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5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Believe This Hasn't Been Reviewed Yet
I picked up the first volume of this three book series at the American Bookstore while on holiday in Amsterdam. After finishing the first, I had to go back and purchase the other two.This is so quirky, unique and interesting it astounds me that no one has reviewed this yet.It is an absolutely unique series of stories told from the unique viewpoint of the much maligned...
Published on 26 Jan 2002 by W. D LaRue

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3.0 out of 5 stars Orcs as heroes? - you had better believe it!
Bodyguard of Lightning is the first of new fantasy series that just for once has a new slant of who the main protagonists are - Orcs! These creatures are by far and away portrayed as cannon fodder, as hordes of evil minions and are killed to increase body counts etc in a wide range of fantasy novels from Middle Earth to Faerun. Nicholls here changes this angle and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Believe This Hasn't Been Reviewed Yet, 26 Jan 2002
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W. D LaRue (New York, New York United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bodyguard Of Lightning: Orcs First Blood: 1 (Mass Market Paperback)
I picked up the first volume of this three book series at the American Bookstore while on holiday in Amsterdam. After finishing the first, I had to go back and purchase the other two.This is so quirky, unique and interesting it astounds me that no one has reviewed this yet.It is an absolutely unique series of stories told from the unique viewpoint of the much maligned orcs. Their take on humans is often enlightening as is their take of the other "older races".Please buy these books.They deserve a VERY WIDE audience.And no....I am not related to the author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Orcs as heroes? - you had better believe it!, 22 Mar 1999
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Bodyguard of Lightning is the first of new fantasy series that just for once has a new slant of who the main protagonists are - Orcs! These creatures are by far and away portrayed as cannon fodder, as hordes of evil minions and are killed to increase body counts etc in a wide range of fantasy novels from Middle Earth to Faerun. Nicholls here changes this angle and present orcs as being one of a number of 'Elder' races that all co-exist, not always peacefully, and in general terms try to come to terms with the ever increasing hordes of human who it seems are destined to supplant them in Maras-Dantia.
This book is a typical, if lesser in subtlety and actual plot story line, of the many fantasy books that seem to be flooding the market at the minute. You get a good insight into Stryke, the leader of an orc warband that is forced to go renegade through a combination of actions that are not wholly his fault. The book is essentially the story of how his troop of orcs go from zeroes to potentially heroes. The plot lines are very linear and you cannot fail to see how ultimately they will prevail against all odds arrayed against them and you never at any time feel that they will not gain the 'stars' of their quest.
Reading Bodyguard of Lightning is an easy way to spend an afternoon. If you want a simple story with enough swordplay to fill gaping plot holes with a modicum of magic thrown in then this book is for you. If you are looking for a complex fantasy novel full of glory and great deeds then look elsewhere. The first book ends on a cliff-hanger note with the main characters all facing 'certain doom' and I have to admit I will read the next book just to see what happens next - just as if you were watching an old Flash Gordon serial! Good wholesome bloodletting fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, 17 July 1999
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Nicholls compares the Elder Races (Orcs, Elves and Dwarves) to the American Indians: A new race invades their homelands with machines, farming and new unknown and deadly diseases. But the humans are no unity but divided into two groups, similar to France and England who fight each other and even abuse the Elder Races, like in North-America.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orcs, 8 July 2013
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This is the second time I have read this book so it stands the test of time. Good story. Forget about orcs from Tolkien stories , these are just like any new characters but still ugly! Good fight narrative pulls you along!
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2.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Easy Being Green, 21 Feb 2013
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`Austin Powers' had a great segment that looked at what happens to the henchmen when they are killed in a spy film, but whatever happened to all those Orcs that were killed in `The Lord of the Rings' trilogy? These green beasts seemed like nothing more than fodder for the evil humans, elves, dwarfs and hobbits to cut down. This is what Stan Nicholls would have you believe in his fantasy series that takes place from the point of view of a band of Orcs called The Wolverines. `Bodyguard of Lightning' is the start and is all about how The Wolverines set out on their own to find a series of mysterious artefacts.

Fantasy lore would have us think that Orcs are not nice creatures, but Nicholls would also have us believe that the rest of the fantasy races are just as bad and the humans too. `Bodyguard' is an incessantly nasty book that wears you down; there are no conversations between races, just senseless killing. When the book does settle down, any creatures spared by one bunch is soon slaughtered by the next. Nicholls has made this book far too dark and depressing. It is not aided by some unpleasant sex scenes that aim to titillate, but are more likely to induce nausea.

Even with its dark edges `Bodyguard' may still have had some positive aspects had the fantasy elements worked, but they do not. There is some talk about a series of bits and bobs that feel like the lamest MacGuffin since Indy went after the Crystal Skull. Nicholls has paid scant interest to the element that should be driving the plot forwards. With no desire from the reader to see what happens next, it is almost impossible to care about the Orcs and the rest of the nasty cast of `Bodyguard of Lightning'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy adventure from the evil Orc's point of view, 10 July 1999
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This review is from: Bodyguard Of Lightning: Orcs First Blood: 1 (Mass Market Paperback)
This tale of savagery, sorcery and general mayhem introduces a disciplined, cohesive, group of Orc soldiers. This in itself is a nice idea since they are typically presented as the opposite. Basically, they have a mission to capture an item from a human fortification which they successfully do in short order. However, things go wrong from hereon in, and their problems begin. The group is made up of various characters from a dwarf to a knife throwing Orc maiden. This has been written as part of a series, and for a first pass it is a good beginning. There were not many twists, but for all that it was a good read, although I expect more from the next installment.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So stereotyped I could not finish it, 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: Bodyguard Of Lightning: Orcs First Blood: 1 (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is so full of stereotypes that I could guess what it was going to happen ten pages before. Psycology of the bad guys is less than cartoonish. If you are more than 13 years old, even if you are a "Dungeons and Dragons" fan you should look for something better.

boring, Boring, BORING
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting angle, 14 July 2004
This review is from: Bodyguard Of Lightning: Orcs First Blood: 1 (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a fast paced book that comes from the angle of the orcs. Its got lots of action so David Gemmell fans would definitely enjoy this book. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
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