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The Last Colony : Old Man's War Book 3 - John Scalzi

The Last Colony

Old Man's War Book 3

Paperback Published: 1st July 2008
ISBN: 9780765356185
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

John Scalzi's debut novel "Old Man's War" was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other novels include "The Ghost Brigades" and "The Android's Dream." He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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.
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.

"Scalzi's Hugo finalist, "Old Man's War "first spawned the equally entertaining "Ghost Brigades." And now, a third volume reprises the story of John Perry, former planet-hopping soldier who has now traded his genetically enhanced second body for a commonplace one and a peaceful retirement. Free from the stresses of battle, he's enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and adopted daughter on a remote Colonial Union world. Then a former commanding general drops by with a tempting proposal. Perry and his wife are apparently the perfect candidates to lead a promising new colony populated by citizens from 10 worlds. They accept, but then the CU deceitfully strands them and their charges on an unknown world. Perry discovers they are pawns in a deadly game calculated to destroy an alien coalition whose purposes include blocking further human colonization . . . Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging."--Carl Hays," Booklist

""Full of whodunit twists and explosive action, Scalzi's third SF novel is] entertaining storytelling on a very human scale. Several years after the events of "The Ghost Brigades "(2006), John Perry, the hero of "Old Man's War "(2005), and Jane Sagan are leading a normal life as administrator and constable on the colonial planet Huckleberry with their adopted daughter, Zoe, when they get conscripted to run a new colony, ominously named Roanoke. When the colonists are dropped onto a different planet than the one they expected, they find themselves caught in a confrontation between the human Colonial Union and the alien confederation called the Conclave. Hugo-finalist Scalzi avoids political allegory, promoting individual compassion and honesty and downplaying patriotic loyalty--except in the case of the inscrutable Obin, hive-mind aliens whose devotion to Zoe will remind fans of the benevolent role Captain Nemo plays in Verne's "Mysterious"" Island.""--"Publishers Weekly"

Industry Reviews

"The Last Colony will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care." --Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, on The Last Colony

"Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging." --Booklist on The Last Colony

"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 (starred review) on The Ghost Brigades

"A mix of Starship Troopers and Universal Soldier, Ghost evokes awakening, betrayal, and combat in the best military sci-fi tradition." --Entertainment Weekly on The Ghost Brigades

"An impressive piece of work." --Philadelphia Inquirer on The Ghost Brigades

"Fast and deep...I like the galaxy this author's playing in, the characters he limns, the situations he's playing with, and I'm glad there's at least one more volume on the way." --San Diego Union-Tribune on The Ghost Brigades

"In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog 'The Whatever, ' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create." --San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades

"Scalzi is a natural heir to Heinlein, and his second book in this series is a good old-fashioned space opera, which takes time to question the nature of free will." --St. Louis Press-Dispatch on The Ghost Brigades

"Astonishingly proficient." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Old Man's War

"Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood-roiling. His dialogue is suitably snappy and profane. And the moral and philosophical issues he raises... insert useful ethical burrs under the military saddle of the story." --The Washington Post on Old Man's War

"Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel." --Cleveland Plain-Dealer

ISBN: 9780765356185
ISBN-10: 076535618X
Series: Old Man's War
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st July 2008
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 10.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

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