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The Legend of Michael

(Zodius #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  970 ratings  ·  144 reviews

One of an army of human soldiers injected with alien DNA, Michael is a legend within this new race, split between good and evil. Untamable, he has walked on the dark side and returned to the light. Feared and misunderstood, he leaves everything behind, including the one woman destined to be his mate.


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Paperback, 382 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lisa-renee-jones
This book was so awesome! I truly loved it. I would have given it 5.5 if I could. Michael and Cassandra were so perfect for each other. Everything was pretty clear cut as to what was going on. Alien DNA was used to make super soldiers. The whole lifebond thing was pretty cool. Although the women have to suffer when the get their double circle tattoo on their necks. While the men become super possessive . Not to mention that they both have souped up sex drives. I loved that Michael was different ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wow! This book is amazing. It comes in two parts. Part one is like a extended prologue where you learn some back story about the world Ms Jones takes you into. You also learn about Cassandra and Michael and the other characters. Part two is where things get really interesting.

Michael is a soldier that was injected with alien DNA and is now part of a group of soldiers called GTECHs. Cassandra is the daughter of the man who changed these men. When they first meet the chemistry burns up
Mandi Schreiner
Feb 11, 2011 added it
Shelves: pnr, dnf
I read 100 pages of this book before I decided to quit and the main reason I couldn’t continue is because we are never shown of this romance between Michael and Cassandra. Michael is this super, elite, genetically altered GTECH soldier who first meets Cassandra at the beginning of the book. They are instantly attracted to each other. But right at the beginning, instead of letting us see how this relationship develops, we skip ahead two weeks (where we miss four dates of theirs but we are told th ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
My paranormal bar is pretty high, especially since the GhostWalkers rocked my world when it comes to enhanced soldiers. I hate comparing books, but the GWs continually came to mind, and this just didn't satisfy the way those books do. Nevertheless, the ideas were interesting, and this series does have some promise. I will definitely give The Storm That Is Sterling a try.

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May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones
Paranormal Romance –May 1st, 2011
4 stars

The Legend of Michael is a thrilling debut in the Zodius series. I never wanted it to end. The men are hot, hard and hunky! I can't wait for more heroes, please keep them coming!

Cassandra is hired to work at a top secret military base to evaluate men who have been injected with alien DNA. They were unknowing victims and now have 'super' powers. These men are now being used for th
Legend of Micheal, the first book in Jones' new Zodius series, is a scifi-ish romance that has a paranormal romance feel, the heroes are solders, who without their consent, have had their DNA altered by injection of alien DNA. The genetic changes have given them super strength and other powers, but has also had the effect of bringing out the evil in some of the men.

Since I just finished the rereleased Underground Guardians: Protector, which is the first book in the 2005 series that inspired thi
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cassandra works at a facility run by her father to create super humans, GTECH soldiers using alien DNA. She is working on a gene called X2 that leaves the modified soldiers with an anomaly of a special unique ability but her father isn’t as accepting of this ability and decides to lock up all the soldiers with this gene, including her lover Michael, but things don’t go quite to plan when fellow GTECH Adam who also had the X2 gene revolting and planning to start a colony of Zodius;

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My thoughts:

Not an easy book to find a genre for. The world is the same, present day, but there is one thing that is different and that is that aliens did crash and the US government hid the fact. Then later they injected soldiers who become something more. Strength, the ability to travel with the wind and other things is what they gained. But the soldiers split into two groups, the bad and the good. So there is sci-fi paranormal, romance and suspense.

There was a lot of s
Elizabeth (Liz)
Really wanted to love this as it is vampire- and shifter-free, but, it's just so mediocre.

The potential was all there, using Area 51 (and the long-standing belief, in some quarters, of an alien/UFO crash in Roswell, NM, the remains of which were subsequently housed and studied at Area 51) as the setting for creation of an army of super soldiers. There were actually several unique ideas introduced here that, again, had the potential to elevate this PNR/fantasy/scifi series above the usual that f
D Thomas
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts:

Lisa has created a wonderful world of drama, suspense and romance starting with the first book of the Zodius series, The Legend of Michael: Sin and Satisfaction.

It took me a few days to read this book because of life’s everyday happenings making me stop. Otherwise I would have finished it in one sitting.

I love the way this book made me feel. My emotions ranged from feeling Cassandra’s trepidation, happiness, wonder and love, to her feelings
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Michael is a human soldier that has been injected and changed with alien DNA by the government. Among his fellow soldiers he is legend and one not to cross. When Cassandra & Michael meet for the first time, they literally crash into each other. From that first gaze and touch he rocks her world. Instantly Michael knows that Cassandra is his mate and will do anything to protect her... even if that means leaving her behind.

This book holds a story of soldiers drastically changed by a
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May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Knights of the spirit; warriors in the cause
Of justice absolute 'twixt man and man.
- Richard Watson Gilder

somewhere in Nevada, a top secret military operation called Project Zodius exists. ordinary human soldiers are converted into efficient killing machines after being injected with alien DNA. Cassandra Powell, daughter of General Powell, takes over the job for the former head of Clinical Psychology. she meets and pairs up with Michael Taylor. he is one of the GTEC
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-reread
Lisa Renee Jones has created a new world ~ a world where Super Soldiers, or GTECHs, are being created by the US Gov't, and General Powell ~ these soldiers were tricked into being, and are being tested, and experimented on by Gen. Powell, to the degree that they've begun to rebel.

