26 Jul

John Scalzi (1969 – )


First Mass Market Edition: January 2007

[First Edition – 2005]

Tor – registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

214 pages including Acknowledgements

I have to say that I was very sorry to turn the last page in this book.

I don’t usually like Military, let alone Science Fiction Military, with the exception of Ender’s Game, so imagine my thrill when the comparisons between the two books began to surface.


John Perry is 75 years old, and has joined the Colonial Defense Forces (Army). In so doing he must leave Earth and fight a war against alien races who are attempting to take control of the planets that are fit to live on, including Earth. He joins for one reason: old John Perry will be made young again, and age will no longer be a factor. That is, if he survives.

This is Scalzi’s first published novel. ***** one hell of a ride!

Also part of this trilogy:

The Ghost Brigades

The Lost Colony


When I last saw John Perry, he had been assigned to the Taos after having stumbled into the Ghost Brigades. Rescuing a soldier of the Special Forces had made him a hero, and the only real-born to have served with them. Briefly.

The Ghost Brigades are elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into perfect soldiers for the Colonial Defense Forces’ toughest operations. “You’re not supposed to know where they’re going or what they’re doing or even that they’re there in front of your own face.” But everyone knows they exist, even if no one knows who they are. Except, that is, for John Perry.

“ Whenever Special Forces soldiers see me, they ping me with their BrainPals – short little bursts of emotional information, signifying respect.”

John Perry pings back acknowledging the salute but outwardly never giving them away.


Tonight, I’m headed back into the CDF aboard the Taos via The Ghost Brigades. I don’t know what to expect, except for one thing, that John Scalzi is going to blow me right out-of-this-world. Man oh man is he ever!

The art of John Harris
The Last Colony


2 Responses to “OLD MAN’S WAR”

  1. Ilbi July 26, 2012 at 8:59 p07 #

    buon viaggio!!!


  1. THE LAST COLONY « WORDMAN - August 17, 2012

    […] Old Man’s War introduced me to John Perry and Jane Sagan in full military regalia, as they colonized other planets for habitation while fighting off the alien enemies;  The Ghost Brigades, with all it’s eccentricities, follows Jane, an Android Assassin, and the Special Forces in an attempt to revive the mind of a turncoat military scientist, Charles Boutin, whose DNA was implanted in a young recruit, Jared Dirac; The Last Colony reunited me with John and Jane, who, having mustered out of the military, live a quiet civilian life with their adopted daughter, Zoë Boutin, until, that is, their past pulls them back into the politics of their old interstellar military life, betrayal and war. […]

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