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The Ghost Brigades

Old Man's War, Book 2
Written by: John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: Old Man's War
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Three hostile alien races have united against humanity, determined to halt our expansion into space. The mastermind behind this lethal alliance is a traitor - Charles Boutin. He was a Colonial Defence Force scientist with access to their biggest military secrets. Now the CDF's only hope is to discover Boutin's plan. Trouble is, Boutin's dead.

As a supersoldier created from Boutin's own DNA, Jared Dirac may have answers. However, when Dirac fails to access the scientist's memories, he's transferred to the Ghost Brigades for training. These elite troops are also cloned from the dead, so he might fit in. But will Dirac's memory return as the enemy plots the fate of humankind? And whose side is Dirac really on?

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Critic Reviews

"A mix of Starship Troopers and Universal Soldier, Ghost evokes awakening, betrayal, and combat in the best military sci-fi tradition." ( Entertainment Weekly)
"Scalzi's prose harkens back to the Golden Age of science fiction while still remaining fresh and vibrant ( Strange Horizons)
"Like Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades is thinking fans' space opera.... The Ghost Brigades maintains Scalzi's standing as one of SF's most rewarding purveyors of thrilling, gut-wrenching, and thoughtful space opera." ( SF Reviews)
"If anyone stands at the core of the American science fiction tradition at the moment, it is Scalzi." ( The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-19

A most excellent story

Well written and well told.

I was a captured audience from the first 5 mins. would stay awake just to be able to listen more.

I loved the naked truth of life story told as matter of fact.

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  • Jasia Hawkins
  • 03-12-17

build up

A bit slow with the build up however it was a great story and appropriate end.

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  • Dirk Oberste-Berghaus
  • 28-11-17

The first part was better but still it’s a very good story

The second part of the series does not continue the characters from the first part but introduce new characters who are only related to the actors from the first book. The story is exiting enough but feels at times a bit dragged out and complicated. Apart from this a very good book again.