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The Ghost Brigades: Old Man's War Book 2 Kindle Edition
|Length: 278 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"The sequel to Old Man's War combines taut military action with keen insights into the moral issues revolving around developing technologies. Scalzi has a finely tuned sense of balance between personal drama and the 'big picture' ... Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review) on The Ghost Brigades
"A mix of Starship Troopers and Universal Soldier, Ghost evokes awakening, betrayal, and combat in the best military sci-fi tradition." --Entertainment Weekly on The Ghost Brigades
"An impressive piece of work." --Philadelphia Inquirer on The Ghost Brigades
"Fast and deep...I like the galaxy this author's playing in, the characters he limns, the situations he's playing with, and I'm glad there's at least one more volume on the way." --San Diego Union-Tribune on The Ghost Brigades
"In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog 'The Whatever, ' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankensteinlike creatures we are able to create." --San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades
"Scalzi is a natural heir to Heinlein, and his second book in this series is a good old-fashioned space opera, which takes time to question the nature of free will." --St. Louis Press-Dispatch on The Ghost Brigades
"Astonishingly proficient." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Old Man's War
"Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood-roiling. His dialogue is suitably snappy and profane. And the moral and philosophical issues he raises... insert useful ethical burrs under the military saddle of the story." --The Washington Post on Old Man's War
"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel." --Cleveland Plain-Dealer--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0091C3UI2
- Publisher : Macmillan (1 February 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 1671 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 278 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 71,370 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some interesting twists in this book in the series, and it sets the series up nicely for some epic contests.
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The problem is that after this book I went on to read book 3, which was a disaster, skipped book 4 due to the bad reviews and the fact it’s apparently a retelling of book 3 (which was bad), but read book 5 which is catastrophic.
So if you’re like me and like to read series on, then do yourself a favour and don’t in this case. The first book was fun, ended on a high note. Best to leave this series there and not read on. I wish I had.
Though set in the same universe the second book follows a completely different set of characters, Jane Sagan from the Ghost Brigades and a new recruit Jared Dirac. This isn't any standard recruit though. He is made from the DNA of a traitor who sold out humanity to hostile alien forces. His conciseness however was transferred over from a scan to this newly created body, this procedure has never been done before though and it doesn't seem to have taken. He is being watched carefully in case it does as they don't know if it's a friend or foe that will come out....
I really liked the story and the development of Dirac and the extra universe building this book brought to the series. It goes in a slightly different direction to Old Man's War and I think it's better for it. There are some interesting philosophical moments of what makes a person who they are, but there is still plenty of action scenes involving the hostile aliens the first book set up though there are fewer races this time and each one gets a little more background development rather than just another hostile force.
Much like the first book I like John Scalzi's writing style. It's easy to read, clear with good pacing. If you're a fan of Robert Heinlein or Joe Haldeman then this series is definitely for you. It's (so far) one of the better military sci-fi novels I've read in recent years.
+ Interesting story.
+ Some interesting philosophical moments and great action scenes.
+ Some more background in the universe John Scalzi created.
+ Easy reading, with good pacing.
Buy it and read it, you will not regret it, if you liked ' The old man war ' you will enjoy this book as much as if not even more.
Scalzi deepens into the world he has been building in the first book , and he comes out with a well constructed novel and likeable characters that will entertain you , make you smile and feel emotional at times.
I will start with the third in the series soon , I cannot wait.
The series is definitely worth the effort of reading and The Ghost Brigades is therefore worth reading for completeness' sake, but if it were a stand-alone story rather than one-of-many I would have felt that it was money poorly spent.