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Casca #11: Legionnaire Mass Market Paperback – June, 1984
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The majority of the book takes place in S.E. Asia during the Indo-China War battling against the Viet Minh culminating in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, which for all practical purposes ended French involvement in this part of the world and set the U.S. up for our own war in that country a few years later.
The story here is well plotted and is one of the earlier books which translates out to the fact that it was one of the better in this series. I personally like the ones dealing with more ancient history but I must say that Sadler’s description of the battle of Dien Bien Phu is one of the better fictionalized accounts of this particular battle I have read. One thing about Sadler; he does quite well with this handling of historical facts, i.e. time, place and events.
After the first book in this series has been read, “Casca: The Eternal Mercenary” and find how Casca became, while not immortal, at least very close to it, the books in this series do no actually need to be read in order and each is a stand-alone book.
The writing is good and even though many would classify it as pulp fiction (action adventure and historical fiction) I personally feel it is a cut above this sort of literature and that is saying something because I am personally quite fond of pulp fiction...misspent youth – you know.
Anyway, this is a good read and ranks right up there toward the top of the books in this series.
Book is from my private collection
Though he wasn't called Glam here, he was the same character, reincarnated. Very memorable, even after all of these years. Though built like a bear, and fought like a lion, he was funny as hell. great characterization here, along with great battle scenes, only the likes that Barry sadler knew how to write firsthand.
A must read for adventure fans.