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)
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.
Too much blah blah dialogue. Clique plot. Simple characters.
Performance was Ok' "he said, she said, he said, she said, he said, she said"
Not really, your not missing much but not reading it.
A real let down, Old Mans war was funny, original, exciting, full of surprises.
Its sequel was dull, bland, and at times obnoxious.
Very good second entry in the well-regarded SF series. Though this book does not feature John Perry (protagonist of the first book), we get another fish out of water story following Special Forces member Jared Dirac. But unlike other Special Forces members (cloned from the DNA of Earthlings who never made it to space, and heavily augmented to be sleek warriors fully integrated mentally with their squads), Dirac was grown specifically to house the consciousness of a traitor in the hopes that the Colonial Defense Forces can figure out what plot is afoot against humanity. What follows is full of action and humor and humanity, as we have a vantage point into the minds of an alien scientist, Jane Sagan (from the first book), and Dirac (as he comes into the world an almost blank slate, develops his own personality, and then finds it being integrated with the consciousness of another). The universe Scalzi introduced us to in the first book is expanded and deepened, and I look forward to the next few entries to learn more.
Read a book out of order and going though the series. You can tell the author's skills improve with his story, but this just felt a bit blah compared to some of his other work.
I can't give enough credit to the pairing of John Scalzi and William Dufris. This is such an incredible entry in the Old Man's War series of books. Can't wait to start the next!
The first book was better. Jared and Sagan are good characters; the antagonist is a yawn. Not a whole lot that's new here, except a bit more detail about the GB. Story is a bit predictable, and characters are very much caricatures of standard military archetypes. Narration is good. Still I'm a Scalzi fan and this was passable.
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