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Author: Calabogie Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 16875  
Subject: Book review Date: 8/24/2012 7:29 AM
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http://www.amazon.com/Old-Mans-War-John-Scalzi/dp/0765348276...

"Old Man's War" by John Scalzi is an interesting and fun read/listen. I have just begun listening to audio books (long commute for a while) and this title is one of the first I've listened to. I had no experience with this author before this book but learned that he won the John W. Campbell Award in 2006) and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

"Old Man's War" is about a man who on his 75th birthday visits his wifes grave then joins the army, or the Colonial Defense Force to be more precise.

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John Perry turned 75 and joined the "CDF" which is a common thing in the world of this book. The CDF takes people who are 75 and puts their consciousness into a genetically enhanced body that is based on their own DNA but has been modified for war. Once these 75 year-olds join the CDF, they are declared legally dead and they are taken to the CDF trainng area in space. From there they learn about thier "new" bodies and their new capabilities then they head out to protect the colony worlds from hostile aliens. The book theorizes that many species inhabit the galaxy/universe and all are fighting for a limited number of suitable worlds.

There are some interesting twists and the story is engaging as well as interesting. The dialogue can be a bit much while listening, especially when there is a lot of quick interaction and the narrator states, "He said" or "She said" many times in short span but the story carries through and keeps up interest.

There are evidently 2 more in the series, "The Ghost Brigades" and "The Last Colony" which I intend to listen to as well. I really enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it.

Calabogie
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