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The Ghost Brigades Audiobook

The Ghost Brigades

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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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    herminia 01-09-15
    herminia 01-09-15
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    "Really disapointed"
    What disappointed you about The Ghost Brigades?

    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”.
    Hermin


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12
    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2013
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 09-13-12
    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Fun romp, but has some cloying overemotionalizing"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-14-08
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-14-08 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT!!!"

    Great book!! As good as OMW!! Was waiting so long for this to come out in AB form!!

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Cj 09-13-16
    Cj 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "really enjoyed."

    Picked up right after Old Mans War. Hope the third book is just as good.

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    Neal 09-08-16
    Neal 09-08-16
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    "Excellent"

    A thoughtful, violent, peaceful..contradiction that works well. Narration is excellent, storyline in this series compelling. Looking forward to my next credits.

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    Temel 09-05-16
    Temel 09-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Elegant story telling and well developed characters."

    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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    Marie 09-03-16
    Marie 09-03-16
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    "Ghost Brigades"

    Excellent book.
    A great sequel. Riveting story
    Grabs you and won't let go
    Great performance by the reader on audio version.
    A must read after Old Mans war

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jdances nyob 06-27-16
    Jdances nyob 06-27-16 Member Since 2015

    bdancer

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    "Good old-fashioned sci-fi with a purpose!"

    Second book in the series, but stands on its own as a fun and adventurous sci-fi story that dares to comment on modern Western trappings. A worthy read, and an effective, spot-on, and emotional audio reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Giles Boulder, CO, USA 04-20-16
    Kristen Giles Boulder, CO, USA 04-20-16 Member Since 2011

    Kea Giles (Asmus)

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    "Another one you have to wade through at first"

    But then it does get better. But each time I wonder if I want to buy the next one in the series. I think the performance is good, but I've heard Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton and those were great. But I guess "old man's war" wouldn't go well with a young (relatively) man's voice

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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