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von John Scalzi

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Reihen: Old Man's War (2)

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Hard-core science fiction at its very best, the sequel to his extraordinary Old Man?s War They are the special wing of the Colonial Defence Forces, elite troops created from DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF?s toughest operations. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity, as three hostile races combine to halt our further expansion into space. Their linchpin is a turncoat scientist, Charles Boutin, who unfortunately knows the CDF?s biggest military secrets. And to prevail against this alliance, they must find out why Boutin did what he did. Jared Dirac is the only human able to provide answers, being a superhuman hybrid created form Boutin?s own DNA. Jared?s brain should therefore be able to access Boutin?s electronic memories . . . but when that appears to fail, Jared is instead passed on to the Ghost Brigades. Then, just as time is running out, Boutin?s memories slowly begin to surface within him . . . but all this while the enemy is planning something much worse for mankind than just military defeat. Praise for Old Man?s War: ?Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters.? The Times ?An original idea, which is brilliantly executed? Sc-Fi Now.… (mehr)
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It´s a brilliant book.
A great sci-fi adventure. ( )
  tarsischwald | Oct 23, 2021 |
A nice counter-point of a sequel - extending the over-all story universe in interesting ways, both story-wise as well as thematically. A couple of characters from the previous book, but not the main one, which was an intriguing choice. The idea behind the special forces is still a bit hard to believe - even more so than the idea behind the CDF soldiers from the first one. (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers). ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
After I read [b:Old Man's War|36510196|Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)|John Scalzi|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1509467059s/36510196.jpg|50700], I went looking for the sequels. While on paper [b:The Ghost Brigades|239399|The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's War, #2)|John Scalzi|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1403295928s/239399.jpg|18279845] is the second in the series, it's surprisingly different.

We get a lot more of a look into the CDF and specifically Special Forces, which was something that was interesting from the first book.

There are a few really interesting sci fi concepts here, including the more 'standard' ideas of genetically engineered super soldiers with upgraded healing / fighting abilities, but it also digs fairly deeply into how you can grow soldiers from scratch, give them the ability to learn rather quickly and share what they learned with one another. It's a fascinating concept and I enjoyed it.

In the early evening of the second day, Andrea Gell-Mann introduced the 8th to the concept of profanity, which she picked up at lunch and shared just before dinner.

In addition, Ghost Brigades really starts to dig into ideas about just what consciousness is, how you can mess with it, and just what it means to 'be' a person. It's a theme touched in briefly in Old Man's War, but it really gets interesting here. Makes me want to know more...

One of my favorite things I'm finding about Scalzi? Every once in a while, he combines nerdy and funny in a way that's great to read:


“How did you find the base if it was shielded?” Cainen asked. “I am curious, in a professional sense.”

“We dropped rocks,” Sagan said.

“Excuse me?” Cainen asked.

“Rocks,” Sagan said. “A month ago we salted the planet with several dozen seismic sensors, which were programmed to look for seismic signatures that suggested intelligently designed underground structures. Speaking from experience, secret bases are easier to shield when they’re underground. We relied on the planet’s natural seismic activity to narrow down areas to investigate. Then we dropped rocks in areas of interest. And then today we dropped several right before our attack, to get an exact sonic image of the base. Rocks are good because they look like naturally occurring meteors. They don’t scare anyone. And no one shields 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.”


Makes sense and I can just imagine the conversation in my head.

Certainly not what I expected in a sequel, but worth the read. Could probably even be read independently if you really wanted to. Not sure why you would though.
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Liked the book! better that the first installment in term of the plot and how much sci-fi concepts are included. The book is more into a long run plot which picks up sometime after the first Old Man's war (first installment) and resume the interspecies war and conspiracies. I liked it more as a bit or more personality is added to the main plot rather than interpersonal relationships being a side-plot.

Read it if you like sci-fi books with a little of military actions. There is no ship-to-ship battle scene in this book so if that interest you or drive your interest this book may not be satisfactory. ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
Another hit from Scalzi. Not as much fun as the first book, but definitely engaging, at times funny, and with plenty of cool futuristic ideas. Consider me a fanboy now (and my wife loved it too).

I liked how the plot turned out to be much more complex that it seemed at first. ( )
  ragwaine | Jan 29, 2021 |
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His chief worry as they approached the science station was that Lieutenant Sagan would do one of her patented thoughtful, methodical approaches; something sneaky that would require him to tiptoe around like a goddamn spy or something. He hated that crap. Harvey knew what he was and what he was best at: He was a noisy son of a bitch and he was good at making things fall down and go boom. In his few introspective moments, Harvey wondered if his progie, the guy he was mostly made from, hadn’t been something really antisocial, like a pyromaniac or a professional wrestler, or maybe had done time for assault. Whoever or whatever he was, Harvey would have been happy to give him a nice big smack on the lips. Harvey was absolutely at peace with his inner nature, in the sort of way that Zen Buddhist monks could only dream about. And so when Sagan told him his job was to draw attention to himself so she and Seaborg could do their jobs, Harvey did a little dance on the inside. He could definitely draw attention to himself. The question was how.
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Hard-core science fiction at its very best, the sequel to his extraordinary Old Man?s War They are the special wing of the Colonial Defence Forces, elite troops created from DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF?s toughest operations. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity, as three hostile races combine to halt our further expansion into space. Their linchpin is a turncoat scientist, Charles Boutin, who unfortunately knows the CDF?s biggest military secrets. And to prevail against this alliance, they must find out why Boutin did what he did. Jared Dirac is the only human able to provide answers, being a superhuman hybrid created form Boutin?s own DNA. Jared?s brain should therefore be able to access Boutin?s electronic memories . . . but when that appears to fail, Jared is instead passed on to the Ghost Brigades. Then, just as time is running out, Boutin?s memories slowly begin to surface within him . . . but all this while the enemy is planning something much worse for mankind than just military defeat. Praise for Old Man?s War: ?Clever dialogue, fast-paced story and strong characters.? The Times ?An original idea, which is brilliantly executed? Sc-Fi Now.

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