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, claiming the awesome infinity of the Outvac frontier. When Squad Beta of the ConFree Legion drops onto the primitive world of Andrion 2 to counter a mysterious System incursion, they know the Systies are out there somewhere, armored DefCorps soldiers waiting to slice them to bloody bits in a microfrac. The young Legion trooper Thinker (Beta Three) vows that this will never happen on his watch. It soon becomes chillingly clear that Beta is facing more than Systies. The ultimate Evil is awaiting them all, writhing in the shadows, merciless and all-powerful, and humanity itself is poised on the brink of extinction.
As he travels further into the dark Thinker finds both love and death, and realizes that the Legion has always been his destiny. He is torn between his desire for the violently possessive Valkyrie and the sweet innocent Priestess. The squad is soon seeking its fate in a series of suicidal attacks on hostile planets against an enemy that has never known defeat. Beta One says they are going to change history, but Thinker doesn't care about history. He cares only about Beta and his closest comrades. As the dead begin to outnumber the living he vows ruthless vengeance against his enemies. He knows the stakes are a lot higher than his immediate survival — and that Beta Three is not just along for the ride.
The ConFree Legion offers both immortality and death to the young and foolish. Thinker doesn't mind — all he wants is to see the future. As a soldier of the Legion he knows his fate is to die under strange stars, for the Legion. He is determined to survive as long as possible and to go out with a very high body count. Beta Three is a fatalist, a dreamer, a believer. He doesn't know what the future holds — but he knows he will be facing his enemies when he dies.
Soldier of the Legion is the first book of a six-part series that follows Thinker's adventures in the service of the people of ConFree.
This impressive audiobook is an unabridged, full cast audio of Soldier of the Legion, Book One of the Soldier series. It was produced by Timberwolf Press, the original publisher of Book One. There are no audiobooks for the five other books in the series. The author would love to produce full cast audios of the entire series, but Timberwolf Press is no longer in business and the author has not found any audio producers willing to take on the task. If anyone has any ideas that might lead to further Soldier audios, please contact the author, Marshall Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cast and credits:
Bill Sebastian: Narrator, Thinker
Patrick Seaman: Snow Leopard
Mary Eilts: Priestess
Robert Russell III: Psycho, Extract Team 1
Bill Hollomon: Cool Hand, Cubes, Systie, Trooper 1, Loremaster
Collin Ware: Merlin, Legionnaire 1, Young Coldmarker, Tech 1
Justin Brooks: Dragon, Lowdrop, Command, Extract Team 2
Heather Hill: Moontouch, Scrapper, Gamma 5
Steve Botha: Deadeye, Tharos Cyprio
Katy Drake: Valkyrie
Jeb Sherrill: War Hound
Johanna Brewer: Gravelight
Sami Mikhail: Red Hawk, Systie II, Sassin, Gamma 4, Delta Leader
Cherie Rigaud: Sweety, Temple Virgin
Amy Reynolds: Boudicca, Tara
Michael Bitsoff: Val, Interrogator, Gamma Aircar Pilot, Atcon, Tacsite Monitor
Roger Jones: Voice of God, Captain, Opscon, Tech Team Leader, Aircar Pilot
Keith Swartz: Ironman, Body Shop Doctor, Trooper 2, Legionnaire 2
Aaron Adair: Topcat, Aircar, Coldmarker Prisoner, Tech Voice, Patient, Coldmarker Boy
Jim Cline: Hand of God, Coldmarker Priest, Firefall
Tracey Estes: Urchin 1, 2, and 3, Tech Team II, Millina
Diana Dawson: Systie Female
Engineered by: Tracey Estes
Edited by: Tracey Estes, Cherie Rigaud, Billy Chilton
Post-production: Tracey Estes
Adapted by: Carol Woods
Produced and directed by: Tracey Estes
Recorded, produced, and edited at Timberwolf Studios by Timberwolf Productions.
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