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Andromeda's Fall (The Prequel Legion Series #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  749 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
The roots of the Legion of the Damned lie deep within the mythology of the future. But now, national bestselling author William C. Dietz goes back to the Legion’s early days with the story of one recruit’s rebirth and redemption…

Hundreds of years in the future, much has changed. Advances in medicine, technology, and science abound. Humanity has gone to the stars, found a
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Ace
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Carl V.
Feb 04, 2013 Carl V. rated it really liked it
Author William C. Dietz takes readers back to the early days of his bestselling Legion of the Damned series to present one woman’s great fall and the hero’s journey she embarks upon to rise again and exact her revenge. When Princess Ophelia Ordanus decides to murder her brother, Earth’s ruling Emperor, her plans include the elimination of all of the Emperor’s close allies. This includes the Carletto family whose company has been instrumental in the field of cybernetics. Catherine “Cat” Carletto ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Simone rated it liked it
First of all, I really enjoyed this book and finished reading it in about three days. That said, there are a couple of things that are wrong with it which in my opinion take away for the story and the believability of the characters. Sometimes, these are minor things, sometimes major.

At the beginning of the story we're introduced to some minor characters before our actual main character is introduced. These characters are interesting, but barely used again for the entire book. The first before C
Lauren Simmons
Nov 26, 2014 Lauren Simmons rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars

This is the first book I've read by this author. I was told by a friend that this was a prequel to his other series, so my experience with this book and world is completely fresh. That might or might not have made a difference in the opinion that follows.

The Good: I was content with the level of writing and the style of it. There was always something new happening but not so much you were confused. MOST of what happened in the book flowed flawlessly though there was a couple of
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3.5 stars

Andromeda's Fall is the start of a new prequel trilogy related to William C. Dietz’s LEGION OF THE DAMNED and it’s a fine place for someone to enter this good military science fiction series.

Catherine Carletto is Empire nobility. Her family is incredibly powerful and wealthy and Catherine is on a sort of debutante tour after finishing college. She's pretty, she's rich and so everyone on the planets she visits wants to meet her. In the midst of a social event she is attacked by a Synth,
Jan 16, 2015 Nicci rated it really liked it
As the prequel to William C. Dietz’s, Legion of the Damned, I get the feeling the reader should know something about this book’s universe before reading Andromeda’s Fall The narrative refers to TI and Synth as advance technology. The TIs (Cyborgs,) in particular, remind me of the toasters in TV series, Caprica, the prequel to Battlestar Galactica. In the series, we see how the soul fused with the iron body of the toaster. I suspect something similar in Andromeda’s Fall but we won’t know unless w ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
In Andromeda’s Fall William Dietz has written is a classic Military Science Fiction novel. He has gone back to his Legion of the Dammed universe, in fact he has gone way back to the beginning of that universe to start what looks like a new series of stories. This time the main character is a member of the ruling family that is marked for death when the Emperor is killed by his sister. Cat’s uncle warns her allowing her to escape and join the Legion. From there expect a plot filled with non-stop ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-recommended
This book read so poorly that I'm amazed by the reviews. The writing was TERRIBLE. I've read Dietz before, I grew up on stuff like Legion of the Damned, and either I didn't realize how bad it was then, or he's entered some sort of decline where he throws stuff out and see what sticks.

I couldn't finish because it was so choppy and juvenile. Boring, predictable, eye-rolling dialogue and exasperatingly flat.
Alabaster Mango
Jun 10, 2016 Alabaster Mango rated it did not like it
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Kickarse Heroine
Jan 24, 2016 Kickarse Heroine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, mystery, military
Cat Carletto was the daughter of a wealthy and powerful business man who specialised in cybernetic technology. She had no problem spending her daddy's money on the next shopping spree or the next major party. Then the self appointed Empress Ophelia murdered her whole family and everyone she could run to for help. With nowhere to go and nowhere to hide, she does the next best thing and enlists with the Legion and their cyborg fighting space force and changes her name to Andromeda McKee.

