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The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War) eBook Kindle

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The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

The universe is a dangerous place for humanity—and it's about to become far more dangerous. Three races that humans have clashed with before have allied to halt our expansion into space. Their linchpin: the turncoat military scientist Charles Boutin, who knows the CDF's biggest military secrets. To prevail, the CDF must find out why Boutin did what he did.

Jared Dirac is the only human who can provide answers -- a superhuman hybrid, created from Boutin's DNA, Jared's brain should be able to access Boutin's electronic memories. But when the memory transplant appears to fail, Jared is given to the Ghost Brigades.

At first, Jared is a perfect soldier, but as Boutin's memories slowly surface, Jared begins to intuit the reason's for Boutin's betrayal. As Jared desperately hunts for his "father," he must also come to grips with his own choices. Time is running out: The alliance is preparing its offensive, and some of them plan worse things than humanity's mere military defeat…

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man’s War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe’s Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: “After the Coup”

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Praise for "Old Man's War"
"Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...The novel's tone is right on target, too--sentimentality balanced by hardheaded calculation, know-it-all smugness moderated by innocent wonder. This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"Solid...[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise."
--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"
--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel."
--"Cleveland Plain Dealer"

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 722 KB
  • Número de páginas: 356 páginas
  • Editora: Tor Books (1 de abril de 2007)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B001QS9TSE
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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  • Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
  • Avaliação média: 5.0 de 5 estrelas 2 avaliações de clientes
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Gostei muito, Scalzi mantém o ritmo e o excelente nível da narrativa neste segundo livro, desta vez levando o leitor a entender melhor a Brigada Fantasma. Além disso, ele dá pistas de que há algo maior em movimento. Mal posso esperar para ler o próximo.
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Realmente emocionante e um drama leve e envolvente. Muito interessante para aqueles que querem saber mais sobre as forças especiais. Além de um punhado de novos truques e ficção.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 de 5 estrelas 815 avaliações
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Not as Good 12 de março de 2017
Por PT Dilloway - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I didn't like this as much as the first one. The first book was written in first person, focusing entirely on John Perry. This is written in third person and for the first 50 pages or so really doesn't have a focal character, so it makes it harder to get into. Then that character has no memory. Building a person from someone else's mind and the result turning out to be an amnesiac reminded me of the third Robotech series or Mospaeda in Japan. It especially reminded me of the Invasion video game I played on the PS2 where you played as that amnesiac character.
3.0 de 5 estrelas Bit of a letdown from 'Old Man's War' 15 de novembro de 2012
Por Alain C. Dewitt - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I had a hard time in deciding on a rating for 'The Ghost Brigades'. I quite enjoyed 'Old Man's War' but I feel like 'TGB' didn't build on that success.

The story is set in the same universe but we don't rejoin those same characters. (John Perry is mentioned, or makes a cameo, but that's it.) Instead we spend all our time with a new character, Jared Dirac and the Ghost Brigades. The Ghost Brigades are to the Colonial Defense Force (of 'OMW') what Special Forces are to the US Army. Dirac is an experiment in that he is the consciousness of a rogue scientist, Charles Boutin, transferred to a Ghost Brigade host body. The hope is that Dirac will help the Brigades to track Boutin down and stop him from kicking off an inter-species, interplanetary war all in the name of avenging his dead daughter.

Scalzi takes us through how a Ghost Brigade soldier is made and trained. GBs are set apart from the species they are designed to protect in that they are purpose-built (unlike the soldiers from 'OMW' who are old human decanted into new bodies) to carry out the most dangerous, most sensitive mission. But being a humanoid grown for the purpose of committing violence on behalf of a species of which you are not a part - and which maintains its distance from you - carries its own set of challenges.

It was this last theme - the otherness of the Ghost Brigades - that Scalzi really tried to emphasize but I didn't feel he was successful. Perhaps it was the degree of difficulty of the task. We are humans; in the end we can't really imagine what it's like not to be human. It's like trying to imagine a sheet of paper with only one side.

The level of technical detail was adequate but I never felt the 'gee whiz' factor like I do in reading Richard Morgan or Neal Asher.

I really expected Scalzi to tie in this story more with 'Old Man's War'. I expected that we would be following John Perry's wife - who if I recall my 'OMW' correctly dies before she can be decanted into her new soldier body. I thought Scalzi was foreshadowing her being in the Ghost Brigades.

In the end I found this a bit of a letdown from the first in the series. Not enough to give up on the series but if the third book isn't an improvement, I'll probably ditch it.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas Read First! Before "Old Man's War"! 28 de julho de 2015
Por InfiniDim - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Much better than Old Man's War. After thrashing Old Man's War, I felt I owed it to Scalzi to give him another chance. After all, Redshirts was pretty good, so I was surprised by my disappointment with Old Man's War.

Comparisons. As you probably know, the Old Man's War series is military science fiction. This genre includes Ian Douglas' numerous works (Heritage trilogy, Legacy trilogy, Inheritance trilogy, Star Carrier series, and others I've yet to read), a few of the Iain Banks "Culture" series (Use of Weapons, at least, though maybe not). I think Douglas' work is a very close comparison to Scalzi's Old Man's War series (so far), but I still prefer Douglas.

