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Legionnaire (Galaxy's Edge Book 1) Kindle Edition
A hot, stinking, dumpster fire. And most days I don’t know if the legionnaires are putting out the flames, or fanning them into an inferno.
A hostile force ambushes Victory Company during a reconnaissance-in-force deep inside enemy territory. Stranded behind enemy lines, a sergeant must lead a band of survivors against merciless insurgents on a deadly alien world somewhere along the galaxy’s edge. With no room for error, the Republic’s elite fighting force must struggle to survive under siege while waiting on a rescue that might never come.
Join Victory Company as they fight for their lives. When you think you’ve surrounded the Legion... you’ve just made your last mistake.
Available in audiobook format performed by R.C. Bray as Galaxy's Edge Part I: https://www.amazon.com/Galaxys-Edge-audiobook/dp/B079LPHNDZ/
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Hold on, you’re about to make the jump to light-speed in Galaxy’s Edge.
Leap into a living universe of war’s heroes knee-deep in dark intrigues, blasters and bots in blind alley combat, and scoundrel captains looking to coax one more smuggling run out of their broken-down freighters.
Each book in the Galaxy's Edge series is an essential piece of an interconnected whole. Fight alongside Lieutenant Chhun and Victory Company through the deserts of Kublar in Legionnaire. Join the roguish Captain Keel and notorious bounty hunter Tyrus Rechs as they chase the same target in Galactic Outlaws. Continue to Kill Team to see how all these characters find their place on the galactic stage together, along with Legion Commander Keller, Dark Ops, and the mysterious secret agent X... then brace for a civil war initiated by the enigmatic Goth Sullus in Attack of Shadows.
And that's only the beginning.
Galaxy's Edge Part I
Narrated by award-winner R.C. Bray, Galaxy's Edge Part I combines the first two books of the series (Legionnaire & Galactic Outlaws) into one riveting listening experience.
Galaxy's Edge Part II
Part II consists of Kill Team and Attack of Shadows, with R.C. Bray delivering another commanding performance!
Galaxy's Edge Part III
Part III continues to provide listeners two books per volume, capturing the moment when the series begins to thread all portions together: Sword of the Legion & Prisoners of Darkness.
A Self-Contained and Expansive Universe!
Galaxy's Edge Season One
The primary story arc detailing how the legionnaires of Victory Company found themselves at the center of a galactic-wide crisis more sinister, violent, and underhanded than they could possibly imagine!
Tyrus Rechs: Contracts & Terminations
A series of action-adventure thrillers following the Galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter, Tyrus Rechs. This series sheds more light on Rechs's place in the galaxy, and the events leading up to the Battle of Kublar.
Galaxy's Edge is rich in its own history, with virtually every character having a detailed back story, just waiting to be told.
Imperator tells the origins of Goth Sullus, the would-be ruler of the Republic.
Tin Man provides a touching tale of a repurposed war bot.
More to come!
The galaxy is a dumpster fire, and that fire still burns! Still scheduled for release are series detailing the SAVAGE WARS, Kill Team Victory, Wraith's Dark Ops Mission, The Order of the Centurion winners and more!
"Legionnaire hit the spot for me. A perfect balance of military realism and science fiction. Reads like Star Wars meets Generation Kill. Loved it!" - DJ Molles, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Remaining Series
"Anspach has proven himself to be a master storyteller, driven by an obvious passion that inhabits every living page he sets his pen to." - JN Chaney, #1 Bestselling Author of the Renegade Star Series.
Amazon Best Seller Lists:#1 in Science Fiction#1 in Space Marine
#1 in Galactic Empire
#1 in Space Opera#1 in Men's Adventure Fiction
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- ASIN : B071GN8Y4G
- Publisher : Galaxy's Edge Press (June 12, 2017)
- Publication date : June 12, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1920 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 308 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,709 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Legionnaires are elite soldiers for a reason, as one of them worth a hundred regular men with their training, tactics, and deadliness. Outfitted with custom armor, artificial intelligence in their form fitting helmets, they are a formidable fighting force to be reckoned with. This is proven repeatedly as they fight against odds that are stacked against them. With each battle they engage in, we see why they are the best. Whether it’s against the natives, dealing with strange alliances, powerful weapons, surprise turnabouts and unexpected setbacks, they do their best to adapt and win.
