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Forever Peace | [Joe Haldeman]

Forever Peace

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Drawing on his own war experiences, Vietnam veteran Joe Haldeman creates stunning works of science fiction. Forever Peace is not a sequel to his previous award-winning work, The Forever War, but it deals with similarly provocative issues. When it was published, Forever Peace was chosen as the Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. It also won the coveted Hugo Award.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1998
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1998

"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)

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    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
    Jan Heverlee, Belgium 12-07-11
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    "Too lazy to come up with a decent ending"
    What disappointed you about Forever Peace?

    The ending is just too deus ex machina.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

    Yes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narration too american. It was a slow southern accent that kinda got on my nerves.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The general ideas around 'jacking' was good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noah Bryan, TX, United States 08-25-10
    Noah Bryan, TX, United States 08-25-10
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    "Good, but not as good as The Forever War"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Interesting idea, little weak on execution"

    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.

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    bookouri 03-14-13
    bookouri 03-14-13
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    "not up to the standards one expects from Haldeman"
    Would you try another book from Joe Haldeman and/or George Wilson?

    yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Haldeman again?

    yes


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not a lot


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    ok book, but not up to the quality that Haldeman is capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren L. 06-29-09
    Darren L. 06-29-09
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    "Mystifying"

    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.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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