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 Ghost Brigades

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Scali. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. To prevail, the CDF must find out why Boutin did what he did.

But when the memory transplant appears to fail, Jared is given to the Ghost Brigades. As Jared desperately hunts for his “father,” he must also come to grips with his own choices.

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

Time is running out: Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Tor Books first published March Old Man’s War 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bfigades ask other readers questions about The Ghost Brigadesbrlgades sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 23, Kemper rated it really liked it Shelves: Could you hit the button for the top floor, please? My friends call me King of the World! You look kind of familiar. You should check them out.

The story revolves around soldiers having their consciousnesses downloaded into genetically enhanced bodies so they can fight wars on distant planets. I use that to bring up questions about the ojhn of colonization.

Well, that does sound pretty good.

Now that I think about it, that sounds kind of similar to your movie Avatar. Of course, my genetically enhanced bodies are green and yours were blue so I guess that makes all the difference, right?

They came out a few years before you filmed Avatar. Probably about the time you were brainstorming ideas for the movie. Maybe even writing the script? You know how it is. Hell, Tarantino has made a whole career out of that. Oh, so now you think you did read my books? But even if I. No, my book was not in written in hi-def 3D. 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.


I think you got that from Dances With Wolves. This is the longest elevator ride off my life. Oh, I never hit the button for your floor. Can I go now, please? Can I have a job writing your next movie? Pleasure doing business with you, King of the World. View all 37 comments.

Nov 01, Lyn rated it really liked it. Scalzi has demonstrated an adept ability to tell a serious story and have fun with it while still not taking himself too seriously, yet at the same time not devolving into absurdity or farcical space opera. The Ghost Brigades reveals this talent perhaps better than any other of his books. The Special Forces naming protocol is a random first name and then a last name of a scientist.

Supposedly random, but is it?

This is a cool science fiction novel that has jogn of murder mystery and James Bond. There is a mad scientist who turns traitor and likes to monologue his plans to our hero. Eight, eight I forget what eight was for but 9. The Consu, by far the most advanced alien race and they engage in cultural redistribution on a galactic scale. Consciousness transfer, somewhere Poul Anderson is grinning. Maybe too much narrative and dialogue and not enough storyline.

Scalzi fails, maybe does not even try to channel Robert A. View all 13 comments. Feb 09, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: I really liked his childlike outlook. I wonder if it is even shyness and more about wanting that identification and empathy that was so successfully accomplished in that tricky-clever first chapter.

I had my issues, but this is a good book. I liked it and will read more of this absorbing series. Jared unsheathed his combat knife and approached the thing that Sarah Pauling had died for. She was strapped to a gurney and she wriggled and cried for her mother, and she would die alone and frightened, and far away from anyone that ever loved her. I think I might have been able to handle this in other circumstances, if it came in another sort of story – although honestly it hits me right in my perhaps one tender spot, the one that can’t deal with graphic depictions of child abuse.

I could perhaps have handled it then. I want them all to die. View all 19 comments. Jan 31, Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it Shelves: Because that’s what it was. It just had a little help. Scalzi is extremely popular, and rightly so. His military Science Fiction stories are tautly plotted and fairly lean, which means you can read them quickly.


Yet, they also deal with interesting concepts and there is some good solid science involved. Scalzi also introduces some welcome humour into his novels.

That said, this is Military Sci-Fi so things can get pretty serious too… Limbs in various states of processing lay stacked on tables. On a separate table lay a collection of heads, skulls sawed open to extract the brains.

Discarded heads rested in another barrel next to the table. As opposed to the regular military, these soldiers take the war behind enemy lines. Expect lots of secrecy and ops so black your fingers will come off the page dirty. Also contains an interesting argument about the collective personality, or consciousness, of a culture species as opposed to the individual. Last but not least: I wasn’t really thinking about it,:: I just didn’t want to die Funny how that will make a person creative,:: Recommended – for readers who want to complete their Military Sci-Fi collection.

View all 3 comments. Nov 19, seak rated it liked it Shelves: A secret is discovered and war is looming. Former enemies are allied against the Colonial Union and it’s up to the Special Forces, the Ghost Brigades, to stop them. They only take the dirtiest jobs and this is no exception.

svalzi The Ghost Brigades deals almost exclusively with the Special Forces who have been nicknamed the Ghost Brigades on account of their entire Forces using the bodies of people who did not enter the militar Warning: The Ghost Brigades deals almost exclusively with the Special Forces who have been nicknamed the Ghost Brigades on account of their entire Forces using the bodies of people who did not enter the military, but for whom a clone body was created, for new consciences.

Two things stand out right away. One, there’s no first-person narrative here and two, John Perry our protagonist from OMW is nowhere in sight. In fact, he’s mentioned in passing about once or twice, but that’s it. Other than that, The Ghost Brigades is a typical Scalzi effort – a fast pace, some witty and non-witty banter, and cool concepts that keep the pages brifades.

OMW really hit the spot when I read it a number of years ago, the surprise at what these elderly folks were getting themselves into when they signed up for the military at the end of their lives was a great one and the action was non-stop for the rest of the book.