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.
Listen to Old Man's War .
©2007 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
"Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging." (Booklist)
"The sequel to Old Man's War combines taut military action with keen insights into the moral issues revolving around developing technologies. Scalzi has a finely tuned sense of balance between personal drama and the 'big picture'....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
Love this series. The 1st book was great, the second not quite as good, but this 3rd one is wonderfully funny, sad, and exciting. Definitely a must listen.
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
This could be said about most Scalzi books. Sci-Fi is fun, and nothing better than a great space battle. But without a plot, it becomes formulaic. Scalzi can write battles, comedy (SEE: Red Shirts, the rewrite of Fuzzy Nation) and deep sci-fi (see his contributions to: METAtropolis).
This series is in the middle. Fun battles with great plot twists. If you have not yet become a Scalzi fan, you are missing out on what the next generation will call "classics”.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I decided to re-listen to the entire series once more prior to listening to The Human Division. On first reading/listening, the novels were so involved and the plot intricate with sub plots and story arcs that I lost my sense of direction. This second listen is an excellent time to pick up on things I had missed previously...especially since I seldom "Just Listen". More frequently I'm doing something else and it's easy to get side tracked.
The Last Colony of Roanoke (yes, like the Lost Colony in the 1600's in Virginia) was especially confusing for me the first listen...Perhaps because when I played it I was still deep in The Sagan Diary-which I really loved and which was so well written and narrated that I couldn't get it out of my mind.
Now I'm 2/3 of the way thru The Last Colony and find the plot to be quite exciting and involved, with many intricacies-plotting aliens, lying Colonial authorities, colonists deciding they can go their own way and not follow the directions given by the colony leader-and getting killed by native creatures, threats of colony termination from a group of aliens who want to run settlement rules and so on...but really good writing and narration makes it much easier to follow this time.
I very much recommend this almost old fashioned type of SiFi story. It's not Star Trek, thats for sure.
John Perry is back with his sarcastic humor, and his adopted daughter, Zoe joins him together with Jane. It's like meeting with old friends.
In this book - as in other Scalzi books - there is always something bigger going on in the background. The CU lies to Perry about its real purposes, but he is smart enough not only to play along but to turn the whole situation to his advantage - saving thousands of lives in the meantime.
Scalzi have put a little more than the usual twists and turns into this story right until the end.
If you want ten hours of entertainment, read this book.
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I like this book. Not the best old mans war book, but still worth the listen. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to continue on the old mans war series.
Do NOT read "ZOE's World". It is literally this exact same book retold. It is written from the perspective of Zoe and at times it seemed Scalzi let his daughter write it because it really sounded like a little girl writing it to me.
Again, Scalzi doesn't disappoint with this well-crafted 3rd book in the Old Man's War series.
When you discover the final plan to protect the colony, you can't help but smile.
He does such an excellent portrayal of each distinct voice that the book really comes to life.
These books aren't great literature, but they are fun reads, and the narration is good. Too much "He said......" "She said......." "He said......", and there's just no way to read that gracefully Dufris does as good a job with it as anyone could. He does good work with voices..
Sorry cant say that I have had a chance to read the printed book yet
I have always loved John (AKA 90 year old dad) I can realy identify with him and loved him in the first book of the series.
I have gotten a number of books with Mr. Dufris's narration and I have relay enjoyed his performance
I think that the book more made me laugh then any thing but it definitely has its ups and downs.
This book is best read as part of the Old Mans War series.
The first two books were really good. I read the synopsys about this book and thought... ehh, maybe not.
Don't get me wrong, It was a great book, but compared to the others it lacked. Maybe thats not fair, but still worth a listen if you have the background of the other two.
Space is Harsh
second best book in the series, worth grabbing if you liked Old Man's War.
You could skip the middle books too...all you miss is Sophie's fathers story-line.
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