The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades

By John Scalzi

  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 703 Ratings)


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…

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  • Love the series, but...

    By liberteabelle
    I am late in discovering this wonderful series, but what a treat! The plot line is compelling, and the characters are interesting. The Old Man's War book was, for me, a richer book. The reason? This book was bogged down by long explanatory sections of the science. I enjoy that too, to a point - but prefer more story line and character development and interaction. I realize that many scifi lovers want more on the scientific backdrop - and that's cool - but I would have liked that dialed back by 30% or so. But overall I loved it and will start Book 3 tonight!
  • it’s interesting, and revealing

    By Cbus75
    There seems to be some confusion that starts in an earlier section of the book. A person’s consciousness is the person himself. You can’t have a copy of the person. Because there’s not two of you, or me, or anybody. You’re aware that you are only in one place? That’s because you’re only in one place. You’re not there and also running another body on some other planet simultaneously - or you’d be aware of that. You cannot copy consciousness, because consciousness is the person himself. HOWEVER, you can copy his memories. All memories are are 3D pictures with all of the data that were present at the time of the recording included. Sound, smell, touch, emotion, conclusions, etc, etc. A copy of that could be in Boutins cloned brain. It’s conceivable that if you made a copy of his brain that you may have copied some of his memories too. Fine, Boutin’s memories are somewhere bouncing around in there and one of these days Dirac may stumble upon them, and it may sway him to do the same traitorous things, or it may just become fascinating and useful data that Dirac uses to catch Boutin himself. But the confusion of - “if Boutin’s consciousness is in (private Dirac’s melon)…” No, no it’s not. See, we know that Boutin is off somewhere helping aliens to destroy the human race. He’s not off doing that and simultaneously sleeping in Dirac’s skull like a kitten on the stoop. Maybe his files are (the memories), but not Boutin himself.
  • Beautiful and touching

    By Shane Tharp
    How often do you get to say that about a science fiction novel? but this second volume in the world begun by "Old Man's War" is precisely that. Scalzi has mastered a difficult genre (space opera) and touched the human core of all good writing. His work deserves a place in the modern curriculum as I suspect it will join the future curriculum of students. If there is one quibble with this book, it might be with some characterization notes, namely with development arcs, but these are minor. Please read and enjoy "The Ghost Brigades."
  • Couldn't put it down

    By Tristar777
    Well here I am at 6:00 AM Sunday morning after being up all night reading this book. Thank goodness it was the weekend. I'll need a days rest before starting the next book of the series. Thank you for the exciting adventure I enjoyed this weekend. Tristar777
  • wow!

    By CodeIsPoetry
    Really fun to read. I had to stop reading several times to ponder the implications of species uplift, unwilling conciousness transfer, emergent conciousness and asteroids who think they're human...and might be! Best way to say that simply and without techno babble is "wow!"
  • Good read but not as good as the first in the series

    By Emagsamurai
    This is a good book, but not as good as "Old Man's War". while I liked the story, it just wasn't as engaging as the first. I never found myself staying up late to read just one more chapter like I might with a really exceptional book. I never really felt attached to the characters. I'm a little mixed as to how to rate the book. I don't regret reading the book by any means, but I also don't intend to read anymore of the books in the series after this one. So in the end, it's better than a 3, but not quite a 4.