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-..Show More »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.
LOD book 2 is a superb follow up to the first LOD book. Dietz really is a methodical mastermind. I would really hate to piss him off in real life. ..Show More »The way he plants these seemingly insignificant seeds that grow into these vast literary jungles is mind-numbing. I mean, I can't even begin to imagine the imagination that it takes to make up a story that can span several generations of lives and still be captivating, intriguing and profound all at the same time.
It was quite sobering to see a single, but inherently epic story blossom into a still evolving, but very different story that was even more appealing than the first!
I must say that I have a very conflicted opinion about Donald Corren's narration of this series. On one hand, he performs the most significant characters very well. I would swear that it's not even the same narrator. On the other hand, there are so many characters, that the lesser characters all kind of blend in together, and this will sometimes trip up the listener, making for easy distractions that do not happen with the main characters because of the unique tone of voice that he uses for them.
Overall, I loved it, and can't wait to see what Dietz dreams up in the part 3 of the LOD series.
Continues to build on earlier work, but can be read on its own. Competent space/military/galactic empires sci fi. Some of the military hardware seem..Show More »s a bit antiquated for time scale, but generally convincing and a good liste.
I have enjoyed the entire Legion of the Damned series and this was a worthy addition. Unlike some of the earlier novels, this one was a similar to Boo..Show More »k 5: For More Than Glory as it focused most of the action on a single planet and single quest - but there is enough intergalactic geopolitics to keep it interesting. The transitions can be pretty abrupt as the focus narrows and widens but luckily there is a smaller cast of characters to keep track of than in earlier books (though given some of the earlier novels had dozens of humans and aliens to track that isn't saying much.)
The plot is a bit contrived to get the protagonists and antagonists on essentially equal footing but once it got there it was a nice back-and-forth that never got boring. There are more than a few cliches running through the entire series in general and this book in particular ("it felt like ball of lead just landed at the bottom of his stomach") but it is easy to get past that and enjoy the story.
Generally speaking the bad guys are rational characters (with one notable exception) and their motivations make sense. There is a good mix of dialogue, technology, and battles to keep it going and there is the one (seemingly obligatory) sex scene that is present in all the novels so far.
You should read the other books in the series before listening to this one but if you liked the others then you will thoroughly enjoy your time - I know I did.
Without a doubt this is one of the best written SciFy books of this decade. The author does a superb job of developing the characters, making the rea..Show More »der feel part of the action, and presenting a thoroughly detailed scenario that makes the book one you can't stop listening to.
William Dietz is the greatest SciFi writer ever. He is ingenious in the construction of his plots, precise in the presentation of detail, and superbl..Show More »y imaginative in the his description of characters and settings.
This is the concluding book to William C. Dietz Sci-Fi Hall of Fame series. Any aspiring Sci-Fi author need go no further than the Legion of the Damn..Show More »ed series to get lessons from a literary giant in the Sci-Fi world. This series is the perfect example of how to write without tieing yourself up into trying to find a way for all of your main characters to continue into the next book. To many writers in fantasy and Sci-Fi wrap their whole story around two or three main characters and put themselves in a position to dig their characters out of impossible situations just so they can continue the series. Dietz goes just the opposite route. He puts out there eight or nine main characters, so when you get to the end and not all of them are still standing, you realize that there really weren't many "miracle" moments throughout the series to keep it going. Everyone can live with a miracle or two because it's something we know happens. But two or three every book to the same characters? Knowing this Dietz was careful to find more characters throughout the series that could continue it. The characters that start the series aren't even mentioned, except in passing, at the end of the series. Dietz was careful to make the main character the story, not a single individual. In reality the main character in this series is The Story of the Human Condition. You don't really have to read between the lines to see that Dietz is writing about what humanity is capable of, both the highs and the lows. It's what makes this series so special and gives it it's place among the greatest Sci-Fi series of all time. This is William C. Dietz's masterpiece and I encourage you to read it from start to finish.
The reading of this series by Donald Corren is superb. If Dietz deserves a place among the greats for his writting of this series, Corren deserves one for his performance of it. The tag team of writer and performer for this series is magnificent. Donald Corren makes the world of Dietz come alive with cyborgs, soldiers, spies, aliens, and war. With the performance of this series Donald Corren reserves his spot among the best readers Audible has to offer. Corren is just one more reason to add this book to your audible library.