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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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    Fukushima

    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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    Old man war

    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

    Interesting read,one of the best science fiction books I've read next to Enders game!

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    Old man's war

    Right up there with Heinlein, the writing is excellent, the characters and dialog are engaging, making this an excellent read!

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    Brief but exciting

    Old man's war has a very unique and inventive sci-fi premise. The book sets up a pretty interesting universe and although I wish some more of the alien species had more depth I was intrigued the whole way through. My largest complaint with this book would be that the only character that is really Developed is the main character, the characters surrounding him lack depth of any kind and are all easily forgettable. The action in this book is mostly amazing, only a few battles bored me. In conclusion if you want a short but entertaining military sci-fi book with a fascinating premise old man's war is for you.

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