The Ghost Brigades
WHO CAN YOU TRUST, IF YOU CAN'T TRUST YOURSELF?
Three hostile alien races have united against humanity, determined to halt our expansion into space. The mastermind behind this lethal alliance is a traitor - Charles Boutin. He was a Colonial Defence Force scientist, with access to their biggest military secrets. Now the CDF's only hope is to discover Boutin's plan. Troub...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
1. It is the second book in the Old Man's War series, but not really a sequel, more of an expansion from the universe created by Old Man’s War. In this respect, Old Man’s War was more like a prequel, just crafting a setting for what comes later.
2. Green super humans.
3. Scalzi has demonstrated an adept ability to tell a serious story and have fun with it while still not taking himself too seriously, yet at the same time not devolving ...more
"...“When asked about it, Harvey called it his Occam’s razor theory of combat: The simplest way of kicking someone’s ass was usually the correct one.”..."
The Ghost Brigades is the more serious sequel to the mostly parody that The Old Man's War was. The Brigades are the genetically modified Special Forces of the Humans in space, The Colonial Union, who are fighting in the front lines of the multi-species martial competition to colonize as many planets as possible. Our green warriors, ...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
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
The second volume of the “Old Man’s War” series is, in fact, an account of a young man’s war since the soldiers from the Ghost Brigades, the colonial Special Forces, are are basically children in adult bodies. They are fully produced, which means "waking" to life in adult form albeit without any memories and experiences. Imagine are grown-up kids with guns and range of abilities that make you question their humanity.
Our main prota ...more
This wasn't exactly what I was expecting from a sequel to O ...more
Sorry, man. I feel for you, but it doesn't make me give you any sympathy stars.
Why was this book sucky compared to the first one?
We lost our old hero from the last book, John, and it was his wittiness and maturity that made the story way more than just some space war deal. John's humanity made his journey more compelling to read because we could relate to his f ...more
So it turns out that I remembered absolutely nothing about this book except that Jane Sagan was in it. It was entertaining and unchallenging to read, and I enjoyed it, but I can also see why I remembered so little about it.
I didn't miss John Perry at all as he is a bit of a white bread character. I like Jane, but as much as she was in this I still didn't feel like we really got to know her very well as the focus was really on Jared Dirac-another character I had totall ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook ...more
The CDF has discovered they had a traitor in their midst but he has escaped and instigated an alliance between three different species with the outcome being they team ...more
A big part of the reason I had to give it 3 stars is that thi ...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 y ...more
Just now you chose to read my review out of a million other things you could have done, so thank you for that. But it was your freedom of choice that enabled you to choose my review.
Jared Dirac doesn't have that kind of choice. He is a member of the Special Forces, genetically engineered soldiers who's only purpose is to save humanity via black ops ...more
“Fear isn’t the desire to avoid death or pain. Fear is rooted in the knowledge that what you recognize as yourself can cease to exist. Fear is existential.”
This sequel to Old Man's War brings quite a different point of view of this universe. The narration doesn't follow John Perry but in fact two members of the Ghost Brigade, section of the military introduced briefly in the first book, Jane Sagan providing the only real link between the two. Again, we get the adaptation to a new body but th ...more
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
This is the sequel to Old Man’s War, but it’s not necessary to read that one first. The only character from that book that appears here is Jane. You will get spoilers for the first book, and the first book describes the aliens more. The humor is not quite so prevalent here.
Science fiction is a great way to explore questions about the human condition without getting boring or preachy. Our main character, Jared ...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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