The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

eBook - 2006 | First Mass Market edition.
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The members of the Ghost Brigades, made up of perfect soldiers created from the DNA of the dead, band together to protect the future of humanity when three alien races vow to stop humans' expansion into space.
Publisher: ©2006
New York :, Tom Doherty Associates,, [2007, 2006]
Edition: First Mass Market edition.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781429914727
Characteristics: 1 online resource (374 pages)
Summary: The members of the Ghost Brigades, made up of perfect soldiers created from the DNA of the dead, band together to protect the future of humanity when three alien races vow to stop humans' expansion into space.


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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.

VaughanPLErin Nov 13, 2017

I hadn't read any other books in the Old Man's War series when I picked this up. I wasn't even aware that it was part of a series at the time. I recommend this book even if you don't feel like getting invested in the whole series, because it's a fantastic read all on its own. This book was my introduction to John Scalzi's writing, and I think that it showcases him at his best.

You'll find this book especially interesting if you like science fiction that explores psychological questions. What would it be like for the human mind to be connected to a hive-mind from birth? What if that mind had also been cloned from somebody else's? How would such a person see the world, and themselves?

Sure, the book is also packed with action and impossible to put down, but I think Scalzi's real strength as a writer is in the way he delves deep into questions about the human mind and personal identity.

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.

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.

Jun 19, 2013

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

Nov 05, 2011

This is a great series. Read them.

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.

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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