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Legion of the Damned Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441480403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441480401
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exciting and suspenseful. The humanity of the characters mixes well with the action to give this space drama real punch. Publishers Weekly

"The weapons are futuristic and yet the battles seemed familiar...this was refreshing, making the vast sprawl of space seem more human than maybe it could have been... The wealth of characters..make the story arcs work and each adds to the tale in their own unique way... a thoroughly enjoyable novel." --The Cult Den

"It's one of those 'must read' books that actually deserve their heralded reputation." ----Curiosity of a Social Misfit --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

William C. Dietz is an American writer best known for his military science fiction. He spent time in the US Navy and the US Marine Corps, and has worked as a surgical technician, news writer, television producer, and director of public relations. He has written more than 40 novels, as well as tie-in novels for Halo, Mass Effect, Resistance, Starcraft, Star Wars, and Hitman. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm quite pleased that I finally got around to sampling the wares of William C. Dietz, a writer with an impressive number of science fiction novels under his belt already. Legion of the Damned is a well-paced, absorbing novel of futuristic military science fiction based on a premise I find fascinating. A couple of centuries into the future, murderers and their ilk are still being executed, but they are given a second chance - of sorts - to evade the permanent clutches of the Grim Reaper. Those who choose the option of resuscitation are, if approved, reborn in the form of cyborgs - basically, these are gigantic robots of death consisting of a human head inside an artificial and quite deadly body. (For the record, other humans, such as the terminally ill, also have the chance to opt in to the cyborg program.) The cyborgs serve under the command of the Legionnaires, a military force founded on the twentieth-century French Foreign Legion. While they serve in the military of imperial Earth, the Legion is their country (just as their motto says). By the time of the events described herein, the Legion has finally been granted a home of their own, exercising a form of self-autonomy on Algeron, near the outer rim of the Empire's control. Of course, there are many human Legionnaires, but the cyborgs pack most of the punch. Training is so rigorous that many fall along the way, and some even hope for a second death in order to finally fall into oblivion.
There is great trouble in the Empire. The Hudathans, a militaristic alien race, have begun decimating imperial planets on the outer rim and are obviously working their way toward Earth itself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1998
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One of Dietz's best and my personal favorite. The story features one of today's most fantasized military units, the French Foreign Legion. But in this future, the Legion is created of volunteers of condemned criminals, patients with terminal illnesses, and those who have simply given up on life. So upon death, their brains are removed and installed in high-tech military cyborgs which are armed with all sorts of deadly weapons. These thousands of cyborgs form the "Legion of the Damned." Their principle enemy...a highly aggressive race of aliens who want to turn earth into a giant crater. Chock full of action, suspense, and intrique. Definitely alot of fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flemming Nielsen on 10 Jan. 2009
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I've just finished Legion of the Damned, and I'm not too pleased about that. I had a hard time putting the book down; Just wanting to read another page, another chapter, before turning in. The book is a great joyride, it's not without a few flaws, but it has a great deal of well-written action, fun characters and a great background setting. I'm truly hoping I will learn more about both the characters and the universe they live in, in the course of the next few books. Yes, that's right; I am definitely getting those books.
That being said, the book does have a few action-settings that aren't really that well explored; the last, climactic battles, especially, could definitely have used a few more pages, and some of the characters are just a little too flat.
Nevertheless, I heartily enjoyed myself reading the book and I'm really glad I spent my money on it. What more can you really ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 1997
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The human empire spans the galaxy and is fueled by
greed and the lust for power. Until a force of beings decides that it is time to attack the over extended and undermaned human empire. Now trust head long into this galatic stuggel a force of funded by worried business men led by bold leaders, and manned by seemingly unstoppable cyborgs goins the frey.
This force is fighting a two front war. The empire fearing colapse attacks these brave rebels and the aliens bent on total domination trust what seems to be an unstoppable blow. But through it all the love of a man and a woman(of diffrent races) survives.
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Legion of the Damned is basically exactly what you think it's going to be. It's a book about space war with space aliens and space robots. Let's be honest, if those things don't appeal to you, then why are you even reading this review...

I found the book entertaining, and I'll definitely read the next one if it happens to find itself under my nose.

Some things I thought were worth mentioning:

The book made me laugh - perhaps not on purpose. You are almost immediately introduced to the evil traitor Alec Baldwin!! My apologies, ALEX Baldwin. I don't know if this was intentional or not but needless to say once I'd misread the name, it stuck until the end. It amused me greatly.

I don't know enough about physics or military tactics to know if Dietz' more in-depth descriptions are accurate, I have to assume they are. It doesn't happen TOO often, but every now and then you'll get a fairly in-depth analysis of the an asteroid and an explanation of why you should care.

I'm quite happy with the use of sex in books. People have sex, it happens, I get it. This book occasionally walks the line between 'sex happens, and I'm telling you because it's important', and 'sex is happening, isn't it sexy?...Oh yeah, and I guess it moves the plot a bit!' It's not like it comes up a HUGE amount.

(Full disclosure: I received this free from the publisher to review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not altered by this.)
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