By Force of Arms (Legion, #4)
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By Force of Arms (Legion #4)

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Having stopped a mutiny against Earth's government, General Bill Booly and his troops face an even greater challenge: a battle for the future of every living being in the universe, against a fanatical human and his killer technology. "Dietz's expertise in matters of mayhem is second to none." --The Oregonian
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Ace
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Marc Goldstein
William C. Dietz’s By Force of Arms revisits the universe of his popular Legionnaire series. The Confederacy, a precarious coalition of alien species, has just survived a mutiny and a plot to overthrow the confederate leadership thanks to the efforts of Colonel Bill Booly. But before the Confederacy can pause to rebuild, a new danger emerges. This time, the stakes are even higher, and the future of all life hangs in the balance.

Mysterious aliens called Thrakies have moved into Confederate terri...more
Thin and lame.

Let's be clear, when I'm reading military sci-fi, I'm not expecting Pulitzer material, or even Heinlein and Pournelle. Even with those expectations, this is still weak.

The few pages of military action are actually not bad, and if there'd been more of it, I would have got some of what I expected. Instead I got endless pages of poor attempts at political intrigue and a half hearted try at a love triangle Harlequin readers would giggle at. And no, mentioning null G sex in passing a co...more
Meh. Only the second book I've read in this series and it took a while to get adjusted to it, since it's probably been since a year that I read the previous book. (By Blood Alone).

Too heavy on the political/backroom drama and too light on the space marine/fighting stuff. A bunch of confusing skips between different character POVs as well. Can't imagine myself reading more in this series unless my shelves are empty.
Direct sequel to By Blood Alone. Chaotic at first but finally achieves some clarity in the last third of the book.
I like the prospector that gets his ship sucked up into the Sheen's ship and how he comes upon another (will the skeleton remains) of another stoaway. And how thru the Sheen he trys to convert people. Haha funny ride.
Looking forward to enjoy the next volume of this series ... the last two were Military SF @ its best.
Nov 09, 2007 Mike rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Just can't finish this one, surprising because I really like his books. This one is just boring.
Papal Bull

Awful. Anticlimactic. Dietz had a problem tying the plot lines together.
Enjoyable military SF- part of Legion of the Damned series- aliens, battles.
Michael Harley
I'm a sucker for military sci-fi!
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William C. 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 Relation...more
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