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The Last Colony (Old Man's War) eBook Kindle

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Número de páginas: 337 páginas Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado Configuração de fonte: Habilitado
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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.

Old Man's War Series
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#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe’s Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
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THEY MUST SAVE THEMSELVES - OR DIE TRYING
John Perry was living peacefully on one of humanity's colonies - until he and his wife were offered an opportunity these ex-supersoldiers couldn't resist. To come out of retirement and lead a new frontier world.

However, once on the planet, they discover they've been betrayed. For this colony is a pawn in an interstellar game of war and diplomacy. Humanity's Colonial Union has pitched itself against a new, seemingly unstoppable alien alliance, dedicated to ending all human colonization.

As this contest rages above, Perry struggles to keep his terrified colonists alive on the surface below - despite dangerous interstellar politics, violence and treachery. And the planet has yet to reveal its own fatal secrets.
'The most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today'
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  • Número de páginas: 337 páginas
  • ISBN da fonte dos números de páginas: 1447295404
  • Editora: Tor Books; Edição: Reprint (17 de abril de 2007)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B000YJ85BI
  • Leitura de texto: Habilitado
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The Last Colony fecha com chave de ouro a trilogia iniciada em Old Man's War. A história é interessante, com mudanças interessantes que não atrapalham a leitura.
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boring narrative. I gave five stars to the first two , but this one is fastidious, politically correct and unecessary.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 de 5 estrelas 624 avaliações
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Book three in Scalzi's excellent 'Old Man's War' series 2 de junho de 2015
Por Phil (not) in Magnolia - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book continues the 'Old Man's War' series, here returning to John Perry, who was the main character in the first book and is now retired from his military duty and settling down into a more routine life on one of the colonies, along with his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan and their adopted daughter, Zoë. Perry is recruited to head a new colony, and he and Jane find themselves in the middle of a battle for control of the galaxy, with the human dominated Colonial Union threatened by the Conclave, a federation of non-human species that has pledged to destroy any colonies that are not a part of their own organization of races - including, of course, the colony headed by Perry.

The only disappointment with the book is the statement at the end (spoiler alert, I suppose) that this will be the final story with John Perry and Jane Sagan (even as it is disclosed that Jane is pregnant). The following book picks up with their adopted daughter, Zoë, and I'm just beginning that story now.

These books by John Scalzi have brought me back to reading science fiction, after several decades away. Scalzi's style of writing is very reminiscent of Robert Heinlein, and since Heinlein was my favorite author as a youth, I've found myself quickly drawn to these stories. I'm working my way through the series and coming to them late, as I have, has been beneficial since I'm able to read them one after the other, without waiting for each to come along. I'll be through the five existing books well in advance of the publication of the sixth later this year.

Books in the 'Old Man's War' series, to date:

Book 1: Old Man's War (2005)
Book 2: The Ghost Brigades (2006)
Book 3: The Last Colony (2007)
Book 4: Zoe's Tale (2008)
Book 5: The Human Division (2013)
Book 6: The End of All Things (to be released August 11, 2015)
4.0 de 5 estrelas Intergalactic Intrigue 15 de abril de 2017
Por F. Moyer - Publicada na Amazon.com
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At the time this book was written, it was intended to be the 3rd book of a trilogy. Humans attempt to colonize a newly-discovered planet. What could go wrong?

The book’s focus is not on the struggle to adapt to a new world; instead, its focus is on the effort to colonize a planet that multiple alien worlds may wish to have for themselves. But compared to the first two books, this book contained less soldierly-fighting and more inter-galactic intrigue (which I preferred). Indeed, I especially liked this book’s basic storyline. The plot made the phrase “do you know who your enemies really are?” come to mind. And, like the first two books in this series, the main characters were presented with intelligence and compassion.

One oddity to the storytelling: The planet contained intelligent and organized beings, but they only appeared briefly within the story and then were never mentioned again. So they were just an interesting distraction that did not contribute to the basic storyline.

