Legion of the Damned : Legion of the Damned

  • by William C. Dietz
  • Narrated by Donald Corren
  • Series: Legion of the Damned
  • 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the future, the terminally ill can prolong life by surrendering their consciousness to a cybernetic life form that is then recruited into the notorious Legion of the Damned, an elite fighting unit charged with protecting humanity.

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Pretty poor

As fiction, this book is not particularly well written. I found the characters to be pretty one dimensional. The author fails to build any significant suspense, indeed, the motivation and intention of the main alien antagonists in the story is enumerated in dreary detail in the first few chapters. We could (and should have been left guessing a bit longer!)

As science fiction, I also found it wanting. Most of the ideas in the book are clich?s, such as cyborgs. This wouldn't be so bad if the reason for their use wasn't left bafflingly unclear. Why would an army be partially constituted of cyborgs? A decent SF author would have at least made it clear.

It looses all credibility as hard SF for me during a combat sequence in near 0G conditions when Dietz pays little heed to the basic Newtonian laws, that any high school physics student should understand.

In summary, I found the rave reviews others have given this title baffling.

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- Taliesin

One of Sci-Fi's Best

This book is the first of a Hall of Fame style series. William C. Dietz gives a text book lesson, in Legion of the Damned, on how to start off a sci-fi series that will define a career. Legion of the Damned not only successfully makes you buy into the main character and want more when the book concludes, but it also provides the depth of scope and color necessary to make the series outlast its main characters. It makes the story become about the world the author has created and the main characters your means of traversing that world and seeing the beauty of the imagination that is the author. His description of his characters and the world in which they live make you feel as if you are present, and his depictions of battle show a defined clarity in the process of laying out not only the combatants but also the desired direction of your interest. This diligent action allows the reader to buy into the story and thus creates a vested desire to see it to its conclusion. This is a book and a series that no serious sci-fi fan should be without.

The narration of this book by Donald Corren is superb. His characterization of the differant characters with his voice is done with a master's skill. This is not a simple narration, but as close to a reader's theater as you will find with a single narrator. His dedication to correctly dramatizing Dietz's work is truly admirable. It truly is the way this work should be presented. Donald Corren is to be commended for his accomplishment.
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- JB "En Dieu Ma Foy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios