Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. This fast-paced interstellar military drama doesn’t The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War) – Kindle edition by John Scalzi. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets . 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.

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The story itself is much better than that of ‘Old Man’s War’, and it really blows open the setting and gives us a lot more detail about the universe these characters inhabit. I felt down after reading this one. View all 18 comments.

Dec 10, carol. Yet, they also deal with interesting concepts and there is some good solid science involved. The BrainPal technology developed by the Colonial Defense Force has so far given the human military an edge in its competition against other alien life forms for colonisable planets. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Scalzi couches these themes in a narrative approach that’s nothing short of a masterstroke: No trivia or quizzes yet.

I liked it and will read more of this absorbing series. I really enjoyed this book, easy to read, compelling and plain fun. This is the believable kind. Gost you hit the button for the top floor, please? Imagine are grown-up kids with guns and range of abilities that make you question their humanity. But, the biggest let-down was how disappointing the characters were. One thing I really like about this book is how Scalzi confounds my expectations by introducing the main protagonist Jared Dirac more than 60 pages scalzzi the book, and how his story arc develops in unexpected directions.

The Ghost Brigades

But the attempt at the latter doesn’t seem to work. Only loosely connected to the previous novel in terms of characte Weaker than the previous entry, but still fairly readable.


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. I’m looking forward to reading The Last Colony, and I hope that it’s a similar deal in that, too. Even though the first book had sad things, the humor kept it from being depressing. When we see people in an alternate world, it is easier for us to step back and look at the choices they make as a parallel to the choices we make.

jlhn Can I go now, please? Now to be fair my father loves science fiction and I watched tons of those shows with him growing up. This instalment is much darker than its sarcastic predecessor. That reservation aside though, the Old Man’s War series has a great concept and is generally well executed.

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

Expect lots of secrecy and ops so black your fingers will come off the page dirty. Although the main guy, Jared, was built in such a way that was no less than amazing, he was the only one. The Ghost Brigades Cover of first edition hardcover. Wink the Astrokitty drawn by Matt Olson. His very high profile and incessant self-promotion can be very off-putting, and also his body of work tend to be highly commercial. Personally, I found the MC less enticing. Ghost Brigades starts a new story after the events of Old Man’s War.

Perhaps twice a winter, I enjoy making a big pot of chili, suitable for snowy nights and bone chilling cold. In order to circumvent that, they have small computer called BrainPal, synthetically integrated into their brain and nervous system, which purpose is to accelerate development, learning, understanding and communication with the others of the Special Forces We just had a different person as the hero.

In the moment we give up or start feeling comfortable with where we are and where we are going, we need to start worrying about our souls as a species.

I think ghosg got that from Dances With Wolves. It is not a simple continuation of the story. You should check them out.

The first part was ok, almost a carbon copy of the debut of the series – with special training and first mission as part of a crack team.


One thing I really, really liked as a random small touch was the characterisation of Harvey, near the end. I enjoyed the first book Old Man’s War very much, I even rated it 5 stars on my Goodreads review adjusted to 4 later.

Can either group choose a path not predetermined for them by their designers? Nov 20, Marijan rated it it was amazing.

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

There is not much humor compared to the last book, but there were several very sad things. Hell, Tarantino has made a ghkst career out of that. It’s like a long science lecture in a class you don’t really need and the info isn’t going to be on the test. It was towards the conclusion when things really came apart and I felt like Tge was reading a cross breeder between Austin Powers and a late Steven Segal flick. This universe is a hostile place and these upgrades are the bare minimum the CDF can give them just to hold their own.

As Brigzdes desperately hunts for his “father,” he must also come to grips with his own choices. 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.

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All of the colonial defense forces are given genetically altered bodies with all sorts of upgrades, with the special forces getting the most. First and foremost to me the overall story is incredibly generic. As this ending is worth 5 stars, but the beginning was more of an off-putting 3 star start, I settle for 4 stars in the end, which represents my enjoyment for most of the novel rather well.