Trying to
Mar 04, 2015 Librarygirl71 rated it it was ok
When you overthrow an empire, you want to “clean house” by eliminating all support of the previous emperor. This is Princess Ophelia Ordanus’ plan as she kills her brother and all high ranking officials and their families. The Carletto family, who have advanced the field of cybernetics under the encouragement of Emperor Alfred Ordanus are prime targets, and most of the family are killed on the night of the overthrow. Catherine “Cat” Carletto was partying on a distant planet and managed to escape ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
William C. Dietz’s Andromeda’s Fall (Legion of the Damned) is a very enjoyable military SF novel. The fact that the Legion knowingly harbors fugitives and criminals provides a decent excuse for how, in a tech-oriented future, someone might be able to hide in plain sight. Andromeda’s drive and focus get her through her training as a recruit, but I love that she isn’t perfect at everything. Larkin is an unexpectedly fantastic character–he has a surprising amount of depth to him, and I like that hi ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Faith rated it liked it
We-ell, I finished it.

Here's the thing: the premise is great. Society girl goes on the run, joins a ragtag group of fighters, and kicks some serious SF ass? Yes please.

And yeah, in terms of plot and setting and imagination it delivers. Good bubblegum reading.

But then there's the writing.

I hate to rag on an author, but when it gets to the point that my ability to immerse is affected, I really do have to mention it. The writing style is honestly pretty terrible. The whole thing is written very cho
Apr 05, 2016 pens rated it did not like it
To be honest, I ejected from this one about 80% in because I realized I had absolutely no interest in what was happening and had no expectation of finding any interest. If I hadn't had somewhat high expectations for this book based on the cover - look at that lady warrior standing there, all tough-like - this might have garnered 2 stars. Alas, I had hopes, and they were crushed.

This book adheres to the adage "tell, don't show", which isn't an adage for a good reason. All the characters might as
Andromeda's Fall is Science Fiction Military book written by William C. Dietz, and it is very difficult book to review, because there were some aspects I love about it, and others I didn't. Andromeda's Fall is central about a young woman name Caterine Carletto known as Cat who went from being a socialite to a soldier while trying to hid from a evil empire who she also working for. Yeah, that is very interesting. This leads to what I really like about it. The world building is excellent as each p ...more
Adam Bruns
Oct 15, 2014 Adam Bruns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read much in the last few years, mostly due to the condition that I can get really bored and lose interest quickly in a book I'm reading. Thank god for Dietz's "Andromeda's Fall"!! I started reading this on Sunday and read half of it within just a few hours. I appreciate page-turners like this, because I never or lost interest at all. Dietz did a fantastic job with his realistic and 3D characters, especially with the socialite-turned-soldier protagonist Catherine Carletto/Andromeda McK ...more
Dec 24, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I've been interested in reading the Legion of the Damned series for a while. Recently I read a review that discussed the series and this prequel trilogy in particular. So, I got the first of the prequels from the library, and had a good adventure story on my hands. There is political upheaval in the universe, and nasty aliens lurking to kill us all. Cat is a spoiled rich girl, confident in her looks, smarts, and place in the scheme of things, yet bored. Then the unthinkable happens and she finds ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Jasper rated it really liked it
originally posted at I have read quite a few science fiction book last year from Titan and I was very pleased with the level of it. When I saw that they were publishing Andromeda's Fall, I got quite eager and luckily I got a review copy! New York Times Bestselling author William C. Dietz is perhaps best know for his science fiction series Legion , a nine book series published between 1993 and 2011. Legion has been widely well received and in 2012 a new book was released in this series but rather ...more
Jul 29, 2015 AE rated it did not like it
I was pretty happy when I first started off this book. It wasn't perfect, but I figured I was going to walk away with a three star read under the belt. Therefore, the concept was working for me. I mean socialite turned space marine for vengeance? Kind of interesting there. She'd have to struggle a lot, right?

Then it was poor grammatical sentences, Andromeda can shoot, Andromeda knows gymnastics, Andromeda is good at tech, Andromeda is a Cool Hearted B*tch, Andromeda is loved by everyone, Androme
Jun 24, 2016 Conal rated it really liked it
This was an fun read by William C. Dietz that details a future edition of the French Foreign Legion. This is prequel to other novels he has written n this universe but I have not tried any of those so this was my first entry into this story. Enjoyable characters and lots of action so i will be continuing with this trilogy.

Recommended for any fans of military science fiction. 4 Stars.
Holly Hodson
Jan 29, 2014 Holly Hodson rated it it was amazing
I often find when reading that I DREAD the female lead. Why? Because they tend to fall in to one of two categories:

(Originally posted on Amazon UK)

Feels like that character was originally male, then they changed it last minute as a marketing gimmick.
Completely focused on the fact the she's female; either by pointing out how amazing it is that she's doing stuff men do, or by making you constantly aware of how female she is.

