Friday, November 28, 2008

The Ghost Brigades

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi was originally published in 2006. My paperback copy has 347 pages. This is a sequel to Old Man's War. While not quite as good (or as humorous) as Old Man's War, this is still a satisfying continuation of the story for fans. Rating: 3.9

Synopsis From the Publisher:
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.

"No one noticed the rock.
And for good reason. The rock was nondescript, one of millions of chunks of rock and ice floating in the orbit of a long-dead short-period comet, looking just like any chunk of that deceased comet might." opening sentences

"We're not sure who is attacking us or why..." pg. 8

"Fifteen months ago the Rraey and the Enesha were enemies. And then suddenly they were not, for no reason that our intelligence could figure out." pg. 21

"No one shield against seismic imaging. Most races are too busy shielding against optical and high energy electromagnetic scans to consider sound waves much of a danger. It's the fallacy of high technology; it ignores the efficiency of lower orders of technology. Like dropping rocks." pg. 22

"As the antidote coursed through Cainen's body, Sagan learned of a brewing war against humanity, and a blueprint for the subjugation and eradication of her entire species. A genocide planned in great detail, based on the heretofore unheard of cooperation of three races.
And one human" pg. 29

"You are born to protect humanity. And you are designed for it. Everything in you down to your genes reflects that purpose." pg. 86

"After watching star Wars everyone wanted a lightsaber and was irritated that the technology for them didn't really exist. Everyone also agreed the Ewoks should all die." pg. 98

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