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The Knights of the Black Earth: A Mag Force 7 Novel (Mag Force 7 #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  275 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Xris, Mag Force 7's cyborg leader, burns with a personal vendetta against the traitor who made him part machine. Now, revenge is at hand. There's just one problem--the Knights of the Black Earth, a deadly fanatical group bent on assassinating the King and throwing the galaxy into chaos. Xris and Mag Force 7 must now join forces with the enemy to battle this devastating thr...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Roc (first published May 1st 1995)
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Mary JL
Jan 18, 2012 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Sf fan who doesn't mind a light read
Recommended to Mary JL by: Familiar with the series
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
This a a straight, fun action novel. Plain old action science fiction--no deep philosophy, no tremendous insights. Just a pleasant well written action thriller. Just the thing to spend a pleasant evening or two reading when you are not in the mood for more serious SF. Not great literature--but it makes no pretense to be any other than an enjoyable story--which it is.

The Knights of the black Earth are basically a terrorist group bent on bringing back the good old days when Earth was Number One an...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Is this Science Fiction or is this Futuristic Fantasy? Does it even matter? This novel graduated from the same school as everything Star Wars, as other reviewers have already mentioned. It's not exactly military sci-fi, but it isn't exactly anything else either. A Space Action novel then. I am sure this is the stage where many others will be pointing out that it's called Space Opera. It is. Only, I'm not convinced because this one has a different feel to it. There isn't a lot of thought given to...more
It builds off Star of the Guardians, but has it's own quirky personality that'll have you chuckling. Raoul and the Little One make the book worth reading, hands down.
I probably shouldn't have enjoyed this...but I did.
I know this is the first of the Mag Force 7 novels, but I read it last. (Found a copy of it last, if you're wondering why.) This novel fills in the gaps between Star of the Guardians and the rest of the Mag Force 7 novels. I always wondered how Xris got in his cyborg condition.

Raoul and the Little One are always a comical addition to this team. Tycho's translator adds some to that, as well. The rest are very serious through most of the book. Adds enough relief to the tension to bring this novel...more
Weis' Starfire series plagiarizes from Star Wars with impressive temerity, and this spin-off hasn't much to show for itself either. Characterizations are broad and occasionally nonsensical; the writing is so thin I might liken it to that of "Captain Underpants"; clearly this was a labor of love for nobody.
When I read this, I was at the age when I could be lured into the book by the promise of a hero with a robotic arm, but not so green as to be at all impressed by the result.
This book tells more about Xris the Cyborg and his backstory. Learn how Xris became a Cyborg. Join Xris and his team of commandos as they set out on a mission to avenge Xris and end up discovering a plot to assassinate the King!

This book shows more of Raoul, the Little One, and Harry. It also introduces several new characters. I really thought this book was awesome. I love a good science fiction adventure story.
I read it in jr. high and remember it being a little strange. A man who is half machine, that was the hook for me. There was also an assassin who was very concerned with his appearance. Way more concerned than any reality show woman could ever be.
Dad Bowers
Apr 22, 2011 Dad Bowers rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: sci fi fans!
Mercenary squad in Sci-Fi universe seeking revenge on former member turns into preventing assignation of new king! Mercenaries made up of cyber men, geeks, a vane killer, & an unknown rascal! Good read in Aug. ’10 I'd like to read more of the series.
I really liked this book. It's about a cyborg named Xris, the leader of one of the best mercenary groups in the galaxy, who has been searching a long time for his friend Dalin Rowan, only to find that he's not "himself" any more.
trashy and formulaic, but delicious.
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