Just finnished listening to the audio book of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War.
It’s a really good military science fiction story, not as good as Forever War or Starship Troopers but an entertaining read. The narrator of the book was excellent.
Old Man’s War is the first novel in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War_series. A sequel, The Ghost Brigades was published in 2006, followed by two other books, The Last Colony (2007) and Zoe’s Tale (2008).
Another book in the series, The Human Division, was published as a serial) and then collected in a novel (2013). The next book in the series, The End of All Things), was published in June 2015 as four novellas
First thing I did when I finnished it was start the second book (I have now finnished the fifth)
The Ghost Brigades
Old Man’s War, Book 2
Narrated By: William Dufris
Publisher: Pan MacmillanDate: March 2017
Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes
Who can you trust, if you can’t trust yourself?
Three hostile alien races have united against humanity, determined to halt our expansion into space. The mastermind behind this lethal alliance is a traitor – Charles Boutin. He was a Colonial Defence Force scientist, with access to their biggest military secrets. Now the CDF’s only hope is to discover Boutin’s plan. Trouble is, Boutin’s dead.
As a super-soldier created from Boutin’s own DNA, Jared Dirac may have answers. However, when Dirac fails to access the scientist’s memories, he’s transferred to the Ghost Brigades for training. These elite troops are also cloned from the dead, so he might fit in. But will Dirac’s memory return as the enemy plots the fate of humankind? And whose side is Dirac really on?
The Last Colony
Old Man’s War, Book 3
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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, Book 4
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 10 hrs
Zoe’s Tale is a parallel retelling of Scalzi’s third Old Man’s War novel, The Last Colony*, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry. It follows up on several plot points that were underrepresented in the original novel.
“How do you tell your part in the biggest tale in history?
“I ask because it’s what I have to do. I’m Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player (and a pawn) in a interstellar chess match to save humanity, or to see it fall. Witness to history. Friend. Daughter. Human. Seventeen years old.
“Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don’t know my tale: How I did what I did – how I did what I had to do – not just to stay alive but to keep you alive, too. All of you. I’m going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope. Everything that happened, bringing us to Earth, and Earth out of its captivity. All through my eyes.
“It’s a story you know. But you don’t know it all.”