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by William C. Dietz

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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The seventh book in the Legion of the Damned series is military sci-fi at its best. It can stand alone, but reading the series in sequence provides background. The military and political action moves quickly between human and alien perspectives, and the horrors of war are described convincingly. A brilliantly plotted story and escalating suspense provide a highly satisfying story.

President Marcott Nankool
is aboard the Confederacy battleship Gladiator when it's ambushed. All survivors surrender to the merciless bug-like Ramanthians and are transported to the planet Jericho to be used as slave labor. The president tries to hide his true identity to avoid becoming a bargaining tool, but any one of the starving POWs might trade the information for better treatment.

Back home, Captain Antonio Santana discovers his lover is among those captured. He plans an unauthorized rescue, but an ambitious vice president has other ideas. (ACE, Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski

Publisher: Ace

Published: October 2007

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