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The Ghost Brigades Audiobook

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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    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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    Ryan 02-02-16
    Ryan 02-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A 3 star follow up"
    Any additional comments?

    It was good, and worth it if you're interested in finding out more of the story. But if this was the first of the series I wouldn't have continued. Lacked the spark that the first novel had. A reasonably good performance all around

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    Tguess1 01-24-16
    Tguess1 01-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A excellent Sci Fi series"

    It is apparent that Mr Scalzi is a fan of Robert Heinlein and other 1950/60's authors. Like Heinlein Scalzi gives a subtle physics and math lesson with every book.
    The characters are well built and carried throughout the series.

    I just happened on the first book and was hooked. It may be that the hero is just a little bit older than me and I identify with the feelings.

    You can't read/listen to just one.

    The narration is very good.

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    Mark Haverhill, MA, USA 01-16-16
    Mark Haverhill, MA, USA 01-16-16 Member Since 2004
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    "not as good as the original, but not bad"

    follow-up to Old Man's War, a bit contrived, but hey, it is sci Fi after all. narration is a bit weak. too melodramatic for my tastes. that being said, I will read book 3.

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    dale johnson 01-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen"

    great continuation of the Old Man's Man universe. even better than the first book. Scalzi has gotten better as a writer with each book. exciting military stuff, wonderfully inventive, great characters and some interesting philosophical discussions along the way. Ultimately a book about what makes a human!

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    Barry 12-19-15
    Barry 12-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Sadly, not Old Man's War"

    If you expect an energetic, action packed sequel, you'll be disappointed. GB is however a very cerebral story. If that's what you like, this story is for you. Very well narrated though.

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    Amazon Customer 11-19-15
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    "Very Good Story"

    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).

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    C 11-16-15
    C 11-16-15
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    "Damn you William Dufris"
    Where does The Ghost Brigades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Light years away...


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    comments comments comments. 3 additional comments, wait, now there are 4.

    Note to the reader, this is a separate story from the Old Mans War book, so no Perry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 10-30-15
    G. Parish 10-30-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Solid second entry in the series"

    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.

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    Woodscraps 10-17-15
    Woodscraps 10-17-15
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    "Pretty Darn Good"

    Dufris gives an excellent performance, the book has alot going for it, with adequate twists and turns to satisfy a listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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