This is not just a straightforward story, as some military science fiction can be. Your typical genre novel can fall into the trap of feeling like a videogame, where you see a gun bounce around your screen as bad guys pop into and out of your field of vision. It’s also easy to be desensitized to the violence on your screen as you blow away bad guys. But this novel is more complex and layered than that simplistic description.
These battles are won by boots on the ground, developing strategies on the fly, working together as a team to take down the enemy. These scenes are intense and riveting, as we experience each struggle to survive through the eyes of Sergeant Chhun as he takes down one enemy after another while trying to avoid being killed. You cannot help but feel your pulse race in these scenes, as your breath quickens and you move your head to avoid getting it shot off your shoulders, as I did while being engrossed by each page I read.
Each battle is different, each one presenting a different challenge for Victory Company to overcome and the quality of the writing here is where the author, Jason Anspach, shines the most. The strategy used to win these battles is multifaceted and fascinating as the problems multiply. Of course, no plan survives contact with the enemy but how they adjust to each brutal engagement and try to win is part of the suspense.
By the time you’ve reached the end of the novel, you feel like you’ve served along with their forces, as the story immerses you so deeply into it. You experience the recoil of the weapon in your hand, feel the heat of the battle sear your skin and smell the carnage around you as you face off against the enemy. The brotherhood of your fellow soldiers, bonded together and forged in battle, you don’t just become emotionally involved. You personally experience fighting for each other, your loyalty towards one another and you are inducted into the Legionnaires by proxy as you read. You are of one of them as you feel the weariness and relief as the battle ends, you assess your casualties, check your supplies and figure out what your next step is. Ooah.
What I liked was the main character, Sergeant Chhun, and why he fights and whom he fights for. It’s not just a shoot ‘em up story, it’s about the men you fight with and we clearly see why he feels this way. It’s one thing to say it and another to see that motivation demonstrated effectively in the novel. The soldiers are disillusioned with the politics that surround the officers who serve with them, including the cowardly Captain Devers, who is the man you come to hate for multiple reasons as you will see.
Each soldier, whether minor or major, gets a chance to shine and differentiate themselves from the others. Their pasts, their training, how it all shapes their present worldview and their duty to one another has molded them into Victory Company. Each one of them is an individual but collectively, they are an almost unstoppable force. These soldiers are not just killing machines, they feel when they make mistakes and assess the battlefield for any advantage they can get. You can see how each battle scars them, their determination and grit evident in their plight no matter how bad it gets as tanks battle and air support rains hell down on the battlefield.
The Kublar are also cunning warriors and are not easy to subdue or defeat. Their culture is fleshed out with just enough detail to see what their motivations are, helping you understand their thought processes and see just how alien they really are. From their different clans to alliances they develop, these creatures fight with a ferocity that proves their mettle against the Legionnaires. This is especially apparent in the final battle of the novel, in which everything is thrown at the Legionnaires in the hopes of eradicating them once and for all.
Just when I thought the novel was over and I thought I could relax, it’s punctuated with a spellbinding epilogue written by Nick Cole, adding an exclamation point to the story. It regales us with an enrapturing tale of the military machine wrongly used for political gain and how it affected one soldier for the rest of his life. You viscerally feel the impact of this story deep in your gut at the horrors described here, providing additional context to what it’s like to be a soldier working for a large galactic government.
You know you have a fantastic story on your hands when you start reading faster than your usual speed because you can’t wait to see what happens next. As a result, this novel is military science-fiction at its best.
This story is the first in a series of novels taking place in a universe called Galaxy’s Edge. This universe was developed as a counterpoint to Star Wars and its sprawling saga. For example, stormtroopers in Star Wars has very poor aim and weak armor. However, in this universe, the stormtrooper equivalent is the Legionnaire, with pinpoint aim and strong armor, feeling like a legitimate threat instead of cannon fodder. As a result, it feels like Star Wars with its fresh take on space opera but it’s not Star Wars. It is its own unique entity, with a history and continuity all its own. Written and developed by these two authors, I tremendously look forward to seeing what they write next. This is a universe full of promise and adventure and I will eagerly get on board to see where they take me next.
