledge, ramp that up 10 times and you have the plot for this book.
Awful, very hard to listen to, robotic and very poor accents.
makes you appreciate good sci-fi more.
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