Bottom line: Good plot; good characters; satisfying ending. Certainly better than your average sci-fi.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Missing in Action 21 de julho de 2014
Por Steffen55 - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Mr. Scalzi is obviously a skilled and talented writer. He especially likes dialogue, lots and lots of dialogue filled with witty clever conversation i.e.... talk, talk, talk.

Perhaps I missed too much by not reading the Ghost Brigades first, but the main character John Perry's frequent statements that he, 'was a soldier' fall very deaf to me to the point of irritation. 'Military People', tend not to talk in circles with a lot of sarcasm, and innuendo. Military people talk directly, clearly because their weapons are not words, but bullets, bombs, missiles, etc. Their world requires clear, communication, where as round about talk will get you and others killed and you lose.

From his writings in this book, I doubt very much if Mr. Scalzi was ever actually in the military. John Perry, whose conversations are usually interesting and clever, talks like a detective (this book is a detective mystery, what real action there is, is short and quick) Like a police man, a counselor, a teacher, a minister, prison guard, etc,. John Perry's words are his primary weapons and what dominates and carries this book. lots of words and talk.

And, in the same vein, I found Jane to be a most unbelievable 'special forces'. Again, I believe Mr. Scalzi's lack of a real military background is obvious here. ' Special Forces', now days, is a generic term. Within 'special forces', today are Delta, SEALS, Rangers, Green Beret, SAS, maybe Marine Recon. Mr. Salzi would have been better served to create some 'Galactic Rangers', or 'Cosmic SEALS etc. He is very creative, would not have been hard. No Ranger or SEAL would ever refer to themselves as, 'special forces', they are a, 'Ranger', or a, 'Seal'. Her performance as.any of the listed above REAL special forces..is not very credible, again, to the point of annoyance. There are a lot of good examples of 'realistic military type' characters in many mil sci fi books. Any reader of more than four mil sci fi books can pick this out.

The actual plot of this book ends way before the book does. And, again, after the plot is really finished, there is a lot of dialogue, conversation, blah, blah, blah to bring all the various loose ends to an end. Perhaps Mr. Scalzi feels all those words and conversations are necessary, but I suggest that he should try to do it more quickly...much like he does with his actual brief action scenes. I actually believe that the action passages were done well, but it was like something that Mr. Scalzi HAD to do, and he hurried, so that he could get back to what he enjoys more, talking, clever conversation, dialogue with a lot of sarcasm.

Through all the talk, like at least another reader, I became bored with the characters and their continual clever banter and inner turmoil, and I really did not care if they lived or died. And the thought of reading an entire book based on Zoe's angst sounds horrible. Maybe Mr. Scalzi wants Divergent or Hunger Games type success...young girls, inner angst, conflicting views about womanhood, relationships, love complicated by the constant presence of Obin...sounds like more blah, blah, blah.

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4.0 de 5 estrelas Nice pivot in this third book away from the mostly ... 25 de abril de 2017
Por S. Yates - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Nice pivot in this third book away from the mostly military point of view, and toward the life of colonists. Of course, with John Perry and Jane Sagan, there are military intrigues and strategy to divine, but seeing them both settled and happy (about eight years out of the CDF) is a nice change of pace and gives them both fuller life. The book itself moves quickly, with some familiar characters returning and new characters (and species) introduced, more layers of the workings of the galaxy uncovered, and momentous decisions to be made. The book ends with some aspects enjoying closure, but a major cliffhanger (in the best sense). Curious where the series will end up, but Scalzi always makes the reader's journey enjoyable.
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3.0 de 5 estrelas Perfectly Adequate Story with Excellently Written Characters 29 de julho de 2015
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Not as strong as "Ghost Brigades". Overall, I think the book suffered from an immensity of ideas and characters all stuffed into 340 pages.

