Andrew P. Weston - Author
Roman legionnaires far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia.
A US cavalry company, engaged on a special mission, vital to the peace treaty proposed by Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.
A twenty-first century Special Forces unit, desperate to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.
From vastly different backgrounds, these soldiers are united when they are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing. Thinking they may have been granted a reprieve, imagine their horror when they discover they have been transported to a failing planet on the far side of the galaxy, where they are given a simple ultimatum.
Fight or die!
Against all odds, this group of misfits manages to turn the tide against a relentless foe, only to discover the true cost of victory might exact a price they are unwilling to pay.
The IX. Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.
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Fight or die. That simple yet brutal reality is the tenet by which the refugees from Earth were forced to live by while the Horde menace existed. Believing that the threat is over, the survivors now yearn to settle down, start families, and reclaim the lives stolen from them.
But such aspirations might remain beyond their reach, for it is discovered not all the rabid Horde had joined in the rampage across the stars. Realizing that the peril still exists, a flotilla of ships is sent out to secure, quarantine, and reclaim the outer colonies. A mammoth and hazardous undertaking. And nowhere more so than at the planet from where the outbreak was known to have originated – Exordium – for there, the ancient Horde are not only supremely evolved, but are capable of a level of lethal sophistication, the likes of which has never been witnessed before.
It is into this kiln of incendiary potential that the cream of Arden’s fighting forces is deployed. Worlds are torn asunder, suns destroyed, and star systems obliterated. Yes, tragedy is forged, in a universe spanning conflict which proves once again that…Death is only the beginning of the adventure.
Being a fan of good military science fiction, I read Weston’s previous volume, The IX, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m sure he devoured novels by writers like Gordon R. Dickson, Robert A. Heinlein, and others, and his writing comes from that grand tradition. But Weston is a product of today. He brings today’s sensibilities and technology into play, and deals with characters and human drama, as well as issues his predecessors either dealt with in vastly different ways, or never dealt with at all. One of the things I enjoy about Weston’s work is the compassion and respect he shows for his characters, the humanity of his characters, and the way he shows us the brutality and the harsh realities of war. So, while Exordium of Tears reads like and possesses that old-school flavor, it is definitely a product of the 21st century.
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