Friday, March 16, 2018

Prelude to Sorrow


Prelude to Sorrow - the final installment of the IX Series.

At last - we see how everything began!

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The task force dispatched from Arden to eradicate the Horde menace failed, and for those few left alive, the tenet by which they have survived for so long resounds as never before.

Fight or Die!

Now marooned, out of time and out of place, the survivors lick their wounds and struggle to recover while the Horde gather their strength for a final strike that will change the course of history forever. The fate of the galaxy – and more – hangs in the balance.

But fate, it seems, isn’t done with the Ninth, and our heroes find themselves forced to mount a last-ditch attempt to end the threat once and for all.

Will the darkness be vanquished, or will our heroes’ efforts finally signal the beginning of the end of their adventure?

Find out in – Prelude to Sorrow – the stunning conclusion to the IX saga.

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Look at what reviewers are saying about Prelude to Sorrow:

A phenomenal conclusion to the best science fiction series I've read!

Prelude to Sorrow is an emotionally gripping book with spiritual undertones as well as a glimpse into both our pasts and our future. To ascend to a higher plane, do you have to commit unspeakable acts or is it as simple as understanding what the god/goddess is teaching you?

It’s very well written and I couldn’t stop turning those pages

This incredible, meaty, epic tale is a work of genius

Epic!

This is a stunning saga both in its story and quality of writing.

 A breathtaking saga action non-stop, strong realistic characters and wonderfully complicated plot that never leave a reader with a dull moment.

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Why not find out for yourself what reviewers are talking about?

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Friday, February 16, 2018


The IX
The Final Chapter


In last week’s review, we discovered how the taskforce sent to far Exordium failed in their efforts to efface the Horde bane from existence. Star systems were obliterated. Worlds torn asunder. Armies destroyed. And still the evil determined to scourge all life managed to escape at the very last to spread their poison elsewhere.

But exactly where did they flee to?

How many of the Horde endured?

And did enough of our protagonists survive to counter that threat?

Thus the scene is set for the saddest chapter of all…

Prelude to Sorrow



For the People of Earth & Arden
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The task force dispatched from Arden to eradicate the Horde menace failed, and for those few left alive, the tenet by which they have survived for so long resounds as never before.

Fight or Die!

Now marooned, out of time and out of place, the survivors lick their wounds and struggle to recover while the Horde gather their strength for a final strike that will change the course of history forever. The fate of the galaxy – and more – hangs in the balance.

But fate, it seems, isn’t done with the Ninth, and our heroes find themselves forced to mount a last-ditch attempt to end the threat once and for all.

Will the darkness be vanquished, or will our heroes’ efforts finally signal the beginning of the end of their adventure?

Find out in – Prelude to Sorrow – the stunning conclusion to the IX saga.



Available now.
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Prelude to Sorrow

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Witness what reviewers are already saying about Prelude to Sorrow:

Action, action, action. This is a stunning saga both in its story and quality of writing. "The IX: Prelude to Sorrow"
by Andrew P. Weston, is a strong follow up to books one and two of the IX series, Impressive wrap up. Wow.
Five Stars.

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 I enjoyed 'The IX: Prelude To Sorrow, Book 3' in this awesome “The IX” Trilogy. No spoilers here. It’s very well written and I couldn’t stop turning those pages. A wonderful addition to my e-library. Highly recommend for sci-fi action lovers. I give it five stars!
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Andrew P. Weston is an author you need to know. This incredible, meaty, epic tale is a work of genius. Fans of the genre will be blown away but 'The IX' transcends genre really. Recommended to anyone looking for a challenging book to get lost in.

Friday, February 9, 2018


The IX
Our Story So Far


Last week, we reminded ourselves of the story that started our galaxy-spanning adventure:
The IX, an epic that saw Roman Legionaries, cowboys, and near-future commandos snatched from Earth at the moment of their deaths, only to be taken to a planet on the far side of the Milky Way where they were forced to fight in another world’s war against seemingly insurmountable odds.


That they gave an honorable account of themselves was noteworthy.
That they managed to turn the tide against a relentless foe, a marvel.
That our heroes survived to live another day, a miracle in itself.
Time to relax and celebrate, you might think?
Welcome to the second chapter of their story…

Exordium of Tears


Fight or die!

