The last colony

John Scalzi, 1969-

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Old Man's War
Scalzi, John, 1969- Old Man's War ; bk. 3.
New York : Tor c2007.
1st ed
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Physical Description
320 p.
Main Author
John Scalzi, 1969- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Scalzi's Hugo finalist,Old Man's War (2005) first spawned the equally entertaining Ghost Brigades (2006). And now, a third volume reprises the story of John Perry, former planet-hopping soldier who has now traded his genetically enhanced second body for a commonplace one and a peaceful retirement. Free from the stresses of battle, he's enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and adopted daughter on a remote Colonial Union world. Then a former commanding general drops by with a tempting proposal. Perry and his wife are apparently the perfect candidates to lead a promising new colony populated by citizens from 10 worlds. They accept, but then the CU deceitfully strands them and their charges on an unknown world. Perry discovers they are pawns in a deadly game calculated to destroy an alien coalition whose purposes include blocking further human colonization. A less-action-laden story line ratchets the excitement down from that of the previous books, but Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging. ((Reviewed May 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When widower John Perry was 75 years old, the Colonial Defense Forces gave him a new, young body and sent him off to fight a war in space. Now in a third body, Perry has (with his wife) become a young colony world. Unfortunately, the more peaceful life he had hoped for threatens to devolve into a hotbed of human and alien intrigue. Continuing the story begun in Old Man's War and further developed in The Ghost Brigades , Scalzi explores with the same degree of "real world" veracity the trials and tribulations of a man who has led more than enough "lives" and just wants to settle down in peace. Selected as a Sci Fi Essential Book, this action adventure belongs in most sf collections. [Page 83]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Full of whodunit twists and explosive action, Scalzi's third SF novel lacks the galactic intensity of its two related predecessors, but makes up for it with entertaining storytelling on a very human scale. Several years after the events of The Ghost Brigades (2006), John Perry, the hero of Old Man's War (2005), and Jane Sagan are leading a normal life as administrator and constable on the colonial planet Huckleberry with their adopted daughter, Zo, when they get conscripted to run a new colony, ominously named Roanoke. When the colonists are dropped onto a different planet than the one they expected, they find themselves caught in a confrontation between the human Colonial Union and the alien confederation called the Conclave. Hugo-finalist Scalzi avoids political allegory, promoting individual compassion and honesty and downplaying patriotic loyalty—except in the case of the inscrutable Obin, hive-mind aliens whose devotion to Zo will remind fans of the benevolent role Captain Nemo plays in Verne's Mysterious Island . Some readers may find the deus ex machina element a tad heavy-handed, but it helps keep up the momentum. (May) [Page 48]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Serving his human colony on distant Huckleberry as a village ombudsman, retired fighter John Perry looks forward to settling into farm life with his wife and adopted daughter before he is reluctantly drawn back into the dangerous interstellar politics of his past, in the sequel to Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The highly-anticipated conclusion to the science fiction trilogy begun with Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game — as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.Old Man's War Series #1 Old Man’s War #2 The Ghost Brigades #3 The Last Colony #4 Zoe’s Tale #5 The Human Division #6 The End of All Things Short fiction: “After the Coup”Other Tor BooksThe Android’s DreamAgent to the StarsYour Hate Mail Will Be GradedFuzzy NationRedshirtsLock InThe Collapsing Empire (forthcoming)