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I’m looking for a book I last read in the late 1970s to early 1980s. The main character was a young male humanoid whose skeleton had been enhanced with titanium to increase its lightness and strength. I think this character ended up leading some sort of battle against a rival faction or planet.

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This sounds like The Last Legionary series, which would make this question a duplicate of this and this and this and this.

The hero does have a metal skeleton:

The Overseers also explain that, since the radiation sickness had settled into his bones, they were forced to replace his entire skeleton—using an unbreakable alloy—effectively rendering Keill's bones unbreakable.

And the series follows his battle against the criminal syndicate that destroyed his homeworld.

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    Arg. I had to go look up which book Kiell competed in a combat tournament instead of posting right away. :-P That book is Planet of the Warlord for what it's worth.
    – DavidW
    Jan 4, 2021 at 4:55
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    @DavidW, when this question comes up again next month you can beat me to it :)
    – gowenfawr
    Jan 4, 2021 at 4:57
  • Thanks. Much appreciated. Sorry for the duplicate question!
    – APS
    Jan 4, 2021 at 5:24
  • @APS No worries on the dupe, means it's a popular question. However, it helps us close this as a dupe - just bookkeeping - if you click the check box to Accept this answer.
    – gowenfawr
    Jan 4, 2021 at 14:33

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