Ghost Brigades, The

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04/30/08..........Month End Book Group




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The following account is reprinted with permission from  THE STARSHIP EXPRESS  Copyright 2008  Philip J De Parto:


THE GHOST BRIGADES by John Scalzi was examined on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 in the Food Court of the Paramus Park Mall in Paramus, New Jersey.  Club members Elizabeth Belisle, Philip De Parto, Pamela Webber, Barry Weinberger and Robert Yeager ere joined by regulars Helen Webber and Taras Wolansky as well as newcomer Jackie Jones.


BRIGADES is the sequel to OLD MAN'S WAR which was discussed by the group last year, but it stands on its own reasonably well.  Technically a military science fiction book, the work is much more concerned with philosophical and moral issues than battle tactics and strategy.


Hero of the book is Jared Dirac, a clone of Charles Boutin, a brilliant scientist who has defected to the side of a trio of alien races preparing to go to war with Earth's Colonial Union.  The CU uses an experimental memory/personality implant program to turn Jared into another Charles Boutin, one who can be safely interrogated.  However, the implant does not properly take, so the military grabs him to be a soldier in the Ghost Brigades.


In OLD MAN'S WAR, we say the Brigades from the outside.  In this book, we experience them from within, witnessing their birth, their training, and their military prowess.


There are a number of funny, frightening, and touching passages.  Taras read one featuring the soldier Harry who has a talent for making things go "boom!"  Other memorable passages featured the racial insecurity of the alien Obin who were uplifted and are not quite like every other race, and a meditation on fear and existentialism.  Both books in this series are definitely recommended reading.


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