Thursday, July 23, 2009

"The Ghost Brigades" b. John Scalzi

The Ghost Brigades The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Picking up where 'Old Man's War' left off, "The Ghost Brigades' focuses on the special forces members of the Colonial Defense Federation. A much more philosophical book than the first, it really delves into what it means to be human. Special forces soldiers are made from the dna of the deceased rather than the consciousness of live ones in this book, and they give new meaning to the term 'superhuman.' One solider in particular, Jared Dirac, has the fate of the entire human race in his hand. Made from the dna of a traitorous scientist, and imbued with the man's ghost of consciousness, he is both the greatest threat and salvation of humanity, in a hostile universe and the suspect Federation. More so than with the first book, this one effects the emotions.

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