The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder.
In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is thirty-five lightyears away. The Legion commanders have a secret plan of their own. And then there's James McGill, who was never too good at listening to authority in the first place...
In Dust World, book two of the Undying Mercenaries Series, McGill is promoted to Specialist and sent to a frontier planet outside the Empire. Earth's status within the Empire will never be the same.
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A brilliant follow on from Steelworld
I wouldn't use that few words to sum up a brilliant book. Would be an insult to the author.
Without doubt McGill, although I love Veteran Harris (Mark Boyett's vocalisation of his part is brilliant, really helps you envisage the man) and Centurion Graves.
Oh, all of it, he really gets to the nub of the characters and portrays them brilliantly and unfalteringly, although watch for a mistake in the last few minutes of the book, but that didn't really spoil it at all. Just a bit of an easter egg :)
It made me laugh, the legionnaires are treated ruthlessly, and Primus Turov is just like a middle manager would be, If it works, its my idea, if it fails, you get the blame.
In fact the whole of legion Varus could be holding the mirror up to any large corporation who don't care about their staff, but more about their assets.
You can't sum the book up in sentences! Download it, listen to it, (make Steelworld your first) - if you like science fiction, you'll love this series.
- Captain Haddock
- Amazon Customer