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Legions of Hell [Paperback]

C. J. Cherryh


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Essef - What book could be more fascinating than one about a Hell in which Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Machiavelli, Napoleon, Ramses and Hatshepsut can interact freely in the midst of high-tech warfare and seething political intrigues? And then Brutus shows up... somehow lacking a few vital memories of his life, mainly a bloody March 15th... Politics and war, history and essef, this book has all of it...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Damnation's Never Been So Appealing.... 29 Jan 2001
By Isabelle Archer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was my introduction to the shared Hell books. I found it very, very intriguing. I'll confess myself a huge CJ Cherryh fan, so I bought the book on the virtue of her name and, believe me, it was worth it! Just another day in Hell, huh?
What book could be more fascinating than one about a Hell in which Julius Caesar, Kleopatra, Mark Antony, Machiavelli, Napoleon, Ramses and Hatshepsut can interact freely in the midst of high-tech warfare and seething political intrigues? And then Brutus shows up...somehow lacking a few vital memories of his life, mainly a bloody March 15th...
Politics and war, history and sci-fi, this book has all of it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. And CJ Cherryh is the only author I can think that makes this stuff believable. I think Hatshepsut is my favorite character. Now there's one lady only CJ Cherryh and her excellent writing can do justice to. I intend to acquire the rest of the series and if you're into sci-fi and up on your history(and your Latin!), then I suggest you give it a try. You won't regret it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutus in the Eye of Hell's Storm 12 Jun 2000
By John M. Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent Sc-Fi/Fantasy reading in a setting that allows for unexpected characters and story twists. I really felt that the series was rolling along with great momentum with this volume of the Heroes in Hell Series (aka "the Damned Saga"). Julius Caesar's Legion's and household (Kleopatra, Dante, Machiavelli to name a few) try to survive while Brutus is trying to work out his place in Caesar's household (and heart). It seems every power structure in Hell (Roman, Egyptian, Infernal...) is trying to use Brutus against Caesar. With plenty of intrigue, and combat, the book is a very fun read.
4.0 out of 5 stars History wrapt up in a story 31 Mar 2012
By Elizabeth A. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
CJ Cherryh's history background comes to the fore in this intriguing take on Janet Morris's "In Hell" series. Cherryh postulates an afterlife where all of Julius Caesar's old sins continue to haunt him, and the old statesman - still a general, still a warrior - is trying to hold a bit of Hell free from the grip of the Egyptian contingent, his insane successors to the Roman throne, and the more modern West. Along the way, Cherryh includes a number of old Roman heroes & later-day Italian notables, as well as Caesar's contemporaries. Part adventure story, part history lesson, the plot follows two young Romans as they attempt to avoid becoming pawns in the wider Game that Ceaser plays on the devil's chessboard. Much of the book was originally published as a series of shorts in the "Hell" shared universe, and the recombination may leave some readers feeling the book is a bit choppy, or wondering at other character's brief involvement. However, I found these flaws minor at most, and truly enjoyed this "history lesson". Cherryh includes notes on characters & events in the back, for the edification of those of us who didn't major in Mediterranean history. One of the CJC books that I re-read most often.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Premise; LOUSY book 8 Oct 2006
By Herb Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I TRIED and eventually did get through this awful book. The characters took forever to develop; the writing was overly formulaic; leaden and completely derivative. The writing could barely keep my attention as I plodded through the text. It qualifies as one of the worst, if not THE worst, book I ever read. The one star is only because the premise was excellent and could have gone so many places, but just failed to get off the ground. Someone told me that female fantasy authors use their initials to disguise their gender, since many people sterotype female authors at being no good at fantasy. Well, I had no idea what the author's sex was until two minutes before writing this review, and the book still sucked - no excuses. Save your money.
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