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Ranks of Bronze [NOOK Book]

Overview

They were Roman soldiers—and they were still alive because there were no better killers in the galaxy.

The Galactics need fighters who could win battles without the aid of technology. That's why, when Rome's legions suffered disaster at Carrhae, secretive alien traders were waiting to buy them on the Persian slave market.

Now, virtually immortal, the Romans fight strange ...
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Ranks of Bronze

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Overview

They were Roman soldiers—and they were still alive because there were no better killers in the galaxy.

The Galactics need fighters who could win battles without the aid of technology. That's why, when Rome's legions suffered disaster at Carrhae, secretive alien traders were waiting to buy them on the Persian slave market.

Now, virtually immortal, the Romans fight strange enemies on stranger worlds; and though they win every battle, the spoils of victory never include freedom. If the legionaries are ever to return to Earth, it must be through the beam weapons and force screens of their ruthless alien owners. But no matter the odds, two thousand years is a long time; the Romans are coming home.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148524755
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Series: Ranks of Bronze Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 137,484
  • File size: 804 KB

Meet the Author

Vietnam veteran, former lawyer, former bus driver, and now bestselling author, David Drake tells a military story like no other. His readers recognize that he can take them where no one else can, with gut-wrenching description that puts them face-to-face with the enemy, and in the midst of the action right on the battlefield. He helped create the audience for mercenary military science fiction with his best-selling ""Hammer's Slammers"" books. Drake graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa, majoring in history (with honors) and Latin. His stint at Duke University Law School was interrupted for two years by the U.S. Army, where he served as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Drake has a wife, a son, and various pets.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2001

    Romans and Aliens!

    In 'The Ranks of Bronze' Mr. Drake takes an imaginative trek of a Roman Legion sold as mercenaries by the Parthians to star faring aliens. The basic premise follows the low tech 'treaty enforcement' arm of a merchant Federation that does not take 'Thanks, but no thanks' as an answer to 'Trade with us.' question. The Roman Legion basically 'convinces' the relunctant 'trading partners' to see reason. The story functions as a coming of age story of a young tribune, traumatized by the disaster he and his legion endured and the mysterious alien technology surrounding him. His growth is an facinating part of this excellent action adventure set on multiple strange and exotic worlds. This is a great way to introduces the genre to young readers while still being able to entertain the 'hardcore' science fiction reader. This is a fine example of Mr. Darke's earlier work!

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