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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction; 1 edition (Jan. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765348276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765348272
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Ksenia Shpyakina on June 18 2014
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Inceredibly captivating read!!! I read it in one breath and can't wait to read his next book. Two thumbs up!!!
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By glenstair on May 9 2014
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Found this book quite good, it reveal's a whole new premise on how we would deal with hostile aliens using new biological techniques. Excellent read!
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By Gordz on May 5 2014
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This was an excellent read. Could not put the book down. Will pick up the others in the series to read.
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No, I am not describing the ideal man to most women, but a very good science-fiction novel. I really enjoyed the humour and "human-ness" of the story. The science was also intriguing and interesting concepts were presented in a very plausible way. A good read overall.
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John Scalzi has come up with a space-war tale with a unique twist: live your normal life span to old age then sign up for another life in a new and better body. Too good to be true? Of course there's a catch. You have joined up with no choice but to leave Earth forever to fight a war against superior alien forces. One more catch, you have very little or no chance of surviving.

A good read and worth passing on to a friend.
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By Louis-Philippe on Aug. 15 2013
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This is a mix between Starship Troopers and Altered Carbon. Excellent stuff. Page turner. A very fun and very well written book.
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By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 21 2013
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The Old Man's War is really the old person war as both men and women from the distant future are invited to leave Earth and join the Colonial Army. Earth is a relatively technological backwater, largely thanks to the Colonial Government not sharing its alien-related technology. As humanity discovered faster-than-light travel they also discovered a host of alien species. Some were friendly, most were not as habitable planets became resources to compete over. One advantage of that has been the gain of technology, and it is this technology that the Colonial Army offers to old Earth humans. Join up and become young again.

The recruits aren't sure how this happens, but they sign up largely because the alternative (getting even older and dying) is less appealing. Well, the book does describe a way of making them younger that's quasi-realistic. In fact, it can make them even healthier than ever. Unfortunately, it also means participating in military service with only a 10-25% chance of survival. If they live, they get to "retire" in young bodies as colonists on some distant planet.

The strength of the book lies in the details of how John Perry interacts with the people around him. At 75 years of age he's a widower with only one child whom he leaves behind on Earth. He meets fellow seniors and quickly forms a bond with them. There is a fair bit of Starship Troopers-type discussion of what military service means and entails. There's also a reasonable exploration of what it means to be human. Finally, there's also quite a bit of action which keeps the book moving along at a good pace.

The weaknesses of the book is that the rapid body count keeps you from getting too attached to anyone other than John.
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By Janet Dixon on May 2 2013
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Most unusual story .... I thought it a bit slow at the beginning but later realized it was necessary. Good read.....
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