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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (Aug. 26 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016242
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #537,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The seventh Legion of the Damned novel (after 2004's For Those Who Fell) continues the unapologetically brutal military SF saga with a pedal-to-the-metal plot jam-packed with intrigue, deep space adventure and futuristic combat. With an interstellar war looming, Marcott Nankool, the president and CEO of the Confederacy of Sentient Beings, and his entourage are captured by the Ramanthians, a ruthless insectoid race bent on nothing short of complete dominion over all other intelligent species. Keeping their identities a secret, the POWs are shipped to a labor camp on a remote jungle planet about to become the hatching ground for billions of newborn (and ravenous) Ramanthians. Against the orders of the ambitious and unethical vice president, Legion Gen. William Booly and Capt. Antonio Santana mount an all but impossible rescue mission. Blending hardcore military fiction with elements of sociological science fiction à la Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth saga, this adrenaline-fueled Clancyesque adventure is Dietz in top form. (Oct.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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This series never seems to last long as you are reading along, oblivious to time passing, and then you are done.

Well drawn out and compelling characters plus a story arc that grabs your attention are the hallmarks of all the books in the "Legion of the Damned" series by William C. Dietz.

As a military science fiction genre there is always the chaffing between the political masters and the military whose honor requires them to obey sometimes obtuse objectives within unrealistic deadlines.

And then there are the battles, both in space and planet side, where the cunning enemy is taken down by an even more cunning and dedicated military.

In this book the main story revolves around the fact that the enemy has unknowingly captured the President of the confederacy and don't know it.

The Vice President sees this as a golden opportunity to assume control while trying to stymie the military's desire to rescue the President before his identity is given away. This is where the politicians really shine in their own cunning.

READ the book and then GET THE ENTIRE SERIES.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1f464b0) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0xa1f742b8) out of 5 stars action-packed graphic military science fiction thriller Oct. 28 2007
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The interstellar war with the ruthless Ramanthians remains heated as the vicious insectoid race fights to the death with no rules except to win. They physically overwhelm their opponents on the battlefield by accepting mass deaths on their side in order to subjugate as slaves any survivors of their pandemic slaughter.

The Ramanthians are unaware they captured President Marcott Nankool, the head of their strongest adversary, Confederacy of Sentient Beings. They send him to a labor camp where the POWs slave until they wish to die before they become food for the billions of hatchlings. One of Nankool's incarcerated aids, human diplomat Christine Vanderveen knows that any one of his loyal supporters could give away the president's identity in exchange for better conditions, which means death. She will kill anyone who might betray the president.

Ambitious Vice President Leo Jakov orders the military to do nothing as he insists Nankool is dead and he is the president. However, Legion General William Booly ignores the unimpressive buffoon and assigns Captain Antonio Santana to lead a volunteer suicidal rescue mission that Tonio accepts because his beloved Christine is one of the prisoners.

William Dietz is known for his action-packed graphic military science fiction thrillers (see FOR MORE THAN GLORY and FOR THOSE WHO FELL). His latest Legion of the Damned novel is all that, but much more as the author uses the conflict to enable fans to look deeply inside the various cultures. As expected, the Ramanthians are the most interesting as their society accepts the loss of millions in combat. The human and other alien prisoners form a prisoner group that initially bands around keeping Nankool safe; but becoming hatchery food makes everyone reconsider. The military and the politicians also have contrasting subgroups, as the politicos are self serving while the military are heroic. Mr. Dietz's legions of fans will appreciate WHEN ALL SEEMS LOST.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f74720) out of 5 stars The enemy has captured the President but don't realize it. Vice President tries to derail rescue op. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED March 29 2015
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This series never seems to last long as you are reading along, oblivious to time passing, and then you are done.

Well drawn out and compelling characters plus a story arc that grabs your attention are the hallmarks of all the books in the "Legion of the Damned" series by William C. Dietz.

As a military science fiction genre there is always the chaffing between the political masters and the military whose honor requires them to obey sometimes obtuse objectives within unrealistic deadlines.

And then there are the battles, both in space and planet side, where the cunning enemy is taken down by an even more cunning and dedicated military.

In this book the main story revolves around the fact that the enemy has unknowingly captured the President of the confederacy and don't know it.

The Vice President sees this as a golden opportunity to assume control while trying to stymie the military's desire to rescue the President before his identity is given away. This is where the politicians really shine in their own cunning.

READ the book and then GET THE ENTIRE SERIES. You will be impressed
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1f746cc) out of 5 stars Excellent Book! April 14 2008
By John L. Mahan - Published on Amazon.com
Another excellent addition to the Legion of the Damned Series. Dietz has really done well in the last several novels in this series and this is another.

He says he loosely based this novel on the Raid on Cabatuan in 1945. He did a similar thing with For More than Glory. It worked great in both novels.

He gets more into the Ramanthian War with the Confederation but that is really a back drop to the capture and rescue of prisoners held by the bugs. It also has an excellent secondary story of political intrigue. One of the things that used to make me a bit nuts with Dietz's books was that he would have action at the beginning and end. Then the rest of the book was setup. He has interspersed the action much better in the last three novels.

If you are a fan of this series, read this book, you will not be disappointed.
HASH(0xa1f748dc) out of 5 stars Fun read April 7 2015
By Stephen T. De Marino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Am a big fan of Dietz. High brow it is not, but neither is it pulp fiction. If you want fun action based space opera, then this is your guy. The whole series is fun escapist stuff.
HASH(0xa1f74630) out of 5 stars I enjoyed the Legion of the Damned series Feb. 20 2015
By Willpower - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the Legion of the Damned series, the whole thing, and this was just one more part that was a good enough read to keep me coming back.

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