Book Reviews of Ranks of Bronze

Ranks of Bronze
Ranks of Bronze
Author: David Drake
ISBN-13: 9780671655686
ISBN-10: 067165568X
Publication Date: 5/1/1986
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Baen
Book Type: Paperback
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David Drake is, of course, one of the masters of SF, and this novel takes one of the classic ideas and runs with it. What if . . .?

From back cover:
The aliens were looking for a few good fighters, warriors who could be brave without blasters, and content with shields of bronze . . . What they got were ROMANS!
Gaius Vibulenas--from a raw kid, he became an accomplished soldier and a leader of men
Quartilla--She was everything a man could want---you'd never guess she wasn't human
Pompilius Niger--He learned young that the worst dangers a soldier faces come from those who give him his orders
Clidius Afer--a veteran, he didn't ask questions--until his alien masters forced the answers on him

The aliens knew that in these primitives they possessed the finest low-tech soldiers in the galaxy. What they did not understand was the madness of enslaving a Roman legion and leaving them with swords in their hands.
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Roman legions & SF
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Fairly well thought out clash of cultures story. Captures the Roman ethos and bloody minded practicality fairly well.