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Bodyguard Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1994


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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: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,338,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author William C. Dietz has published more than forty novels some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean and Japanese. Dietz also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (i-Phone, i-Touch, & i-Pad) based on his book of the same name--and co-wrote SONY's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita.
Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents.

Dietz has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company. Dietz is a member of the Writer's Guild and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

He and his wife live near Gig Harbor Washington where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, and reading books. For more information about William C. Dietz and his work visit: williamcdietz.com

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MKuch action and advetnure, and defintely a good story.
Spencer B. (SBCheeseman)
I've enjoyed Dietz for a couple years and reached back into this 1994 story.
robert johnston
Great characters, a compelling story, and questions to ponder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Salmon on August 28, 2005
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos on May 21, 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on April 7, 2000
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1999
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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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By A Customer on May 21, 2003
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I have no complaints about this sci fi adventure and this isn't normally my genre at all. I read this book because I like "bodyguard" stories (usually I read them from the romance section). I enjoyed the deteriorating high tech world (and solar system) that this author created. It sounded suspiciously familiar, as if it's truly just around the corner for Earth in real life. And the bodyguard, Max, was a pleasant surprise. As a "chrome dome" who'd undergone brain surgery that he doesn't remember, suffering brain damage of unknown origin, he was surprisingly self-effacing and humorous. The book is a real page-turner because you're so willing to follow Max wherever he goes. And I enjoyed the little twist in the story concerning the young woman he's guarding, a protectee who's curiously able to defend herself. I hope this author has this turned into a movie soon!
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By Spencer B. (SBCheeseman) on March 1, 2003
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This is a really good read. It keeps you exceited the whole time. In the beginning, it seems slow, but then outta nowhere! Bang! Sasha's gone, and Max has to go after her! MKuch action and advetnure, and defintely a good story. It keeps you guessing about Max's plates. Its also funny, too, when Max messes up and says things like "001000101010101" or "And how do you know that XXX672TTT?" ot "Deederwomp." or "Gaberscam." Read it! Now!
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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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I loved the sarcasm and self directed insults scattered throughout the story, combined with the subtle plot twists and a greatly capable lead character. It was fun to read, produced a few good laughs and was nicely unique. I'll be reading more of Mr. Dietz's work.
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