Andromeda's Fall

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Hundreds of years in the future, much has changed. Advances in medicine, technology, and science abound. Humanity has gone to the stars, found alien life, and established an empire. But some things never change... 
 
All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto—Cat—has lived for the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth ...

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Overview

Hundreds of years in the future, much has changed. Advances in medicine, technology, and science abound. Humanity has gone to the stars, found alien life, and established an empire. But some things never change... 
 
All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto—Cat—has lived for the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother, the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and allies—including Cat’s family.

Now Cat is on the run. And, like countless others before her, she finds sanctuary among the most dangerous of society’s misfits—the Legion. Cat becomes Andromeda McKee: a woman with a mission—to bring down Empress Ophelia—or die trying. 
 

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Beginning a sort of prequel series to Dietz's Legion of the Damned cycle (A Fighting Chance, 2011, etc.), these are the far-future exploits of what is currently known as the French Foreign Legion. Humanity has established a galactic empire and come into conflict with aliens. Emperor Alfred Ordanus is working with Carletto Industries to develop affordable cyberbodies--hence a sort of immortality--for everyone. Alfred's sister Ophelia, however, has other ideas. Using her deadly synth warriors, she assassinates Alfred and ruthlessly sets about eliminating all of Alfred's supporters, including the unsuspecting Carlettos. On planet Esparto, Lady Catherine Carletto luckily survives a bombing at an official function. Friendless and desperate, Cat has only one chance: She must vanish. And the Legion is the only organization that will accept her without asking awkward questions about her real identity or the ugly knife wound she sustained to her face. In other ways, too, the Legion is an ideal sanctuary for new recruit Andromeda McKee. It will toughen her up and teach her survival skills, such as how to kill and how to plan, while allowing her to remain concealed while she nurtures her desire for revenge. So, on various planets, the Legion turns socialite Cat into soldier Andromeda. What she doesn't yet know is that Ophelia has a long list of people to be murdered by her all but indestructible synths--and Cat Carletto is number 2999. Don't expect much of a plot, but Dietz develops his characters adequately within the limits of the story--and the action rarely lets up. Mostly predictable, but no less of a page turner for all that.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425256251
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Legion of the Damned Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,110,568
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Dietz is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, some of which have been translated into German, Russian, and Japanese. He grew up in the Seattle area, served as a medic with the Navy and Marine Corps, graduated from the University of Washington, and has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, and television news writer, director, and producer. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Dietz served as director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company.

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    Agree with previous comment; this is a 'well-told tale' of mayhe

    Agree with previous comment; this is a 'well-told tale' of mayhem both political and physical. It does entail the 'transformation' of a young woman from 'ner-do-well' socialite to Legionnaire. When asked by the Recruiter what she would like to do (can't remember all of the choices), her response is, "I think I'd like to learn how to kill people..." The Recruiter's response? "Well, we can certainly accomodate you with that!" So, begins a story that is 'ripe' for a sequel (and I certainly hope Mr. Dietz provides us with the 'follow-up')...

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

    Socialite Cat Carletto is being hunted by government synths, so

    Socialite Cat Carletto is being hunted by government synths, so she looks for a place to hide, and the Legion of the Damned is there to take her in. The transition from socialite (Cat Carletto) to soldier (Andromeda McKee) is extremely well done, she has to live with the ever present threat of discovery, and nobody handles a battle like Dietz does. Well done! An all nighter. I look forward to book two.

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  • Posted August 7, 2014

    A most enjoyable read! Good for those that like to spend a day a

    A most enjoyable read! Good for those that like to spend a day and all night reading! Pure pleasure!

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