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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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    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!

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    pete decatur, IL, United States 02-17-14
    pete decatur, IL, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic continuation"

    This story does not stand on its own. With that said If you have not read Old Mans War, read it first. This adds on to the series and adds a great amount of depth to the series as John and Jane continue their life to where it will end.

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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.

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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.

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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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    "I liked it"
    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.


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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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    "Worth listening to"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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..

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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

    Yo

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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.

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