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The Legion Awakes (The Sleeping Legion Book 1) by [Handley, JR]
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The Legion Awakes (The Sleeping Legion Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Sleeping Legion (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

J. R. Handley is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. He is a veteran infantry sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division and later the 28th Infantry Division. She is the kind of crazy that interprets his insanity into cogent English. He writes the sci-fi while she proofreads it. The sergeant is a two-time combat veteran of the late unpleasantness in Mesopotamia where he was wounded, likely doing something stupid. He started writing military science fiction as part of a therapy program suggested by his doctor, and hopes to entertain you while he attempts to excise his demons through these creative endeavors. In addition to being just another dysfunctional veteran, he is a stay at home wife, avid reader and all around nerd. Luckily for him, his Queen joins him in his fandom nerdalitry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2453 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N6IB0GH
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read the 5 books in the Human Legion series and become aware that a spin-off series was to be written by another author I didn’t know what to expect. Further that this is the first book written by J.R. Handley, a veteran infantry sergeant of 101st airborne division injured during 2 tours in Iraq, as a therapy to combat the demons in his head. I was not expecting a first class story. How wrong could I have been! With his practical military training and experience on the ground, the action has a real feel to it. We have left behind the shoot up and wiz of the earlier space battles and got down close to realism. I did enjoy the reaction of Sgt Scipio to the announcement that there is a rebellion in progress. He concentrates on the safety of his cadets rather than obeying orders. The delightful inclusion of a cadet sergeant wearing frilly underwear for her 16th birthday is brilliant. The story of how Sgt Scipio tackled the role of bringing a very poor squad of cadets up to standard will bring back memories of our own military training to all veterans, it certainly made my memory jump back over 60 years. This is a thoroughly good story written by someone who knows what he is writing about.
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I was confused as to what was happening at the start and confused at the end but the bulk of the book was great.
It's hard to read without some understanding of the White Knight, Hardit, Human interactions. If a link to the rationale of this alternative(?) universe had been supplied I would have given another star and probably another purchase.
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Been getting bored recently with the same ness of so many of the books in this genre and a lot of others to be honest. I read a LOT and found everything I was trying to be predictable so this book was a real breath of fresh literacy right from the start! Enough of a change from the 'norm' to make it almost a one sitting book that is actually thought provoking on where things inevitably lead if the lessons of the past are forgotten, the best kind of fiction where you can see how real life could end up going the same route by moving away from tried and tested methods forgetting lessons learned historically. Maybe to deep an analysis for the futuristic tale on these pages but any book that can make you think of your here and now deserves to be recognised and this tale worked for me, on to the next in the series with high hopes!
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I award this book 3.5 stars. If I'm honest, this type of book is not my cup of tea. It's graffic in the art of warfare, a subject I'm not comfortable with. My personel prefference has coloured my judgment and rating. Otherwise it would have recieved 4 stars.

What I Liked: Sgt Scipio is a dedicated and professional solider who puts the welfare of his troops as top priority. Sgt Scipio prepares his squad for the harsh reality of battle. I was immersed in the life of a solider, it was brutal and gritty. The author’s military knowledge gives an honest account of a soldier’s life.
The world building and artificial intelligence is brilliant. The novel reveals clear, vivid setting throughout. I enjoyed the story arc, it was enthralling. Keeping me interested during the course of the book. I also want to applaud the quality of writing.
This novel gave me a first-hand experience of what it's like to be a soldier. How they think, act and adapt, to become who they must to win.

What I disliked: The long names of the squads became tedious, I ignored most of them. I had to back track to get a sense of place during the training scenes. The story nature requires a high number of characters, sometimes their introduction pulled me from the story.
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By vic on 23 Jan. 2017
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Good read good plot interesting characters, who should improve as the series continues. What let's it down is the lack of detail from the past, and the marines who are in cryogenic sleep. That's why I gave it four stars not five.
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A bit patchy - skips ahead unevenly in places - but some really good plot ideas and the whole set piece battle scenario was excellent. My biggest gripe, as with many of the books on kindle, is with the dialogue. Why not read it out to make sure it's natural? Simple things like using contractions can make such a difference.
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