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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,910 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Scalzi Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Old Man's War Series Release Date:
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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.

The highly-anticipated conclusion to John Scalzi's SF trilogy begun with Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades concludes with The Last Colony

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Last Colony will kick your butt across the galaxy and make you care. Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column, on The Last Colony

  • Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging. Booklist on The Last Colony
  • The sequel to Old Man's War combines taut military action with keen insights into the moral issues revolving around developing technologies. Scalzi has a finely tuned sense of balance between personal drama and the 'big picture' ... Highly recommended. Library Journal (starred review) on The Ghost Brigades
  • A mix of Starship Troopers and Universal Soldier, Ghost evokes awakening, betrayal, and combat in the best military sci-fi tradition. Entertainment Weekly on The Ghost Brigades
  • An impressive piece of work. Philadelphia Inquirer on The Ghost Brigades
  • Fast and deep…I like the galaxy this author's playing in, the characters he limns, the situations he's playing with, and I'm glad there's at least one more volume on the way. San Diego Union-Tribune on The Ghost Brigades
  • In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog ‘The Whatever,' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankenstein-like creatures we are able to create. San Antonio Express-News on The Ghost Brigades
  • Scalzi is a natural heir to Heinlein, and his second book in this series is a good old-fashioned space opera, which takes time to question the nature of free will. St. Louis Press-Dispatch on The Ghost Brigades
  • Astonishingly proficient. Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Old Man's War
  • Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood-roiling. His dialogue is suitably snappy and profane. And the moral and philosophical issues he raises... insert useful ethical burrs under the military saddle of the story. The Washington Post on Old Man's War
  • Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War is a splendid novel. Cleveland Plain-Dealer

  • “Scalzi’s captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Hugo Award Nominee
  • Nominated for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2008

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Calvinus | 2/11/2014

    " I liked Scalzi's earlier books and there's something to be said for his hyper-speed pacing, but this particular book seemed a little "thin" to me. There were a number of times in this book when I felt like Scalzi just hadn't given us enough basis for believing that the radical plot developments could have happened so quickly/easily. Also, what exactly was the purpose of the "werewolves"? That being said, it was still an enjoyable read. I love the thoroughly practical way the characters employ the technological tools imagined by Scalzi's world (i.e. sneak attacks by genetically modified human SpecOps soldiers). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Erin | 2/10/2014

    " Good end to a good trilogy. However, I liked Zoe's Tale, which was essentially the same story told from a different character, better than The Last Colony. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie Hoad | 2/5/2014

    " Scalzi is quite good at building up a situation until you just can't imagine how it's going to be resolved without everyone dying. He's still quite good at that in this book and I enjoyed this ending more than in the other books in this series. Having said that, I gave this book three stars because it often lags. Sometimes the dialogue turns into philosophical musings (not in the good way) or long debriefings of the reasons behind some action, such as the conversations between John Perry (he's back!) and General [insert one of three names here]. This kind of thing, if overdone, irritates me, because sometimes I think it was bleedingly obvious and we didn't need it, and other times because I just don't want to have a character's every thought process explained to me. Let the reader think about it. Let them debate with another reader why John Perry is a hero or a traitor. Leave some of it to be a mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fred | 1/26/2014

    " Good fun reading. Very like able characters. "

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