The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades

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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 defeatshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 317 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Tor Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0765315025
  • 9780765315021
  • 1,152,486

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" 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) on "Old Man's War" " 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 "on" Old Man's War " " Thought-provoking!" --"Entertainment Weekly "on" Old Man's War " "" " Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man' s War" is a splendid novel." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer" "Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true." --Cory Doctorow on "Old Man' s War" "John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and "Old Man's War" is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe." --Robert Charles Wilson " I enjoyed "Old Man's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and auniverse you sincerely hope you don't live in already." --Ken MacLeodshow more

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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" "" "Thought-provoking!" --"Entertainment Weekly" "" "Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"show more

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49,962 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 31% (15,509)
4 49% (24,630)
3 18% (8,834)
2 2% (842)
1 0% (147)
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