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Battle for Cilicia (Star Legions Book 1)

Battle for Cilicia (Star Legions Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael G. Thomas
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They are an unstoppable force of mercenaries from every known Terran planet in the Galaxy. They have little in common, other than their love of wealth and adventure, and a bitter hatred for each other. Known simply as the Black Legion, they will blaze a trail of death and destruction that will be remembered for generations.

For Xenophon, the Black Legion is an escape from the state that tried to kill him and his family. Exiled from his homeworld he joins the mercenaries, along with Glaucon, the rich playboy, Roxana, the veteran naval commander, and Tamara, the blue-haired castaway with a hidden past and a violent personality. Nothing will prepare them for the carnage awaiting them as they enter the borders of the Median Empire, the largest and most powerful entity in the known Galaxy, ruled with an iron fist by the tyrant, Emperor Artaxerxes and his legions of slave soldiers.

The Black Legion boasts the best weapons, armour, and equipment known to humanity. As well as the most advanced warships ever constructed, from frigates and battleships to the four mighty Titans. These great floating fortresses house thousands of warriors inside their cavernous armoured hulls. These mercenaries are no heroes; they are exiles, thieves, opportunists, and criminals. Each looking to make their name in the greatest enterprise in living memory, a military operation deep into the heart of the Empire.

Battle for Cilicia is the first book in the Star Legions series from Michael G. Thomas, the bestselling author of the Star Crusades series. Previously published as the Black Legion series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Swordworks; 3 edition (24 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072IVR0U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael G. Thomas is a science fiction and horror novelist from the United Kingdom. His best-selling Star Crusades series has sold in excess of one hundred thousand copies and continues to draw in new fans every month. As well as a strong interest in science fiction, Michael also writes horror fiction including the popular Zombie Dawn trilogy, co-written with his brother, Nick S. Thomas. As well as a prolific writer, Michael is also a well-known historical martial artist. He is the co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Historical Fencing that teaches traditional armed and unarmed European martial arts. His specialist subject areas are teaching the use of the medieval two-handed longsword and the German long knife.

His academic background is as varied as his writing with his first degree in Computing and advanced degrees in Classical Studies and also Machine Learning & Adaptive Computing. He has studied in Newport, Bristol and Bath and is a qualified secondary school teacher. In recent years he has undertaken substantial research in the fields of artificial intelligence as well as Greek and Byzantine military history.

Michael may be contacted via his publisher, Swordworks Books or through his official blog:

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sci-Fi Gem 7 May 2012
By Bobkat
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I bought this book on the strength of the authors previous books, namely the Star Crusades series. I have to agree with other reviewers here that this work shows the author is maturing as a compelling writer of sci-fi. Michael Thomas clearly knows his classics. Drawing on this knowledge he has seamlessly transported the story of the Anabasis into the future and created a rich universe for this tale to unfold. The story, as in the classic tale, is told from the perspective of Xenophon who is dragged into a war he did not want to be a part of and then is forced into exile to become a mercenary. The book is rich in action and moves along at a nice pace. It has some of the best written combat scenes in it that I have come across and reflects some of the political and social issues that engulf our world now. The future setting allows the author to re-examine these and the ancient tale and create something rather special. I am looking forward to starting book two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Sci-fi 20 Jun 2012
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I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed "Black Legion". I've always loved sci-fi on the TV and at cinemas, but never thought I would 'read' sci-fi. Maybe it was just this book but I really got into it! I'll definitely seek out other work by Michael Thomas
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the more difficult space opera novels to read. Not because of the plot, not even the characters. This book has gone for a variety of alien names and titles that take a while to get used to. I understand that this is part of the immersion into the pseudo-Greek world but it does slow things down for people not familiar with the story. The story is exctiing though and packed with great people, adventures and epic battles.

4* and if it were my subject I'd rate it a little higher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading 26 Sep 2013
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Not often I read books as fast as this so all I can say is I must of enjoyed it. Although I did struggle with names etc I got to grips with it by the end.if you want a way read this is the book for you
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A great story with classical nuances. Romans set in the future with technology. A more than good read, ( the only critical thing is the poor editing possibly due to the need of all e books to be summarized.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Classicists 20 Aug 2014
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I'd personally give this 3.5, but that's neither here nor there.

The book is very good, and is improved by having a very slight knowledge of the classics and ancient history - however any more and you start predicting what will happen, which is a tad irksome - perhaps in the future there will be greater variance, and that runs the risk of being jarring.

However for the most part it's a very interesting take on it, and unless you fall into what I would assume isn't a huge category, then it will be greatly enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Military fiction at it's finest 31 July 2014
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An absolutely incredible and exciting sci-fi novel with a strong military theme, filled with a corruption of politics and agendas, betrayal, being chased across the galaxy, conflict and questioning of loyalty vs. survival, friendship, and romance.

Above all, the author weaves a great sense of camaraderie in the plot as demonstrated between the characters during the immensely intense battle scenes combined with great combat strategies that are both, real, vividly descriptive and packed with genuine real action. Great read!
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