Saturday, February 22, 2020


Reasons to Consider The IX Series


Fans of the IX Series will know the premise that began an epic adventure to the other side of the galaxy. For those who are new to their story, here it is, repeated below.

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What could unite a Roman Legion and the Caledonian army they are fighting?

Or a US Cavalry Company with the Native American tribes arrayed against them?

How about a highly trained and motivated Special Forces unit and the terrorists they have been sent to wipe out at all costs?

Yes…

What could such a diverse and mutually aggressive group possibly have in common?

Arden – and the Horde, that’s what!

Arden, home to a culture that has existed for thousands of years and which spans dozens of worlds. Regardless, their sophistication cannot prevent calamity at the hands of an unstoppable nemesis. Known only as the Horde, this enemy has proven relentless. They have not only stripped the outer colonies bare, but now threaten the existence of the entire Ardenese way of life.
Realizing there is nothing they can do to prevent the inevitable march toward extinction, the Ardenese governing body comes to a drastic decision. They gather together at their capital city, Rhomane, and place their remaining genetic heritage in a vast underground ark, in the care of an advanced AI construct called the Architect. Its mission? To use Rhomane’s dwindling reserves and safeguard their race by reaching out across time and space toward those who might be in a position to help reseed a devastated world at some time in the future.

That’s how soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds find themselves together. Snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing they are 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 simple but stark ultimatum:

Put aside your former animosities and preconceptions in order to survive.

Fight or die!



Find out how our misfits fare in The IX Series.

Like them, you’ll discover death is only the beginning of an incredible adventure.


How incredible?
Just look at what critics say:


Weston deftly weaves the horrors of the Horde stealing human life-essences, with the beauty of his prose and imagery. Action-packed and highly recommended.
Amazing Stories

The IX has taken me back to the books I enjoyed in my youth (Jerry Pournelle's King David's Spaceship or Gordon Dickson's Hour of the Horde) It flows wonderfully. There's constant motion, & Weston takes the story in unexpected directions that are intriguing & fun.

Black Gate

Weston knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat without feeling as though the mission will never end. This is a complex combination of history, imagination & science fiction magic as is available today.

Grady Harp: Hall of Fame/Top 100 /Vine Reviewer

When it comes to science fiction, I want a book that captures me from page one and never gives me a reason to want to escape. I want a book that forces me to stay up until 3 a.m., because there is no point at which it is ideal to put it down. I want a book whose characters and plots are complex and intelligent, but elegantly crafted with the minimum of distraction. The IX delivers.

Fanboy Comics

A brilliant & amazing synthesis of military, horror and far-future science fiction.

Nebula Award Winner - Michael A. Armstrong

The author's knowledge of military history & his speculations about what might have happened to the legendary Ninth Roman Legion have led to an amazing trip through time & space to a world where things are not ever as straight-forward as they seem. Blending in believable science & classic elements of old Westerns, Weston has created a truly delightful story.
This Dark Matter

If you come back from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens and find yourself pining for a galaxy far, far away with similar elements, I highly recommend The IX.
Epicstream

The IX is the most inventive science fiction novel I have read since "Stranger in a Strange Land". That's saying a lot. The plot is highly complicated, and yet so clearly and gracefully written that it is easy to follow. The ending is wildly inventive and too brilliant to give away. Suffice it to say I ended the book with tears in my eyes.
Jim Morris (Vine Voice)

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Sunday, March 31, 2019


The IX Series
Prelude to Sorrow



Have you ever wondered why it is Prelude to Sorrow has been hailed as transcending genres? There’s no secret to it. With tributes to chronological fact; alternative history; sound science; metaphysical fantasy; science fiction, and with a supporting cast of strong characters, Prelude to Sorrow was bound to make an impact.

Look at what readers and reviewers had to say:

Weston’s storytelling style reminds me of Neal Stephenson

Yet another stellar masterpiece

Stunning, both in its story and quality of writing


Prelude to Sorrow is a superb requiem to the IX Series
Military sci-fi action at its should be

B Nelson (Top 500 reviewer)
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.


Black Gate Fantasy:




Want to find out more?
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Prelude to Sorrow

Fight or Die.

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




The IX Series



A Final Word on What Readers Say:
If you’re looking for an epic tale paying homage to the past (Ancient Rome) while situated in the future (think Star Trek), pick this up right now. While this is a standalone, I highly recommend you start with The IX and then Exordium of Tears before reading this phenomenal conclusion. Trust me, the payoff is worth it!



Wednesday, March 20, 2019


The IX Series
Exordium of Tears



Exordium of Tears, the second book of The IX Series continued the stunning trend of attracting rave reviews. Why do you think that was?

