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Posted June 11, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2010
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