On his 75th birthday John Perry joins the Colonial Defense Forces (i.e., space army). The Colonial Defense Forces takes only retirees who have decades of experience, knowledge and skill and then uses a highly classified procedure to make them young again so they can go out and fight for humanity’s survival.
I was really excited by the beginning of this book. It looked really novel and intriguing. However, it soon became obvious that Scalzi relied much too heavily on profanity, violence and sex to sell this book rather than an interesting plot. After the first few chapters, Perry finishes his basic training and is sent out to the war zone. He arrives on (planet X) and is embroiled in a battle with (terrible alien Z) where he witnesses the horrific death of (fellow soldier B) and does something heroic. This sequence is repeated over and over until the last few chapters of the book. Near the end of the book he meets an incarnation of his dead wife and starts to get to know her. Then they get into another horrible battle together. The book ends before he can do much besides set a rendezvous for after they both retire from the service. The end.
I was put off by the rather disgusting level of descriptive violence and profanity and the lack of an interesting plot. I don’t intend to read any more of the books in this series. Not recommended.
Rated: DIRT: Extreme profanity, graphic violence and some sex.