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Detailed Plot Synopsis of Ranks of Bronze

A group of aliens traders travel to Earth in order to buy a defeated Roman Legion. They need low tech soldiers to fight for them and they soon learn that the Romans are the best low tech fighters that can be found in the Galaxy. They use these soldiers to defeat the native inhabitants of these alien worlds in order to secure trade rights and previledges. In battle after battle the soldiers defeat all opponents until their worth is unquestioned. This worth is shown in the fact that they recieve treatments that keeps them from aging and after each battle all those who are slain are revived unless they have received a brain injury. A leader soon emerges in the figure of the tribune Gaius Vibulenus. The constant battles forge him into a leader of men and when the Legion tire of the constant fighting and their alien overlords it's to Gaius that they turn. He tells them to bide their time and wait until an opportunity presents itself. This opportunity comes when their alien commander is killed in battle because of his inexperience and this throws the normal routines in disorder. This is what they have been waiting for and they decide to make their bid for freedomand they rise up against their overlords in a effort to secure their freedom and return home.
This report prepared by steven vanzant








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 50%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   sword fights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   unfriendly aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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