by John Scalzi
Book 3 in the Old Man’s War series
Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. He has at last found peace in a violent universe, living quietly with his family in one of humanity’s many colonies. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up.
That is, until his and Jane’s past reaches out to bring them back into the game–as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.
In Old Man’s War we learned about how The Colonial Union gets recruits, makes them fighting ready, and the dangers of the universe. In Ghost Brigades we see the inner workings of the Special Forces and the increased danger they face. The Last Colony shows what life is like as a colonist and it’s dangerous and boring. A whole lot of farming is involved which made the beginning drag quite a bit.