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The Demons of Kor-Lir

2441AD. A quarantine platform in the Rakasa system goes quiet and a squad of freshly minted Marines are sent to investigate. The blood soon flows, but there is one Marine who has the bravery and cunning to take on even the most lethal hidden foe. Set 125 years before the events on Tranquility that sparked the creation of the Human Legion, 'The Demons of Kor-Lir' is a standalone novella that is also an introduction to the Sleeping Legion novels.
I’m am proud to announce the launch of the Recon Team edition of The Demons of Kor-Lir, the prequel novella in the new series of military science fiction novels by JR Handley and set in the worlds of the Human Legion. As a Legionary, you can download the book to your device and simply read it for pleasure, or get involved with the Recon Team. Or you could ignore this edition and wait for the finished version to be launched later in 2016. Ebook editions of The Demons of Kor-Lir will be exclusively available to Legionaries to begin with, although we will probably make a paperback edition available for purchase. To download the final edition of this book, you just have to wait and I will email you download links when it’s ready.

What does the Book Recon Team do?

Recon Team volunteers help by scouting ahead for hazards and highlighting dangers in a draft of a forthcoming book. If you read a passage and it makes you whistle, curse, or throw your book (and the device you’re reading it on) across the room because something isn’t right, then I would like you to tell us about it. And I’ll take this chance to thank everyone who helped out with The Legion Awakes recon team a few weeks ago.

What I’m asking volunteers to do is to read the Recon Edition as if you were reading any other book and make a note of anything that strikes you as wrong. This could be characters acting in a way that doesn’t make sense, passages that are confusing or have spelling mistakes, sex scenes that make you cringe, combat scenes that don’t ring true, heathen Britishisms (that’s highly unlikely with JR Handley, though I may have corrupted him) or anything else that feels wrong.

We can’t promise to agree with or act on everything you tell us, but we do promise we’ll read and consider everything you bring to our attention.

How do I communicate what I’ve found?

As with the last recon book, we’re doing things a little differently, opening things up and turning it into a wider discussion. If you have something you want to say, add a post to the BattleNet forum on There’s a forum specifically for the Demons of Kor-Lir Recon Team, which you can find here. Be aware that other members of the team may read and comment on what you say.

You will need to register for BattleNet first. Instructions are in the forum itself. It’s as quick and painless as I can make it, but should hopefully prevent endless posts telling us how we need more Viagra. In fact, I’ve already managed to identify and ban some spambots trying to register, so it’s working so far.

To help us know which part of the book you’re referring to, it’s useful to do the following.
  1. If you’re reading the Kindle edition, tell us the Kindle location (or give the chapter number if the comment is not specific to a line).
  2. Please copy the first 3-4 words of the sentence (because the Kindle location is not enough by itself to know which line you’re referring to).
So if the opening paragraph started at Kindle location 80, and read something like this…
I always get the shakes before a drop. I’ve had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can’t really be afraid.
…And you were of the opinion that injections and hypnosis didn’t sound futuristic enough and something really ought to be done to jazz them up, then you might put as your forum post:
Chapter1. Loc 80. [I’ve had the…] The med tech sounds too 1950s!
That’s all there is to it. Remember that this is meant to be an enjoyable experience, so have fun and if there’s any danger of becoming onerous, then stop commenting.
BTW: if you can’t place that classic opening paragraph, there’s a short article on it here.

Recon Team Benefits

Many people have told me over the past few years how much they have enjoyed the sense of playing a part in creating a book. I hope you do too.

Other than reading an advance copy before anyone else (and for free), and being able to chat about it directly with the author, there are a couple more little bonuses.

Everyone who comments will be named and thanked in the final edition.

Everyone who comments will join our pool of Redshirts. The books in the Human Legion universe get through a lot of characters, and most of them need names. Where we can we’ll use names from our Redshirt list. We might mangle your name a little if the story demands it, but you should recognize yourself. Redshirts have a habit of not surviving for long, but despite the name not all Redshirts are doomed to a brief and bloody literary existence. Who knows? You might wind up doing duty as a romantic interest. If you would rather not risk ending your literary alter-ego’s existence falling into a volcano or as a casualty when the pirates board your ship, then mention that in your BattleNet comment and you’ll be safely excluded from the Redshirts.

OK, I’m Sold. How do I get my book?

The book is available in Kindle and ePUB format (the latter for Nooks, iBooks, Kobos and other devices). To distribute them I use a service called BookFunnel. You should be able to get the book loaded wherever you want by following the link on the next line. If you have trouble getting this book, just tap the Help Me link at the top of the book download page and BookFunnel’s friendly support team will help you get your book.


Thank you for your support. Now go read the book and have fun…
“My name is Veteran Sergeant Scipio, you may call me Sergeant Scipio or Sergeant but I will shoot the next frakker that calls me ‘sarge’. Is that clear?”
“I’m NJ McCall, and I’m not here about justice. Been there, already done that. I’ve come to deliver revenge.”

Elsewhere, in the worlds of the Human Legion…

Here’s a quick situation report…
The second Sleeping Legion novel, Fortress Beta City, is going through its second draft with new editor, Corey Truax. We will release all three books as soon as that’s done.
The second novel in my Revenge Squad series will be finished off next week, and will very soon be available to Legionaries in a recon edition. The first Revenge Squad novel is about to undergo a 20,000-word haircut. This is about the most difficult of all writing tasks. Unfortunately, the editor doesn’t think there are obvious areas of flabby excess, so those 20,000 words will need to be surgically removed and stitched back up together carefully. Also, I’ve started writing scenes for the final Human Legion book. Sol System is one of the most heavily defended star systems in the galaxy. How does the Legion make their attack? I can promise you, it’s an audacious plan. This isn’t the band of stragglers we see in Renegade Legion, by the time of the Battle of Earth, the Legion thinks big!
Best wishes,
Tim C. Taylor
P.S. Once we’ve gotten through the slew of releases coming up, I’m going to set up swag to give away to Legionaries. Mugs, bookmarks, caps… please shout if you can think of swag ideas that you think would look cool. Me? I think a truck emblazoned with Revenge Squad logos would look good. Not sure my budget will stretch to a truck, though.
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