In the turbulent age of the human Confederation empire, a forgotten branch of the Army patrols the farthest reaches of civilisation. And as the volatile Confederation begins to implode, they become humanity's hope for the future - the men and women of the Last Legion.A fresh batch of recruits are shipped to the frontier planets of the Cumbre System.
Their job is to keep the peace - among the ruling class, the local aliens, and a terrorist faction bent on revolution.
But when the Confederation falls silent - and the hit-and-run violence of the rebels escalates - the army becomes the law. And a planet on the edge of nowhere will set the stage for the crumbling empire's final stand ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/10/2007
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841496269
- Paperback from £6.75
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Review by surreptitiousevil
Somewhat weak - especially compared, say, to Corsair. A good-enough airport read.
Review by lewispike
Chris Bunch writes what he knows - in this case being an elite soldier (although there's no author bio in this version, I'm pretty sure he used to be a Ranger in the US Army). Like many of his other books he takes real military history (in this case it looks like Vietnam) and transposes it to a different setting (in this case a sci-fi world, but in earlier books to fantasy settings too), and mixes it with a big chunk of verisimilitude thanks to having done the job, even if he wasn't in that particular war.If you've like his other stuff, you'll enjoy this, if you've tried it and hate it, you won't find anything new here. If you've not tried his stuff before, this is a perfectly acceptable place to dip your toes in and give it a go.
Review by scottcholstad
Not bad military sci fi, but not great military sci fi. For me, David Weber is the standard for all military sci fi writers and books and this author and this book don't even come close. Not remotely. However, that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable to a certain degree. The book is about two characters -- Garvin Jaansma and Njangu Yoshitaro -- who join the Confederation's military Force out of desperation and are shipped to the galaxy's outer planet of Cumbre. On their way, the ship is hijacked by pirates and they escape with a third man and make their way to the planet where they join their new military mates in Strike Force Swift Lance. The book is about their adventures with aliens, pirates, local rich people, murderous rebels who they get into a violent war with, etc. There's a lot of action, although it's not as good or as detailed as Weber. And there's a lot of sex too, although not too graphic. Which was sometimes distracting. The Confederation presumably falls apart, or at least they lose contact with it, and with that any chance for new troops and supplies, and find themselves surrounded by enemies. What will happen? Well, there's a minimal sense of closure in this book, but not much, as this is merely the first book of a new series. As far as "sci fi" goes, there's not much science. There is some effort at character development though, so I give the author credit for that. Some of the battles are hair brained, though, and I've got to wonder how the hell he came up with them. I wonder what branch of the military he served in and in what capacity? Whatever the case, it's a fairly light, quick read and cautiously recommended, although not highly. Decent book. Not great, not good, but decent.