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Final Battle (Legion) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1995

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (31 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044100217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441002177
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Thirty years ago, as recorded in William C. Dietz's earlier novel Legion of the Damned, the Human Empire managed, thanks to the remarkable legionnaires and in particular the cyborgs in its ranks, to overthrow a corrupt and ineffective imperial government and defeat the powerful space fleet of the aggressive Hudathans. Admiral Poseen-Ka and thousands of his defeated soldiers were imprisoned on Worber's World, and mega-merchant turned hero Sergi Chien-Chu, the new leader of the victorious empire (now organized as the Confederacy of the Sentient) did not pursue a murderous assault on the Hugathan home world. This was a mistake. The Hugathans see any intelligent life form as a threat to their survival, a threat that must be eliminated. Their bitter defeat only strengthened their resolve, and they used what they had learned in the first war to prepare for the new offensive against the Confederacy. A major part of the new game plan involved the implementation of their own cyborg army, and the best and brightest of the Hudathan soldiers were given the honor of being killed and resuscitated in the metallic form of the Regiment of the Living Dead.
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.
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I had the pleasure of reviewing the first novel in this set (The legion of the damned) within the past few months, after reviewing it, I wasted no time in telling everybody that would listen about this amazing new novel I’d got. Subsequently, ‘The Final Battle’ had a hell of a lot to live up to. Set thirty years on from the original the Hudathans are back, but, this time, they have cyborgs of their own to level up the playing field. Now, I’m going to set this straight from the start now, The final battle is not as fast or flowing as the original, but, to make up for this it is much more in depth and gripping. Characters from the original novel are included but have changed in the years that have passed which helps to introduce the needed new focal points who come and go throughout. Deitz, once again shows his descriptive skills off to their finest points. His attention to detail is absolutely second to none and in these ways the all too often boring second novel of a series is far from a let down. If military sci fi is your thing then Deitz is your man. No doubt about it.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
Having read the original story, I couldn’t wait to embark on a new adventure to see what events would unfurl in this Sci-Fi Military Space Opera and to be honest with you, I had a blast sitting back, girding my loins and preparing for action. The story was a real kickass tale with cracking dialogue and of course with the political machinations alongside high octane action.

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.
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By A Customer on 6 April 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is a major disappointment to anyone who read "Legion of the Damned." It seems as if Dietz just got tired of writing the book in the middle and just ended it as quickly as possible. As always he has amazingly original ideas and the hooks in the beginning of the book are great. But missing is the intense detail and realism that made "Legion of the Damned" such a good book. In particular his development of the newest kind of human cyborg is so skeletal that it seems he just sketched it out in 5 minutes. While I had to buy this book due to the fact I loved Legion so much if you were just a mild fan of the previous book I'd say save yourself this disappointment.
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By B. D. Wilson VINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Final Battle manages to be a little better and more satisfying than its predecessor, Legion of the Damned.

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.
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