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Legionnaire (Galaxy's Edge) Hardcover – June 12, 2018
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The Galaxy is a Dumpster Fire
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.
When you think you've surrounded the Legion... you've just made your last mistake.
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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.
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- Publisher : Galaxy's Edge Press (June 12, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099655596X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0996555968
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.69 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #181,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
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While this is clearly set in the future, and their are some futuristic weapons--lasers, intergalactic space ships, etc., the author makes no attempt to build a world for the reader, and all of the tech plays a very minor role. In fact, the main character loses his highest tech piece of equipment (his helmet) almost immediately, signaling just how little of a role sci-fi will play. In the end, all of the action takes place on the ground, and the weapons could just as well have been conventional guns. This purely a military adventure story, with a thin gloss of sci-fi.
That said, it is a GOOD war story, with lots of action and drama. So, if you like battlefield adventures, dig in.
Just for fun, here's a quote from another review on a forum other than Amazon, "Tense...and Xenophobic, Racist, Classist, Sexist and Jingoistic." He didn't like it. Doesn't seem to like the real world much either. If you don't understand that in most wars, most soldiers dehumanize their opponents because it makes killing them more palatable, not palatable but more palatable, then you should avoid this book like the plague. Stick to politically correct pap.
I do agree somewhat with the complaints about a weak ending. On the other hand, it could be regarded as a thoughtful ending. Nothing ever really changes.
There are plenty of sci-fi elements to keep those who love the genre fully engaged. Everything from the enhanced battle suits to the firepower and individual weapons, modes of transportation and the scenes (think galactic world with harsh conditions blended with even stranger vivid city/village centers and locales far from the vestiges of "civilization" ). "Legionnaire" captures the best elements of military sci-fi wholeheartedly.
The story is well-oiled, nicely paced; the book well-formatted (always a plus in ebooks). Every once in a while, I find a book that keeps me engaged from cover to cover without a break. I didn't mind reading through the night to finish this...and now I am invested in the series to see what else happens out on the fringe of a galaxy that's a "dumpster fire" - the opening words in the book.
Kudos to Anspach and Cole for writing a clean (yep, no cursing sailors) sci-fi adventure I would be proud to introduce my 9-year-old SW-loving nephew to. And I applaud them for capturing the essence of good science-based fiction that hasn't been tainted by the politically-correct nightmare that Hollywood has thrust the characters of that other Galaxy (far, far away) that I have been so influenced by in life.
Bottom line: grunt to civilian, this is a story that has guts and intensity that allows for imagination, personal interpretation and real emotion - stuff the PC crowd has thrown out because they no longer support or believe us minions have left in us. I can't wait for more.
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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 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.
for the heartbreakers and the life takers OH-AH.