Legionnaire does two great things that military sci-fi consistently fails to do. First, it doesn't browbeat you with stupid fictional sci-fi technological and historical references. The world-building adheres to the "show not tell" principle.
Second, the military tactics are realistic. The authors have either served on the frontlines or done their homework. As a veteran of multiple combat deployments, I get aggravated with the garbage tactics seen in Star Wars and other sci-fi stories. It always blows my mind how little the writers know about warfighting. The authors of Legionnaire don't suffer from this problem, and the book features complex ambushes, combined arms warfare, and smart defensive scenarios.
If you have any interest whatsoever in military science fiction, then stop what you are doing and read Legionnaire right now.
In this particular instance, a unit of Legionnaires is on the planet Kublar, escorting one faction to meet another so that they can discuss a peace treaty, hopefully allowing the Republic access to the planet in a fair and reasonable manner. The Natives of Kublar, colloquially known as ‘Koobs’, are seen as a frog like species, with a large diaphragm under their throats that they use to speak with and make other sounds. Although they have some level of technology, the planet is a mixed culture of partially rich and wealthy with the best of everything, down to the mostly poor and impoverished, living in shanti towns and having to scavenge for a living. Of course, they all have one thing in common, a dislike for humans.
The story is told from the point of view of Sergeant Cohen Chhun, a Sergeant in Victory Company.
The Legionnaires are given a specialised helmet, their armour apparently isn't that special, and apart from the sniper who can pick a tic off a flea buried on the back of a shaggy dog at 3000metres, their weapons are nothing special given it is so far in the future. (Although at least it is better than 40K where they still use bullets and haven’t developed range finders…) The Helmet though, is every Clone and Storm troopers dream, although our story teller loses his pretty early, and it quickly becomes apparent that this book is not about the tech, this is about the characters and the war they are in.
This did remind me a lot of the Clone Troopers TV series, in which you had Republic Clone Troopers in the Clone wars that could actually shoot things with basic guns and armour, but a decent bucket on their heads for information, you know, before they turned into brain dead Stormtroopers who couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a rocket launcher from 3 feet away – no wonder they lost to Ewoks….
But the Legionnaires are much like the Clones if you have seen, or read any of the Star Wars material. Superior fighting men, but amazingly enough, they have emotions, souls, and at times, they wonder why they are doing what it is they are doing?
The characters in this book are brilliant. As stated, the story is told from Sergeant Chhun’s point of view, a veteran who tells us true emotions, not heroic dribble about how he can survive everything and has no fear. Chhun covers all of the emotional spectrum as he battles along, from anger, fear, horror, happiness, sadness, gut wrenching sorrow, to just plain exhaustion, where you reach a point that you are so numb you don’t feel anymore. The Authors have done a brilliant job of detailing what it is like to be in the thick of things, to be under fire, the stress of the situation, and the reflexes and muscle memory you grow as a soldier to survive.
The story starts with the group leading our diplomats along nicely, until they are ambushed, and then it turns into total mayhem and chaos, and this is where the book just accelerates, and doesn’t slow down. It becomes a cross between a Clone Wars episode and Black Hawk Down (without the helicopter), as the Legionnaires are suddenly facing 1000s of Koob’s intent on killing them and their charges at all costs, regardless of the lives lost.
Even though the Legionnaires have superior weaponry, they are vastly outnumbered, for every 10 they kill, there are 20 or 30 to replace them. And thus the ‘Black Hawk Down’ running gun battle starts through the cities of Kublar.
This is a brutal, full-on Military action story, you are with the Sergeant (who gets a field promotion after the ambush to Lieutenant) all the way, and you live the fight with him, feel his anxiety, fear and stress, as he is pounded from pillar to post trying to keep his men and the diplomats alive and reach the objective. Command has been eliminated, and he is left with a field promoted Captain who has the experience to do the job, and a bureaucrat who is at the same level, who looks after the support teams, and is trying to get the all killed with his stupidity.
