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Soldier of the Legion
Newly released from thought reform, a young ex-Legion trooper struggles to regain his memory and then finds himself involved in the highest level of deadly galactic politics. An alien artifact will change the balance of power in the galaxy and a reluctant Beta Three must follow its evil trail into another universe with little chance of success. He has no choice, if he is to save those he loves.
Secret of the Legion
The Star has been killing her slowly. I wanted to destroy it at first, but she wouldn't let me. It's the future, she said. She's right, but I don't care. I only want to save those I love - and they're in the past, not the future.
The Star can help me, but it's a two-edged sword. It may destroy us, but it's not evil. It's completely neutral. It's only knowledge, she said. We can use it, and prosper. I know better. It's mankind that is evil, not the Star.
Destroy the Star? No. The Star can help me - and those I love. Am I evil? I don't know. But I've already made my choice.
Available in paperback and e-book formats, this is Book 4 of the Soldier of the Legion series.
For sample chapters from Secret of the Legion, please see my website www.soldierofthelegion.com .
Secret of the Legion by Laurel Johnson of Midwest Book Review
Review of Secret of the Legion by Laurel Johnson of Midwest Book Review.
Secret of the Legion
Book 4 of the Soldier of the Legion Series
By Marshall S. Thomas
528 pages at 28.95 paperback
Book Four of this exceptional series has one of the best first chapters I've ever read in a book of any genre. Thomas takes us into the grim life of a man without a past. This is a broken man who has been psyched and rehabbed, a scarred man who is slow and dull-witted, living in a bug infested cube, washing dishes in a filthy futuristic dive. The man knows he has a bio-engineered arm. He knows horrific nightmares hold a secret to his past but can't think straight enough to translate the messages. The mirror reveals the face of a dark angel with the hard body of a warrior. Until the day his past kicks in the door of his wretched cube, the reader doesn't realize that this lost shell of a man is Beta Three, aka Wester, aka Thinker, once an immortal soldier of the Legion. Why Thinker has been spared elimination by his captors is a mystery.
The remaining members of his Beta Unit have tracked down and rescued Thinker for a reason. They need him whole and functional again to lead a mission that will impact the entire known universe. Painstakingly, over time, Thinker's memories are retrieved, but his warrior spirit is gone. He has no thirst for war or vengeance and hopes to leave the Legion and resume life with his wife Moontouch and son Stormdawn. But a peaceful, idyllic life is not in Thinker's future. The Omnis threaten Moontouch's planet and the galaxy and, as always, only the Legion stands between them and annihilation.
Tara has a plan to save their universe and destroy the Omnis once and for all. Her devoted companion, Gildron, is in possession of an ancient icon – known as "the star" – that provides endless streams of knowledge. With the star's knowledge as her guide, a prototypical starship capable of starlaunching into alternative universes is built. The ship launches Tara and the remaining members of the Beta Unit into a fossil universe where stars and planets are either dead or dying. She promises Thinker that if he leads the Legion on this mission through Omni territory, and if they survive, they will take the starship back in time to rescue members of the Unit who died in the Mound, during their last battle with the Omnis. And if that second leg of their mission is successful, Tara promises that Thinker can retire from the Legion.
As in every book of this series, the battles are so realistic my heart pounded. I feared for every character in each battle. I feared this would be the last of Thinker and the Beta Unit. These characters have become like old friends to me. The writing style is exciting. Thomas brings his futuristic world to life, believably. I'm relieved to report that this is NOT the end to Thinker. In many ways, this is my favorite book in the series so far. Highly recommended.
Review by Laurel Johnson for Midwest Book Review
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