Though labeled a sequel to Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades is very much a While it expands upon ideas introduced in the earlier novel, John Scalzi. Rather than continue the story of John Perry, year-old recruit to the Colonial Defense Forces, The Ghost Brigades shifts focus to the. The Ghost Brigades is the second book in the Old Man’s War series. The Ghost Brigades are the Special The Ghost Brigades cover. Book. Author, John Scalzi.

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The self discovery of a transferred consciousness into a new body is also not as novel as it was.

I really like John Scalzi’s writing. Apr 11, Kevin Kelsey rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes the CDF needs better, fiercer soldiers.

Boutin is a genius CDF military scientist who knows all their secrets and who should be dead. It sounds cool, until you actually think about it.

Scalzi is extremely popular, and rightly so. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi 2.

The Ghost Brigades

It’s something I’m seeing a lot of in SF, and it’s interesting how differently it’s handled. It just had a little help. It is not a simple continuation of the story.

Jun 30, Algernon rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe he’ll revisit it in 20 years with a rewrite? This book is no different. Maybe too much narrative and dialogue and not enough storyline. There’s a part toward the end where they “don’t” talk about secretive matters that just made ghlst eyes roll. Besides, other than whole idea of downloading people into genetically enhanced bodies, my overall story was about a man realizing that his own kind were corrupt and that he should join the other side to find peace and happiness.


The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War, #2) by John Scalzi

At its heart it’s a coming-of-age story. Well, emerge it does, gradually shades of A Scanner Darklyand when the extent of Boutin’s treachery becomes known, it’s clear there will be some difficult choices required to stop him.

While the main character has an intriguing set-up as a decanted member of the Ghost Brigade, he fails to develop much of an identity–even other characters describe him as ‘passive.

Could you hit the button for the top floor, please? This universe is a hostile place and these upgrades are the bare minimum the CDF can give them just to hold their own. It’s got science, humour, military sscalzi, unexpected ally and.

Funny how that will make a person creative,:: Old Man’s War 2.

On a separate table lay a collection of heads, skulls sawed open to extract the brains. But this is such a minor factor that it doesn’t in any meaningful way affect the novel’s success or sabotage its goals. The Special Forces naming protocol is a random first name and then a last name of a scientist. The clone, Jared Dirac, becomes a major character in the book.

So the new soldier becomes a regular grunt in the Ghost Brigades, given the name Jared Dirac and assigned to a platoon commanded by Jane Sagan who figured prominently in War.

SF : The Ghost Brigades / John Scalzi ★★★★

There is a mad scientist who turns traitor and likes to monologue his plans to our hero. Whoever wrote it went, “well, I know Stephen King writes lots of stuff Imagine are grown-up kids with guns and range of abilities that make you question their humanity.


I liked the way it was done here, with the new ghoat not ‘taking’ because of the lack of experiences, and that the whole process resulted in someone subtly different.

Aug 01, Krbo rated it liked it. Fear is rooted in the knowledge that what you recognize as yourself can cease to exist. You know how it is.

He’s turned over to the Special Forces — the Ghost Brigades — and proves to be a good soldier, but as time goes on, more and more of Boutin’s memories return, until what emerges is a hybrid of who Jared Dirac is and who Charles Boutin was. The lack of deeper reflection stems from the fact that they are only a tool to used to emphasise and justify the plot. I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read, and a heartening example of an author taking on a more ambitious novel than his prevous ones and becoming a better novelist in the process.

Sadly, the plot was predictable and I could see where things will go already towards the end of part I. Mr Scalzi did a very good job in showing how in spite of being theoretically mature, the Scakzi Forces soldiers retain certain juvenile characteristics.