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Full of whodunit twists and explosive action, Scalzi's third SF novel lacks the galactic intensity of its two related predecessors, but makes up for it with entertaining storytelling on a very human scale. Several years after the events of The Ghost Brigades (2006), John Perry, the hero of Old Man's War (2005), and Jane Sagan are leading a normal life as administrator and constable on the colonial planet Huckleberry with their adopted daughter, Zoë, when they get conscripted to run a new colony, ominously named Roanoke. When the colonists are dropped onto a different planet than the one they expected, they find themselves caught in a confrontation between the human Colonial Union and the alien confederation called the Conclave. Hugo-finalist Scalzi avoids political allegory, promoting individual compassion and honesty and downplaying patriotic loyalty—except in the case of the inscrutable Obin, hive-mind aliens whose devotion to Zoë will remind fans of the benevolent role Captain Nemo plays in Verne's Mysterious Island. Some readers may find the deus ex machina element a tad heavy-handed, but it helps keep up the momentum. (May)
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Scalzi's Hugo finalist,Old Man's War (2005) first spawned the equally entertaining Ghost Brigades (2006). And now, a third volume reprises the story of John Perry, former planet-hopping soldier who has now traded his genetically enhanced second body for a commonplace one and a peaceful retirement. Free from the stresses of battle, he's enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and adopted daughter on a remote Colonial Union world. Then a former commanding general drops by with a tempting proposal. Perry and his wife are apparently the perfect candidates to lead a promising new colony populated by citizens from 10 worlds. They accept, but then the CU deceitfully strands them and their charges on an unknown world. Perry discovers they are pawns in a deadly game calculated to destroy an alien coalition whose purposes include blocking further human colonization. A less-action-laden story line ratchets the excitement down from that of the previous books, but Scalzi's captivating blend of off-world adventure and political intrigue remains consistently engaging. Carl Hays
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Good story, lots of clever plot twists. This is a 'man saves universe' story. And plenty of humor.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Keeps your interest via character development and strong story line.Published 14 days ago by andre J. Pelletier
The thinking persons' SF ! Storyline fascinating & the humanity of each person a delight. So many individual twists snd then the deep understanding of what each reaction is usual... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Hermann
In this volume it becomes increasingly clear that the humans, as a whole, are not the good guys. Nor are they the 'plucky protagonists' who save the day. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Pietro Calogero
Snarky, intelligent, fun. If you're a John Scalzi fan, you must read this! He's been compared to Robert Heinlein, but I believe he's surpassed the master now.Published 17 days ago by Keith M. Dale