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The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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The story revolves around the search for a traitorous scientist, Charles Boutin, who helped developed the Brain Pal technology and the ability to store and relocate a person's consciousness (or, depending on your point of view, their soul). Jared Dirac is a newly created clone (with enhancements) of this person, and an attempt is made to load Dirac's brain with a copy Boutin's consciousness in an effort to find out why Boutin became a traitor and where he might have gone. This attempt apparently doesn't work, and Dirac is placed with a Special Forces squad led by Jane. Dirac's development as a person is the main focus of the work from this point on.
The book starts well, with an action-oriented opening chapter that grabs, but then the next fifty pages drag somewhat, as Scalzi sets up the scenario for the rest of the book and explains the technology and military situation.Read more ›
Make sure you read OMW first. It comes first sequentially, but is also a much better book. While Ghost Brigades uses the same recipe as the first book, it uses inferior ingredients in cooking up a similar piece of fiction.
The protagonist from OMW (John Perry) is missing from this book. The other characters from OMW that DO appear in the sequel are flat. Jane Sagan, who should have a great deal more depth and empathy than anyone else in the Special Forces, is completely superfluous to the story [anyone could have replaced her as the SF commander]. She is not developed one iota from the first book, and appears to have actually flattened in the interim.
Harry Wilson returns in what could have been a great supporting role, but is made completely unnecessary by a scientist called Cainen.
The "mystery" inherent to the story suffers from at least one major plot-hole: no one ever reads the suspect's personnel file. The characters involved ALL have the highest level of clearances, including two generals, one colonel, and a military intelligence officer (Sagan), among others. They live in a world in which the internet more-or-less exists inside everyone's head. Files can be downloaded and read almost instantaneously. While trying to deduce the villain's motivations, it simply never occurs to them to access his file.Read more ›
It's been a long time since I sat down with a new book and read it from beginning to end, probably since Rosenberg's 'Paladins.' Thanks very much, Mr. Scalzi.
The story is excellent and introduces several major new characters, some of whom will continue into one or more of the following stories.
These books by John Scalzi have brought me back to reading science fiction, after several decades away. Scalzi's style of writing is very reminiscent of Robert Heinlein, and since Heinlein was my favorite author as a youth, I've found myself quickly drawn to these stories. I'm working my way through the series and coming to them late, as I have, has been beneficial since I'm able to read them one after the other, without waiting for each to come along. I'll be through the five existing books well in advance of the publication of the sixth later this year.
Books in the 'Old Man's War' series, to date:
Book 1: Old Man's War (2005)
Book 2: The Ghost Brigades (2006)
Book 3: The Last Colony (2007)
Book 4: ...Read more ›
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I like it because it wasn't about John & Jane except for the ending. Now I am worried about book 3 especially with Zoe in the middle. Cainen was fantastic. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Echo
The Ghost Brigade, 2nd platoon really shows the interesting part of growing adult children with Brains Nepal computers. Read morePublished 6 days ago by science lord
A thought-provoking read. Not just because of the concepts of consciousness transfer, and soldiers being bred and born into slavery. Read morePublished 19 days ago
An engrossing follow-up to "Old Man's War," in which humans enlist at age 75 in order to receive new and improved bodies in exchange for fighting aliens on other planets.Published 26 days ago by C. Schnaubelt
Not as good a read as OMW, still, the spirit of the first book was felt.Published 28 days ago by John Ogden
I am a hard core scifi reader and as a habit read in bed before I go to sleep every night. Been doing this for 45 years now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill DeFelice