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An apocalyptic war looms, and few believe it is a war that can be won. As Terran colonies evacuate, the mighty Laconians stand alone against the merciless Median Empire. They will never surrender, and their new King, Agesilaus, has a scheme that could transform the fortunes of all Terrans.

As leader of the most powerful of the Terran states, he plans the unthinkable. Inspired by the valor and adventures of the infamous Ten Thousand mercenaries, he launches a pre-emptive strike against the Empire. Agesilaus and his twin sister, the warrior princess Kyniska, will lead the attack, and they will not stop until their enemies are brought to their knees.

Little do they know that the God King and his trusted warlords are mustering powerful legions from deep inside the Empire. Soon thousands of Median foot soldiers, hordes of monstrous Taochi warriors, and even large numbers of deadly fighting machines from the Robotic Domains are preparing for war. As the Terrans launch their battle of liberation, the God King puts his own deadly plan into action.

Warrior King is the first book in the Star Legions: The Terran Wars series by Michael G. Thomas, the best-selling author of the Star Crusades series.

©2018 Michael G. Thomas (P)2018 Swordworks

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  • Scott R
  • Falkirk,Scotland, UK
  • 07-08-18

Usual Good Standards

This audio the first of the terran wars is a good read, Thomas is very good at this type of writing and the expected battles, political wrangling and cool tech is there. The homage to the days of Greek, Sparta etc is also good for name recognition and a test of your knowledge. As is the problem with Thomas's writing the straight into the thick of things and so many names takes the edge of it especially on Audio where its harder to name check and go back a page. This is a common problem with busy audios and usually needs a little bit more work and even a 2nd audio to help centre you on the story. For all this however the battles and action still work so it won't put me off the rest of the series as it still grips you quite well. Narration was of expectant standards as Thomas does well with his picks. I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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Something serious is happening.

War can be confusing for those involved. If writing about it, though, it rests with authors to bring clarity if they wish to hold their readers. As the book begins, battles are fought, soldiers slaughtered, betrayals occur and saviours intervene, ships crash down and missiles fall as many unfamiliar (and sometimes unpronounceable) names are constantly being presented - names of people, places, buildings, ships, communities, beliefs, weapon types, warriors and different communities. It wasn't until chapter six that a vague pattern seemed to emerge and the namings became more intelligible.

War is coming. The merciless Median Empire is recruiting soldiers and warriors from inside the empire and machines from the Robotic domains. The Terrain Empire is under attack, with Agesilaus and his sister, Kynisca of the militaristic planet, Laconia, trying to raise an army with little help even from his own people. This is a mix of futuristic ships and weapons combined with Greek mythology and Spartan values which almost works. The story plot itself was good, the world building quite sufficient with some fine visualisations of major centres and descriptions of ships and guns. But more attention should have been given to his people - it is difficult to feel empathy for the two dimensional characters as the main protagonists seem to slide flatly through their missions and ideals whilst some weapons seem far more empowered with life.

Even the excellent narration of J.Scott Bennett could not fully bring the characters alive for this readere, despite giving distinctive voices to each one. His input did, however, make it possible to listen to the end. Just. A special mention must be made of his ability to effortlessly pronounce names (many, many names) both unfamiliar and slightly intimidating.

I usually enjoy the confrontation and battling between starships and colonies and all things science fiction, which is why I requested a copy of this book. And my thanks to the rights holder for freely gifting me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. But, although easy to comprehend after the initial confusion, for me the book never seemed to flow with energy or personality and I felt no allegiance to any of the protagonists. I simply did not care. Perhaps, had I been familiar with earlier books set within this universe, this might have been different.

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  • cosmitron
  • 19-07-18

Average Sci-Fi Story

If this story were longer and had more developed characters I would consider this a good read.

The Plot has the possibility to be more memorable but did not work for me since it lacked depth.


The Narrator did a good job with the material.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 03-08-18

Sci-Fi, battles and mythology

An interesting first book in the series. It is flowing over with battles, both in space and on the ground; giving you a mix of sci-fi, Greek and Persian battle tactics and mythology. From spider like alien machines to Minotaur’s and futuristic space ships, this story has them all. It did take me a little time to get into the story and work out who was who in the beginning, but the unique voices the narrator used in the audiobook helped with this greatly. The character grew on you as the story progresses and you want them to survive the mess that had become their world. The political intrigue, relationships formed and the fast action battles kept you entertained and the well-chosen narrator made the book more enjoyable.

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  • Barry Owens
  • 27-07-18

Great story! Well written and performed!

I really enjoyed this book and Scott Bennett’s narration just made the whole book for me. His character voices were varied and distinctive for each character. No way to mistake who was speaking or what they were saying. One or two voices might have been a little hokey, but that just made listening more fun.

