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Old Soldiers (Bolo #15)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,247 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Captain Maneka Trevor was the sole human survivor of the Dinochrome Brigade's 39th Battalion...but she hadn't wanted to be one. The Bolo known as Lazarus-Unit 28/G-179-LAZ - was the 39th's sole surviving Bolo...but he hadn't been hers. The doctors and the Bolo techs have put them both back together again, yet there are wounds no doctor or technician can heal. And now Manek ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Baen (first published 2005)
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Sep 16, 2011 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. Had to keep checking to be sure this wasn't another Honor Harrington tale. It's the same formula, but set in a different era/universe.
This novel takes place in the final days of humanity as they battle for survival [or mutual destruction] against the Melconians, a race of advanced beings resembling dogs [apparently, hence, the derisive name of 'Puppies' and 'Dog Boys']. Two separate survivors [one a human female, one a Bolo] of a previous Melconian attack are combined to form a new Bolo team. They are a part of a top-secret effort by humanity to ensure the continued survival of humans in the universe. Seed colonies are being s ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
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In the campaign on Chartres in Bolo! (2005), Trevor Manecka of the Dinochrome Brigade lost her Bolo, Benjy. She is now going into action again, teamed with a venerable veteran Bolo, Lazarus. Their mission is to plant Concordat colonies where the Melchonian empire is unlikely to find them. Unfortunately, the "Puppies" (i.e., the aliens of Melchonia) have both natural and military intelligence--and the persistence to follow the colonizing expedition across the light-years. The resul

"Old Soldiers" by David Weber is a follow-up book of the Bolo series about a war machine that becomes sentient. I enjoyed it.

Captain Maneka Trevor is still struggling with her demons after becoming the sole survivor (and hero) of a battle that saved an entire planet. But the human race is losing the war so a "Seed" of colonists is sent out to establish the human race far away from the Enemy. But the Enemy has found the convoy so they must be destroyed or the Enemy will destroy what is left of th
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Sep 07, 2011 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Old Soldiers" is by David Weber, experienced ad copywriter. The series builds on Bolo, blindingly fast AI powered war machines interfaced with human commanders in space, created by Keith Laumer, late of U.S. Airforce. General MacArthur said "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away" in a farewell justification after being fired over the Korean War. The barracks ballad version was more satirical "Young soldiers just wish they would".
If I go fast over
Patrick Scheele
Feb 05, 2017 Patrick Scheele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Bolo book. The best part was that it was set during and after the Total Annihilation war between the humans and the puppies. In the end it becomes clear that (view spoiler).

I felt the battles weren't as interesting as they could have been. The book also suffered a bit from a typical Weber problem: way too many named characters that, apart from their names, were hard to distinguish. And then got blow
Patrick Shrier
Apr 14, 2014 Patrick Shrier rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Scifi fans
Old soldiers is a solid foray into the world of the Bolos and the Concordiat-Melconian War. Not as big on action as other BOLO books but there is enough action to suit action fans and enough of a deeper story to keep other sci fi fans happy. All in all, this is a very solid book and worth reading.
Feb 10, 2016 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I cried. And I went back and read it again and cried again. Why? It's just that good.
Good story.
Paris Pierce
Good but a book that left me wanting more. I had trouble without a backstory and really wanted to see what the bolo looked like.
Sep 02, 2012 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So far the best if the Bolo books I have read so far!
Chris Light
Jan 08, 2014 Chris Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book. Plays on the futility of war and the need for soldiers to sometimes take a stand for peace.
May 31, 2013 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent Bolo book!
read 09.22.05
Functional but uninspired. Two and a half stars. Perhaps I'm just getting a bit tired of Weber's formula.
John Lerchey
May 31, 2012 John Lerchey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book about a Bolo of the Dynachrome Brigade.
Bolo: Huge cybernetic tank. Heavily armed, nearly indestructible, and has a machine brain.
Good clean fun for everyone!
Sergio Cespedes
Fair enought ... Good small-time reading!
May 17, 2008 Kfdowner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the Bolo series this one is pretty good. Lot's of action.
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