cover image The Bastard Legion: The Bastard Legion, Book 1

The Bastard Legion: The Bastard Legion, Book 1

Gavin G. Smith. Gollancz, $13.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-4732-1725-6

In this gloriously action-packed and often brutal military SF adventure, Smith (The Beauty of Destruction) steps 400 years into the future and straight into the fighting. Miska, a former Special Forces operative, steals a prison spaceship called the Hangman’s Daughter. With the computerized ghost of her murdered father, she works to turn the liberated prisoners into a legion of mercenaries working solely for her. When their first job goes bad from the start, Miska has to use every resource at her disposal and a great deal of creativity to pull her untried criminal soldiers into a cohesive force. The complex plot twists and double-crosses are as exciting as the detailed descriptions of violent combat. Layers of complex tensions and loyalties all interact in intriguing ways. This series launch will keep readers turning pages, eager to see what bloody adventure awaits and how the legion develops into a force to be reckoned with. Agent: Robert Dinsdale, A.M. Heath & Co. (Jan.)