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The last Jedi 2017 – Review

SPOILERS BEWARE!

Ah…where to begin. Well, did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No. If you want to know more, read on!

I love the original trilogy and despise the prequels. The basic story in Episodes II-III is solid enough, but the execution is dire from start to end. Episode I has no merit of any kind, and can be entirely skipped for no loss to any of the series. Now, jumping back to this millennium and we get the new trilogy, kicked started by The Force Awakens. I had issues with parts of TFA, but overall I enjoyed the film and the new starting point. The heroes of old are still here, with Leia doing her big leading the military of the resistance. Han is up to his old tricks, and Luke has exiled himself after some great debacle that makes him lose his students, and his nephew. The Republic loses its capital and its fleet, and the First Order are about to begin their campaign to rule the galaxy. The first time we meet Kylo, he’s tough, powerful and merciless. Later we see him for the conflicted young man that he really is.

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SKY LORDS OF KHARTOUM – PRE-ORDER NOW

SKY LORDS OF KHARTOUM – PRE-ORDER NOW

Deep in the desert, a pioneering aeronaut and a military expedition led by a renowned military explorer uncover a mysterious phenomenon deep inside Khartoum. The city is defended by an unknown, yet technologically advanced people. As they storm the city walls, they are transported to a deadly version of their own world. Continue reading

STAR CRUSADER: DREADNOUGHT – OUT NOW

STAR CRUSADER: DREADNOUGHT – OUT NOW

Nate and his friends are given the chance of a lifetime, a six-mouth tour aboard the Alliance’s newest battleship, ANS Dreadnought. She’s the first in her class, and is the most powerful ship in the sector. Bigger and better protected than any ship before her, Dreadnought carries an arsenal of deadly weapons that can annihilate a small armada and can travel between the stars in a matter of days. There is no deadlier vessel in existence.

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What book sounds most interesting?

I have a number of projects on the go right now, bit I’d really like to know what you all think. I will be writing all three, it’s just a case of which one come out in January. Sky Legions is a new project that has interest for release in multiple formats (possibly TV!). Which of my  book series are you most looking forward to? This poll will be active for a week, so get involved! The right answer is Sky Legions by the way!

Sky Legions of Khartoum Yes, you heard it right. This is a brand new series I’m working on as part of a TV pitch.
A military science fiction adventure that pits humanity’s soldiers against a brutal alien society. A young aeronaut crashes his experimental airship in front of the fortified city of Khartoum, just as it is stormed by an entire army of colonial soldiers. As they enter the ruins they find a portal to a mirror world populated with towering cities in the sand, and filled with bizarre and deadly foes. Before they know it, the entire expedition finds themselves embroiled in a brutal civil war with sophisticated enemies that will stop at nothing to destroy them. Flying creatures and alien technologies are pitted against the finest weapons of the steam age in a violent battle for supremacy. The first book in the brand new Mirror Empires series.

Star Legions: The Terran Wars Xenophon is back! The action kicks off with the Laconians and their new reinforcements heading back to Median Empire for some payback. Many of their number are previous members of the Ten Thousand. All is not as simple as it appears however, and the God King of the Medes is a cunning foe. Why fight your enemies when you can turn them against each other?

Valentine’s War Valentine is a war hero, crippled in her first major campaign. When war erupts on a foreign world she’s given a unique chance. She can join an elite unit made up of broken soldiers, and converted into something deadly.

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About the author

Michael is a science fiction and horror novelist from Monmouthshire, situated right on the border between England and Wales, and has a substantial background in both advanced computing and ancient history, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, machine learning and Greek military history.

His best-selling space opera Star Crusades series has sold in excess of a quarter of a million copies. This growing saga continues to draw in new fans every month as the Star Crusades universe itself expands. Black Legion is a pseudo historical tale but with a strong science-fiction twist. As well as a writing science fiction, Michael also writes horror and action fiction, including the popular Zombie Dawn trilogy, co-written with his brother, Nick S. Thomas.