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Old Man's War

4.23 based on 99845 ratings & 5952 reviews on Goodreads.com

2006 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel

2006 Winner

Locus Award Best First Novel


04 February 11
598 mins
William Dufris


The universe is a dangerous place in John Scalzi's Old Man's War, the first in The Old Man's War series.

At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body, crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle.

But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.

In the media

Scalzi is one of the slickest writers that SF has ever produced
Wall Street Journal
Astonishingly proficient
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
It gladdens the reader's heart . . . great fun
Daily Telegraph