Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) by John Scalzi

Into the Wild

Read Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) Online Free - 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 alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going 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. Everybody knows 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 two years 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.

Title : Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
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ISBN : 0765348276
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 362 pages


Mark rated it ★★★★☆

December 03, 2017

This is, for me, a pretty short review as the key novel element here is one that it is fun to discover in the book, and not spoiling that severely limits what I can discuss. I really enjoyed Old Man's War and think you should read it. For me it was a 5* first half and a 3* second half (I liked the...

Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2017

Do not mourn me, friends I fall as a shooting star Into the next life Holy Mother Of Graham Crackers! This book was awesome 😄 When you're an old person, you can sign up to go out into the galaxy to fight in the alien war. WHAT? John Perry decided to do this when he turned seventy-five. His wife had...

Shannon rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 06, 2011

There wasn't anything horribly wrong with this book, but I found myself unattached to any of the characters. And even for a science fiction novel I thought a lot of the plot was just unbelievable; the main character seems to excel at and have the answer to everything while his fellow soldiers get...

Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 22, 2017

EDIT 07/22/17: It has been brought to my attention that I may not have the proper Science Fiction background to understand what this book's purpose is. It's been said that it's poking fun at the genre (specifically Heinlein's work) in a way I don't have the context for. I'm often frustrated when...

mark rated it ★★★☆☆

May 20, 2012

sometimes a first novel gets everything right. writing that is clean, clear, and fluid. characterization that is simple, straightforward, and real. a narrative that hurtles forward but does not feel rushed or incomplete. ideas that feel new and that are conveyed with enthusiasm and a brisk, unpre...

Lyn rated it ★★★★☆

May 28, 2017

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi has been described as an exciting new take on the work of Robert A. Heinlein. Scalzi himself acknowledges being inspired by the late grandmaster. Much of the tone and style of the book does seem to not only imitate RAH, but somehow channel his genius into a new voice f...

Megan rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2014

I'm about to say something I wasn't sure I'd ever say about a science fiction novel about interstellar war - this book is warmly humanist in its approach. From the first time I sat down to read it, I felt invited and welcomed into the world Scalzi was creating. I enjoyed meeting and spending time...

Dan rated it ★★★★★

February 25, 2011

John Perry enlists in the Colonial Defense Force on his 75th birthday and gets whisked off to war in a new and improved body, defending Earth's colonies against alien races. Will John be one of the few that survives his first year? John Scalzi's blog is one of the few I've followed in 2010 and I'm...

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it ★★★★☆

March 21, 2018

Old Man's War is about military life in the future, fighting aliens over planets to colonize. The mysterious Colonial Defense Force recruits 75 year old men and women to fight its wars, and many sign up because some sort of second shot at youth is involved, and at this point in their lives they f...

Jokoloyo rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

If somehow you read my Old Man's War review first before others (yeah, highly improbable), my first advice is: STOP reading this review, just read the book first! =========== OK, so you want me to elaborate more on this review? Saying I had a good experience enjoying this book is an understatement:...

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