A futuristic soldier's abilities are augmentated through surgery to his bones and he becomes a super soldier. He's not the only one. After he leaves the military, he becomes some sort of Policeman. Technological advances have made him an outdated asset and the proceedure used to make him into a super soldier is no longer practiced. As he ages, his bones hurt, but he keeps on fighting the good fight, possibly until he dies in the line of duty. I don't think the story takes place on Earth.

  • I have no idea what this is, but it sounds horribly depressing. – Polynomial Dec 30 '12 at 20:01
  • Andreas Eschbach's Der Letzte seiner Art has a similar theme, but probably isn't the one you're talking about. – CodesInChaos Dec 30 '12 at 21:25
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    @Polynomial it's nowhere near as depressing as it sounds. Mostly it is high adventure, with the super-soldiers doing super deeds. And the main character has a long and basically happy life; he gets married and has children. Check out the free samples linked in the accepted answer. – steveha Feb 18 '14 at 19:54

The Cobra series of novels by Timothy Zahn matches a few of these points.

To fight an alien invasion humans use "bionic augmentation" to create super soldiers. The treatment includes ceramic laminates on bones which makes them unbreakable. Long term effects include severe joint pain as I recall.

Once the alien invasion is dealt with, these super soldiers are unable to fit into peace time society. They are sent along with a colonizing expedition to a different planet with dangerous wild life to act as policemen and security.

The story follows one family of such super soldiers on this frontier planet.

This Wikipedia entry describes the series.

The first book and part of the second book is available online here.

  • IIRC it wasn't so much that they suffered severe joint pain, it was more that they suffered long-term consequences from not having as much bone marrow as a normal person (since their bones were modified with the ceramic laminae). They got arthritis-like symptoms and had to be medically treated. People kept on becoming Cobras, though, so it wasn't too horrible. – steveha Feb 18 '14 at 19:56

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