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  •  Drake's Ranks of Bronze (10+ / 0-)

    was another that really grabbed me in the sub-genre. Aliens kidnap a Roman legion for their low-tech wars and find out what a mistake that can be : )

    "Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self serving men" R.A. Heinlein

    by Athenian on Sat May 29, 2010 at 06:52:06 PM PDT

    •  Aliens using humans to fight their wars (2+ / 0-)
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      Athenian, yaque

      for them, only to find they finish up getting out from under, is almost a sub-sub-genre in its own right.

      Ummmmm; off the top of my head: Excalibur Alternative, Janissaries, the A Hymn Before Battle/Gust Front/When The Devil Dances trilogy already mentioned below, Star Soldiers, Pandora's Legions . . .

      The list goes on and on.

    •  All of Drake's Roman era tales are great. (2+ / 0-)
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      Athenian, yaque

      His Vettius & Dama stories are simply brilliant. I can't imagine a better way to get a feel for what life was really like in the Roman era. I took three years of high school Latin and thought I had a decent comprehension of Roman life, but Drake's books bring it to life. "Killer", his collaboration with Karl Edward Wagner, is fabulous; a lethal extraterrestrial creature is intentionally let loose in Imperial Rome by an alien intending to see it breed thousands of offspring for offworld arenas, exterminating humanity in the process. But it's hunted by a resourceful Roman soldier and his Armenian sidekick. Great stuff.

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