They were Roman soldiers - and they were still alive because there were no better killers in the galaxy.
The Galactics need fighters who could win battles without the aid of technology. That's why, when Rome's legions suffered disaster at Carrhae, secretive alien traders were waiting to buy them on the Persian slave market.
Now, virtually immortal, the Romans fight strange enemies on stranger worlds; and though they win every battle, the spoils of victory never include freedom. If the legionaries are ever to return to Earth, it must be through the beam weapons and force screens of their ruthless alien owners. But no matter the odds, 2,000 years is a long time; the Romans are coming home. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
©1986 David Drake (P)2014 Audible Inc.
This book isn't for everyone. It takes a special listener to fully appreciate Drakes work. His descriptions of the many battles which his "Ranks of Bronze" under-go almost perfectly describes the military vibe that only those who have an appreciation for the finer points of war can thuroughly graps... you feel as though your mixed up in the sweat and blood of the battlefield as the rank and file moves it's ugly head onward to battle. This is a work of genius that your average twilight reader can fully grasp it's brilliant significance.
Truly a must read :)
this is one of those times the sequel is better then the oeiginal. I read the other two books first then I found this audio book. I bought it on the strength of the reader. bad story great reader.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
But not this time. It is an interesting idea. It was hard to follow and must be setting something up in future books. But until those books emerge, this as a stand-alone book was a bit boring.
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