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)
Great narrator / reader. Story outstanding, with exception of a few too many near impossibilities at the tactical combat level. I know, i know....it's science fiction; but believability is still key. (Granted, I may be overly analytical about the tactical stuff, after many many years with the Army).
Light years away...
William Dufris. Luke Daniels has been a long time favorite of mine, but damn you William, you can put emotion into this like a boss. Kicked my ass when he did (spoiler alert) the Zoey voice. I'm not even done listening to the book right now and I'm writing this.
Emotion. The voices are quite clear in distinction that there is no issue in differentiating between characters, but to add the emotion he does is just awesome.
At times, he does a voice that reminds me of Patrick Warburton, so I picture his skull saying things and it makes it even better at times.
Meh, There are points here and there that I am fine stopping at till my next listen, but there are times where I'd sit in my car for an extra five minutes, or volunteer to do the dishes so I could have my headphones in and listen to the book just to finish the current scene.
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Note to the reader, this is a separate story from the Old Mans War book, so no Perry.
This book has a slow start and initially is more of a science experiment in the world than anything else. Having said that once it gets going it really ramps up and it leaves you with a tale that puts out a showing worthy of a sequel to Old Man's War. Buy this one.
This was a nice telling of the story from a different character's point of view. I am not a huge military sci fi fan, but I really enjoyed this book as I had with the first of the series.
I probably won't continue the series if this is what it's going to be like. Uninteresting bland characters with similar voices, not a compelling plot-line. Serves as an obvious bridge to an expanding universe so as to facilitate more books in the same universe?
Introduce some sort of surprise element in any facet, unexpected Race, character, anything.
It's all a blur.
It inspired me to abandon the Old Man's War universe.
Old Man's Universe was a very clever book but I dont know if it provides enough of a universe to support so many sequels.
This story follows Jane Sagen that was introduced in Old Mans War. Although she is not the main character. Near the end of the story we get an interesting "outside" perspective of the colonial union that is actually more interesting of a plot point than this one. This book definitely feels like a second, slower, act of a play. To be honest it's not that interesting overall. Some small action parts are dispersed to keep you listening from an overall melancholy story. Not Scalzi's best. "The Androids Dream" was thoroughly entertaining however.
This was not as good as the first book and was a bit corny. If you are interested in this type of story, it wasn't too bad. Think I may try the next in the series after trying another author.
He said, she said, it said.
Otherwise I really enjoyed the book.
Worth the credit but I can't take any more of the "said" narration in this series.
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