- 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: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Old Man's War Mass Market Paperback – Jan 15 2007
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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday First he visited his wifes 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 humanitys resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age you can join the CDF They dont want young people they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living Youll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return Youll serve two years at the front And if you survive youll 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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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. Also, I was very disappointed in how one of the most important ideas in the book was handled. It was the question of "Why are we investing so much in war versus diplomacy?" The author handles it very clumsily and then essentially avoids that question. Which is a pretty important one, especially considering what is revealed about the most powerful alien species encountered.
So overall, I consider this a fun but of sci-fi reading. There is some depth to it in terms of themes and ideas to think about, but it's not nearly as cerebral or thought-provoking as many other sci-fi stories. With that in mind, I think I can safely say this is a book I liked to read, but not loved to read. That means that four stars seems like a good rating for this book.
A good SciFi read.
A good read and worth passing on to a friend.
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