The Fortress in Orion is the first book in Mike Resnick’s series The Dead Enders. The story follows Nathan Pretorius, a war weary soldier for an intergalactic government, as he attempts to pull off an impossible mission. Nathan is well-known throughout the galaxy as the Democracy’s most successful and trusted military asset. For that reason, he is given the task of putting together a team that can covertly replace the Democracy’s greatest enemy, General Michkag, with a perfect clone. To do so Nathan and his team of unique mercenaries will have to infiltrate the Coalition’s headquarters in the Orion constellation. While the characters have potential to be interesting, there’s a lot of poorly constructed dialogue and the overall story demands too much suspension of disbelief (even for science fiction) to be enjoyable.
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