Monday, 18 December 2017

William C. Dietz

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The Empire Series
At Empire’s Edge
Bones of Empire

Legion of the Damned
For More than Glory

The Runner Series
Runner
Logos Run

The Sauron Series
DeathDay
EarthRise

Other Novels
Ejecta

The Empire Series
For centuries, the Uman Empire has ruled the civilized universe. But not all of the alien races who were “invited” to join the Empire have done so willingly. To deal with these alien species, the Xeno Corps was formed—bio-engineered humans with extra-sensory enhancements who can hunt down, capture or eliminate all such threats to Pax Umana. Jak Cato is a one of them—but he’s far from a perfect specimen. Saddled with a dislike for authority and a penchant for self-destructive behavior, only his devotion to duty and sense of honor have kept him afloat in the Corps. When he and his comrades are waylaid on a remote planet while transferring a lethal, shapeshifting Sagathi prisoner, Cato is sent into town for supplies, only to end up drunk, beaten and robbed. Now Cato must use all his innate skills to hunt down the fugitive, but what he doesn’t know is that his pursuit will lead him outside the law and into a shadowy world of Imperial intrigue—where those who seek justice rarely get it, and rarely survive…
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On the surface, the Uman Empire seems as glorious as ever, with its citizens reveling in their proud civilization, the Legions defending its borders, and the Emperor ruling benevolently over all. But in truth, the alien Vord are pushing deeper into Uman space even as the noble families maneuver for power within a waning Empire. For Xeno Corps Centurion Jak Cato, all that matters is that he’s still alive. After a disastrous mission that almost cost him everything, he’s returning to the Imperial capital of Corin with his beloved Alamy for well-deserved down time—which soon becomes no time. For as Cato watches a grand procession, he catches a glimpse of his mighty Emperor—and in one horrifying instant, recognizes him as Fiss Verafti, the murderous Sagathi shape-changer Cato had just hunted down, in disguise As the Empire strains under attacks from within and without, Cato doggedly investigates the mystery of how Verafti made his way from the grave to the throne and when he does discover the truth, it will change the entire galaxy—forever…
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Legion of the Damned
Second Lieutenant Antonio Santana had earned respect and honor battling the Thrakies—until he refused an order to fire on unarmed civilians. Now he’s been busted down a rank and posted to the isolated planet of LaNor. Since its recent discovery, LaNor has attracted the attention of every political and economic power of every species in the still-precarious Confederacy of Sentient Beings—all with an eye to exploiting both its location and its natural resources. As for the native LaNorians, little concern is paid to them except as a steady supply of cheap labor. But the LaNorians have had enough of this unwelcome colonization—and are ready to strike back at those who have corrupted their homeworld. Led by their Empress, they launch an all-out rebellion in against the invaders. Surrounded by a fanatical horde, all the competing interests are forced to band together for survival in an unlikely alliance held together both by the courage of Santana and the diplomatic prowess of his sometime lover Christine Vanderveen. But even as the Legion and its newfound allies struggles to fend off wave after bloody wave of furious attacks, Santana slowly begins to suspect that they all may be pawns in a much greater and deadlier campaign. That someone or something else is behind the uprising. And that their true objective is to spread the chaos of war far beyond LaNor…
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The Runner Series
Runner by William C. Dietz
On a lonely planet in the distant future, Earth is a fading memory and technology is falling into ruin. As a “runner,” Jak Rebo delivers valuable packages from planet-to-planet. When he takes an assignment to deliver a young boy believed to be a reincarnated religious leader to another planet, Jak finds himself at the center of a violent religious conflict, dodging assassins around every corner. The risk doubles after he teams up with Lani Norr, a beautiful “sensitive” with a secret ability so powerful, some will stop at nothing to find and control her. Together they must battle their way through the far reaches of the galaxy to protect the boy and save their own lives.
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Logos Run by William C. Dietz
After interstellar courier Jak Rebo agrees to deliver a powerful artificial intelligence named Logos to a distant planet, he quickly comes to realize that it’s no ordinary assignment. Logos has the power to not only reactivate the ancient stargates, but to restore interstellar travel, and bring the far flung remnants of humanity back together again. Some, like the members of the ruthless Techno Society, want to harness Logos and control it. Others, including those who fear technology, seek to destroy it. Together with Lonni Norr, the beautiful clairvoyant who can channel spirits from the afterlife, and the bodyguard Hoggles, Rebo will have to outrun his many enemies, and prevent Logos from falling into the wrong hands if he is to prevent humanity from falling into oblivion.
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The Sauron Series
DeathDay by William C. Dietz
Enslaved after the slaughter of billions by a violent race of aliens called the Saurons, Earth’s few remaining humans are forced into back breaking labor building mysterious temples for their new masters. The captors claim that these temples, once finished, will allow them to leave Earth in peace once again. They enlist Alexander Franklin, former governor of Washington, as the head of their puppet government to help manage their mission. Meanwhile, a group of escaped slaves form a resistance movement which grows with each passing day. When former government bodyguard Jack Manning, well-versed in the art of survival, finds himself placed in the center of power as security for Franklin, he learns the brutal truth behind the temples. He faces an agonizing choice: to stay where he is, alongside the woman he loves, or to aid the rebels and their fight for freedom. The survival of the human race hangs in the balance.
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EarthRise by William C. Dietz
After the vicious, insect-like aliens called the Saurons invaded Earth and killed billions, they enslaved the survivors, forcing them to build mysterious temples under brutal conditions. In an effort to control their human slaves, the Saurons install a puppet president to keep them under control. But President Alexander Franklin and Chief of Security Jack Manning aren’t about to play along. Rebellion is in the air, and the fight for freedom is spreading far and wide, from the center of activity in Washington to the distant lands of Guatemala. A diverse group of rebels, including an ex-FBI agent, a doctor inside the heart of enemy territory, and the president will have to band together with a host of other insurgents from across war-torn Earth to overcome impossible odds if they’re to save what’s left of humankind.
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Other Novels
Ejecta by William C. Dietz
Professor Paul McCracken’s final message to parasitologist Dr. Sara Devlin is brutal, but clear: he’d rather die than let the alien parasite within him live. For Devlin, the shock of McCracken’s suicide is quickly replaced by the horror it reveals—the existence of a microscopic extraterrestrial organism with the ability to infect and control its human hosts. At first, Devlin believes the authorities are slow to recognize the alien threat and respond to it. But the truth is far worse—rather than stop the parasite, there are those seeking to replicate it, control it…and even weaponize it.
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