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The Ghost Brigades [Paperback]

John Scalzi
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1 Feb 2008

They are the special wing of the Colonial Defence Forces, elite troops created from DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest operations. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity, as three hostile races combine to halt our further expansion into space. Their linchpin is a turncoat scientist, Charles Boutin, who unfortunately knows the CDF’s biggest military secrets. And to prevail against this alliance, they must find out why Boutin did what he did.

Jared Dirac is the only human able to provide answers, being a superhuman hybrid created form Boutin’s own DNA. Jared’s brain should therefore be able to access Boutin’s electronic memories . . . but when that appears to fail, Jared is instead passed on to the Ghost Brigades. Then, just as time is running out, Boutin’s memories slowly begin to surface within him . . . but all this while the enemy is planning something much worse for mankind than just military defeat.

Praise for Old Man’s War:

‘Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters.’ The Times

‘An original idea, which is brilliantly executed’ Sc-Fi Now


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330457101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330457101
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel Old Man's War was a finalist for the Hugo Award. His other novels include The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, and The Android's Dream. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.


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'The Ghost Brigades is amongst the best sci-fi novels I've read in ages and Scalzi deserves a lot of success.'
-- NextRead.co.uk

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They are the special wing of the Colonial Defence Forces, elite troops created from DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF’s toughest operations. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity, as three hostile races combine to halt our further expansion into space. Their linchpin is a turncoat scientist, Charles Boutin, who unfortunately knows the CDF’s biggest military secrets. And to prevail against this alliance, they must find out why Boutin did what he did. Jared Dirac is the only human able to provide answers, being a superhuman hybrid created form Boutin’s own DNA. Jared’s brain should therefore be able to access Boutin’s electronic memories . . . but when that appears to fail, Jared is instead passed on to the Ghost Brigades. Then, just as time is running out, Boutin’s memories slowly begin to surface within him . . . but all this while the enemy is planning something much worse for mankind than just military defeat. Praise for Old Man’s War: ‘Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters.’ The Times ‘An original idea, which is brilliantly executed’ Sc-Fi Now --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life of the special forces is never dull 4 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi, is the follow-up novel to Old Man's War. It's not a direct sequel, though subsequent events will show that it actually is, in a sense. Instead, it features the love of John Perry's life, Jane Sagan, Special Forces ("Ghost Brigades") officer. This book is a lot grittier than the Old Man's War, and the point of view choices are much different. It's just as effective, though, with fewer of the faults of the previous book.

In the future, humans have gone to the stars, but they aren't allowed to go back. Humans have colonized planets, but they have run up against a number of alien races that don't want them there, and war inevitably develops. Jane Sagan, a lieutenant in the Ghost Brigades (the Colonial Defense Forces "Special Forces"), captures an alien scientist with information about a triple alliance of races who don't seem very likely to ally. They also discover that the instigator of this plot to start a war with the CDF is a human traitor, a genius named Charles Boutin. Before he left, he downloaded his consciousness into a computer, so the CDF decide to clone his body and try to install his consciousness into it, to see if they can figure out Boutin's plan and motivations. It doesn't seem to work, so they give the resulting "person", Jared Dirac, to the Ghost Brigades for their training and use. But as time goes on, the other consciousness begins to emerge, and Jane will ultimately have to determine whether Jared is with them, or that he must be killed.

The Ghost Brigades is an awesome continuation of Scalzi's series, taken in a whole new direction so that it doesn't go stale. He doesn't continue the adventures of John Perry, as that could get boring.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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John Scalzi won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Gee, I wonder why?

While not as fantastic as his debut, Old Man's War, Scalzi still sets the bar high with his followup novel, set in the same universe where mankind has ventured out into a hostile universe populated with hundreds of alien species, and responds with engineering, perserverance, and small feats of bio engineering like the Ghost Brigades.

The Ghost Brigades were introduced briefly in Old Man's War in the form of Jane Sagan, a nine year old with some of the DNA of the lead character's dead wife. The soldiers in the Ghost Brigade are grown, given "BrainPal" computers in their head, and then linked to their squad mates.

Jane Sagan plays a back-up role here. The main plot follows Jared Dirac, a Ghost Brigade soldier who is built to put a presumed dead traitor's consciousness inside his head. It doesn't take at first, so he becomes a member of the Ghost Brigades. It does take later, but to detail more would mean spoiling the story.

Scalzi continues to expand upon the universe of aliens he has created, and to explain the science the humans are using to combat them in clear, logical terms. (Science and fiction, get it?) The humans seem to be beset on all sides by agressive aliens, but which side is really the aggressor?

John gets into some excellent philosophical discussions about choice and right to choose, which is right in line with the "created for a purpose" ghost brigades.

An excellent story, a quick read, a new fav author. On to the third in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 18 Jan 2014
By Gearoid
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Really liked old man's war, and this is just as good. Now I have to meet the 20 word reqirement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not quite great 2 Sep 2013
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I did enjoy this book but i did not find it as good as the first. The main disappointment was that although it is a sequel the main character from the first is not in it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 April 2014
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Loved this book, great sequel! Science fiction at its best. Read it back to back with the first book Old Man's War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic! 4 April 2014
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Loved the first one, this is even better. Really hope these get turned into movies! Particularly liked how the theme of Brianpals was developed further in the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Mar 2014
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Read the Last Colony first before realising there was a series of books. This is the first in the series and I found it a compelling story filling in the back ground of the first book. Easy reading that I couldn't put down and finished it in a week and I am making my way through the rest of the series now, highly recommended if you like sci-fi or just a good fiction read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 12 Feb 2014
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What a great book! I loved Old Man's War and this is an extremely good sequel :)

:: Nice one John ::
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow on from the Old Man War
Loved this book and the Old Man War this is defiantly Scalzi at his best. if you loved The Old Man War i am sure you will love this, and if you have not read it start with The Old... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SlosshyDolphin
5.0 out of 5 stars What Happened Next
Old Man's War was an interesting concept in biological engineering and through the plot you met many interesting characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Keith A Tallent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Not asa good as Old Man's war, but still very enjoyable. And, without any spoilers, I felt a very touching ending.
Published 7 months ago by Ben Lawton
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
If you have read Old Man's War then buy this and 'The Last colony' to complete the trilogy. All great reads.
Published 8 months ago by Blonks
4.0 out of 5 stars Scorchio!!
As far as sequels go this is one of those rare pieces of brilliance that occurs seemingly all to rarely. Read more
Published 9 months ago by russ busch
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read
A good follow on from Old Mans War and a very interesting read.

This book is about a man named Charles Boutin who has plans to betray the human race. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookloverxx
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic sequel
The Ghost Brigades is the sequel to the brilliant Old Man's War. If you loved that book, (and if you haven't read it, go and do it now), then you'll love this one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andy
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