Comparisons. As you probably know, the Old Man's War series is military science fiction. This genre includes Ian Douglas' numerous works (Heritage trilogy, Legacy trilogy, Inheritance trilogy, Star Carrier series, and others I've yet to read), a few of the Iain Banks "Culture" series (Use of Weapons, at least, though maybe not). I think Douglas' work is a very close comparison to Scalzi's Old Man's War series.

Review. Last Colony picks up several years after the events of Ghost Brigades. Jane Sagan & Zoe Boutin have connected with the hero of the original piece, Old Man's War, John Perry and have settled on the colony world Huckleberry. Our plot is kicked off with John and Jane accepting an assignment from the Colonial Defense Force to lead a new colony. However, once they arrive at the planet, things quickly go awry. They're at the wrong planet, and a Special Forces solider/stowaway tells them that no one, not even the ship's crew, is allowed to leave.

Specific Critiques. Spoilers! As I mentioned at the start, the quality of this work suffered from an abundance of ideas and a lack of focus. As usual, Scalzi writes excellent, well thought out characters. The secondary characters all have distinct personalities, and their interactions & reactions to/with our protagonists are very realistic. I laughed several times at scenes where the characters were just talking with one another. Scalzi writes excellent dialogue. Similar to "Old Man's War", the aliens in the world of Last Colony are aliens in name only. While reading, I had to remind myself repeatedly that a character was in fact, not human, as their motivations and thought processes were all distinctly human like. Again, it's the Star Trek/Babylon 5 philosophy of aliens - they're just like us, but maybe a little more logical (Vulcans), or more mercantile (Centaurians), or more violent (Klingons). It's a matter of preference, true, but I enjoy my aliens actually seeming alien! I think Ian Douglas does this really well, so, I admit, I've been spoiled. Next, there's just too much going on in this novel for 340 pages. Too many plots are covered too briefly, leaving the reader dissatisfied. The most poignant example of this - it turns out the planet the colonists settle on is inhabited by an intelligent, stone age species of "werewolves". These werewolves kill one colonist, then ambush a party of colonists out for revenge, nearly killing John and Jane in the process. Then, nothing. These dangerous aliens are never mentioned again, despite the fact they're discovered at the beginning of the second act. That side plot, thus, served no purpose. And, given the immensity of the galaxy spanning, political and military drama that Scalzi was trying write, this side plot took up 20-30 pages that could have been put to much, much better use. That's bad editing, really. Also, the deus ex machina is fairly outrageously lazy. At the middle of the third act, the colonists find themselves unprotected by the Colonial Defense Force, and John turns to the Federation, whoops, I meant "Conclave", for some kind of help. While on this assignment, Zoe, without prompting, asks her Obin bodyguards for help defending the colony with anything they can offer. Well, it just so happens that the Obin recently met with the super advanced race the Consu, where they just happened to mention the plight of Zoe and her colony, and the Consu were so impressed, that they handed over a "magic plot hole fixer" to the Obin as a gift for Zoe and the colony, and the Obin, I guess, just remembered that right now at the critical juncture, and turned over the "magic plot hole fixer" to Zoe and colony, which, it just so happens, completely saves the day. Yes, I know that was a run on. It was for effect. Anyhow, the "magic plot hole fixer" was a device that generated a field that prevented firearms from working, somehow. Finally, the story suffers from numerous plot holes often fixed with John and Jane somehow having access to information due to her Special Forces contacts. For instance, upon learning of the assassination plot against the leader of the Federation, shoot, sorry, Conclave, John sends Zoe with her Obin bodyguards to contact the leader and warn him, because John feels the leader is sympathetic to humanity. Why does the SF General tell John about the assassination? How do the Obin or John know how to contact this leader? Why does that leader later assist John in reaching out to Earth? It's so grandiose it strains believability. Anyhow, that's enough specific critiques.

Final Thoughts. I'm giving this one the much dreaded (haha!) "good to read on the plane" rating. It's perfectly adequate, better than "Old Man's War" but receded from the improvements of "Ghost Brigades".
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