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The Ghost Brigades are the Colonial Defense Forces heavy hitters, super-modified human fighting machines created from the DNA of the dead -- and they're up against three alien races allied to wipe out humankind in John Scalzi's second novel and sequel to 2005's Old Man's War.
When a captured alien administrator spills the beans about a scheme to exterminate humankind once and for all, Lieutenant Jane Sagan and her compatriots in the Colonial Defense Forces are shocked by the particulars: "a genocide planned in great detail, based on the heretofore unheard of cooperation of three races. And one human." That one human is scientific genius Charles Boutin, who knows the CDF's biggest military secrets. But why would a human ally himself with aliens who are bent on eradicating his race and taking control of the Colonial Union's numerous planets? With time quickly running out before an interstellar war erupts -- a conflict that humankind can never hope to win -- a dangerous plan is hatched to create a Ghost Brigade soldier from Boutin's DNA in hopes of accessing the scientist's memories and knowledge. But the plan has unexpected results…
Scalzi has been compared to science fiction legend Robert A. Heinlein for good reason: His smooth blend of hard science fiction, military sci fi, and space opera is addictively readable; and his breakneck pacing and surprisingly deep character development make his novels practically impossible to put down. Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, and subsequent installments in this loosely knit saga could very well be the early 21st century's answer to Asimov's Foundation series. They're that good. Paul Goat Allen