Soldier of the Legion

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A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker’s unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System...

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Overview

How did he get himself into this mess?

A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker’s unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System incursion. The Legion doesn't negotiate with slavers, even if it means another costly war.

He and the rest of the fearless Legion will soon discover that giant exosegs, slavers and systies are just the beginning. Once before the Legion faced the godlike, utterly alien and evil, Omnis, and drove them back at the cost of billions of lives. The future of humanity, all humanity -- even the corrupt and decaying System empire, will soon be in the hands of soldiers of the Legion.

Thinker is only just beginning to comprehend the depth of his insanity.

Future titles in the series include "Slave of the Legion", "Secret of the Legion", and, "Cross of the Legion".

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Editorial Reviews

Laurel Johnson
“Soldier Of The Legion by Marshall S. Thomas is an epic science fiction novel. Set in
the far-flung future, Soldier Of The Legion chronicles the struggles of a brave squad of Legionnaires who must fight to survive horrific battles against a corrupt, slave-raiding
empire—and a far worse force of inhumans. A perilous, exciting space saga, Soldier Of The Legion is enthusiastically recommended reading for fans of the science fiction action/adventure genre.”
Nancy Mehl
“Soldier Of The Legion is a deep, rich story that captures the heart of Sci-fi while bringing the elements of suspense, mystery, horror, and romance together and blending them into a perfect story that everyone will enjoy. Thomas's talent as a writer shines through the action, making the dialogue captivating, and in many passages, moving.”
Nth Degree
“Soldier of the Legion draws on a rich tradition of military science fiction—from Heinlein to Haldeman to Epic Comics’ Alien Legion..Thomas has put a lot of consideration into the technology, weaponry, and tactics of his futuristic Legion and it pays off in what is an epic testosterone-driven military adventure.”
Thunder Child
“Thomas has created an intense view of the future, designed and populated over twenty years worth of work. If you like military science fiction in the style of the classic pulps, chances are you'll enjoy this series.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587520396
  • Publisher: Timberwolf Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2002
  • Series: Beta Three Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshall S. Thomas is a retired U.S. Government official who served overseas in East Asia for most of his thirty-five year career. He attended the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Miami and graduated with a major in Government/International Affairs and a minor in History.

Marshall's six-book action-adventure science fiction series, the Soldier of the Legion series, was completed in 2010 with the release of Curse of the Legion. All six-books have been Amazon Best Sellers in multiple Science Fiction Categories.

Marshall currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Kim Lien. He has two grown sons, Alexander who studied biochemistry and Christopher who graduated Radford University after studying art and graphic design. Marshall loves to write and especially enjoys writing science fiction. He is a member of the Virginia Writers Club, Goodreads, the Authors Den, and C.E. Winterland's Mindsight Forum.

SOLDIER OF THE LEGION BOOKS
Soldier of the Legion
March of the Legion
Slave of the Legion
Secret of the Legion
Cross of the Legion
Curse of the Legion

AWARDS
2010 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Curse of the Legion)
2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Cross of the Legion)
2003 IBPA Ben Franklin Award Finalist for Popular Fiction (Solider of the Legion)
2002 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Science Fiction (Soldier of the Legion)
2002 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist for Audio Fiction (Soldier of the Legion)
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"Get up! Attack! Biogas ignition! No effect! Recommend stunstar to take enemy prisoners! Ignition! Fire xmax! Major antimat launching sequences continuing! I detect a major launching completed! Numerous deceptor launches! Airburst antis! Major enemy troop concentrations directly ahead! Enemy vac, laser, nuke, tacs now on you! Fire all weapons! Psycho, fire tacstars, fire! Ignition! Multiple attacks, fire and fall!"

I fired and fell, just as we had practiced a thousand times in Hell. Again a white-hot sun licked at my armor.

"Get up! Attack! Psycho, give me some stunstars! I want prisoners!" Snow Leopard walked into the firestorm just ahead. Every muscle in my body screamed in agony. Engulfed in flames, I found something in my way. A massive chunk of metal, hanging from the overhead by a thin strip. I kicked it away. I thought I saw Valkyrie walking past me, calmly firing her E from the hip, wreathed in flames. I immediately thought of Priestess, somewhere behind me. I raised my E and fired, suddenly enraged. I could not afford such thoughts.

Sleepwalking, I stepped over the smoking armor of a Systie soldier, his A-suit torn open by unimaginable forces. Several of them sprawled, pitted and dead, frozen in grotesque positions, flames licking all around them. Someone screamed. I thought for a moment it was me. A sharp, eerie whistling, all around me. Suddenly pure white smoke enveloped me, and the air sparkled like diamonds. Biogas! I held my breath, instinctively.

I almost stumbled over another A-suit. This one moved, and I was about to shoot when I realized it was Legion armor. Ironman had fallen to his knees, his left arm missing below the elbow, armor burnt and smoking, raising his other arm to me. His eyes appeared strangely calm and vulnerable. Blood spurted from the wound.

"Medic! Priestess, Thinker, on me! Ironman’s hit!" I tore open my medkit, ripped out a pressure dressing and forced it up past the jagged edges of Ironman's armor and into the wound. His blood squirted all over my armor.

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