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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.


    1 of 1 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..

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 04-23-12
    Dave 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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-28-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2008

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    "An uneven continuation of Old Man's War"

    Book 3 of the Old Man's War series unites the main characters from the first 2 books, John Perry and Jane Sagan, and jumps ahead to their retirement on the peaceful colony of Huckleberry. Of course their relaxed existence is disrupted as interstellar politics and conspiracies take over and they find themselves facing one impossible challenge after another. The Conclave plot line picks up steam and the stakes get ever larger as the story goes on. All of this makes for an interesting enough premise but in the end Scalzi's execution and Dufris' narration just didn't keep me immersed this time around.

    A myriad of small plot devices add up as the book goes on and very few of the characters act realistically. John and Jane uncover clues that things are amiss but just go along for the ride putting themselves and their adopted daughter Zoe at great risk. The aliens speak using standard 21st century colloquialisms and General Gau, the Leader of the 420 alien race Conclave, puts himself at risk to personally visit colony planets to speak with the leaders before destroying them. The list goes on throughout the book and the final plot twist at the end was the least believable of the bunch.

    I didn't dislike this book but it did leave me uninspired to immediately continue with the series. When I do resume it will likely be with book 5 and not book 4, Zoe's Tale, which is a re-telling of the story from Zoe's perspective. Although the story was ultimately entertaining, once was enough for me.

    2 of 3 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.

    2 of 3 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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    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 18 people found this review helpful

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