Review of Kindle edition
Publication date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
I find it interesting that right after rereading SHOGUN by James Clavel in which an English navigator is immersed in Japanese culture and society circa 1600, I, by chance, chose to read book 3 in William Dietz' 4 volume Sam McCade.series. In this one McCade is immersed in the alien Il Ronnian culture in order to prepare to retrieve a religious artifact stolen from the Il Ronn by human pirates. If McCade fails it means war. A war for which the human empire is poorly prepared. No matter which side wins, war would mean mass destruction and millions of deaths on both sides.
The Il Ronn aliens, who appear in more than one Willism Dietz book, look very much like the traditional human idea of the appearance of Satan. And they like it hot. in Dietz' world, this leads to at least two interesting thoughts by academics (and anyone else who can think.): When humans met the Il Ronn, humans were conditioned by thousands of years and multiple generations to view them as evil on appearance alone, so peace never had a chance and should be tried. The other thought is that the human reaction to the Il Ronn stems from ancient contacts with the Il Ronn which were so horrible that their very physical appearance became inexorably linked with evil...which they are, so war is inevitable.
Generally speaking, William Dietz books range from good to excellent with an occasional stinker in the mix. ALIEN BOUNTY is one of Dietz' better ones and my favorite in the Sam McCade series.