Fortunately, this book doesn't really do that. Dietz had the decency to
Mar 12, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Solid military scifi, yes the scenario is a bit unrealistic, protagonist is a rich party girl suddenly running for her life who ends up in a futuristic version of the Foreign Legion and begins a rapid rise up through the ranks.

You can get that much from reading the cover blurb.

That doesn't make it any less enjoyable, provided you're okay with action\adventure and military scifi.

More than anything else, the protagonist (Cat\Andromeda) is smart, she is strong. She recognizes her inexperience and
A military sf series that I read only for the Endeavour Award. War on every page (okay almost every page). Definitely Starship Troopers inspired with a direct borrowing of the French Foreign Legion. Not exactly bad just really not impressive in any way. And I'm tired of the training, rising through the ranks Mary Sue.
Dec 27, 2013 Tamahome marked it as lemmed
I read an hour of it. It was diverting enough. Both the villain and the hero are women. I was annoyed by yet another appearance of kings, queens, etc in sf. But then it was mentioned that they tried democracy and couldn't get anything done. And I was like 'Oh, that makes sense'.

Apr 21, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2014: FWFTB: bloodthirsty, revenge, recruit, hiding, run. Battle scenes and military technology do abound in this book and is what this author is particularly known for. The plot is fairly bog standard with no particular shock events or twists. The best part is in the beginning when Rhodesian Ridgebacks are mentioned and their bravery in the face of adversity - a theme carried throughout the book. Recommended to those of the normal crew that like some sci-fi bubblegum. "But it was too late to c ...more
Lee Belbin
Aug 12, 2015 Lee Belbin rated it liked it
Maybe my first military scifi and probably my last. It was going ok, until we got to the "Sir, yes sir!" and the various USA military abbreviations (for French originated Legionnaires!??) so I rolled my eyes and took points off my rating. The story is fair in nice to see a heroine, but sadly various issues didn't convince me that it was good scifi. Warfare on other planets where spaceships and satellites cannot 'see' thousands of troops? Unlikely. Few aircraft? Unlikely. Bullets? Unlikely. Sorry ...more
Mary Kate Ritchey
Aug 20, 2014 Mary Kate Ritchey rated it did not like it
I am not one for military anything and this novel, though had a great premise, spent so much detail and coverage on the strategic moves the different military bodies would take. The way is was written just couldn't hold my interest. I actually put the novel down when I realized it was part of a very large novel series. I was struggling to finish this book and felt that it was futile to finish it when I would've just wanted to know what happened next. I don't think it was a bad book, I just think ...more
Wendy Clark
Jan 27, 2014 Wendy Clark rated it it was amazing
This book is essentially Starship Troopers with a female protagonist. It's my first exposure to Dietz; I will now be looking up his previous works. The heroine is kick-ass and seeing the futuristic French Foreign Legion as a new recruit is visionary sci-fi writing at its best.

I started the book at midnight thinking, "I'll just read the first" and finished the book at 4:38am.

Others complained that the female protagonist's switch from society girl to harden
Oct 09, 2014 Lesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
I'm not a regular reader of military science fiction, but Andromeda's Fall caught my eye, and I'm extremely glad that I gave it a try. Even though I've never read Dietz's Legion of the Damned series, I found this book very accessible; I slipped easily into the world of the Legion and its cyborg soldiers and didn't want to leave.

One thing the story does exceedingly well is capture the gritty, merciless reality of war. While not overly gory, certain battle scenes pack a brutal punch, especially th
Jun 23, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it
First off, this review is going to cover the first two books in the new series by William C. Dietz. I read them one right after the other and I have pretty much the same thing to say about both of them, so separate reviews is just a waste of kilobytes. The first book of the series is Andromeda’s Fall and the second is Andromeda’s Choice.

I have been a long-time fan of Dietz’ work and have a high opinion of him as a person and writer also. One reason is that he is also a former Navy Corpsman as I
Jan 03, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
Catherine (Cat) Carletto is on the run. Princess Ophelia staged a coup and murdered her brother the emperor and the Carletto family is a caught in the backlash as she purges the known universe of his supporters. Cat, who hears about the death of her parents at a cocktail party decides a couple of things; it's best to hide in plain sight and, revenge is best served by a well trained killer. So Cat changes her name to Andromeda McKee and enlists in the Legion - a military outfit full of thieves, w ...more
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William Corey Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a surgical technician, college instructor, and news writer. Later he worked for US West in a number of different marketing communications and public relations related positions, before leaving to accept a job as Director of Public Relat ...more
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The Prequel Legion Series (3 books)
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