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Legion of the Damned [Mass Market Paperback]

William C. Dietz
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31 Dec 1993 Legion (Book 1)
"Far in the future, condemned criminals and the fatally ill have two choices: to die, or to join the Legion of the Damned, an elite fighting force made up of human legionnaires and cyborg soldiers. If they enlist, their bodies will be destroyed and their minds implanted in gigantic armored killing machines, programmed to fight for the Human Empire.

As trouble brews among the Confederacy of Sentient Beings, the aggressive Hudathan aliens are turning their attentions towards Earth. Ruled by an insane emperor and a corrupt government, it’s up to the Legion to save the planet and the Empire from total destruction."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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: 17.7 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,904 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.

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding ! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Damned or not, this is good 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster ride of sex gun's and cyborgs 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sven Hassell Meets Mechwarrior 16 Oct 1998
By A Customer
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Galaxy spanning non-stop science fiction action. The legion are comprised of cyborgs; the killers, victims, dropouts, desperate and just plain unlucky remmnants of an eye-for-an-eye justice system. Now they are called on to fight to the death against alien invaders who have no word for "mercy". Weaponry galore, hardwired to the brain of psychos and tempered by only the desire to show humanity that the honour of the Legion is invincible. Shocking. Hard-core science fiction. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for miliary Sci-Fi buffs! 11 July 1998
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I found this a very well written book. Rating up with the best military sci-fi authors, such as Drake, if not better!! Not just a blood and guts type book, Deitz looks at many different aspects of futuristic war, from both a human AND an alien perspective. Everything from heroic sacrifices to a commanders ultimate defeat/victory, to politics in the future!! All in all, a very well done book, and one of the best military sci-fi books I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal stuff
When the terminally ill are on their last legs or murderers get executed a couple of centuries in the future they get the chance to redeem themselves in a way, they can be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gavlar
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Holly "Azuma" Hodson
5.0 out of 5 stars Military SF of the very best kind
I discovered military SF in my teens and have continued to enjoy it ever since. Drake's Hammers Slammers, an all time favourite. Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Busby's Star Rebel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Old Metal Jock
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising
This is a fast paced novel telling the story of an attack on the human race and their Empire - from the initial attack on a distant colony through to the final decisive battle... Read more
Published 4 months ago by strob
2.0 out of 5 stars A Wasted Concept
The premise of William C. Dietz's "Legion of the Damned" - which others have adequately outlined here - is a good one. But that's where the "good" in this book ends. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2007 by B. D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've ever had the honor to read.
Given to me by a friend this book is GREAT. You have the greedy humans on one side and the paranoid Hudathens on the other. It even has traitors and POWs. Read more
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