Review. Similar to the first work, Ghost Brigades follows it's protagonist quite closely, in this case the recently created special forces soldier Jared Dirac, created with the soul of a traitor, the idea being that useful information could be gleaned from Dirac once the "soul" takes hold. However, this does not appear to happen, at least at first, thus we join Dirac on adventures with the Colonial Defense Force's Special Forces under the command of Old Man's War veteran Jane Sagan. Later, as this "soul" asserts itself, Dirac is sent to confront the traitor, Charles Boutin.

Specific Critiques. The character development in this book is light years better than in the original work (Old Man's War). While there are only a few key characters, each is distinct, each has it's own personality, and most notably develop as the story progresses. I cannot stress this point enough - so much better than the original. Dirac himself engages the reader; you feel for this young man as he grows, learns to love, learns to confront loss, and learns of his tainted birthright. Most notable is Dirac's relationship with the alien prisoner of war Cainen, with whom Dirac forms something of a father-son relationship. The other Special Forces characters are similarly unique and have sufficient page space to express themselves. While there is not much "science" in this piece of science fiction, it was well worth the read for the characters. My only real criticism is actually addressed by the characters at the end of the book Spoilers!! The traitor Boutin is an expert on the Colonial Defense Force's in-head computers they call "Brain Pals". Boutin intended to introduce a virus into the Brain Pal system that would kill anyone with it implanted in their brains (i.e. the entire Colonial Defense Force). As discussed by the characters at the end of the book, you think they might have seen that one coming?!?! But, they hang a lantern and move on, and that was acceptable.

Final Thoughts. I'd recommend that you read this book first, before "Old Man's War". Though set in the same universe, the books are connected only though Sagan, and the events of "Old Man's War" are mentioned only in passing, and have little to do with this novel. Tempered with knowledge that Scalzi is capable of much better, the slog through "Old Man's War" will probably be more tolerable. I enjoyed this book.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Book two in Scalzi's excellent 'Old Man's War' series 2 de junho de 2015
Por Phil (not) in Magnolia - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book continues the 'Old Man's War' series, here focusing on the 'Ghost Brigades' and bringing us closer to understanding how those troops have been created and how the universe at this point in time has evolved. The ghost brigades had been a part of the first book but without detailed explanation. Now, their background and capabilities become much more clear.

The story is excellent and introduces several major new characters, some of whom will continue into one or more of the following stories.

These books by John Scalzi have brought me back to reading science fiction, after several decades away. Scalzi's style of writing is very reminiscent of Robert Heinlein, and since Heinlein was my favorite author as a youth, I've found myself quickly drawn to these stories. I'm working my way through the series and coming to them late, as I have, has been beneficial since I'm able to read them one after the other, without waiting for each to come along. I'll be through the five existing books well in advance of the publication of the sixth later this year.

Books in the 'Old Man's War' series, to date:

Book 1: Old Man's War (2005)
Book 2: The Ghost Brigades (2006)
Book 3: The Last Colony (2007)
Book 4: Zoe's Tale (2008)
Book 5: The Human Division (2013)
Book 6: The End of All Things (to be released August 11, 2015)
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Rock solid sci-fi 8 de janeiro de 2011
Por Travis Stein - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This is the 2nd book of the Old Man Series, but you definitely don't have to have read the previous book (Old Man's War) to appreciate what's going on in this book. Scalzi fills in any gaps that the reader might have missed out on from the first book.

The Ghost Brigades themselves are a sort of extremely enhanced version (and not altogether human) of the Navy Seals, if you can compare them to anything. They aren't quite human and there's the whole moral debate about them being created from the DNA of the dead , but they're damned good at what they do and are the elite line of defense for the Colonial Defense Force's (CDF) toughest operations against alien forces throughout the known universes. They're forever young, fearless, lightening quick, and definitely don't have the same moral/ethical issues about their elite ops like regular soldiers might.

As it stands, the universe is a extremely dangerous place for humanity and many alien races wish to halt their expansion and annihilate them completely. Three main alien races (Eneshans, Obin, and the Rraey) are all seemingly working together on these goals, but with a twist - they've had some help and that help is in the form of a brilliant human scientist, Charles Boutin. To have any chance at the right to continue to exist, humanity must find out the reasons for why Boutin turned his back on them. To do this, in comes Jared Dirac - a superhuman hybrid that has been created out of Boutin's DNA and in theory whose brain ought to be able to access his old electronic memories.

The effort seemingly falls short and after a while Dirac is placed in the Ghost Brigades. At first, Dirac seems to be just a "ordinary" superhuman soldier until his old memories start to surface. Will they be enough to save humanity in time? What else will be revealed and will it be even worse than the reasons that Boutin turned traitor initially? Scalzi does a great job of taking the reader on an action-packed ride as the battle for humanity's right to exist rages on throughout the colony and alien worlds alike. The science of the skip-drives and all of the technology can be a little hard to follow at times, but that seems to be the way with these military sci-fi books the first time around. It's not pivotal to the point where you have to understand all of the terminology and concepts that you can't enjoy the main plots, which is a plus.

If you're looking for a good science fiction book and are a fan of military sci-fi in particularly, pick this book up at your local bookstore and watch the pages fly by!

-Travis S.
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