Andromeda's Fall

Andromeda s Fall 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 recrui

  • Title: Andromeda's Fall
  • Author: William C. Dietz
  • ISBN: 9780425256251
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 aThe 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 alien life, and established an empire But some things never change All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto called Cat has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters including Cat s family The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project developing cybernetic technology for use by the masses Now Cat, one of the last surviving Carlettos, is on the run And, like countless others before her, she finds her sanctuary among the most dangerous of society s misfits Welcome to the Legion Cat Carletto vanishes, and in her place stands Legion recruit Andromeda McKee A woman with a mission to bring down Empress Ophelia or die trying.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 2016 vreading challenge: a book and its prequel (with Legion of the Damned)Our heroine: Andromeda McKee, born Cat Carletto, and known to all as “The Steel Bitch.” Once a wealthy dilettante, then a fugitive, then a soldier of the famed Legion. Although Andromeda's Fall is futuristic military science fiction, it's based on an ancient coming-of-age epic storyline: a sheltered young person is suddenly and brutally forced out into the world and must undertake a difficult and dangerous quest, wher [...]

    4. 3 out of 5 starsThis 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 t [...]

    5. 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 kno [...]

    6. 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-s [...]

    7. 3.5 starsAndromeda'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 Syn [...]

    8. 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.

    9. Superficial military science fiction with a sizable cast of characters, most of whom come and go so quickly they fail to leave an impression. Even the main character is a one dimensional type who failed to absorb me in her journey. Add in the fact that I was distracted from this book twice, managing to start and finish two other books, means that this story never fully held my interest. Therefore I can't, in all honesty, rate it higher than two stars.

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. 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'.

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Princess Ophelia makes herself Queen by killing the current ruler.She then starts a purge of anyone who may still be loyal to her recently departed brother.Catherine "Cat" Carletto is one of those on the hit-list. Being a wealthy party girl, she's forced on the run as one of the purges is taking place.She finds herself at a recruiting station for the Legion - a combination of human and robotised troopers. An updated French Foreign Legion, they take people with no questions asked and allow them t [...]

    16. Fall introduces Andromeda and the rather brutal regime change that forms the main plot catalyst. I had already read By Blood Alone (set some years/generations after this) and that helped set the seen for the Legion but this didn't give anything away and, to be honest, Beau Geste or March or Die who be equally as good an introduction to the Legion.Fall, in fact the whole Andromeda series, is a ripping good piece of space opera with excellent combat sequences.

    17. I really enjoyed this one. GOOD POINTS: The characters: The main character was quite likeable: she started out as a rich and pampered socialite who is faced with the murder (i.e. political assassination) of her entire family. The forces behind her family's murder are on the hunt for her as well. Despite her difficult circumstances at this point, I thought the author did a good job with her characterization -one neat aspect was that she really seemed *happier* or at least more fulfilled as a memb [...]

    18. Disclaimer: I couldn't read the entire book. It was awful. The main character was impossible. I will use this review to count the ways. Lets preface this with some background for her: She was a 20 something socialite, hasn't done anything but attend fancy parties for the last few years. Robots come to one of those parties to kill her.She escapes the party using skills she learned in "gymnastics class in high school". I graduated HS in 2009, and I was alright at basketball. Haven't played it much [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 li [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 UK)Feels like that character was originally male, then they changed it last minute as a marketing gimmick.ORCompletely 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 make a [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. I was a bit wary of Dietz as an author, having attempted to read his Halo: The Flood novel and finished the error stricken Mass Effect: Deception, my past experiences with his work weren't good. Yet the story seemed interesting enough that I was willing to give him a chance, and I have to say I enjoyed it. While he struggled with worlds created by others, he did a phenomenal job within his own universe. Cat/McKee is a very strong character that, like many before her in literature, film, and real [...]

    30. 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 [...]

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