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In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez
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Oct 27, 09

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Never Dead Ned has died more times than he can count however he never stays dead. He hates going through these experiences so much that he does his utmost to avoid the process. As this story opens, Ned has found as safe a position as possible for a military man; he is the accountant for Brute's Legion. Unfortunately he has done such a good job for the last twelve years that the upper management decides give him a promotion. He is transferred to command Ogre Company. The legion's long time dumping ground, is in need of major restructuring. Ned has proven himself to be able to organize the disorganized, so it was decided that he is the one to turn these outcasts into a real military company. His one advantage over previous commanders is that no matter what accident befalls him, he comes back alive. When he finally finds out why he never stays dead, he goes to any length not to die again. This is much more difficult than he had hoped since he in training a crew of misfits including a two-headed ogre, an orc who's unhappy because he looks like a goblin, a daredevil pilot goblin (with a fleet of unruly flying rocs), a siren and a temperamental Amazon (both of whom have crushes on him), and an oracle who hears and smells the future. Of course he has been given six months to accomplish his goal. This is a fun read with a clever plot and wild, colorful characters. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett, you will enjoy A. Lee Martinez.
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