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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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    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
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    "The 4th book in what should have been a trilogy"

    I was surprised at this book having read the three others in the series. This is an alternate take on the events of Zoe's Tale. While that was through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl, this is from the perspective of her father, the colony leader. The issues I have is there are too many continuity errors between these two books. Having listened to one, the other won't mesh well. I would suggest reading this version first, then do Zoe's Tale and treat it as a standalone novel.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    robert 01-30-13
    robert 01-30-13
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    "A bit too in touch with his feminine side..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls...under 14


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Someone who can portray a young girl's voice without the whining.


    What character would you cut from The Last Colony?

    Zoe


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes new ventures don't work out...keep exploring.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 11-20-09
    David LANCASTER, CA, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Book, Good story, annoying as an audio book."

    Every conversation between characters, every spoken line regardless of length ends with 'he said' or 'she said'. Show a little imagination, or at least let the reader delete about 95% of the 'he said'

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    A. Selig 06-11-15
    A. Selig 06-11-15

    WorldTraveler

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    "Amazing and great ending"

    Woot great book with awesome ending - please read this great 3rd part of the book series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Palmetto, FL, United States 04-29-15
    Keith Palmetto, FL, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring boring boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the first couple of books in this series. But this book is just plane boring!


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Scalzi again?

    Yes


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Dufris?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jocelyn Simms 04-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I really enjoyed"

    This third instalment continued to keep me wanting more. On to the next. I highly recommend to others already introduced to this universe.

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    Matt 04-20-15
    Matt 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    Great book as usual in this series. Looking forward to reading the sequels. Would recommend.

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    Kevin 04-09-15
    Kevin 04-09-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Kevin"

    Great ending to the Old mans war story line, and better intro to what happens after. The world only expands giving more reason to dive into this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 03-16-15
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 03-16-15 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.

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    "Enjoyable, but not as innovative as earlier books"

    After the undeniable SF pedigree of the earlier two novels in the series, this entry felt entirely too devoted to politics and diplomacy, although still enjoyably so. The smirky protagonist (found in all of Scalzi’s books, as far as I know) brings a dry humor to the narrative. In this series, the character is named John Perry, and along with his wife and fellow former soldier, Jane Sagan, find a way to avert disaster for underdog humanity in a hostile universe. The pair are bit too idealized, however, and would be more interesting with some character flaws or blind spots. Another missed opportunity I noted was that while the novel is full of plenty of alien species and characters, there are practically no descriptions of their appearance, physiologies, or philosophies. They could all very conceivably stand-in for humans in all their nationalities and factions, operating from some non-SF setting. The cookie-cutter approach reminds me of the TV aliens in Star Trek, ironically something Scalzi quite successfully lampooned in 2012’s “Redshirts”. For this level of multi-layered strategic diplomacy, one could just as easily have picked up a thriller from the current NYT bestseller list in the Fiction aisle, but as a SF fan, I would have liked to see something more exotic from the characters, settings, motives, etc. A final criticism is one I’ve spotted in other Scalzi books: An overuse of the verb “said” in dialog. After a string of several, my ear was straining for some variety. Where the novel succeeds, however, is in the moderate humor and clever solutions to the tough spots the characters find themselves in. There are some very satisfying ‘back from the brink’ moments here, and on the strength of the earlier novels in the series, I’m willing to continuing reading the series after this bridge book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 03-13-15
    Lee 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great!!!"

    Leaves it open for another series.
    Sure hope there is another series!!!
    Throughly enjoy this author and look forward to more from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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