Final Battle (Legion) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1995
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About 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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The Final Battle is a great read, but it does have its weaknesses. It takes a while to get into the novel, as we are reintroduced to a few major characters from the earlier book, men and women who are to some degree shadows of their old selves, and newly introduced to new heroes such as the half-human, half-Naa son of the famous William Booly. The young Booly eventually matures into an interesting character, but his role seems to fade as the ultimate conflict approaches; indeed, many important characters and plot points seem to fall away as the end approaches.Read more ›
Back this up with a principle character that I just loved to spend time around and of course emotional aspects alongside an old fashioned belief of honour and all round I was a more than happy reader. Great stuff.
It still has its problems. I never could get over the fact that the alien Hudathans seem to basically just be humans with frog-mouths and funny names, in terms of temperament, thought and behaviour. And the first half of the book is just as bad as Legion of the Damned. But in the second half it brightened up and actually became a mildly entertaining story. Stuff actually happened (more in that second half than in the whole of the previous book), and there was some action to get excited about. To be honest, I didn't think that the battles were all that fantastic anyway, not even the final conflict, but at least they were something to brighten up an otherwise dull affair.
Other reviewers here have expressed the opposite opinion to this: that the book loses its way in the second half. And it's certainly true that Dietz sets up several plot strands in the first half of the book only to have them mysteriously taper into nothing as the book winds to a close. But I don't care about that, because what WAS there in that second half was actually half-way entertaining.
In any case, there are more Legion books following on from this one, but I have no interest in reading them. I have tried this series out and found it to not be as fun as I expected it to be. The second half of The Final Battle marks the high-point of what I read in the series. That much, I don't regret reading. The rest of it I could have lived without.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great follow on to the first book, new characters but still familiar.Published 6 months ago by D C Manners
Robust story, exciting action - very enjoyable hard military SF.Published 10 months ago by Mr. M. Poole
He's an "easy read" . His verbal pictures are excellent, plot line a bit predictable on accasion...overall a good story tellerPublished 16 months ago by The Red Baron
Good book,came in good condition and promptly.
Nicely written,set 20 odd years after the first one so you get a new generation of characters as well as the old familiar faces.
Firstly, if you haven't read 'Legion of the Damned', then I recommend that you read that first. This is definitely a sequel that follows on closely from the first book, so you... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2007 by Andy Phillips
I bought this book on the strength of it's predecessor Legion of the Dammed. I felt that this sequel was a little rushed, which was a shame as there were some good technologies... Read morePublished on 15 July 2000