A brutal tenet by which the refugees from Earth – including the lost 9th Legion of Rome; the 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Rifles; and the British Special Forces anti-terrorist team – were forced to endure while the Horde menace existed.

Now that threat is over, the survivors long to settle down and reclaim the lives stolen from them. However, such aspirations remain beyond their rose-tinted reach, for darkness looms on the horizon – unloving shadows that not only threaten the future of Arden, but the universe too, revealing once again that…

Death is only the beginning of the adventure.

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Stay tuned for the culminating chapter next week

Friday, February 2, 2018


The IX
The Story So Far



With the arrival of Prelude to Sorrow, I thought it might be a nice idea to briefly remind you of what has transpired so far in the lives of our heroes of The Ninth intake.
After all, they’ve come a long, long way since their deaths triggered the events leading to an adventure of a lifetime. Faced huge challenges. Lost friends and family alike. Beaten overwhelming odds, time and time again.

Just how long can fortune favor the brave?

That question will be answered in the forthcoming story…
And to lead us there, we’re going to recap their exploits.
Yes, starting this week – we’re going to step back in history and consider the blurbs from each of the books in the series.
Not only will it serve as a reminder to the loyal fans who have been following along, but it will also serve as a taster to those who have yet to answer the call:

Fight or Die!


Roman legionaries, 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.


How far would you be willing to go to stay alive?


The IX. 


Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.





Monday, January 29, 2018

Prelude to Sorrow
Cover Reveal


They say that every cover tells a story.


In The IX, our heroes were snatched away from Earth at the time of their passing, only to be transported elsewhere to continue their struggle against a vastly superior foe.


Can you see the hints of that in the cover? The quantum gateway that reaches out across spacetime to lock onto specific strands of DNA, only to pluck them from everything they know and love and subsequently hurl them into a conflict they know nothing about.

In Exordium of Tears, the tranquility of a hard-won peace was torn asunder by all out war, with casualties on every side.


If you look closely, you'll see aspects of what the story is all about on the cover. 
It's darker, harsher, with a brutality that's hard to ignore. A laser beam punches out of nowhere, bringing death and destruction with it; placing our heroes in a kiln of fire from which they must emerge if they are to endure.

How do the survivors of the Ninth intake fare?
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I'll give you a hint - consider the cover template below:


Now look at the background.
Do you see how the fabric of their world is crumbling, as if the very foundations of their world has been torn out from beneath their feet?
The IX symbol is on fire, burning with the intensity of a crucible....
Yet it endures somehow, purified from within.

Any ideas as to what that might represent?

Well, you'll find out soon...

Prelude to Sorrow
Coming February 2018

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Micro-Singularity Grenades


Fans of the IX Series will be aware that I like to base the futuristic tech you read about in the pages of The IXExordium of Tears – and later this year, Prelude to Sorrow – on the very latest theoretical science to emerge from the many research laboratories scattered around the world.

Five years ago, I read an interesting paper in Scientific America Magazine regarding the possibility of creating an artificial black hole for use as a power source, something that the wonderful world of science fiction had already surmised a number of years before.
(Star Trek buffs will remember the Romulans were purported to power their starships with gravity banded micro singularities).


At the time, I was still in the world building phase for the IX, and, imagining the various aspects of technology the futuristic Ardenese race might employ, I thought... “Hey, what if there was such a thing as a micro-singularity grenade?” a weapon capable of generating a temporary, limited field of crushing gravity, the implosive/explosive kinetic energy of which would be sufficient to destroy anything within its effective radius. (Just the thing our protagonists would need to take care of the pesky superhuman Horde ogres).

Well, as readers now know, Mac McDonald and his Special Forces team of kick-ass commandos went on to use singularity grenades to great effect in the ensuing adventures of The IX, and such weapons went on to become part of an arsenal they used in their efforts to turn the tide against a relentless enemy.

Ah, the stuff of science fiction eh?

Or is it?

