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Bodyguard Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1994

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About the Author

William C. Dietz is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, some of which have been translated into German, Russian, and Japanese. He grew up in the Seattle area, served as a medic with the Navy and Marine Corps, graduated from the University of Washington, and has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, and television news writer, director, and producer. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Dietz served as director of public relations and marketing for an international telephone company. He and his wife live near Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; First Edition edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044100105X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441001057
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've been a fan of William C. Dietz's work for awhile now. And I've always thought of Bodyguard as his best. When you consider he's the creator of the incredible Legion Of The Damned series, this is no faint praise.

What sets Bodyguard apart from most science-fiction is the book's heart. I can't remember the last time I read an action-driven story (sci-fi or other) with characters as well-drawn as these. I defy anyone who picks up the book not to feel pity for the hero, Max - a one-time efficient military man reduced to scrounging for living due to a head wound. And the novel is sprinkled throughout with little character moments which set the book apart.

Most science-fiction, being plot driven, doesn't bother with defining the characters. They are just there to move the story. Not so with Dietz and certainly not with Bodyguard. It is one of the best novels I've read in years and I can't recommend it highly enough. The same goes for the rest of Dietz's work especially Where The Ships Are and, of course, the Legion Of The Damned series. Bodyguard is a great read!
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An experienced reader cannot avoid seeing the work of someone that did or operationally knows what they write about and the good author imagining an unlived life experience.

I've enjoyed Dietz for a couple years and reached back into this 1994 story. It has the mega story markings of `early Dietz-world' and presents an alternative brain box biased technology stranded for lack of FTL tech in the system of Sol.

As novel theory goes, this early Dietz is yeoman work. Dietz was trained or edited well. There's no amateur author errors to be easily seen in Bodyguard. This earlier Dietz might be a better technical work then his later efforts and not to diminish his later work.

From Marine, to work to writer with a first mid-career book for most folks followed by the soiree to full time writer without limits is impressive.

A quick read, Bodyguard is an action packed, twisty-turny sci-fi tale that falls well within my 5-star criteria.
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As always Dietz delivers a ripping good yarn withe traditional twists and turns where the good guys eventually win out - at a price. But you have to love the brain damaged hero who is doing his best to protect his teenage charge as they flee across the stars. This is a should read if you are a science fiction action thriller fan.
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I read this book about a year ago, and I just had to put in my 1 cent worth. Since it's Mr. Dietz, I feel like I should comment. He's the KING. I still remember when I first read this book, I was not impressed at first, because it was written in first person, and I'm not a big fan of that type of storytelling. BOY WAS I WRONG. This book was GREAT, and funny too. Don't get me wrong, this is not a funny book, but it sure had its funny moments. The whole memory thing, the girl he's supposed to protect on her trip thing was pure genius. I had an idea about halfway through, but of course that's when Mr. Dietz wants you to suspect that. The part when he has to stop and play bouncer for awhile was GREAT, funny too. I actually ducked my head during a chase scene he has for fear I might get beheaded. You'll see if you read it. AND YOU MUST. The more people read his stuff, the more he puts out. I'm now looking for ANYTHING by Mr. William C. Dietz. I almost have everything, but not quite. Still lookin'. Keep up the good storytelling in the sci-fi world, Mr. Dietz.
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William C. Deitz is a master of blending military sci-fi with large dollops of humanity. He creates characters that are alien in intriguing ways and yet human enough to identify and sympathize with. "Bodyguard" is one of my favorites of his, and demands a re-read every few years. The story has parallels with modern concerns about ethics, the environment, and what man is capable of versus what man should rightly do, and the pace is perfectly balanced to keep you turning the pages.

Great characters, a compelling story, and questions to ponder. All in all a great read.
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By Cycist on August 4, 2014
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Simple, straightforward Scifi. Moves along quickly, what rare surprises there are can be guessed at fairly early on. A "I need a simple book to pass the time" read. I don't think it pretends to be more than that.
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I loved this book! I didn't expect to like it because I am much more into light sci-fi and fantasy. I don't like cyberpunk novels or military sci-fi. But I started to read this novel one boring day while I was working in a bookstore -- and had to buy the book that day to take home and read! It was that good. Now I am looking for anything else William Dietz has written. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with strong, believable characters.
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By A Customer on April 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book combines Dietz's normal penchant for technology and action with a depth of character development that is rare in sci-fi books. I've never felt empathy anywhere near as strong while reading a sci-fi book as I did while I was reading bodyguard. If you're only gonna read one of Dietz's book this is the one to read.
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