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The Ghost Brigades | [John Scalzi]

The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.
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Publisher's Summary

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

For the universe is a dangerous place for humanity - and it's about to become far more dangerous. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. Their linchpin: the turncoat military scientist Charles Boutin, who knows the CDF's biggest military secrets. To prevail, the CDF most find out why Boutin did what he did.

Jared Dirac is the only human who can provide answers - a superhuman hybrid, created from Boutin's DNA, whose brain is uniquely able to access Boutin's electronic memories. But when the memory transplant appears to fail, Jared is given over to the Ghost Brigades.

Jared begins as one of these perfect soldiers, but as memories begin to surface, he begins to intuit the reason's for Boutin's betrayal.

As Jared desperately hunts for his "father", he must also come to grips with his own choices. Time is running out: the alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity's mere military defeat.

©2006 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Solid....[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12
    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12
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    "As great as book one, much more in depth on tech"
    Would you listen to The Ghost Brigades again? Why?

    Yes, its a great book


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book as much as book 1. Books 3-4 are the same story but from different points of view and its not a great story at that. This story is great and it throws you right into the heart of the CDF's best technology and explains it all from the inside out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave PUEBLO, CO, USA 09-21-08
    Dave PUEBLO, CO, USA 09-21-08
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    "Looking for a Few Good Men..."

    ...and Woman to "Switch" bodies, fight random wars around the universe and engage in extremely casual sex with multiple partners. Drawbacks? well only if you call getting a beat down by your dead wife who does not recognize you a drawback.

    kept me on my toes and enthralled from beginning to end. This is the kind of book that I wish I could erase from my brain so I could enjoy it for the first time again.

    No skips in audio file, no hiss and medium bit rate as normal with Audible. overall very good recording.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-30-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "The Universe is a Scary Place"
    If you could sum up The Ghost Brigades in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done.


    What other book might you compare The Ghost Brigades to and why?

    It fits in nicely with Old Man's War and the Last Colony. I grew to really like the characters and enjoyed learning more about them and their goals for protecting humanity. The issues, both social and political, were interesting to think about. Like all good science fiction, it combined thought provoking situations with pure entertainment. Scalzi is very much a traditionalist but the modern spin on the issues and technology make it a very enjoyable experience. Which for me is the point after all...


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

    Really well done. I am always amazed by how the really good narrators can distinguish characters without affecting an over the top accent, which for me, would define over acting. Dufris does a very good job. I enjoyed it tremendously.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I could see this book being made into a movie. It has interior action that could be translated to a movie. Maybe ... "the Universe is a Scary Place"....this question seems to come up a lot in these reviews and honestly I think movie and books are so different, and they are rarely converted from one medium to another well.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure why I didn't read Scalzi before, but better late than never. He is a good author, clever in the fact that he saves some ideas for later books and story archs. These are not densely packed books but they combine action, philosophy, social commentary and politics in a way that make it enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend this to any fan of traditional Science Fiction who wants to spend a month with characters in 3 books (Old Man's Ware, Ghost Brigade, Last Colony) that they will become fond of. I know I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 11-20-13
    AJ Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 11-20-13
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    "Creative tale, Excellent performance"

    This book continues the story started in Old Man's War focusing on the Special Forces in general and Jane Sagan in particular. Just as I thought I'd had enough of the tale, it kept evolving to develop the universe and personalities in much greater depth. While so many science fiction stories about humanity's expansion into the universe revolve around the same basic themes, this series is wholly different. There is limitless variety of species / races. Humans come in all the real varieties, not just good guys. I haven't enjoyed a story in this arena so much since the Ender's Game series. I will most certainly finish the entire series and probably look for more from John Scalzi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-26-13
    Jakub Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 10-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Like historical fiction, apocalyptic and post apocalyptic genre, some horror and sci-fi and the occasional main-stream thriller.

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    "Wow, what a letdown..."

    I gave Old Man's War 5 starts all around. I loved the first book, it was one of the best sci-fi's I've read. I was very much looking forward to the next book in anticipation of much of the same. Witty and funny John Perry is gone to be replaced by a Jared Dirac, character so uninteresting it was painful. What a disappointment. Boring, dragged out story with a nearly complete absence of humor and the imagination of the first book. The only reason I might purchase book 3 is because John Perry is back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 09-03-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 09-03-13

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    What did you love best about The Ghost Brigades?

    It was an interesting concept - Scalzi always makes you think and this book is no exception.


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

    Like his reading - he suits the style of writing and the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The concept is good - but found it hard to connect to the main characters


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to Old man's War, which admittedly is a tough act to follow, the book disappointed. It is still a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reid St. Simons Island, GA, United States 08-21-13
    Reid St. Simons Island, GA, United States 08-21-13
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    "Good but not great"

    As usual, Scalzi provides a narrative with many unexpected but believable twists. His characters are well-developed and fleshed out. I found myself caring about the characters and their fates. The narration by Dufris is remarkable, with emotion and personality that really brings the book to life. I often find myself wincing at the sound of a male narrator trying to voice a female character, but Dufris is able to do this acceptably and the female characters' voices are tolerable.

    The reason I rated this 4 stars rather than 5 is that I found the previous book in the series, "Old Man's War," to be more enjoyable. This book at times fell into a droning and somewhat boring series of dull conversations between characters, with little advancing of the storyline. To me it is like Scalzi is trying to pad the narrative in order to meet a publisher's demand for a certain number of pages. There is such a thing as too much information when it is extraneous to the story.

    That having been said, overall I did enjoy the story and would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 08-08-13
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2009

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Seriously...how do people think this up?"

    Book to of the ‘Old Man’s War’ series brings another view to the world of the CDF and takes us into the life of the CDF Special forces AKA “The Ghost Brigade”. The cast of characters are a few old faces but mostly new ones, and is well written with enough background to read stand along or as the next in the series. The characters are likable and the story really focuses in on the humanity of the characters and really makes you connect with them. Along with that is enough action and futuristic tech to make you think “who the F comes up with this stuff?”. Some of it is just crazy. Highly recommended for the sci-fi lover.

    The performance is for this book as well. Mr Dufris' range of characters really brings them to life and makes the connection with them all that much stronger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katya A new york 06-01-13
    Katya A new york 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good sequel"

    Not as good as the first book in series but quite entertaining still.
    Interesting plot. Few really good twists. Well written. Well narrated.
    High hopes for the next one in 'OMW' series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-25-13
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    "Old Man's War from a different point of view"

    This book takes a deeper dive into what it would be like to be cloned special forces marine who has the body and knowledge of an adult while having the emotional growth of a child.

    I liked this story more than Old Man’s War, but rate them the same as they really do go together even though they do not contain many of the same characters. It is also narrated by William Dufris who continues to turn-in fantastic performances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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