I appreciate the author bringing this book to a definitive conclusion as it could have easily ended on a major cliffhanger. My personal opinion is that even books in a series should have definite conclusions in each book so that there is some sense of closure.

I can most definitely recommend this book, and I will be listening to more by this author and narrator!

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  • The Drewster
  • 28-07-18

Mixing genres!

Interesting combination of medieval elements mixed with space dudes. Nice plot and lots of action.

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  • Tracie Poling
  • 25-07-18

Great first in the series

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Very fast paced book. Full of action and intrigue. A wonderful combination of ancient mythology and future sci-fi. Everything from Minotaurs to space ship ships. Loved it!

Narrator was spot on. Lots of characters. His voices were clear and definable.

Very nice job!

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  • Kristoffer Hess
  • 24-07-18

Ancient Greece Meets Space Opera

Warrior King, the first book of the Star Legions: The Terran Wars series, is a stand alone continuation of the Ten Thousand series that has strategic space opera elements as well as bouts of ground based battles that utilize military tactics reminiscent of those of Ancient Greece. I came to think of Warrior King as an interesting projection of Ancient Greece and Persian cultures onto a galactic scale with technology that allows for futuristic laser weapons to be countered by futuristic armor, spears, swords and shields like before the age of gunpowder warfare. This added a lot to the various battles in terms of the importance of tactics used and how battles unfolded. The narrator, J. Scott Bennett, gave a great performance with distinguishable characters voicing. Overall, it's a unique take on possible galactic cultures with interesting battles but it could have done with more character development to get the reader invested more in the primary characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 19-08-18

GREAT BATTLES!

I've only begun to scratch the surface of this genre, so I might not have the wisdom that true fans possess, but I really liked this story! Very intriguing blend of old/ancient/medieval and futuristic/space. It's complicated, but a great story with great action/battles. As always, J. Scott Bennett's performance is awesome! I think this series has potential, and I'll be interested in hearing more. Great job!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 19-08-18

Think the Spartans war with the Persians meets Star Wars

What a great story. Picture the spartan war with Persia meets Star Wars. There were some similar names and scenarios that just brought that feel to the story for me. It was a really well written and well narrated tale. The characters were easy to connect with, the battle scenes were exciting and the story captivating. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Ronald Shaw
  • 16-08-18

Spartans in Space

If you were to take elements of both real life and cinematic history from the Greek, Spartan, and Roman empires and plunge them into a Star Wars style space opera, then you would understand the bulk of this book. Many of the expected themes throughout this story are futuristic retellings of the empires' mythos from the overwhelming odds and infighting politics of the battle of Theophilus (aka The 300), to the arena style fightings of Gladiator and even some of the elements of the battle of Troy are mixed in. Aside from a skillful mixing of the expected story elements, the new twists of three-dimensional spatial combat as opposed to two-dimensional ocean faring combat, as well as orbital drop invasion forces having more complications than their land-based counterparts give the story more flavor than a standard retelling.

The narrator has a very wide cast of voices that he can display for both male and female parts. The distinctions in his voice become very important in this particular narrative as character dialogue versus narration usually marks the beginning or end of large-scale conflicts.

Unlike cinematic storytelling, where large-scale battles can take place in a matter of minutes, the battles in this narrative are explained over the course of quarter hours all the way to full hours. Therefore if the listener is the kind of person who enjoys the attention to meticulous detail in military conflicts, then this book can be quite enjoyable. On the other hand, if the listener is not a fan of large-scale battles waged from capital ship to capital ship in orbit, to space fighters in more classic aerial combat maneuvers, to dropship invasion forces taking large land-based installations, then the aforementioned character dialogue distinction in the narrator's voice cast becomes much more critical as large portions of the battle descriptions can be left to fade to the background without much consequence. Given that the author has already used several major telling points from previous stories, it will be interesting to see how he develops a further storyline into series.

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  • Capn Mac
  • 08-08-18

Galactic Spartans

This is an interesting combination of ancient warring cultures and futuristic sci-fi settings with a lot of galactic politics and scenes of battle. The action sequences were entertaining but the point of view keeps changing and I was having a hard time determining which characters were doing which things at times. I know the Greek words were meant to put this into perspective but since I don't speak Greek they were more distracting than useful.

It's meant to be a large sweeping saga but I never cared enough about the characters to want to listen to the next 10 hours worth. Also, I didn't care much for the main protagonist. He's a little too cocksure and arrogant for my taste. Although, I was rooting for the ship captain.

The narrator has a good, clear voice and his narrations were easy to follow. I would have wanted the character voices to be more varied as I was having some trouble with which characters were speaking since a lot of the voices sounded alike.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.