Soldiers from varying eras and vastly different backgrounds, including the IX Legion of Rome, are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing, and transported to the far side of the galaxy. Thinking they have been granted a reprieve, their relief turns to horror when they discover they face a stark ultimatum:
Fight or die.
Admittedly that doesn't read much like an alternate history. It sort of reminds me of The Lost Regiment, where other people and cultures are transported to an alien world and have to fight to survive. Nevertheless, I will certainly check this book out since it's history is just weird enough for my taste. While you are waiting for my review, you can check out excerpts of The IX (here and here) over at Amazing Stories.
One last thing: if you are a publisher or author whose alternate history book has been or will be published in 2015, please submit your book to the Sidewise Awards by emailing Steven Silver at shsilver at sfsite dot com.
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Matt Mitrovich is the founder and editor of Alternate History Weekly Update, a blogger on Amazing Stories and a Sidewise Awards for Alternate History judge. When not writing he works as an attorney, enjoys life with his beautiful wife Alana and prepares for the day when travel between parallel universes becomes a reality. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.