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  • Legion of the Damned: Legion of the Damned, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    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.

    Steven says: "Worth the price of admission"
    "Pretty poor"
    Overall

    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.

    14 of 24 people found this review helpful

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