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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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    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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Ryan United States 01-16-13
    Ryan United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Blah blah filler"
    Would you try another book from John Scalzi and/or William Dufris?

    I'll try...


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Too much blah blah dialogue. Clique plot. Simple characters.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was Ok' "he said, she said, he said, she said, he said, she said"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, your not missing much but not reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    A real let down, Old Mans war was funny, original, exciting, full of surprises.
    Its sequel was dull, bland, and at times obnoxious.

    3 of 5 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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    Linda Lang 06-11-17
    Linda Lang 06-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Even better than the first book."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The performance was pretty good but the story was fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blake 05-31-17
    Blake 05-31-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    Really enjoy how Scalzi weaves his stories together. But would suggest to listen to first book in series first

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    JustinD 05-30-17
    JustinD 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "ok."

    it was alright. not a huge fan of the readers voice for this story, but he still did a great job. the story is also not one of john scalzis best in my opinion

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    Rick Deckard 05-27-17
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    "solid novel"

    I do wish the different species were more developed and fleshed out. look to Iain Banks or V Vinge for what this story would have been like with chapters from the obin ( even them, if Vinge can do spiders..) and the Eneshan ( other than ch 1 and the one recurring character).
    But, this held my interest, Scalzi is very good in his own right. I look forward to continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Johnson 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, but not blown away"

    The basis of the book is good, sometimes I struggled through it. I'm not quite sure what turned me off, but it wasn't as good as the first

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    jesse alexander 05-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "onto the next one"

    liked the first one more than this, i wanted Perry to be in this book, but still quite good. i guess i have to keep going now, in too deep to abandon the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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