Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ranks of Bronze - David Drake

Ranks of Bronze finds a Roman Legion shanghaied and put to work for a group of interstellar traders. These rapacious types have agreements to solve conflicts by conflict - but only at the technology level of the locals. So if you have primitive barbarians with swords and shields - you send in your slave legion to fight them. Not too many better at the sword and shield game anywhere in space, it seems.

It also follows the maturation of a callow 18 year old rich tribune into an effective and rashly lead from the front type of officer. And you only know what the Legion knows, which is interesting.

And eventually, the Legion tire of dying for strange commanders and decided that spacejacking is the way to go.

4 out of 5