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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 Damned 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.
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It's been said before by another reader, but, "WOW! This is the way to end a series!!!!"
I LOVE long books that come with a long series, but at the end, I'm always left slightly dissatisfied... Either it's left open for yet another book (That doesn't come), or a lot of loose ends are left loose...
This one clamped down on the end of this particular story line like a vise, yet the series "could" go on in many different ways! In Fact, I really like that Mr. Dietz makes MANY of the books in this long series "End", while another story is born from elements of the others, without jumping backward in time, and without just telling the same story from a different viewpoint.
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