Psychologist Cassandra Powell has agree to come work for her father on Project Zodius, evaluating the soldiers ~ on her 3rd day on the job, she meets Michael Taylor, GTECH, and MORE. Against all her instincts, Cassandra
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

This is a exciting new paranormal series that originates at area 51. The book starts with a glossary of sorts that explains different terminology you'll read throughout the book. It's alot to remember but i found it helpful as i read the book. The book comes in two parts. The first part is a extended prologue of sorts to intro to the characters and the 2nd part really gets into the meat of the story. I'll admit i wasn't sure about the whole alien DNA thing. It kind of put me off at first but onc
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa Renee Jones has created a new world ~ a world where Super Soldiers, or GTECHs, are being created by the US Gov't, and General Powell ~ these soldiers were tricked into being, and are being tested, and experimented on by Gen. Powell, to the degree that they've begun to rebel.

Psychologist Cassandra Powell has agree to come work for her father on Project Zodius, evaluating the soldiers ~ on her 3rd day on the job, she meets Michael Taylor, GTECH, and MORE. Against all her instincts, Cassandra
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shirtless
I have to first get off my chest that this was another book cover that bugged me. I don't find the guy on the cover appealing at all and he weirds me out. Still I have to say I really enjoyed this book! So don't judge it by its cover. I'm a huge fan of Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker series and this book follows pretty much the same formula. So if you like that series I highly suggest checking this one out. You have along the same lines a bunch of strong, military men who were experimented on and ...more
Danielle  Gypsy Soul
3.5 Stars. The Legend of Michael is a little bit sci-fi, little bit paranormal book. The book centers around Michael who is a soldier who was injected with alien DNA and now has enhanced powers and is part of the GTECHs. Some of the GTECHs are showing signs of massive aggression and additional powers due to a new chromosome. Michael is worried that he will eventually loose his humanity. Cassandra is the daughter of the general who changed the soldiers and she wants to believe the best about her ...more
Nikki Barrett
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Readers, prepare yourselves for a fantastic new book, the start of a new series. The Legend of Michael is a blend of romance, paranormal, and science fiction. Lisa Renee Jones heats up the pages with this amazing new book.

When Cassandra Powell meets Michael, she is both intrigued and weary of the man. Yet she can't seem to keep away from him, to stop thinking about him, even when she knows she should. He is part of the project of soldiers who have been injected with alien DNA. He is
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Project Zodius is the Code name for the government’s top-secret operation—two hundred Special Operations soldiers who were assigned to Groom Lake (Area 51) and injected with what they believed to be immunizations, but which was, in fact, alien DNA.

The Super Soldiers created under Project Zodius are called GTECHS and are divided into two groups—Zodius (bad GTECHS) and Renegades (good GTECHS). GTECHs are stronger, faster, and more agile than humans; they heal rapidly and have low fatal
Christine Blake
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael a solider the government experiment on with alien DNA making him a G-Tech. Michael was tall, dark and lethal they called him the dark knight he was no nonsense. He met Cassandra Powell the psychiatrist at Area 51 her first day and immediately was drawn to her.

Cassandra Powell was General Powell daughter the man that was over the G-Tech soldiers. When Cassandra agrees to go out with Michael their connection was explosive.

General Powell tried to cage the soldiers that had diff
Rachel Smith
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Couldn't do it. I tried, I really did. Made it halfway through.

The hero is an ass of epic proportions. There is no real attraction between the leads, the bad guys are charicatures, the language is often formal and out of place, and I don't buy for one minute Michael is a soldier.

I love his POV in a romance, and I love a good hero. I found nothing good or appealing about this hero. The PNR trope of uber-alpha-possessive male does not work in this type of setting. Heck, the
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of The Legend of Michael, but I'd been eyeing it since it's release in May. It's the first in a new series by the author. I loved the plot, the characters, the world building and the possibilities that were introduced. I hate giving away too much, but each book focuses on a couple, one of which is a special ops soldier that has been given alien DNA that changes each man in different ways. It's a complex plot, but not overwhelming. I found the concept fascinating and a perfect backdr ...more
Norma Reasor
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not stand alone

This is definitely not a stand alone story? It's only a beginning to a series without anything being resolved. Lots of open ends. As much sexual situations as science fiction. It is a fair read but I really hate when you're promised a stand alone and it's anything but.
Sara Humphreys
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Intense. Carnal. Original. An absolute must read! If you like Christine Feehan's Ghostwalker Series then you'll love The Zodius Series. I can't wait for the next one! I'll be featuring this book on Romance Roundup this week!
L Bongiorno
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alien, romance, sex
While I was waiting for some books to come in, I got side tracked with trying out this series. I am so glad I did, it reminds me of Lara Adrian's series. Awesome!
Sandy M
Oct 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I’ve been on the fence concerning this book since the beginning. I’d jump one way and then the other, again and again, with scenes here and there, which all surprised me, because the few Lisa Renee Jones books I’ve read, I’ve not had any vacillation at all. Her hero is to die for. Her heroine gives me the most ups and downs. The plot is interesting, though somewhat convoluted and scenes could be more action packed, and a few secondary characters end up irritating me just a bit.

Mrs Giggles
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The Legend Of Michael is the first book in Lisa Renee Jones's series Zodius. If I were the author's PR person, I would gush that this is a thrilling tale patterned after romantic superhero fantasies crossed with a subtle dystopian vibe and sprinkled with the author's trademark sensuality. Since the author isn't paying me to lie to you, however, I'd just say this: the entire series is what happens when Lora Leigh's cat people decide to wear Superman's spandex trunks, only with enough bad science ...more
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