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The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
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Hot off the first novel I jumped into the Ghost Brigades and was instantly disappointed when I realised that John Perry, from 'Old Man's War' wasn't featured in the novel. Apart from a few paragraph mentions John isn't a part of the story at all.

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 within their heads. Jane Sagan returns in this novel and is forced to accept a recruit into her ranks who has been created using the consciousness of a traitor and a mismatched brain.

The result is a curious journey as we follow Jared Duric as he struggles to balance his role as part of the SF with all the memories of this previous life. While I found the first half somewhat slow going, the conclusion was all the more worth it. The novel set things up nicely for book 3 which I'm looking forward to.
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