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The Ghost Brigades

Old Man's War, Book 2
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: Old Man's War, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (416 ratings)

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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?

©2008 Macmillan Audio (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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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fantastic book

loved it. well crafted story with good characters. narrator is top notch also. a good continuation of the series.

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another great addition to the series

follows on from the previous book in a way that's not obvious from the outset.

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It was fine

... But nothing like the first book so maybe expectations were too high. Great author in general.

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Excellent

Ghost Brigades, is not as good as Old Mans War. It is still an excellent book, occasionally let down by a few moments of heavy exposition (subjects that were already touched on in the previous book). Over all its a very good story, and the narration is once again, awesome

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Awful performance conversations

I'm rating this before I've finished listening because of the performance: conversations are "'...' he said. '...' she said. '...' he said. '...' she said." It's incredibly annoying that the performances of the characters is not enough to eliminate the need for the qualification of the phrase "they said".

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Great

Always a pleasure listening and residing scalzi work 5 stars are not enough for this series

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Terribly bland

Just military "special forces" porn and the question "what is a soul" over and over again.
After having read the first book I knew everything about the ghost brigade and the tech they use. But this book just started from scratch and explained everything to me again and added almost nothing new.
For being a sci-fi, it had very little imagination when I came to gadgets and such. They constantly talk about the ghost brigades as being "so advanced they aren't human" but the only real difference is that they are faster.

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Good fun

This is great fun - and an interesting sequel. Some of the characters from the first book are there, and the and action scenes are excellent. A good fun listen and I enjoyed the narration as well

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Nice continuation

This does exactly what a good sequel should. It depends and expands the world, and introduces some interesting new characters and settings.

At first I found it a little jarring to leave the characters of the first book behind, but the new story fits well with the last and is good to see things from another perspective.

Definitely more starship troopers this time...