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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

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Old Man's War
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4.5 / 5
Great Mil SF Title
September 7th, 2015
Scalzi's story of an old man joining the colonial forces is amazing. Scalzi tells a story that you can't put down.
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Scifi
June 28th, 2015
Awesome book . Well written and easy to read. No better an author to put all the elements needed to do a great scifi book.
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Loved it
May 17th, 2015
What can I say, I was entranced, couldn't put the 'book' down. I greatly enjoyed this, the next in the series is the next book I will purchase
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Solid sci-fi
January 17th, 2015
I was a bit disappointed that Scalzi didn't get in to more detail about the organization of the CDF and the human colonies, but there was enough to keep me curious. The premise is excellent and I enjoyed the execution.
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Sci fi in Starship Troopers style
October 17th, 2014
I've come back to traditional space opera sci fi after a long absence and this was a great place to start. A seventy-five year old brand new recruit goes to the stars, gets blown up, blows things up, finds love, starts life anew -- what's not to like?!
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Interesting and fast paced
September 23rd, 2014
A 75 year old signs up for the space army and must come to terms with life, death, and technological progress. The universe John has built is ironic and entertaining, with aliens both more advanced than us and some only an inch tall.
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Fukushima
August 14th, 2014
Scalzi is quickly becoming a favourite. Red shirts was very amusing. This book reminded me a little of those brave seniors at Fukushima who put themselves in harms way to mitigate a disaster so younger professionals with families or yet to start families would not have to be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation. It was either Clarke or Heinlein that suggested space should be explored by seniors to keep the best and brightest active in the gene pool.
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June 15th, 2014
Well writen, good read
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Old man's war
February 6th, 2014
Right up there with Heinlein, the writing is excellent, the characters and dialog are engaging, making this an excellent read!
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Pretty good, no big deal
July 31st, 2013
Good book but not much of a wow factor
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Old man war
June 13th, 2013
This is an excellent book. Well written, gives you something to think about. Would you leave your old life for a chance at a new life, younger life, if so, would you be willing to start that life as a warrior? Read the book!
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The old mans war
May 13th, 2013
Interesting read,one of the best science fiction books I've read next to Enders game!
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