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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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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-06-13
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    just three words?


    Any additional comments?

    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.
    I

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    Hope Austin, TX, United States 02-13-13
    Hope Austin, TX, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Third in the Series"
    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Again, Scalzi doesn't disappoint with this well-crafted 3rd book in the Old Man's War series.


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

    When you discover the final plan to protect the colony, you can't help but smile.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does such an excellent portrayal of each distinct voice that the book really comes to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KARL HOLDENVILLE, OK, United States 12-11-12
    KARL HOLDENVILLE, OK, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "good story"
    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    i was good book to listen to real good story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh at times


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12
    David Troy, MI, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    The story isn't bad but doesn't offer up the same kick ass action and technology as the first couple of books. By default it cant focus on technology since (SPOILER ALERT) its NOT ALLOWED to be used for the majority of the book. /sigh
    So basically Scalzi takes the greatest aspect of the series and right off the bat he comes up with a story line that allows him to completely exempt if from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 09-18-12
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice addition to the Old Man's War series"

    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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Langley, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-12
    Dustin Langley, British Columbia, Canada 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love these books"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Colony to be better than the print version?

    Sorry cant say that I have had a chance to read the printed book yet


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have gotten a number of books with Mr. Dufris's narration and I have relay enjoyed his performance


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think that the book more made me laugh then any thing but it definitely has its ups and downs.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is best read as part of the Old Mans War series.

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    Charles Austin, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Charles Austin, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Good ending."
    If you could sum up The Last Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Space is Harsh


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "a suitable ending to a great trilogy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Colony to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Hickory and Dickory, Scalzi made them really interesting characters.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire Old Man's War Trilogy and I'm currently listening to the Sheriff of Yrmaneer. He is definitely better suited for action and drama than for humor. These books better suit his vocal talents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but no. I listen to audiobooks when I drive. My Commute is 20 minutes at a time, and I work in my car one day a week.


    Any additional comments?

    this is book three of a trilogy. don't buy without getting book 1 - Old Man's War and book 2 - The Ghost Brigades.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    04-23-12
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    "Great continuation of the story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While carousing a book store I came upon the first book in this series 'Old Mans War'.. I opened it to the first line: "I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army." This was not normally in my genre but I couldn't put it down after that. The series, as well as this book, has been thoroughly entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Perry of course. You identify with him quickly. I don't spend my energy wondering why John did this or that. But to be honest, it really isn't just about John in this book. He blends several stories and characters well.
    I do feel that the end of this story should have included John getting the same enhancements as his wife. Talk about unequal footing.


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    Luv2Read 02-03-09
    Luv2Read 02-03-09

    luv2read

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    "Not your "Old Man's War""

    This book was a major disappointment. It lacks everything that made Old Man's War a serendipity. Unlike the first novel, the characters are just going through the motions to get to the very nice ending. The dialogue in OMW was tight and often witty. In this concluding episode, the boring dialogue drones on and on. There is very little action. And the spark and vitality in the relationship between the hero and heroine is completely lacking. Skip it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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