The New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn continues his Legion of the Damned™ sci-fi military series with an “…adrenaline-fueled Clancy-esque adventure” that “…is Dietz in top form.”—Publishers Weekly
The war against the seemingly unstoppable Ramanthian menace is faltering, with Confederacy forces under relentless attack. Desperate for allies, President Nankool—accompanied by his advisors and diplomat Christine Vanderveen—is headed for a summit that could secure some much needed support from the Alpha Clones when his fleet is ambushed.
Vanderveen, Nankool, and the few other survivors are taken prisoner, though their identities remain thankfully unknown. Condemned to a labor camp on a remote planet, the loyal Vanderveen must not only deal with her vicious captors, but with those who might be willing to betray their government and President Nankool. But soon none of that will matter—since the planet is about to be overrun by billions of Ramanthian hatchlings, all eager to feed on human flesh.
Their only hope lies in the hands of Vanderveen’s one-time lover Captain Antonio Santana, and the Legion’s cybernetically-enhanced warriors, who are about to launch an impossible rescue mission that will decide not only the fate of the captives, but that of the civilized galaxy.
The seventh Legion of the Damned novel (after 2004's For Those Who Fell) continues the unapologetically brutal military SF saga with a pedal-to-the-metal plot jam-packed with intrigue, deep space adventure and futuristic combat. With an interstellar war looming, Marcott Nankool, the president and CEO of the Confederacy of Sentient Beings, and his entourage are captured by the Ramanthians, a ruthless insectoid race bent on nothing short of complete dominion over all other intelligent species. Keeping their identities a secret, the POWs are shipped to a labor camp on a remote jungle planet about to become the hatching ground for billions of newborn (and ravenous) Ramanthians. Against the orders of the ambitious and unethical vice president, Legion Gen. William Booly and Capt. Antonio Santana mount an all but impossible rescue mission. Blending hardcore military fiction with elements of sociological science fiction la Alan Dean Foster's Commonwealth saga, this adrenaline-fueled Clancyesque adventure is Dietz in top form.