War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.
Forever Peace is a riveting portrayal of the effects of collective consciousness, and it offers some tantalizing revelations. Narrator George Wilson's skillful performance weaves together the elements of futuristic technology with the drama of a trained soldier reconciling basic human needs.
©1997 Joe Haldeman; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"At once a hard science, military, and political thriller, this book presents a thoughtful and hopeful solution to ending war in the 21st century. Essential for sf collections." (Library Journal)
The ending is just too deus ex machina.
I found the narration too american. It was a slow southern accent that kinda got on my nerves.
The general ideas around 'jacking' was good.
In terms of sheer writing skill, and the ability to portray the raw tragedy, loneliness, and emptiness of being a soldier, Joe Haldeman is without equal. This book is melancholy, depressing, and despairing. It is not, however, as good as The Forever War, and in fact has no relation to that epochal work.
Working my way through Nebula award winners - finnished Hugos last month.
The story line is interesting - it is nothing like Forever War. I liked the concept of the infantry fighting remotely from the battle and the idea of linked minds in combat units. I did not by the next step. Not a a bad book - just expected more.
not a lot
ok book, but not up to the quality that Haldeman is capable of.
I have always enjoyed Haldeman's work. But this book's plot and characters were pretty thin. Read Forever War or some of his other works, but don't judge him based on this one.
I'm completely befuddled, not only by the inane, pointless drivel this author calls a plot but by how the publisher could ever have thought anyone could stomach this rambling, boring, absolutely irredeemable mess of a book. If you're looking for entertaining sci-fi, steer very, very wide. There is absolutely nothing worth listening to here.
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