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Publisher's Summary

A century ago, all but two members of Lance Scipio's unit were executed for bringing dishonor to his regiment.

Now, he is woken into a strange new time, and tasked with whipping into shape the worst squad of misfits in the entire Human Marine Corps.

The price of failure: Death!

AD 2565. Tranquility-4 near the frontier of the White Knight Empire. Guided by mysterious orders, the authorities at the Human Marine Corps base of Beta City thaw Lance Scipio. In 2441, an entire Marine company was executed with the exception of Captain Grimgerde and Sergeant Lance Scipio, the usual punishment for running in the face of the enemy. But these two were preserved...as if they would be required in the future.

Scipio is not expected to escape execution for long, but he has been given a slim chance. For a Marine, a chance can be all that's needed to change the fate of worlds.

The Sleeping Legion is an action-filled sequence of military science fiction novels set in the worlds of the hit series The Human Legion by Tim C. Taylor.

©2016 J. R. Handley (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Gimme that Old Time Marine Corp

Interesting Military Sci-Fi. In the same vein as the Forever War. Need a warrior, thaw me out an old breed Marine. Good Start to a new Series

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Interesting

The story is improving with each book and there is enough mystery/suspense to keep me interested in the next section. The writing style is similar to past science fiction, but can present itself as frustrating/confusing if one is unfamiliar with the style.

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Free Fantasy Book

If you enjoy fantasy and sci-fi mixed together it may be for you. I couldn’t maki it an hour of the wolf human astronauts.

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Better than 1st, BUT...

Better than 1st of series, but still not great. Maybe OK. Narrator does not do a good job IMO & this makes it that much harder to assess.

There's lots of simplistic concepts, premises & characters. People aren't fully fleshed out. Dialogue, including self thoughts seems stilted.

The stories take place with gaps of 35 years plus in between because of cryostorage & this book includes a "flash freezing" system where people where ever they are (walking, sitting, etc.) within the confines of a room or section of rooms in a bldg are "instantly" frozen & then automatically unfrozen 35 years later as a default setting. Seems a tad unrealistic IMO & hard to swallow.

It's things like that which cause me to say this book is sub par. It's also really hard to follow because every voice is the same. With no delineation between characters I can't tell who's talking or when new chapters start or scenes & people change.

Because of the monotonous droning narrative, it's easy to drift off & really hard to go back & figure out where I stopped paying attention. I really have to concentrate to follow the story. When I can manage that, then the story gets a little interesting.

I'll probably listen to the next book because it's free (incl. w/membership) & Im a glutton for punishment - or maybe optimist - always hoping beyond hope that the story improves & the characters escape their cookie cutters & become more multidimensional.

And that the story will eventually make sense. Right now it seems like a lot of threads are woven only to just poof - disappear & never get moved forward or resolved, so much so, I'm really not even sure what the heck is going on anymore.

Could be I missed some parts & didn't realize it, I suppose.... Or could be the plot line ia a tangled ball of shredded yarn that fell in the corner & is collecting dust?

And, I don't know, maybe it's just a pet peeve or mine &/or naivety, but why do so many authors write about alien races that enslave mankind & use them as servants &/or cannon fodder fighters, devolving their lives to a serfdom not unlike the middle ages in structure & mindset?

Culling the ranks of cadets by 1st demoting them to a sub-servant class that can be abused by alien masters & other humans w/o regards to life or limb? Then further culling of the cadets at graduation by executing the lowest ranking platoons?

Really? That's how other space faring races treat each other? Seems if a race has evolved enough to travel the stars, they would be more enlightened? Just saying.....

So, bottom line, IMO, don't buy this book, certainly don't waste a credit on it, but if it's free, your bored & don't have time to search out a better series, you might just want to check it out & decide for yourself.

(I think I might've read in a few reviews there's people who think this narrator is great. I don't know what planet they're from, but opinions are opinions & everyone's got a right to them!)

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WHAT A LET DOWN!!

How has this book got so many four and five star reviews??? This is an embarrassing piece of garbage. The made up words are stupid sounding. The storyline in itself is highly erratic and confusing! Jeffery Kafer makes it even more ridiculous. His monotone and poor voice effects make this book even worse than just reading it.

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Action, for action sake

The Sleeping Legion is a full speed ahead battle. From the first book in the series to the last there is no let up in the action. Players come and go, targets change - get added and then subtracted after bloody conflict.

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It’s Marine NOT soldier

Those two terms are NOT interchangeable. That’s my only complaint with this whole series. The only time that a Marine calls a subordinate soldier is when it’s meant as an insult, and vice versa.

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Stops for bonus story

It stops with 2 hrs to spare for a bonus story?! I’m sorry that’s not a bonus story if it’s almost 2/5 of your book. PLUS it ends on a cliff hanger like come on literally just getting to anything important

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Frozen fighters

One of the best military sci-fi novels I’ve read recently. It gets right to the action. I liked the twist of how soldiers are frozen until they’re needed again. This makes for good character development as the main character has to catch up with what the changes are without giving away he doesn’t know what’s going on around him. As a retired army ranger, the action and tactics were pretty real.

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Action and Heart

Jr Handley is a great new writer of military science fiction. His caharacters have heart and the story's are full of action! I am buying the next book in the series now!! Marines in the Future, the hope of mankind!