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2565 A.D. Five centuries ago, Earth sold a million children into slavery, the price of protection from the regional superpower. One group of slaves was bio-engineered and augmented to fight for alien officers as the Human Marine Corps.To most alien eyes the Corps is a joke: plasma fodder equipped with third-rate cast-offs and so stupid that they go off to die actually beli2565 A.D. Five centuries ago, Earth sold a million children into slavery, the price of protection from the regional superpower. One group of slaves was bio-engineered and augmented to fight for alien officers as the Human Marine Corps.To most alien eyes the Corps is a joke: plasma fodder equipped with third-rate cast-offs and so stupid that they go off to die actually believing they are genuine warriors.But there are others who look deeper and see potential. To them the human Marines could be the wellspring of something far greater…FREEDOM! Seventeen-year old Arun McEwan is eager to start his new life as a Marine Cadet. Just three more years of drills, combat exercises and brainwashing and he could qualify as a Marine. The alternative is death.When Arun forges an unlikely friendship with an alien scribe, he crashes into a world of treachery and conspiracy. How can he possibly survive three more years when every day brings a new deadly threat?But survive he must because his new alien allies show him glimpses of his destiny — a vision of a better future that only he can forge.A dream called the Human Legion....

Title : Marine Cadet
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ISBN : 24083318
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Number of Pages : 482 Pages
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Marine Cadet Reviews

  • Melissa Bryan
    2019-05-03 21:28

    Marine Cadet (The Human Legion Book 1)Tim C TaylorI didn't get halfway thru the first chapter before I was hooked and on an adventure like no other I have ever taken.Mr. Tim C Taylor has a way of writing that flows smoothly and seamless. Then every so often he places a bomb. He places them with the expertise of a seasoned author, which just sinks the hook deeper. He has a great since of timing, you never know when you will be laughing or cringing, you will be reading alone in the middle of a shoot out and he throws in something so funny and not expected that it makes you love the adventure even more. Or he can go in the opposite direction and the story will have the characters setting around just talking with their team and BOOM something really horrific happens and Mr. Taylor doesn't skip a beat it is seamless...smooth.He has taken the proud Marines, twisted and re-modeled them into a futuristic Branch for the conquering allies, that rule earth. They breed the human race into super Marines (fighting machines). What a concept...what a story.The pace is fast and moves at a good click. Which is in my opinion is good because I couldn't get enough of it. I enjoyed the way Mr. Taylor has put a great balance of war/fighting and personal insight into the characters and showed the camaraderie of the Marines themselves. It takes place around the year 2566 and we see what Earth has turned into. It is all orchestrated into this action packed science fiction series.You can't go wrong picking this book up for a read and if you get hooked, like I did, I hear Book 2, Indigo Squad (The Human Legion Book 2) is now out. I for one, am very glad this is an ongoing series, I'm enjoying the adventure. You can also join the Human Legion on-line and get updates and communications from and for the Indigo Squad. You get the the inside scoop.Thank you Mr Taylor for another great adventure that is just starting and giving me the time of my life in space.

  • Andrew
    2019-05-12 18:48

    2.4 stars. An okay premise and okay scenarios, but the story tends to drag at times. The author could do alot with this story line by a little streamlining.

  • David P. Duffy
    2019-04-29 21:37

    Mixed Bag of a Mediocre Book"Marine Cadet (The .Human Legion Book 1)," authored by Mr. Tim C. Taylor, is a mixed bag of a mediocre book. At times it is plodding, downright boring, bordering on YA, and at other points, pretty entertaining. The story takes place in the 26th century, five centuries after Earth's president (sic), negotiated the apparent end to an alien conquest of humanity, by selling one million children into slavery to the aliens. The offspring of those sent into bondage, have been genetically manipulated, brainwashed into subservience, fully robbed of their humanity and liberties, and transformed into millions of disposable, lowest caste drones (marines, spacecraft crews, support minions, etc.) for the "White Knight" alien overlords, and their multi-species empire. A new marine recruit, "Arun," enters boot camp, discovers he is not quite like his peers, and embarks on surviving, thriving, while being a square peg in a round hole.Many themes and aspects of the Roman Empire legions and auxiliaries, historical marine units, the Czech Legion of WW I, Heinlein's "Starship Troopers," Herbert's "Dune," and other sources, are strung together by the author to create his storyline. Some of it works, some doesn't. Mr. Taylor's apparent first foray into publishing a book, is erratic. It reads as a teen or YA story in parts, while in other, it is not. There is a decent storyline somewhere beneath the author's amateurish writing. The failure of having a competent editor is, as with the majority of most indie authors, the salient issue. The world building, grand story arc, can easily get out of control, and fully sublimate the underlying good story. "Marine Cadet," teeters on that edge. "Marine Cadet," is narrowly recommended, given a generous 3 stars, and was fully read via Kindle Unlimited.

