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Book Review – The Undying Mercenaries

“Legion Varrus is a harsh unit. We train our troops to think for themselves. We kill them now and then to keep them sharp.” – Centurion Graves

 

Note before review, Undying Mercenaries is more mature than other books, it has sex and a whole lot of gore, so this book isn’t for everyone.

 

The Undying Mercenaries series is set in a world where Earth has been forced into joining a much more powerful empire (control the galaxy powerful). For humanity not to be wiped out, Earth is forced to pick up a trade that is of value to the other vassal states in the same section of space as Earth. With nothing of value not already covered by other races, Earth turns to hiring out mercenary companies known as legions. Using the technology of the Galactics, (the powerful empire mentioned earlier) which allows soldiers to be brought back from the dead (more technically, cloning their bodies), Earth becomes a successful hub for mercenaries.

 

The series follows the adventures of legion recruit James McGill, who serves in Varrus Legion.

 

There isn’t a whole lot of science involved in the books, seeing as it centers life more around being part of this legion, there is some discussion of more advanced technology, such as plasma guns, cloning machines and nanobots. While not a sci-fi heavy book, there is enough that you can tell that the world the book is set in has technology beyond our capabilities currently.

 

Funny and just overall cool, Undying Mercenaries is definitely a book to pick up. While it isn’t a book that will make you ponder on difficult philosophical questions, it is a fun read, and if you have the spare time this is a good way to spend it.

 

Link to the Book: Undying Mercenaries 

 

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Book Review – The Dune Series by Frank Herbert

He who controls the spice, controls the universe“- Baron Harkonnen

Warning- For those of you who would rather not read about gruesome deaths, this book is definitely not for you. This book can and does get rather gruesome during some parts, so be warned.

This book has quite a few names to remember, so you might want to start off with the Preludes to Dune.

Dune was one of the first books I read after coming to Taiwan. After attempting to read it when I was about 8 years old and failing (because I got bored) , I decided to give it another try when I was 10. After reading the first 50 or so pages, I found that things definitely got more interesting.

After finishing off book one in the Dune series, I finished off the preludes to Dune, figuring I might as well gain some backstory on the world (although almost everyone in the preludes dies during book one, but still).

Book two (Dune Messiah) was not really a success in my opinion, it was just one of those books where I had to grit my teeth, and finish it off in one sitting or I would never pick it up again. The reason for this  was that almost nothing happened during this book. Everyone just sat around and talked, which left me feeling cheated of a good book.

Book three and four (Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune, in that order)  were amazing, maybe even my favourite out of the Dune series, the ideas in the story were really cool and there was a lot more action than in the previous book. The books also looked at the world from the view points of some new character, so that was really enjoyable.

I’m not going to go into detail about book 5 and 6 (Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune, in that order) , but in my opinion, they were absolutely abysmal and should not be read under any circumstances.