Take a quick look at these short excerpts from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University along with extracts from Galaxy & Nature magazines:

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Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have managed to produce an extreme physical object – a molecule that attracts more electrons than it can keep until it explodes.
This object, dubbed a molecular black hole, caught researchers by surprise as they weren’t expecting something quite so intense and astronomers and scientists are now beginning to suspect that this rather stolid source of many a science fiction story may, in fact, be science fact.

When scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory focused the full intensity of the world's most powerful X-ray laser on a small molecule, the pulse stripped all but a few electrons out of the molecule's biggest atom from the inside out, leaving a void that started pulling in electrons from the rest of the molecule, like a black hole gobbling a spiraling disk of matter.

Within 30 femtoseconds (millionths of a billionth of a second), more than 50 electrons from the rest of the molecule came rushing in, which quickly led to the explosive demise of the molecule.

While scientists have seen similar behavior before when this experiment was attempted with less intense beams or isolated atoms, they've not seen it to this magnitude. The molecular black hole is not just astonishing as a new discovery, but it provides clues on how X-ray lasers affect molecules. This is important because we use X-ray lasers to study how individual biological systems work.

“For any type of experiment you do that focuses intense X-rays on a sample, you want to understand how it reacts to the X-rays. This paper shows that we can understand and model the radiation damage in small molecules, so now we can predict what damage we will get in other systems.” experiment leader Daniel Rolles, of Kansas State University, said in a statement.

“We think the effect was even more important in the larger molecule than in the smaller one, but we don't know how to quantify it yet. We estimate that more than 60 electrons were kicked out, but we don't actually know where it stopped because we could not detect all the fragments that flew off as the molecule fell apart to see how many electrons were missing. This is one of the open questions we need to study.” lead author Artem Rudenko added.
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The power of the laser has allowed the study of reactions like photosynthesis in never-seen-before detail, and it remains an incredibly powerful instrument. The X-ray pulses are 100 times more intense than if you concentrate all the sunlight we receive on Earth onto a single thumbnail.

All that power from such a tiny thing. Why? Because the iodine atom – which had a strong positive charge after losing most of its electrons – continued to suck in electrons from neighboring carbon and hydrogen atoms, and those electrons were also ejected, one by one, creating a level of damage and disruption that's not only higher than would normally be expected, but significantly different in nature.
Amazing, isn’t it, to think that a make-believe device might one day have a basis to zap alien bad guys?.
Of course, this raises a perplexing question. Do sci-fi enthusiasts like myself get our ideas from innovative breakthroughs in the field of scientific discovery...or are there researchers out there secretly getting inspiration from science fiction novels?
Mind boggling.


As a well know series always reminds us: “This has all happened before, and it will all happen again.”


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are You Looking for the Very Best in Military Science Fiction?


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The Story So Far


Roman legionaries, 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.

How far would you be willing to go to stay alive?

The IX. 
Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.





Fight or die.

That simple yet brutal reality is the tenet by which the refugees from Earth – including the fabled lost 9th Legion of Rome; the 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Cavalry Unit; and the Special Forces Anti-Terrorist Team – 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 a shadow looms on the rose-tinted horizon of new beginnings.The release of the re-genesis matrix has done much to foster a restoration of exuberance across Arden. Along with a resurgence in floral and faunal diversity comes the results of splicing the Ardenese and human genomes: transmutation. A metamorphosis of stunning magnitude that not only affects the living, but those still is stasis as well.

Recognizing the emergence of a new hybrid species, the Architect – the arcane AI construct tasked with the preservation of the Ardenese race – responds by unlocking previously hidden and inaccessible areas of the city. It also releases an archive of sealed state secrets. Such revelations are eagerly perused, whereupon a shocking discovery is made.

Prior to the fall, it was common knowledge amongst the Senatum (the highest levels of Arden’s government) that not all the rabid Horde had joined in the rampage across the stars toward Arden.
Realizing that the peril still exists, the newly reformed administration elects to respond in earnest. Existing resources are utilized, suitable candidates are chosen, and 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 and highly organized, 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.

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Soon - the story comes to its dramatic conclusion

Prelude to Sorrow

Sometimes - Fighting and dying simply isn't enough

Tragedy is forged, in a universe spanning conflict which proves once again that…
Death is only the beginning of the adventure.