The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War #2)
The universe is a dangerous place for humanity--and it's about to become far more dangerous.
A secret is discovered and war is looming. Former enemies are allied against the Colonial Union and it's up to the Special Forces, the Ghost Brigades, to stop them. They only take the dirtiest jobs and this is no exception.
The Ghost Brigades deals almost exclusively with the Special Forces who have been nicknamed the Ghost Brigades on account of their entire Forces using the bodies of people who did not enter the militar...more
James Cameron: Could you hit the button for the top floor, please?
John Scalzi: Sure. Say, aren’t you James Cameron?
JC: That’s right. My friends call me King of the World! Ha Ha! Just kidding.
JC: You look kind of familiar. Have we met?
JS: Met? No. Maybe you recognize me from my author’s photo on my books. I’m John Scalzi.
JC: Uh……No, sorry. I don’t think I’ve read your books.
JS: Really? You haven’t read Old Man’s War...more
It just had a little help."
I don’t know whether it was because I was more focused this time, but I believe I enjoyed Ghost Brigades a bit more than Old Man's War. Scalzi is extremely popular, and rightly so. His military Science Fiction stories are tautly plotted and fairly lean, which means you can read them quickly. Yet, they also deal with interesting concepts a...more
This wasn't exactly what I was expecting from a sequel to O...more
It's about an entirely new cast of characters, taking place almost entirely among the Special Forces soldiers whose existence was revealed in the first book. One scientist has defected and is aiding an alliance between three other races aga...more
I'd go on to book three but my library is all out of audiobooks and I don't think I'd get too far trying to actually read one.
I can't put my finger on it, but I wasn't quite as taken with this book as the previous one. It still receives high marks & was quite well done. The plot was basically a myst...more
As with most sophomoric attempts, the uniqueness of Scalzi’s universe was expected and the book had...more
Amid all the techno-babble about DNA Scalzi erred on what seems to be the latest thinking on "junk DNA", that is, that it's not junk. It's a minor quibble which in no way imperils the story. Assumedly, the science of that day would be able to still get everything c...more
Though there's a bit too much of 'explaining' the technology and the alien cultures for my taste (after several instances, I skimmed over the rest.), I do not consider this as diminishing the overall likeability of the book. The tone is more serious than its predecessor, an improvement IMHO; the funny scene setups can detract from the st...more
Instead the novel focused on the lesser known solders, the Special Forces, an elite soldier created almost from scratch, bodies created from DNA of unfortunate CDF volunteers who didn't quite make it and minds born solely from the BrainPals stored withi...more
-full of logical loopholes or "retarded" science premises
-cumbersome wordy writing style, but not one that slows you down
Colonel James Robbins gazed down at the rotted, exhumed body on the morgue slab for a minute, taking in the decay of the body from more than one year under the dirt.
The popularity of Scalzi is a bit surprising to me... scooping up hugo nominations left and right. OTOH Lois McMaster Bujold owned the hugos for a while. I guess it's mor...more
The second book in the series initiated by Old Man's War, this novel takes a sharp turn towards fundamental questions of humanity as asked and ultimately answered by one whose humanity is in grave doubt. The outsider at the center of this book, along with his fellow bio-engineered freaks, take the disturbing not...more
My feeling about 1/3 into the book? Oh, well. I won't try to check it out to read the rest.
I do NOT want to condemn this book for others. I do believe Scalzi is a fine SciFi writer worth reading. Thing is, I'd read the book following this one and I just couldn't get my interest up for something that had gone before.
I have to say t...more
I pondered why I dug it so much, and pretty much drew a blank. The only possibility I can come up with is the fact it (deliberately, I assume) hearkens back to the Heinlein juvenile sf novels I read as a kid. Fun, personal, easy to read, engaging adventure.
This is not a slight in the least. I do not think Scalzi's books are juvenile fiction, but I do feel they are written in th...more
"After watching Star Wars everyone wanted a li...more
Where Old Man's War was a (fairly strange) personal story, Ghost Brigades deals with far more global issues. Scalzi discusses the ominous trends he set up in Old Man's War, debating them through the lens of a newborn special-forces s...more
Old Man's War had an absurdly capable & lucky protagonist. Here the perspective broadens a bit, and it becomes clear that, really, humanity is absurdly capable and lucky.
We have BrainPals/SmartBlood/MPs, an augmented clone army, supe...more
Scalzi's characters were more convincing (and funny) as old people turning into young bodied super soldiers than babies being grown in an adult body. For one thing, I wasn't convinced that these super soldiers were 1 year old or less. They talke...more
(view spoiler)[ we have here a mad scientist with a grudge who wants to annihilate the whole human civilization in order to save it and a minimal commando team...more
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