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Preview — The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
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. Thr...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
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
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
The Ghost Brigades is book two of the Old Man’s War series. In the first volume, seventy-five-year-old John Perry abandons his life on Earth, joins the Colonial Defense Force, and heads off into space to protect mankind’s far flung colonies. Once there, his consciousness is transferred into a young, superhuman body; he learns that space is a very dangerous place for humans; he rediscovers part of someone very important to him in the form of Jane Sagan;...more
Audio book: This is the second book I've listened to by William Dufris. He's pretty good. He speaks clearly and with good inflections.
You can tell the characters apart. He did seem to use the same voices as from Cryptonomicon, so I kept thinking of characters from that book. Overall though, I enjoy him as a narrator.
Somehow I hadn't heard of John Scalzi before last year...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
On the surface, it may seem like a light, easy read, but there are quite a few interesting social commentaries about humans, rationality, purpose, and how we think.
And really, what better way to tackle these issues than in an incredibly entertaining story set in an equally fascinating world?
My only minor gripe is that there are a lot of info dumps not attached to any particular POV. I guess I've been reading a lot of tight...more
Nominee: Prometheus Award
The BrainPal technology developed by the Colonial Defense Force has so far given the human military an edge in its competition against other alien life forms for colonisable planets. But even superior technology may not be enough to counter a secret...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.
The challenge for a second book in a series is that now you've lost the sense of discovery of a universe,...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
Koloni Birliği'nin başı yine derttedir. Bilinç nakli konusunda uzman ünlü bilim adamı Boutin onlara ihanet etmiş ve düşman ırklarla işbirliği yapmaktadır. Üstelik özel kuvvetler gemileri de gizemli bir şekilde ortadan kaybolmaya başlamıştır.
Kahramanımız Jared ise bu hainin yanlışlıkla yok etmeyi unuttuğu kayıtlı bilincinden kopyala...more
This time around,the focus of the book is more about the politics of coexisting with aliens, and the concept of slavery, which is still a huge problem in the 2014, never mind the future.
Would you every imagine, this would be true in the futuristic, 2000's?
Human clones, genetically ramped up to be super soldiers, unquestionable fight, every other sentinel, technology advance species in s...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
The Ghost Brigades is the second novel in John Scalzi’s OLD MAN’S WAR saga. It focuses on the Ghost Brigades — the Special Forces soldiers that the Colonial Union (CU) creates by genetic engineering and who have special powers because of the BrainPal computers in their heads. They’re born in adult bodies and are rapidly assimilated into the Special Forces, though they are a little immature because of their mental age and they la...more
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