had a good feeling this was going to be good. The first book of the series (Old Man’s War by John Scalzi) was really a joy to read. And I had my best friend Jesse (as well as the guy behind the counter at the bookstore) rave about how good the followup was.
And I’ve got to say, “I had it on good authority…”
This book centers on the Ghost Brigades, far-future solders who are created from the DNA of the dead, who fight and die to keep the human colonies safe. However, one of them is a bit of a Frankenstein Monster, in that the mental patterning of humanity’s greatest traitor has been impressed into him (so that when he “grows into it”, the intelligence services might learn more about the renegade). But plans fail their first contact with the enemy (I mean, the plans fail in a really big way). And so you have the remnants of the shattered 2nd Platoon on a desperate gambit in the closing pages of the book. It was funny and sad and noble, all at once. I really enjoyed it in the same way I did the end of “Wraith of Khan” (before they screwed everything up with Star Trek III).
So, yes, I’m telling you to read this (but only after the original book, noted and reviewed above). If you like military space opera, this one will be perfect for you!