The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

Book - 2006
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Tony_Jeffers
Apr 26, 2021

Follows up and answers a lot of questions from the first novel "Old Man's War". Lots of new ideas. Surprises galore! Mind transfer is an old idea in Science fiction going back to the 1950s. Creating a superhuman being is an old idea; Wonder Woman being one of my favorites. The way mind transfer is done here is fantasy I much prefer the slightly more plausible brain transplant. The Universe Scalzi creates here follows the Star Trek/Star Wars themes of being full of hostile intelligent species. I don't much like this because; why didn't they show up and wipe us out thousands of years ago?
Apparently Scalzi thought of this; in the next book "The Last Colony" the aliens explain that they were too busy fighting each other to explore and discover Earth before humans rose up to become an interstellar faring civilization. Weak explanation but there it is.
In his second series "The Collapsing Empire" series Scalzi creates an Asimov style human only universe.
I had earlier surmised one of the shocking big surprises in the "Ghost Brigades" story because I knew the title names of the rest of the books in the series so it wasn't a surprise at all.
This is well written and like any good sequel it can be enjoyed without having read the first book.

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Theherringtons
Apr 08, 2021

1st in line

JessicaGma Apr 03, 2019

Fan-freaking-tastic! I loved Old Man's War but this was a great follow-up in a different vein, with very compelling characters and the mystery as to what the three alien races are up to....It deals with serious topics with just enough humour that the story doesn't get bogged down. Read this, and then all the rest of his books

IndyPL_JordanH Jan 25, 2019

This second book in the Old Man's War series has a tighter and more intricate plot than the first novel. With mystery and thriller elements, The Ghost Brigades seems less interested in wowing us with the physical powers of the character's genetically altered bodies. The protagonist, himself a clone, is more interesting than the lead character from the first novel. He has a much more complex personality. He doesn't quite know who or what he is and that tension adds interest, as opposed to the more assured, older character we've already seen. The book seems to embrace human agency, even if that agency is limited by the fact that one might just happen to be a clone.

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7626dee
Dec 03, 2018

Good second book in the series. Weak science but good plot and writing, makes clones rather lovable even if their job is killing and being killed. The evil all powerful government is always good grist for the writers.

sit_walk Jun 11, 2018

I thought this was a deeper, richer book even than the first in this series (which was itself pretty magnificent)! Great military sci-fi with a poignant human undertow.

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 31, 2017

Great futuristic technothriller a la Clancy, Deighton & la Carre on vulnerability of key equipment & cloning a traitor on why he did it.

KateHillier Oct 23, 2015

Writing sequels is hard, I get that. Especially when your first book is something as awesome as "Old Man's War." But I just didn't enjoy this one as much. Not that I didn't like it at all, far from it, but it just wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first.

We've left John behind to follow the Ghost Brigades, specifically one particular and special one. He raises a whole heck of ethical problems in his 'birth' which are very interesting and we get to see more of the world outside of what we got in the first one. Maybe I just didn't click with the characters as much this time. Or maybe just not the right ones. But it's overall still a fast paced book with a wonderful amount of humour even in the moral quandaries and warzones.

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pinky0203
Oct 06, 2013

This is a great sequel to Old Man's War. We get to follow the development of the key character, Jared Dirac, from his awakening to his end. He experiences love, loss, friendship, enemies and sacrifice. I find myself wishing that part of it had ended differently because you get involved in the character. I hope the writer will continue with more stories of his future universe. I would like to find out about some of the other races he's created and their stories as well as more about the "human" soldiers. I find it an intriguing idea that the soldiers are people who have lived a full life before they become soldiers.

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Lynxwyze
Jun 19, 2013

Highly recommended! Interesting tech ideas, great characters, and a good sense of humor along with a ripping good science fiction adventure.

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eascu
Nov 05, 2011

This is a great series. Read them.

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Pipe
Oct 21, 2010

This is a great story - very readable, very entertaining. Not a great writer, but a great sci-fi storyteller. Worth the read. It's best to read the series in order - Old Man's War is also a great read, and a little different from standard sci-fi. Scalzi does well in attempting to explain the science behind the fiction, rather than dismissing it as some mystical or magical concept that the reader doesn't need explained.

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darkpedal
May 08, 2007

Fantastic book. Lots of action and interesting ideas. It's a quick read. Science Fiction at it's best.


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