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
"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)
I really tried to give it every chance. I listened to it for 3 ½ hours hoping that may be it was just one of those books that was slow getting started, BUT really now, this story went into far too much detail about every little thing that did not even matter. I will have to rate this one as, “REALLY REALLY SUPPER BORING”.
Yes, its a great book
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.
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
I very much enjoy the Old Man's War series. It's a gleeful stomping of any trace of political correctness in regard to violence. Not really gratuitous, but unrepentantly raw and continuous. And yet somehow, Scalzi manages to insert a solid morale tale into the bloodbath.
I will say though, that some of the emotional connection development between characters can feel like being spoon fed straight saccharin. I'd rather be left to build some of my own inferences without several Nelsonian last words proclamations of love.
This was such a struggle to finish. It's not a true sequel, and the plot is thin. There is no substance or value in this book. Reader be warned.
This was fun sf. I would say that Mr. Scalzi is a good storyteller, but is a bit weaker as a wordsmith. All in all as pleasant as Old Mans War, with a bit more existential angst and life lessons.
This would absolutely be the cutting edge had I read it upon its original release. Even years later it's timely and the science makes sense. Scalzi does and excellent job balancing out multiple stories and threads weaving them into a truly thought provoking novel. It's politically, theologically, and militarily engaging. Over all.... Excellent, imaginative science fiction that compels you to continue the series. (Although I don't know how he will pivot to his next book... I assume it will be quite interesting)
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