The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
(Old Man's War)

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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…

 

About John Scalzi

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JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including the bestselling Old Man’s War sequence, comprising Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, and the New York Times bestselling The Last Colony. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog Whatever. His latest novel, Fuzzy Nation, hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week on sale. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Tor Books. 356 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

The Ghost Brigades (2006) Plot A soldier in the Special Forces is given the memory of a traitor to humanity in hopes of stopping an alien invasion.

Feb 24 2006 | Read Full Review of The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's...

Bookmarks Magazine

Beyond the battles and the portent of humanity’s end, Scalzi plays with deeper issues of identity in an increasingly technological world in this second volume of a proposed trilogy.

Aug 29 2007 | Read Full Review of The Ghost Brigades (Old Man's...

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