As a first book, this is the introduction you want to the Galaxy’s Edge, great story, exceptional characters, not bogged down in the tech, doesn’t get lost in the action or the characters either, with a good balance between all of it to leave you flipping pages so fast if you are holding a paperback, it will act as a fan for you.
If you love Military Sci-Fi, or just good Military Action stories, get into this – it is brilliant.
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There really isn't a lot of depth to the story, as already mentioned above, much of the information about the universe the book is set in is sort of briefly mentioned in passing but never expanded upon. I could live with that if there was a strong cast of characters but it's almost a check list. Incompetent upper class officer who got the job through connections? check, tough sergant who really runs things? ceheck, Legionnaires are the best taking out like 30 aliens each? check etc. That's not to say it's all bad, it's written fairly well for what it is and some of the fights are enjoyable to read but it's just chewing gum for the brain though. I would have liked more fleshed out characters and a greater reason for why any of it is happening in the first place to really feel invested.
To sum up, it's ok, entertaining enough just nothing special especially if you have read a lot of military sci-fi books, I wouldn't bother with the rest of the series personally.
+ Easy to read writing.
+ Some enjoyable fight moments.
- Practically no story exposition worth noting.
- Characters are a check list of stereotypes with no depth.
The characters are well drawn and the action is well written. But the last 20% of the story is problematic. In the story there aree several incidents that are unexplained but I was willing to bear with those for the sake of the tale. 80% of the story is narrated by the seen-it-all veteran sargeant, he is our eyes on this world, these battles. At the end the writers switch without warning to another legionnaire, the loose-cannon grunt Exo. So we do not get to know the fate of major characters, or why some thing happened.
This is the first book in a series so I assume that the authors are holding things back to draw readers onto volumes 2 and 3. It's a bad way to end a story.
The Republic Legions are an elite fighting force, the well-equipped and seemingly invulnerable iron fist of a galaxy-spanning government. The book follows events from the perspective of one of their NCOs on a straightforward hearts-and-minds mission among supposed allies. But in war, nothing is ever straightforward, and the leejes soon find themselves desperately fighting for their lives against overwhelming odds …
Even if (like me) you've never been under fire or in military service, the book will draw you in and inspire you with an appreciation of what it means to be caught up in armed conflict. Forget for a moment that the legionnaires use blaster rifles and combat sleds; the dangers they face, the comradeship they depend upon, the self-discipline they need, the sacrifices they make—these all ring so true. The leejes themselves come across not as cardboard cutout action figures but as real people. But the sci-fi elements are also strong—the tech, the weapons, even the slang all has a believable and yet alien feel to it.
To sum up: This is a great book, especially if you like military sci-fi. And there had better be sequels, or I'll be reaching for my N-18…
One is the existence of the Legion, an elite force of professionals devoted each other and their corps and fighting for a State and government that does not deserve them on “Galaxy’s Edge” against a coalition of enemy forces. Another related theme is the existence of a privileged and unaccountable class of politicians that seek to control the Legion through political – and worthless – appointees and bureaucratic rules that put them at risk and undermine their efficiency, in the best of cases.
There are however also significant differences. The Legionnaires are not made up of former criminals, as in Dietz’s Legion of the Damned and neither are they modelled on the French Foreign Legion. They are also somewhat different from Jay Allen’s Marines. They felt more like a science fiction equivalent of Roman Legionaries fighting on the Empire’s frontiers in conflicts that they do not necessarily understand.
The characters, while believable, are sometimes bordering stereotype, particularly in the case of Captain Denvers, the political appointee which the authors have deliberately tried to make as loathsome and stupid as possible. Also not exactly original as the – this time heroic - characters of the major, the lieutenant and the sergeant, who is also at times the narrator of the story.
The book clearly belongs to the military science fiction universe. It is one of the best samples of the genre and it is accordingly fast-paced. The Legionnaires are spread thing over the Galaxy’s Edge, and Victory Company fights as hard as it can for its survival against the overwhelming odds of a rebellion that was supposed to be impossible. So, in addition to speed, action and firefights, you can expect a lot of heroic actions and deaths in a story that does not exactly have a happy ending but a rather bitter one and which is to be continued in volume 2 of the series.
A great start and a strong four star read.