Look at what readers had to say:

A sequel that doesn't disappoint

Best Science Fiction book I’ve read in years

A tour de force! Highly recommended









Would you like to discover what happened to those misfits from Earth who survived?

Here’s a clue. . .

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 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 reach, for shadows loom on the horizon that not only threatens the future of Arden, but the universe too, revealing once again that…

Death is only the beginning of the adventure.


Would you face death to save everything you hold dear?

Then join with the Ninth as they take the battle to where it all began in. . .

Exordium of Tears

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


The IX



Have you ever wondered why it is The IX held the #1 slot for six of its first twelve months in print? 

Then wonder no more.

Look at what readers and reviewers had to say:

Military sci-fi in the grand tradition of Jerry Pournelle, Gordon R. Dickson and Robert A. Heinlein

Remarkably graphic

A brilliant and creative adventure












Want to find out more?



The IX

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.


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Do you feel drawn to the plight of the band of brothers pulled away from all they hold dear?

Would you care to fight their battles with them?
 

Then live the dream

The IX


Saturday, February 23, 2019

The IX Series


Have you availed yourselves of the hardcore sci-fi IX Series?
Take a peek at a little reminder of the journey so far
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The IX
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.


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 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 reach, for shadows loom on the horizon that not only threatens the future of Arden, but the universe too, revealing once again that…

Death is only the beginning of the adventure.



Prelude to Sorrow
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?


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Still not sure?
Look at what some of the leading lights of speculative fiction had to say about the IX Series:

Amazing stories - The IX

Epicstream - Exordium of Tears

Black Gate Fantasy - Prelude to Sorrow

Now find out for yourself. The links are in the sidebar. . .

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


End of Year Revelations


For those who have followed the IX Series since its inception back in 2015, I think you’ll agree, it’s been a blast! To think that an idea spawned by true events, and mingled with a sprinkling of mythology here and a touch of fiction there, would grow into an epic critically acclaimed by some of the leading lights of speculative fiction – and enjoyed by readers from across the globe – still warms my heart, even now.

And it’s the readers especially that I’d like to thank, for they proposed a wonderful suggestion I’ve been chewing over for some time.

Yes, by way of review, messenger and email, fans kept asking if I’d ever considered writing more about the world of the IX, and in particular, those events leading up to the summoning of the Ninth Legion. Was it really necessary to call them? How did the previous intakes fail so badly? What was the fall of Arden like? And how did the Horde rampage manage to catch a civilization at the height of its power, one that had existed for more than twelve thousand years, by surprise?

When those queries started arriving, I must confess, I found it rather flattering. To think that I had touched readers deeply enough for them to want to delve into the history behind the IX was a dream come true. That’s what every author strives to do.
However, as the volume of those inquiries increased, I began to give them serious consideration. I thought about it some more and raised the question with the esteemed Janet Morris, owner of Perseid Press.

The result?

It is with a great deal of pleasure – and not a little trepidation – that I announce the undertaking of a new venture into the IX Universe. Starting in January 2019, I will begin laying the foundations of an IX “origins” story whereby the questions raised above – and more – will be answered.



It’s going to be a long ride, but I look forward to seeing where the journey eventually takes us.

(Stay tuned to my website and blog for more details/titles, etc, as things progress)



Monday, December 17, 2018

Black Gate Fantasy Review

Prelude to Sorrow


The most excellent folk over at Black Gate Fantasy recently expressed their thoughts on the final book in the IX Series , Prelude to Sorrow.

Here's the gist of what they had to say:

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Weston’s done a good job with this series. He took an idea that had been used before and breathed real life into it. In the Horde, he’s created one of the most intriguing and monstrous villains of late. The battles, whether on the grounds of alien worlds or of ancient Earth, are gripping, and the reader feels every slash; every explosion. The exploration of the mysteries at the heart of the Horde’s onslaught and their gradual discovery is compelling. And the answers won’t make you groan with their obviousness. Above all, the ending is pretty cool. I should’ve expected it, but I didn’t, and that’s something that always make me happy. Yeah, The IX trilogy is a solid addition to the ranks of military sci-fi.

If you have a yen for the sort of military sci-fi written by the late Jerry Pournelle, then Weston’s series is for you. Actually, I take that back a little bit: something for which I praised Weston in my review of The IX was that he avoided the insufferable political pontificating of much military sci-fi. The series is also wonderfully lacking in glibness and the strawman villains that blight some contemporary military fiction. Weston has a big — nay, huge — story to tell. It’s packed with “Doc” Smith-worthy spaceships, self-sacrificing heroes, formidable enemies, and a few clever big ideas lurking in the background.

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For the full review, please clink the link below:



Thank you to John O'Neil and Fletcher Vredenburgh in particular:
You guys rock!