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Legion of the Damned (Legion of the Damned Series #1)
     

Legion of the Damned (Legion of the Damned Series #1)

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by William C. Dietz
 

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The first novel in William C. Dietz's acclaimed Legion of the Damned series...

There is one final choice for the hopeless—the terminally ill, the condemned criminals, the victims who cannot be saved: becoming cyborg soldiers in the Legion. Their human bodies are destroyed and they are reborn as living weapons. But when aliens attack the Empire, the

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The first novel in William C. Dietz's acclaimed Legion of the Damned series...

There is one final choice for the hopeless—the terminally ill, the condemned criminals, the victims who cannot be saved: becoming cyborg soldiers in the Legion. Their human bodies are destroyed and they are reborn as living weapons. But when aliens attack the Empire, the Legion must choose sides.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This imperial space opera takes up the theme of fighting against impossible odds. At the center of the story is a futuristic French Foreign Legion made up of cyborgs and other societal misfits. The scrappy, chip-on-their-shoulder soldiers occupy their own planet in the far reaches of a contracting human space empire. When a xenophobic alien empire strikes at the humans, the legion becomes the last best hope for human salvation. The legionnaires are an oddball lot, ranging from their cut-throat, sexy commander, General Marianne Mosby, to the passionate Sergeant Bill Booly and the industrious, never-say-can't Legion General Ian St. James. Their cyberborgic compadres, with human minds trapped in armored killing machines, are rich and quirky characters as well. Throw in a Nero-like emperor more interested in his own pleasure than in the future of his empire, aristocratic conspirators working behind the scenes to take over the throne and ruthless, paranoid aliens with no way of understanding human psychology, and Dietz's ( Drifter's War ) latest tale becomes exciting and suspenseful. The humanity of the characters mixes well with the action to give this space drama real punch. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441480401
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Series:
Legion of the Damned Series , #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
585,360
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

William C. Dietz is the national bestselling author of more than forty novels, some of which have been translated into German, Russian, and Japanese. His works include the Legion of the Damned novels and the Mutant Files series. 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. He and his wife live near Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Legion of the Damned (Legion of the Damned Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book in a while that I couldn't put down. Good flow with characters that had substance.
Ravenwood0001 More than 1 year ago
I'm not a huge fan of science fiction. I'm more of a fantasy lover. Yes, there is a difference in my opinion between the two subjects. This book was therefore grudgingly accepted from my boyfriend when he was looking for something for me to read instead of spending more of my tight budget. At first it took some time for me to figure out what was going on because, as I mentioned, this isn't my typical genre of choice; however, by the third chapter I was hooked.

I thought that Mr. Dietz did a good job of balancing the reliable plot that the reader expects with the plot twists that truly shocked me at times. I found myself rooting for some characters and wishing I could attack a few others¿isn't that part of what makes a writer a good writer?

I also appreciated that the future Mr. Dietz created was easy to envision¿detailed enough to understand, but not so detailed that you get bogged down in it. There's also the fact that in my opinion it was realistic enough to be believed and far-fetched enough to lay any personal concerns to rest. Is it possible that this would be similar to the true future? Yes, anything is possible. Is it probable? Not in my opinion, but it is a wonderful fiction.

To say the least, when I found that I was approximately thirty pages from the end of this book I looked through my boyfriend's books, found the next volume and squirreled it away to begin reading the moment I finished the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great start to a great series. Wonderful plot, characters and human/machine concept. You wont be dissapointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best military sci-fi stories ever written, with engaging characters and interesting weapons. A story that is a must read.
k1llusions More than 1 year ago
So very much wasted potential.. this book was not a BAD read, just lots of holes, hopping around the timeline. Character development was not what I am used to , again holes. Makes a great outline for a series, like reading the Cliff Notes for the book...
patritojames More than 1 year ago
I am a science fiction fan, have been for 55 years. Always on the lookout for entertaining, yet believable writing. Dietz does a fine, entertaining job in this respect. I also appreciate a continuing series, and look forward to the rest of his offerings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Legion of the Damned' is one of those few books I have come across that when I was done reading it I felt a welling up of pride in my own species. The Hudathan invasion is the kind of thing that could happen to any civilization once it get's too comfortable thinking it is at the top. . . someone with a bigger stick comes along and knocks you out of your chair. What really got to me about this story was the way Deitz showed people. The characters could be your best friends, or neighbors, and I felt a kind of association with nearly all of them which is really important to a good story. Also, as a science fiction and action buff, I enjoyed this book's use of imaginative technology and high blood preasure action. I've reccomended this book to all of my friends and they all agree with me.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I finally read this book, after about 30 years! I think I'll read more of this series...
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His stories are engaging and action packed. Just enough detail to keep the story rolling without becoming bogged down in usless side information.
AvidReader777TJ More than 1 year ago
The writing is fair, but the plot is predictable, and tedious, irritating at times as it becomes too obvious what is going to happen and then drags it out for pages until it does.
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The-Batman More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best science fiction books that I have read. William Dietz has a great way of tell a story in the future without bogging you down with a lot of techno babble. From the beginning of the book you will see that the characters are what fuel this story, but don't worry there is plenty of action in this book and his take on cyborg troops is ingenious. The Hudathan¿s are great characters and the way they are written might remind you of someone you already know. I would love to keep writing about this book but I do not want to spoil it in any way for you. Just give the first one a try and you will want to read the rest.
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