Ghost Brigades gives us a look inside the colonial Special Forces, which are mentioned in the previous books, but the details are vague - kind of the way the people in the books see them.
This time we get to see what it's like to be born full grown and trained to be a super solider. From the inside.
I called is smart sci-fi light because it does deal with a big philosophical issue, which is what science fiction is best at. But it doesn't get too preachy and takes a practical approach to the issue. That issue is "What makes us who we are?"
The characters are good, and we get to see Jane again, though she doesn't have a huge amount of page time.
I recommend the book to anyone, though I'd recommend starting with Old Man's War if you have already read it.
I was pretty disappointed that this book didn't even include the main character of the 1st book.
Overall I thought this was a slow and boring story and I just did not feel any connection to the characters. Not really sure if I will bother with the 3rd book.
Loved It. As good as Old Man's War and a perfect 2nd in the series.Scalzi is my new favorite SciFi author & this series is my new fave series. I had a real problem getting out of my car when i was listening! As with any story, there were a couple quirky moments that i would groan over, but for the most part Scalzi put together a compelling story with fantastic aliens, concepts & characters.William Dufris wouldn't have been my first choice but he grows on you. he does a fabulous job at isolating individual charaters, voices & timbres.I highly recommed this book and it's series.
Be sure to listen to the first book in the series (Old Man's War) before this one, otherwise you'll be a little lost. I liked the first book a little better - but this one had some good twists and kept things interesting. Also liked the story line with the alien prisoner.
No, not again. Great story, but something would have to be mind blowing for me to listen again.
The character development was very good.
Dead pan deliveries.
Not really. But the motivations of the traitor Butan (sic?) left me surprisingly conflicted. For 90% of it you think this guy is the devil. Then he is painted in a way that makes you wonder if he might be right.
Is it possible that the story line could get better? At first, I missed the main character from the first book, but soon I was really invested in this new guy. Of course there were many character ties to the first... there would have to be... but for the most part this book could stand on its own and still be great.
Fun, engaging, and even thought provoking. Scalzi writes as a combination of scientist and existentialist philosopher. He writes strong characters with interesting personalities, and makes the story engaging through character development, even more so than event development.
Some people have complained about Scalzi's use of "he/she said." in basic dialogue construction. I have had this complaint in other books, particularly the later books in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber. I have no such complaint about this book. The performance was very good, so good that I did not once notice a "he/she said" standing out.
Simply a fun and interesting read. I've never come out of a fiction book wanting to be a vegan before. Read and find out what I mean.
fun, exciting, interesting
Jared Dirac was my favorite, but mostly because he was the main character. Everyone in Scalzi's books is expendable, so you can't get too attached to the characters. Instead, you get awed by the action, the technology, the fresh concepts...
it's right in line with the excellent job he did on Old Man's War. His voice is well suited for this type of book.
the ending was great.
After reading the reviews, I decided to give this one a try, I was rather disappointed overall with the writer and the book. I did not care for the writer's style, and the storyline seemed disjointed, didn't flow well in my opinion. I don't think I'll try any of his other books.