Hmmm, I'm not sure what to say about this one. About half-way through I was convinced the entire book was going to be one long setup for a "To Be Continued" ending. I was wrong about that. The amount of loose-ends that got tidied up in the last few chapters was pretty phenomenal, although there's still plenty of scope for the sequels. Without straying into spoiler territory let's just say I was surprised at who was and wasn't standing at the end.
My main issue with the story is that it's a little trite and reads somewhat like early 50's sci-fi. On the pro side, I enjoyed the general plot, the chapter-starting quotes added nicely to the story. It's a fun, sometimes humorous read with an acceptable pace and the story never gets bogged down, although that is somewhat due to a lack of detail, which segues into the cons. There's obvious care gone into the depiction of some of the characters, but others are all but one-dimensional. Also, the constant stream of people falling in love (that I'm sure are a setup for later stories) was really starting to annoy me.
Overall, I'd say check it out if you're a Space Opera fan.
With regard to the audio, I found it mostly acceptable. It commits the cardinal sin of inserting music between chunks of narration although, thankfully, it only happens once about midway through the story (perhaps there's a Part I/Part II split?). Mr Corren did a great job and my only issues are with editing, as soon as the last word of a chapter is spoken there's almost no gap before "Chapter X" is announced, which can be a little jarring.
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The book started out gang busters, with the introduction of cyborgs, biobots and life in the Legion. About the middle of the book I lost interest. I must admit that I am not a Military Sci-Fi fan, so those that are, may love this book. It is hard for me to get into make believe wars, battles, and politics if the author has not made me care for the characters. Each chapter jumps quickly from one character to another, not giving enough time to build the character and make us root or not root for him/her/it.
Dietz shows a good imagination and reminds me of Kevin J. Anderson. I was also reminded a little of Neal Asher, although he is not quite as biologically crazy as Asher.
This was written in 1993, so if on sale I will listen to more of Dietz to see if his writing gets any better.
Great Book, I really enjoyed the story and the narration by Donald Corren was excellent.I am presently listening to the 3rd book in the series. Be warned, once you start listening it's hard to stop.
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.
I have to admit i am NOT a big fan of the fact thet every Sci-fi/fantacy story has to have 30 sequels. So i started off with some expectations that i would not be completely satisfied by a books bearing "Book 1" as part of it's title...By the end that was not a big problem because most of the story is well wrapped up.Overall i enjoyed the book; the story is interesting enough to complel the listener to want to hear more. I was drawn into the characters more than what they were doing, and Donald Corren does a very good jod job af bringing them to life.The reason i deducted "stars" in my rating were more nuanced. I do not feel any author needs to write with so much description that i feel i am reading a technical instruction book but i think Dietz falls rather short explaing the various Cyborgs and some of the science untill too far into the book...i kept feeling like i had skipped a book where things were better set up. Also certain relationships (no spoiler alert needed) border on the ridiculous; one moment we are mortal enemies the next we are...well, lets say improbably enamoured.Once concluded, i realized i did enjoy the book. I did want to find out where things were headed; some very well deserved comeuppances are dealt out and our characters mature nicely...but I do not feel any need to rush out to get book 2.
A latter book, when his writing is better
Be Original and not so Clique. Don't rip-off other Sci-fi names
Just poor writting
great reading and kind of entertaining...