The Barnes & Noble Review
From William C. Dietz, author of the bestselling military science fiction novels By Blood Alone and By Force of Arms, comes another story in the Legion of the Damned saga.
While General Bill Booly, the heroic leader in previous Legion novels, and his wife, Maylo, are busy tracking down the last of the mutinous Syndicate rebels, the bulk of the novel takes place on the remote planet of LaNor -- where a flood of alien diplomats, religious fanatics, and conniving traders are descending on the recently discovered preindustrial world. Legion Lieutenant Tony Santana -- newly stationed on LaNor -- must try to quell a full-fledged native rebellion against all aliens on the planet with a handful of mismatched Legionnaires, while attractive Foreign Service diplomat Christine Vanderveen slowly unravels a complicated alien plot that will allow the Ramanthians (a highly intelligent and totally untrustworthy insectoid race) to secretly land on LaNor and hatch billions of new Ramanthian warriors.
Dietz's Legion of the Damned novels are as hard-core military science fiction as any David Drake or David Weber offering. However, they're also comparable to C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner sequence (Foreigner, Invader, Inheritor, etc.) and Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth novels, in that much of Dietz's story line revolves around the tenuous intricacies of numerous very different alien races trying to exist together without annihilating each other. Categorizing For More than Glory as military science fiction, while accurate, just doesn't do it justice. Paul Goat Allen
In Dietz's elaborate military-political thriller set on the galactic backwater world of LaNor, Lieutenant Antonio Santana, officer in a futuristic version of the French Foreign Legion, battles a far-reaching interplanetary conspiracy as off-world factions vie with an alien version of the Chinese Triad mafia for control of the planet's resources and its strategic position within the shaky galactic Confederation. LaNor is peopled by a highly static society reminiscent of China's during the colonial era. Dietz, the author of the Drifter and the Bounty military SF series among others, is known for the complex political and social layout of his future worlds. If the book offers little speculation on scientific advance, Dietz has created an intricate tapestry of local and star-faring culture with topnotch action sequences. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.