Old Man's War
Copyright 2005 by
I first read this on the 10th April 2006.
Well, you're seventy-five years old and you've just retired. What else is there
for you to do but to join the army?
That's the Colonial Defense Forces army of course. The CDF is dedicated to
defending the far-flung colonies of the Human empire against the rapacious
attacks of the hordes of aliens competing for habitable planets and jockeying for
position and power.
Of course, the real reason that all the senior citizens, including our
protagonist John Perry, join up is the promise of a
revitalised body, made new by unearthly science. They get a new body, they
get all the thrills and joys of being young again, and they get all the horrors
of war, all the pain and the death, all the slaughter of innocents. all the pointless,
painful deaths of their comrades-in-arms.
We follow John Perry and his jolly band of fellows as they struggle to
survive their ten year contracts. At the beginning there are John, Harry,
Susan, Jesse, Maggie, Alan and Thomas. At the end there are very few indeed.
This is an accomplished, excellent first novel. It's reminiscent of Heinlein
and Haldeman, but it lacks some of the purposeful edge of the latter's works.
It's a pretty good book. It's essential reading for anyone under seventy-five
who is deciding what they want to do when they grow up. I'll be interested
to read it again to see if I like it more - I've got a feeling that next time
I'll probably rate it even higher.
What's it got? interstellar empires, space battleships, supermen and
superbabes, strange worlds and grotesque aliens
Loaded on the 1st May 2006.