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Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned | [William C. Dietz]

Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for the masses.
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Publisher's Summary

The roots of the Legion of the Damned lie deep within the mythology of the future. But now, national best-selling author William C. Dietz goes back to the Legion’s early days with the story of one recruit’s rebirth and redemption....

Hundreds of years in the future, much has changed. Advances in medicine, technology, and science abound. Humanity has gone to the stars, found alien life, and established an empire.

But some things never change....

All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for use by the masses.

Now Cat, one of the last surviving Carlettos, is on the run. And, like countless others before her, she finds her sanctuary among the most dangerous of society’s misfits.

Welcome to the Legion.

Cat Carletto vanishes, and in her place stands Legion recruit Andromeda McKee. A woman with a mission - to bring down Empress Ophelia - or die trying.

©2012 William C. Dietz (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Dietz expertly jumps from one theater of combat to another.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A superb, action-packed thriller . . . [a] terrific tale.” (Midwest Book Review)

“Dietz’s expertise in matters of mayhem is second to none.” (The Oregonian)

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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-06-13
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2007

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Fun read but not one of Dietz's best"

    Plenty of action (and the protagonist made a rapid transition from Paris Hilton to action babe) and good group of characters made this a decent entry into the Legion of the Damned Series. This can definitely be "read" as a stand-alone entry but I advise anyone at all intrigued by this book to read others in the series (especially "Legion of the Damned") before giving up on Dietz, as this is not his best. Would have been better without the (seemingly) "thrown-in" romance, but maybe that is just my taste.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Moggill, Australia 12-31-12
    Kevin Moggill, Australia 12-31-12
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    "21st Century"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sought of, I kept listening, but had a nagging about the universe. The plot seemed worthwhile, but the environment seemed to be a 21st Century transplanted into the 27th (?). Technology seemed old, the "walkers" seemed liked Humvees. The assault rifles like M-16s. I felt it went a bit fast, maybe the author should have let a year or two go buy to forge the loyalties...


    Would you be willing to try another book from William C. Dietz? Why or why not?

    I doubt.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Isabelle Gordon?

    Yes. But in this particular read she was rather monotone with regards to emotion of the main character.


    Could you see Andromeda's Fall being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the "love interest" was a bit gratuitous. Tech seemed 20th/21st Century. Aliens were too human for my liking. At times it felt like cut-scenes glued together. Maybe I am being a bit harsh here, but it did feel like it lacked a SF element. This was my first book from Dietz, and will probably head back to authors who spend more time on character building.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Louis E. Collobert Tecumseh, KS, US 12-31-12
    Louis E. Collobert Tecumseh, KS, US 12-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not quite right but close"
    Where does Andromeda's Fall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About middle, interesting story concept. But there was a few too many opps I wrote myself in a corners so I’ll just have the character lie to get me out of it. Or ignore facts that I kinds of had written in the book earlier. Almost made me wonder if he was a rookie writer, I may follow this book series but I don’t see myself getting to deep into his worlds.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Opps! How clumsy of me.....


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean GENEVA, NY, United States 01-27-13
    Jean GENEVA, NY, United States 01-27-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love strong women, fighting and off world adventure. This book has it all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen CA, United States 01-18-13
    Karen CA, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Party girl to G.I. Jane"
    If you could sum up Andromeda's Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Steele "bit__" sums it up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pace was so fast. You have to pay attention. Great dialogue, simple, but paints a fast clear picture. Great military dialogue. It makes you want to learn military speak.


    Which character – as performed by Isabelle Gordon – was your favorite?

    Avery and Larkin. I purchased this book as I love Ms Gordon's sexy male voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, when the special borg's expire


    Any additional comments?

    this is not my type of listen, but I buy most of Ms Gordon's reads. This was just great as read by Ms Gordon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 01-20-13
    Ben United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2011

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "The Master Makes Another Masterpiece!!"

    Just when I finished mourning the end of the Legion of the Damned series William C. Dietz is back with an encore presentation. One of the greatest series in Sci-Fi is back with an installment that will drag you back in and get you hooked all over again. Andromeda's Fall is by far William C. Dietz's best work yet on the LotD series. Murder, court intrigue, suspense, and betrayal are just a few of the things that make this book an "I can't put this down" type of book. This book has earned it's spot at the beginning of one of the best Sci-Fi series of all time, and it is one more example of why William C. Dietz is considered one of the best authors of any genre.

    Isabelle Gordon takes this new book and knocks it out of the park. On a side note it probably would have helped if she had listened to at least one of the other LotD books, but the things she mispronounces are so rare that it really doesn't play that big a role in how good this performance is. All in all this book is ready for its debut in the Sci-Fi Hall of Fame alongside all of the other LotD books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 02-07-13
    Tarike Ocala, FL, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Storyline, but the quirks get in the way."

    This story has some great features: good storyline, original sci-fi concepts, enjoyable characters and such, but the entire package when taken in aggregate comes up short. While I didn't necessary lose interest, I just never got hooked. You know when you listen to a good book and just can't wait to pick up where you left off, I never got that feeling until late in the second part of the book!

    The narration, simply put is sub-optimal. The narrator does not have the range that I'm used to, and she doesn't do a good job of telling an already flawed portrayal of events.

    There is quite a bit of action and drama, but it comes at you rather predictably, and the protagonist is unnaturally lucky. Bad things do indeed happen to her, but, you know something is wrong when a majority of the time an entire squad of soldiers are dead, but the protagonist always gets saved. It just didn't seem realistic after the first few revolutions of the same ending.

    I thought that with the backdrop of the opening scenes that this story would have been epic, but the experience turned out to be just below average.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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