  • Brian Turner
    2019-04-29 22:32

    Humans have been turned into the lowest class of beings in the galaxy. They are now bred as cannon fodder, being taught to fight as Marines for their various overlords.Arun McEwan is one of those marines, and the book is described from his point of view. A fair amount of bad luck seems to follow him around, losing the respect of his team mates but gaining allies in other places. As hints and clues point him towards what is being done to the humans, he starts to think of a Human Legion, which fights for its own honour.Similar to Starship Troopers or the Dirigent Mercenary Corps series by Rick Shelley (or just about any military sci fi/marines books), this starts at the boot camp level and explains the way things operate.The background is interesting, and the chapters flow nicely to keep you turning the page. The characters are well done, their attitudes changing as their bodies and minds are adapted to change from cadets to full fledged marines.

  • Bill
    2019-05-22 18:40

    Good book. I am getting tougher in my reviews, especially with space operas. This is one of the better ones. Even though the author is all over the place.

  • Mordaen
    2019-05-23 22:39

    Pretty good book, few typo's, plot moved nicely.

  • Jim
    2019-05-22 18:49

    This one is kind of strange. Apparently, Earth has been invaded a long time ago. The alien conquerors were very powerful and Earth Humans didn't have much of a defense. So, instead of wiping out humanity, the aliens set them up to be cultivated as slave warriors! Now Marines are trained from childhood until they reach late teens. Then they go out in space to fight wars for the Master Race, who are known as the White Knights. Most Marines wind up dying and that's considered good. It seems like Humans have lost the will to be free. These Marines don't seem to understand that they could be free if they made the effort to do so. One Marine seems to have the guts to try and fight the system. Now if only he could convince his squad, platoon and company to fight with him. Instead, he and the entire Battalion might be culled at the end of the year. Culled means killed because the masters think you're not good for anything and there are too many Marines anyway. Cadet Arun McEwen is the only Marine that seems different from the rest. Even some of the other alien slaves seem to know that McEwen is different, and some treat him that way some times. Yet, Arun doesn't really think or know why he would be different and doesn't really want to be. He also has no idea of what it means to be free but he knows it would have to be better than being a slave.This is a strange book. It's mostly about kids rowing up in a military school with terrible overseers. Don't expect to read about some exciting, rip-roaring Marine fighting because it really ain't going to happen in this book. Oh, there is some fighting but remember this kids are only 17 and don't really know what they are doing.It is science fiction and the story is good enough that I've already bought the next book! You probably will enjoy this also.

  • Nigel Edwards
    2019-05-11 19:45

    I'm not especially good at writing reviews, so this will be as brief as any I've given in the past.I must first admit that I know Tim Taylor. He is a good friend of mine - but, that said, we both attend the NSFWG writer's workshop together and are quite content to pick holes in each other's work when we think it's justified!The Human Legion series of books, beginning with Marine Cadet, is one of Tim's best works to date. It is SF written in the best of traditional traditions, a solid read, well written and with an excellent plot. You can think back (if you are old enough!) to E.E. 'Doc' Smith and his Lensman series. The style of Taylor's book is not dissimilar, but the author updates that style to bring the language used to a much more modern standard.Buy yourself a copy (it's been riding high in the Amazon charts since it's recent publication. You will be joining 10's of thousands of other SF buffs who've done so.

  • Hutch Morzaria
    2019-05-01 23:23

    By itself I probably wouldn’t recommend this book. There are others that have the same or similar themes that are written better and have more interesting characters and content. However taken as a whole – as part of a larger series which this is, yes I’d probably get it. Especially if you can grab it for free as I did on Kindle Unlimited (well not really free, but you know what I mean). It’s good enough to get you through to the end and books 2 and 3 are definitely more action packed.Read my full review on my blog here.

  • Stephan Myers
    2019-04-26 18:41

    Fun read This is the first boom in the series but can still stand on its own. The book describes the trials and tribulations of a young marine recruit in a post contact alien legion setting. Earth has met et and they have enslaved earth. For a semblance of freedom earth is required to sign over a portion of its children to serve as space marines. And the cadets just hope they can survive the training. The story is very descriptive but moves right along. It has several humerus parts but with plenty of action thrown in.

