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The long awaited prequel to the award-winning Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer series that started with the best-selling military fantasy book Stiger's Tigers.

A nobleman from an infamous family, Ben Stiger finds himself freshly assigned to Third Legion, Seventh Company as a lowly lieutenant in the opening stages of war between the Empire and the Kingdom of the Rivan. Third Legion has been tasked with pursuing a retreating Rivan army back to the border where the Empire can take the fight into enemy territory. However, a major obstacle stands in Third Legion's path: the river Hana. The crossing is sure to be contested and dangerous. Should Third Legion fail to force a crossing, the entire campaign could grind to a disastrous halt.

This is Stiger's first military appointment. Inexperienced, young and unsure of himself, Stiger is ostracized by his fellow lieutenants. Worse, he's been placed under the command of an incompetent officer. With life and reputation on the line, he must learn to understand men far beneath his station and lead them into battle. Stiger struggles not only against the enemy, but against his family's history and his own side to prove himself worthy of serving the empire he loves and earning the respect of the men he leads.

Set amidst the backdrop of an epic war, there are greater forces at work than the young Stiger can even begin to imagine, setting him on the dangerous and lonely path of destiny.

Note: This is a prequel novel. To avoid unwanted surprises or spoilers, it is recommended to begin the series with Stiger's Tigers, Book 1 of the Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer series. However, if that sort of thing does not bother you, feel free to dive in and enjoy the adventure.

©2016 Marc Alan Edelheit (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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TALES OF THE SEVENTH?

This is a prequel to the Chronicles series, so I don't know why it is referred to as book 4 of that series, which it clearly is not as far as I am concerned. Rather it stands on its own.
It is a good story, and I liked the ending.

I'm not all that happy the the prequel was written/published while Stiger is in some sort of time warp chasing an evil, dark minion.
However, seeing as how it was, where is part 2? Is Edelheit going all Weber/Ringo-ish on us i .e. That is starting multiple story lines/arcs at the same time rather than finishing one before starting another? Minus 2 stars for pulling that sorry stunt.

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i love stiger

these are great books if you are into roman legions. love the reader, he is amazing.

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So it begins...

To be up front and honest, this is my genre. Romans, conquest, and drinking. That being said, this isn't a classic...it's the book that classics study and then they feel inadequate. I despise the antagonist and I fear for the protagonist. Is it possible for a book to accomplish more?

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  • lawrence
  • sacramento, CA, United States
  • 02-26-18

very good prequel

I love the stigers books but a prequel I was a little worried about but this book fits in very nicely to the series. of course it follows the beginning of Ben's career and I like that fact it shows a bigger world. I can wait for the next one.

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great story, great performance by the reader

it's a great prequel, explains some of the things in the earlier books (actual later timeline) that I found interesting. rounds out the character a bit more. it's almost better to read this AFTER you read the Stiger Novels.

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great story! Good narration!

this author has great talent. Wonderful characters and plots and storylines. Best read I've had in months. I will be buying this authors other works soon. You will not regret the time you spend with this author.

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Good “Roman Legionary” story telling.

Really good story telling set in the First Century A.D., if the Roman Army had been sent to a place where magic was available. Look forward to the continuing exploits of Ben Stiger...

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Very good book. But a littel short

Very well written and performed.. But the lenght leve one hungry for more it felt not like a book 1 of a series but more like part one of book one and that is a shame.

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Can't wait for the next installment

I was somewhat disappointed when I realized this book was a prequel, but that feeling quickly dissipated, and got really into it.

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fascinating prequel

it is euphoric to see the beginnings of Stiger I can't wait for the next

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  • Simon
  • 04-03-17

Interesting Diversion

I am one of the few who have very much enjoyed this series. It is a niche with its rare mix of gritty historical style fiction based on the Roman legions and classic fantasy. This takes us back in time to the start of Stiger's military career. It focuses very much on that side of it with much of the fantasy pared back to almost nothing. Given the relative scarcity of magic and mystical races in this world that is perfectly reasonable and consistent with Stiger's knowledge of them in the previous books.

We are given some great background to Stiger's development as an army officer and how his attitudes changed over time. It's a very enjoyable story which passed by in what seemed like a very small amount of time. The battle scenes are once again very well described.

In all an interesting diversion and I'd be happy to read more of this back story . . . though not at the expense of seeing the main storyline resume!

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  • nicole geck
  • 07-09-17

Pleasure to listen to

Where does Stiger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series ranks amongst my favourites. Easy and uncomplicated to listen to while working or driving - can switch attention to something else without loosing track of whats who if you know what I mean.Found this series to be well written and thoroughly entertaining

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Steven brands voice well suits this genre. I am so sick of trying to listen to someone who sounds posh or camp telling me of the hardships of raw battle and bloody showdowns. Steven puts his emphasis in the right place, doesnt overact and doesnt sound like he's straight out of some snobby boarding school. Love the slight husk in his voice to. Have gone on to purchase further in this genre with steven reading

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  • Dean
  • 04-01-17

Better than I hoped!

I was a bit worried that the story would be a bit moot and possibly rushed, and I could not have been more wrong! I listened to it in almost a single go start to finish and only stopped to go to work.

It's a refreshing change of pace to really see how stiger became the man he is later on (or early) in the series - cannot wait for the next book!

I'm excited to see how things really turn out and get some good solid back story to the things mentioned or hinted at throughout the first 3 books.