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For Those Who Fell (Legion of the Damned Series #6)
     

For Those Who Fell (Legion of the Damned Series #6)

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by William C. Dietz
 

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To ensure the survival of The Confederacy, the Legion of the Damned must establish a new capital on the planet Algeron--and seize faster-than-light technology from alien forces before it can be used against them.

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To ensure the survival of The Confederacy, the Legion of the Damned must establish a new capital on the planet Algeron--and seize faster-than-light technology from alien forces before it can be used against them.

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An excellent story, well written and excitingly told. —SF Crowsnest
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In For Those Who Fell, the sixth installment in William C. Dietz's Legion of the Damned saga (By Force of Arms, For More than Glory, et al.), heroic soldiers like General William "Bill" Booly III and Lieutenant Antonio Santana continue to fight for freedom against the ever-opportunistic insectoid Ramanthians.

The war with the Ramanthians is supposedly over but as the Confederacy of Sentient Beings searches for a new capital, the devious Ramanthians continue to plot against the Confederacy by secretly dealing with the Thraki, a neutral race of master engineers who are helping retrofit thousands of military spacecraft for the Ramanthians -- for a considerable fee ("If you scrape my chitin, I'll polish yours"). The Bugs have also just made a momentous technological breakthrough by creating a hypercom: faster-than-ship communication.

While Booly helps to stabilize the new Confederacy capital on the planet Algeron, Santana is sent on an "off-the-cuff special ops mission" to the remote planet of Savas to find and steal the hypercom. Meanwhile, on the Ramanthian's Hive planet, the Queen is in the process of creating millions of new insectoid soldiers.

With the hardcore military ambience of David Weber's Honor Harrington saga and the sociological complexity of Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth novels, Dietz's Legion of the Damned series is so much more than the sum of its parts. Fans of military science fiction who have yet to experience Dietz's storytelling prowess should make it a point to do so immediately. Are these novels first-rate military sci-fi? "Sir! Yes Sir!" Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
Careful plotting and realistically messy detail help lift Dietz's sixth military SF novel (after 2003's For More Than Glory) about the Legion of the Damned, an army of biobod humans, aliens and brain boxes installed in mechanical bodies, which defends the Confederacy of Sentient Beings against any threat. The present enemy, the insectoid Ramanthians, needs more planets to accommodate their queen's billions of eggs. When the Confederacy learns that a Ramanthian research outpost has developed a communications device that could win the war, an expedition sets out to capture the new technology. In particular, a young first lieutenant must lead his troops through the perils of jungle, desert and ambush by psychotic renegades. Meanwhile, a young woman diplomat discovers that one of the Confederacy's alien races is secretly aiding the Ramanthians. Characters attempt to gather information, make political alliances and maneuver skillfully, but often their efforts degenerate into groping, murderous frenzy. Dietz expertly jumps from one theater of combat to another, one side to another, to show the opponents planning but then improvising as plans go awry. Even if the novel's action sometimes is as manipulative as a WWF Smackdown, it still gives a genuine adrenaline rush. Agent, Richard Curtis. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441012671
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Series:
Legion of the Damned Series , #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
457,180
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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An excellent story, well written and excitingly told. —SF Crowsnest

Meet the Author

William C. Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for a year, and has traveled to six continents. Dietz has been variously employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer and television producer, and currently serves as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company.

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For Those Who Fell 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Confederacy of Sentient Beings has a new home on Algernon, the only planet that welcomed them after the insectoid Ramanthians destroyed the battleship that housed their infrastructure. Meanwhile the Ramanthian queen on planet Hive is laying billions of eggs that need transporting to other orbs so the species can survive and ultimately expand to rule the galaxy. Counter strategies forged on Algernon are implemented by the legion to protect the galaxy from the insectoid horde............................... Hive is heavily protected so that an armada could not successfully attack, but a lone spaceship disguised as a comet and piloted by a cyborg might succeed. The mission works forcing the enemy to pull back forces to protect the Hive. However, the enemy has cut a deal with the Thrakis to retrofit three thousand vessels; a loyal governmental circumvents official channels to insure the information reaches the right people because the biggest battle in the galaxy seems imminent on the planet Savas with the legion determined to get the Ramanthians new communication system.......................... William C. Dietz raises the bar of excellent for military science fiction with every book he writes. FOR THOSE WHO FALL is a superb action packed thriller starring countless number of ordinary people forced into Herculean efforts to prevent the enemy from victory. Pivotal heroes like First Lieutenant Antonio Santana and Charlotte Vanderveer, who have appeared in previous books add much to this terrific tale................................... Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, I enjoyed the story very much. But it left me wanting more. When can we expect the next book in this series.