  • Gregoire
    2019-04-24 02:30

    point positif j'ai aimé les aliens ce qu'on devine de l'histoire point négatif trop de longueurs ... les turpitudes et autres fantasmes d'adolescent amoureux de Arun ça va un moment Pour faire un bon livre d'actions il n'en faut pas trop et l'accumulation des sévices et tortures n'atteignent plus l'effet désiré c'est dommage car l'auteur a de l'imagination à revendre je suivrai au moins le 2e de la série voir si l'auteur s'améliore

  • Andrew Rose
    2019-05-20 18:24

    Intriguing beginningWhile this book does cover some of the same ground of basic that so many others have done it manages to be different by focusing more on the personality than drilling and also by the alieness of the situation. The Marines are slaves but until it is rubbed n their faces don't acknowledge that and the layered depth of the conspiracy has yet to be revealed. If you liked Starship Troopers or John Ringo checkout this series and see where it goes.

  • Jon
    2019-05-08 21:49

    This book was very disappointing, and I started off thinking that the idea behind it was really good. The main character was a child in an older body and the fact that he was ruled by his emotions should have gotten him killed, as he was a danger to everyone around him.I don't recommend it at all...

  • Jim Kratzok
    2019-05-20 18:36

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book and was very pleasantly surprised by the story, writing quality, and the characters who I began to really like. In fact, after reading this book, I went online and bought the next 3 books in the series and am looking forward to the remainder of the series being completed.

  • Burt Md
    2019-04-29 23:49

    A great start to a Space Opera classicMarine Cadet sets the stage for the battle to free humans from the White Knights. There are multiple alien races involved in this book which sets the stage for Arun, Xin and the purple girl. This is a great book and I am ready to start book II of the Human Legion. Bring it on!

  • George Stewart
    2019-04-30 18:30

    Good Sci-Fi storyDifficult to read at times with all the cramming made up words and drent. Iot was a romance story in a Sci-Fi setting. The question is will Arun save the human race in the distant future? From the listing of other books to read in the series. A good read despite bad English and verb tenses.

  • Armand
    2019-04-26 23:33

    The first book in Tim Taylor's Human Legion series follows space-marine cadet Arun McEwan as he develops until a full-fledged space marine, follows his heart's passion, and stumbles onto a long range conspiracy that may change the future of humans across the galaxy.Taylor keeps the action moving along and creates an interesting, technical blueprint for his future marines.

  • JamesAlice Edwards
    2019-05-02 02:27

    A jumble. Confusing characters and plot. Little consistency or character development. I finished it out of sheer doggedness. Will read sequel just to see if the story line improves. Military Science fiction is my favourite genre but this, well....

    2019-04-27 20:31

    Ok just wasn't for meThe book was ok ,I just couldn't get into reading it. It just seemed to take to lone to get to any action. But I'm one of those readers that likes a lot of action.

  • Mildred mccraw
    2019-04-30 02:45

    The future is hereThis book is great reading for winter days or nights.Interest is kept moving with the different characters human andAlien. Details on weapons are a bit too much.Great reading for anyone.

  • Jerry Mercer
    2019-05-15 00:37

    Good Concept for SF ActionThe author has created an interesting story line with several alien species and good action sequences. Sometimes the explanations get too drawn out, but the characters seem real and there is a continuing sense of tension.

  • Andy Bigwood
    2019-04-28 18:48

    Life in the Marines is GRIM and distopian, the officers are aliens and human life is very cheap. Tim Taylors novel is uncompromising and compelling. It also led me to research some history.. the Czech legion's march from europe to vladivostok in the aftermath of the czar's fall.

  • Helen
    2019-05-12 23:36

    Got three chapters in. Terrible writing, couldn't work out what on Earth was happeningDNF. Not picking up anymore in this series :(

  • Thomas Roth
    2019-05-17 21:40

    I would rate this as an absolute sci-fi favorite! Very well thought out and written. Would be an amazing movie. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books, very addictive!

  • John Lazar
    2019-05-02 19:51

    Impressive book. Highlights the reality of being a slave in a system.

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-16 18:33

    This was average, I liked the characters, the back story was a bit odd and plot line was drawn out. I can't see myself more further books in the series.

  • Paul
    2019-05-08 19:37

    Good airplane reading.