Drawing on his own war experiences, Vietnam veteran Joe Haldeman creates stunning works of science fiction. Forever Peace
is not a sequel to his previous award-winning work, The Forever War
, but it deals with similarly provocative issues. When it was published, Forever Peace
was chosen as the Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly
. It also won the coveted Hugo Award.
War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.
Forever Peace is a riveting portrayal of the effects of collective consciousness, and it offers some tantalizing revelations. Narrator George Wilson's skillful performance weaves together the elements of futuristic technology with the drama of a trained soldier reconciling basic human needs.
©1997 Joe Haldeman; (P)2000 Recorded Books