The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

Paperback - 2006
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When humanity is threatened by an alliance of three adversarial races who would halt the world's expansion into space, Jared Dirac, a super-power clone, tries to discover why the scientist who gave him his DNA has revealed key military secrets.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765354068
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Harris, John 1948 July 29-- Illustrator


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JessicaGma Apr 03, 2019

Fan-freaking-tastic! I loved Old Man's War but this was a great follow-up in a different vein, with very compelling characters and the mystery as to what the three alien races are up to....It deals with serious topics with just enough humour that the story doesn't get bogged down. Read this, and then all the rest of his books

IndyPL_JordanH Jan 25, 2019

This second book in the Old Man's War series has a tighter and more intricate plot than the first novel. With mystery and thriller elements, The Ghost Brigades seems less interested in wowing us with the physical powers of the character's genetically altered bodies. The protagonist, himself a clone, is more interesting than the lead character from the first novel. He has a much more complex personality. He doesn't quite know who or what he is and that tension adds interest, as opposed to the more assured, older character we've already seen. The book seems to embrace human agency, even if that agency is limited by the fact that one might just happen to be a clone.

Dec 03, 2018

Good second book in the series. Weak science but good plot and writing, makes clones rather lovable even if their job is killing and being killed. The evil all powerful government is always good grist for the writers.

sit_walk Jun 11, 2018

I thought this was a deeper, richer book even than the first in this series (which was itself pretty magnificent)! Great military sci-fi with a poignant human undertow.

VaughanPLErin Nov 13, 2017

I hadn't read any other books in the Old Man's War series when I picked this up. I wasn't even aware that it was part of a series at the time. I recommend this book even if you don't feel like getting invested in the whole series, because it's a fantastic read all on its own. This book was my introduction to John Scalzi's writing, and I think that it showcases him at his best.

You'll find this book especially interesting if you like science fiction that explores psychological questions. What would it be like for the human mind to be connected to a hive-mind from birth? What if that mind had also been cloned from somebody else's? How would such a person see the world, and themselves?

Sure, the book is also packed with action and impossible to put down, but I think Scalzi's real strength as a writer is in the way he delves deep into questions about the human mind and personal identity.

Mar 31, 2017

Great futuristic technothriller a la Clancy, Deighton & la Carre on vulnerability of key equipment & cloning a traitor on why he did it.

KateHillier Oct 23, 2015

Writing sequels is hard, I get that. Especially when your first book is something as awesome as "Old Man's War." But I just didn't enjoy this one as much. Not that I didn't like it at all, far from it, but it just wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first.

We've left John behind to follow the Ghost Brigades, specifically one particular and special one. He raises a whole heck of ethical problems in his 'birth' which are very interesting and we get to see more of the world outside of what we got in the first one. Maybe I just didn't click with the characters as much this time. Or maybe just not the right ones. But it's overall still a fast paced book with a wonderful amount of humour even in the moral quandaries and warzones.

Oct 06, 2013

This is a great sequel to Old Man's War. We get to follow the development of the key character, Jared Dirac, from his awakening to his end. He experiences love, loss, friendship, enemies and sacrifice. I find myself wishing that part of it had ended differently because you get involved in the character. I hope the writer will continue with more stories of his future universe. I would like to find out about some of the other races he's created and their stories as well as more about the "human" soldiers. I find it an intriguing idea that the soldiers are people who have lived a full life before they become soldiers.

Jun 19, 2013

Highly recommended! Interesting tech ideas, great characters, and a good sense of humor along with a ripping good science fiction adventure.

Nov 05, 2011

This is a great series. Read them.

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