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(Ghost Marines #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Human slavers attack. Despite trying to fight back, there is nothing the young Leefe can do to save his family and friends. But he doesn't have to. The Imperial Marines arrive in the nick of time, and they hate slavers. Three tri-years later, when the new emperor issues a proclamation to integrate the imperial military with non-human citizens, Leefe is among the first to v ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published April 25th 2018 by Semper Fi Press
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is...repeat is...a good read. That said I want to comment on it a little as it's not a simple military sci/fi.

The entire book/story is about racism. It could have become a screed but avoided it and held it's plot and characters above water (so to speak). The novel revolves around (another) human space empire. The empire is getting older and is a bit shaky. There are 8 races in the empire aside from humans and by law...that is on paper they are all equal and have equal rights.

In practice thi
William Webb
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some writers produce literary wonders that nobody ever voluntarily reads. Others produce fun, fast books that you don't want to end. Colonel Brazee is the latter. Integration deals with the problems of minorities in the military in a new and fresh way, and a fun way, and I'm damned glad he wrote it. ...more
Kiril Panchev
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going between 3 and 4 stars constantly. The second part of the book was not that interesting to me.
Ed Graves
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well worth the time

This is the second series I have read by this author. I will be downloading the next ebook in this series.
Kath Ibbotson
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a super book!

Just finished reading the FIRST Ghost Marines book - thanks for the clue that there will be MORE. So enjoyed this book, could not put it down. Jonathan Brazee has a wonderful gift of transporting the reader into the worlds he creates with such great skill that it almost feels like you are there taking part in the adventure. Loved every minute!
Pat Patterson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018 Dragon Award Finalist in 'Best Military Science Fiction Novel' category

I obtained this book through the Kindle Unlimited program, because it's a finalist in the 'Military Science Fiction' category. A more exhaustive treatment of the book may be found on my blog, Papa Pat Rambles.

It works GREAT as a straight up, pure fiction book. The reliance is not on gadgets, but on the stuff that men are made of. As such, if you think of Captains Courageous or Starship Troopers, and think of the path t
The Mysterious Reader
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of several of the military sci-fi series put out by Jonathan P. Brazee, having read everything he’s produced except for his Ghost Marines series. They were uniformly superb, reeking of authenticity (something I know a bit about from second hand tales as half my family has served both as enlisted soldiers - my dad was a senior NCO - and officers - my uncle was a army Colonel and his son, my best man, is a navy Commander), and with imaginative plots abs truly well crafted character ...more
Jim Guldner
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one

Although the story focuses on the imperial marines, I can certainly see overtones.of.the integration of our US military in the 50's.through the 80's, confirmed by his reading list of 2 books at the end. I appreciated his making Leave aware of the political ramifications for his and his people's service, of the awareness that sex, racism, group dynamics, etc all come into play as part of his story. I also want to point out a similar issue with the British army in India, or
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Out Frik'n Standing!

If you're into a thoughtful story line then this title is the one for you. The author has one upped his wildly successful stories with this title... He has embraced a subject that has been a source of friction for at least the last 75 years within the military. What is normal and how do I best respond when someone is not normal. The truth is exactly as the author portrays... Can an individual perform as expected when required according to the dictates of the mission... I will
Diana Hanson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book

I found The first few chapters extremely slow and dull but... from there on I found this story very accurate and why the Marines ars a brotherhood and a tradition few can really understand. Once through training and though battle, a bound, a closeness that all feel regardless of all differences.

This was book expressing just some of the problems, feelings and bonds, one goes from boot camp end of service.
As a retired Msgt. USMC, This book is worthy of five stars
Rosemarie G Thomas
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner for Col. Brazee.

The author continues to enhance his reputation for excellence in this gripping new novel, the start of a new series. The characterization is well rounded and the treatment of prejudice in military/social situations is realistic but not overblown. I look forward to the next installment. (Write faster!)
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-marines
Pretty good "boot camp" story, with additional twists. Good editing, believable characters.

One big problem (for me at least): after reading the book, I still don't know how the ghosts actually look. Some details are in the book, but the actual look (and reason why they are called ghosts) is not mentioned anywhere.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A feel good story!

It reads almost like a fairytale in that you know how the ending will be but the path to that ending leaves a nice warm feeling behind. The story itself was well written and flowed smoothly. In itself it was a fairly simple tale but the integration of different groups into a single working force was well done.
Dan Mibourn
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely kick ass

This was SIFI, universe building, tall tales at its best, our human society is in the toddler stage of life, but these folks are one step up in the scheme of life,solidly walking and able to learn from their mistakes at least most of the time, if we dont kill ourselves off we will make it there also. Good job Jonathan good read
Vesa Ylitolva
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Ghost Marines is more about this day's USA than aliens, as aliens and humans are a bit too similar to my taste - but there is reason for that. The story does have many military scifi elements like aliens, pirates, spaceships and is enjoyable reading up to a little joke in the final chapter. If you like space marine books then you probably like this one, too. ...more
Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
A fast-action military SF story with a refreshing perspective: a not-so-thinly-veiled look at the integration of the first Black Marines in the US during World War 2. This was nominated for Best Military Science Fiction in the Dragon Awards and I can see why: it gives an interesting perspective on the US Marine Corps from the point of view of an outsider.
juliette dempsey
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A thought provoking military sci-fi action novel

I enjoyed reading this book and I loved how the subject of racism/ specism was handled. I could empathize with the characters and the situations in the story. It reminded me of the story of the wind talkers in the second world.
I look forward to more from this series 😁
David Beck
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Integrating other races into the Imperial Space Marines is tough, but the Wyntonans are tougher. Leefe and his companions endure a lot of racial BS but win over their fellow Marines and eventually kick some butt together.
Arnie Snow
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Introducing a multispecies Marine Corps

I really enjoyed seeing how another species is integrated into the the Marine Corps, the struggles and prejudices and how it work out in the end.
Richard Carl
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

Inspirational reading of the reasons soldiers make the choices they do. Ultimately it is to defend what they have sworn to do preserve and defend the constitution and those under its borders
Ray Carter
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brazen hits again!

Jonathan Brazen has the start of another hit series on his hands. I've read almost all of his books, and have yet to be disappointed. "Integration" carries on that tradition.
Chung Low
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Don’t expect extreme space battles. At least not yet. Leif had gone into a skirmish or 2 gettin his bearings but his main battle is of perceptions. Can he, our alien, really connect to the hoomins? If they are Marines then what does it matter?
Mark J. McArthur
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Science fiction, Marines, discrimination and a great story

The author uses a science fiction background to address the thorny problem of racism in a straightforward if optimistic manner. Great story telling and character building.
Paul Marineau
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great coming of age story

Standard boot camp to first tour story. However Brazee is really good at character development. Not just the main character. Supporting cast includes enough variety and details to create the right mix of interactions.
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow Interestingly fantastic

Well that was a very interesting storyline with plenty of blood and guts lol as I have come to expect. Totally looking forward to the next episode keep them coming lol
Kevin Beck
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting story. An alien race treated as second class citizens are integrated into the military as a publicity stunt and turn out to be excellent marines.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good entry to the series.
Bob Neumann
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredible story of the way the Marines think and live. Extremely enjoyable read.
Dale (Aus)
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great way to introduce a new world and characters with depth and good story telling. I will be looking for more of these.
William Jerkins
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Again a great read!

The col. Writes a hell of a story. Je grabs your attention. Then he does not let it go. Je just ratchets up the pace and dosent slow down.
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I am a retired Marine colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas, Nevada, with my wife, Kiwi, and infant twin daughters, Danika Dawn and Darika Marie.

I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled "Secession." Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations

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