The Ghost Brigades

English language

Published Feb. 28, 2007

ISBN:
978-0-7653-5406-8
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4 stars (133 reviews)

The Ghost Brigades is a science fiction novel by American writer John Scalzi, the second book set in his Old Man's War universe.

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Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very clever plotting, and some enjoyable interludes contemplating morality, philosophy, and the ethics behind cloning and creating/manipulating consciousness. It gets talky at times, but never dull, and the pace keeps moving. I’m impressed with the way Scalzi is expanding on this story.

Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Another enjoyable space saga (space opera). I was surprised to find that this second in the series novel only loosely followed the first. By the very end, there were some ties made for subsequent novels. Nevertheless, this novel was a good read in its own right. There was an innovative plot. The characters were interesting, heroic, and even humorous. I'll get to the third novel, hopefully sometime before I forget. ;)

Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Second in the Old Man's War saga, this book isn't really a sequel. More like a next story in the same universe, with barely one overlapping character.
The tone, the stakes and the rhythm are very similar to Old Man's War though. And while it is an action packed, military action, war-in-space novel, it has time to get deep and thoughtful. The story asks questions about choice, free will, identity and self. These are, of course, hallmarks of science fiction, asking about the human condition by means of putting us out in space and surrounding humans with creatures that understand existence in a whole different way.
I personally enjoyed it more than Old Man's War. The book has time for humour and sweetness, while being gory and violent as well.
I would recommend checking it out if you are in for a fun and fast read and are not too …

Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow. I was at first a little disappointed that we left our main narrator but quickly got over it as the universe setting and those in it were familiar and eventually contiguous to the first novel. What a story. The onion of the CU shivers and begins to show us the workings of those near to it.

Traitorous scientist, facsimiles of minds, the craziness of regional universe politics by gunpoint and a resolution that might make you shed a tear.

Fun and fast read. Onwards!

Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

It's been a while since I read [b:Old Man's War|51964|Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)|John Scalzi|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1402867788s/51964.jpg|50700], and I didn't quite remember all the details of the previous book in this series. But it turned out it didn't matter because we start with a mostly fresh cast of characters and view points. John Perry does not make an appearance in this book. Jane Sagan however does. Later.

This book begins with Colonial Union finding out that there's a war being planned against humans. A war that might eradicate humanity completely. But when the investigators follow the clues that lead to the cause behind that war, they soon hit a road block. Thus Jared Dirac is born. A soldier in the Special Forces, also known as the Ghost Brigades. This book deals with the Frankensteinian "monsters" humanity has created to fight the dirtiest of fights for them, to do what humans …

Review of 'The Ghost Brigades' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Hilarity! Well, if you're me, and for very specific reasons. As a book, more of a psychological thriller.

Jared Dirac is a clone created to house the consciousness of escaped traitor, Charles Boutin. When the consciousness doesn't take, Dirac is shuffled off to the Ghost Brigades, to make himself useful as a soldier. Most of the drama comes from Dirac trying to discover what made Boutin a traitor, and if that potential lied within him as well. I tend to like the amnesiac protagonist, so I was fully on board.

Unfortunately, the protagonist was never quite fully real to me, and I'm not quite sure if that's partly because of his manufactured consciousness, or just a personal incompatibility. I didn't quite care what happened to him as much as I should have.

This is the sequel to [book:Old Man's War], and I found it moderately hilarious that Scalzi carefully answers …

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