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reviewed The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Old Man's War, #2)

John Scalzi: The Ghost Brigades (EBook, 2007, Tor) 4 stars

The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created …

Where's John Perry?

3 stars

Found as EN "boxed set" and read the trilogy (with Old Man's War & The Last Colony) in less than a week (nights mainly). Less entertaining than #1 IMHO, but "needed" to jump into #3

Marion G. Harmon: Small Town Heroes (Paperback) 2 stars

Astra has become one of the most popular Sentinels in Chicago, past scandals notwithstanding, and …

Not really part #4

2 stars

This is book #4 in the series, but it's not the fourth part. Apparently there's a short story, "Omega Night", and it contained both plot and character developments that significantly impact this book. However, even on the official author's website it's not listed between books 3 and 4. It's listed after the final book, among other "related works".

And the author doesn't really do a good job of recapping what happened, it's just an abrupt jump, and now Hope/Astra's angsting over a new crush that started during that book, freaking out over a danger to one of her friends that's due to events in that book, and a number of other sudden changes.

And these changes continue to casually come up over the course of the entire book, so that put a serious damper on my enjoyment of it.

Beyond that, the premise/setting was unique and somewhat interesting, but a …