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The Last Colony | [John Scalzi]

The Last Colony

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Listen to Old Man's War .

©2007 John Scalzi; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nicholassmith Phoenix, AZ USA 02-26-15
    Nicholassmith Phoenix, AZ USA 02-26-15 Member Since 2013

    A Tool in the shed

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    "Book was entertaining. Odd plot usage."

    The story was entertaining but some of the plot elements were confusing. What happened with the werewolves other than the fact that they exist? Felt like a story written by a novice writer in parts. Overall entertaining though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 01-22-15
    Sara 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting!"

    The Old Man's war series just keeps getting better. The narration in this series is superb! Can't wait for the next one.

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    Tess C. 01-18-15
    Tess C. 01-18-15
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    "A must listen for fans of Scalzi"
    What made the experience of listening to The Last Colony the most enjoyable?

    Perry is a heroic figure. Hi wife, Jane, and daughter, Zoe , star in this audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Colony?

    The defense of Roanoke was great


    Any additional comments?

    don't miss this book if you are into the OMW series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Scalzi lets off the gas pedal a little, still good"
    Any additional comments?

    The Last Colony is a step back from The Ghost Brigades, as Scalzi gravitates back toward his more familiar ground of political and legal drama, rather than more traditional sci-fi. There still is plenty of development in the overall narrative of the Old Man's War series, but it feels more like a bridge than cornerstone of the overall story. It is nice to see the setup from the previous novels payoff with a nicely balanced family dynamic with is in keeping with each character's origin story. Each character also gets their moments to shine in the resolution of the primary conflict. This is a solid narrative and enjoyable read. The Last Colony also sets up the future of the series nicely. The tensions building are many and layered from within and without the Colonial Union.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JONATHAN 04-17-14
    JONATHAN 04-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Soldiers, Special forces and now Colonizing"

    The third book in the series follows what it takes to set up a colony, the civilian side of of the CU, and growing political issues alluded to in the previous books. Compared to the other books this seems much more like a stepping stone to the next book where interesting side stories are dropped and characters just start knowing what they are supposed to be doing. The story starts off as setting up the many problems faced with a new colony in this changing galaxy then quickly speeds up its timeline to resolve some of them. I hope the next book moves a bit better but the series is loosing its charm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-21-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "A Fun Read"

    “The Last Colony” is another great sci-fi book in the Old Man’s War series. This book takes us out of space and follows the John and Jane as they move from their settled life now that they are both out of the CFD to a new colony (at the title suggests). Due to the story line some of the crazy tech and ideas that are more up front in the other books are missing in this one which is a little disappointing but the story line and new situations popping up in the universe still make it a fun read. The quips by John Perry in this book are as good as any, making him a fun character to follow!

    William Dufris does a great Narration as always!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 10-29-13
    Janet 10-29-13
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    "Thoroughly Entertaining!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 08-02-13
    DocJim Low Prices,Great Service - Please Keep it that way! 08-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist

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    "A nice balance of sci-fi battles plot twists"

    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”.

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-18-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-18-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "2nd listen-even better series than the 1st time"

    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.

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    Julius Butcher 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another good one of Scalzi"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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