In the Company of Ogres

By A. Lee Martinez

An uproarious new novel within the culture of Robert Asprin and Terry Pratchett!

For an individual who is immortal, by no means useless Ned manages to die with alarming frequency--he simply has the aggravating behavior of emerging from the grave. yet this soldier can be higher lifeless than face his most up-to-date assignment.

Ogre corporation is the legion's dumping ground--a motley, undisciplined workforce of monsters whose leaders are inclined to die lower than a bit of questionable situations. that is the place Ned's particularly specific abilities are available in. As Ogre Company's newly appointed commander, Ned reveals himself answerable for such fantastic examples of army prowess as a moonstruck Amazon, a really massive (and very well mannered) two-headed ogre, a seductively scaly siren, a blind oracle who can listen (and odor) the longer term, a suicidal goblin daredevil pilot, a strolling tree with a chip on its shoulder, and a suspiciously goblinesque orc.
Ned has simply six months to whip the Ogre corporation into form or face a good extra hideous task, yet that isn't the worst of his difficulties. simply because now that Ned has discovered why he retains coming back from lifeless, he has to do every thing he can to stick alive. . . .

In the corporate of Ogres does for fable, what A. Lee Martinez's prior novel, Gil's All Fright Diner, did for horror--and elves and goblins may possibly by no means be the same!

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