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ISBN13: 9780765356185
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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.

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"[A] page-turner stuffed with futuristic gunfights, political intrigue and snappy banter....It's an admirable and exciting book, the work of an author worth taking seriously." Dallas Morning News

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

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"A less-action-laden story line ratchets the excitement down from that of the previous books, but Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging." Booklist

Synopsis:

This highly anticipated conclusion to the science fiction trilogy that includes Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades "combines taut military action with keen insight" (Library Journal), as Perry and Sagan are back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.

Synopsis:

The highly-anticipated conclusion to the science fiction trilogy begun with Old Mans War and The Ghost Brigades.

Synopsis:

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 Scalzis debut novel Old Mans War was a finalist for science fictions Hugo Award.  His other novels include The Ghost Brigades and The Androids 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, Zoë, 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 Zoë will remind fans of the benevolent role Captain Nemo plays in Verne's Mysterious Island.”—Publishers Weekly

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John Scalzi is a prolific journalist, columnist, and non-fiction writer whose books include The Rough Guide to the Universe and The Book of the Dumb. His web journal The Whatever is one of the longest-established and most widely-read weblogs on the net. His acclaimed debut SF novel Old Man's War was published by Tor in 2005.

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Ian King, December 19, 2008 (view all comments by Ian King)
It's been a long time since I've enjoyed fiction this much. A really, really long time. Maybe since RAH left us.

I'm writing this hours after finishing "The Last Colony," the last in the trilogy started with "Old Man's War." I've recommended these books to dozens of people now.

Why? There are two fundamental reasons. For one, Scalzi is an incredibly good writer. His prose moves forward and inexorably draws you with it. His writing style helps you conveniently forget the fact that you just spent an hour, or two or three or more hours living in the world he creates.

And what a world! The story is involved but not confusing - Scalzi knows just how many balls to keep in the air at once. Each book can stand on its own but, for the reader who will begin at the beginning, there are gems others will miss. One of those in this final book, a small but very meaningful reference, brought tears to my eyes. This is a very human story, that does not lose its humanity in its rich portrayal of a complex society and its enabling technology.

Scalzi creates a universe where big social and political issues are front and center, but never steps up on a soapbox. That is incredibly refreshing. This is science fiction for the thinking AND feeling reader.

In case I haven't made my point, I really liked this book - and the two that came before it. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Mr. Scalzi offers us.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765356185
Author:
Scalzi, John
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Space warfare
Subject:
Space colonies
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
July 29, 2008
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 336 pages Tor Books - English 9780765356185 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] page-turner stuffed with futuristic gunfights, political intrigue and snappy banter....It's an admirable and exciting book, the work of an author worth taking seriously."
"Review" by , "The Last Colony will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care."
"Review" by , "A less-action-laden story line ratchets the excitement down from that of the previous books, but Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging."
"Synopsis" by , This highly anticipated conclusion to the science fiction trilogy that includes Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades "combines taut military action with keen insight" (Library Journal), as Perry and Sagan are back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.
"Synopsis" by ,
The highly-anticipated conclusion to the science fiction trilogy begun with Old Mans War and The Ghost Brigades.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 Scalzis debut novel Old Mans War was a finalist for science fictions Hugo Award.  His other novels include The Ghost Brigades and The Androids 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, Zoë, 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 Zoë will remind fans of the benevolent role Captain Nemo plays in Verne's Mysterious Island.”—Publishers Weekly

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