The Red: First Light

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There Needs To Be A War Going On Somewhere:

Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive-because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him-but his ...

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Overview

There Needs To Be A War Going On Somewhere:

Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural district within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals: protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive-because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him-but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent danger . . . as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear.

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Editorial Reviews

Kriswrites.com - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Excellent, well-imagined, great characters, fast-moving, great writing, everything I want in my science fiction (in my fiction really) and rarely get. I can’t recommend this book highly enough."
Locus - Russell Letson
"...the novel’s vision of the military--or at least of the soldier and his or her most immediate context of competence, loyalty, dedication, and courage--is anything but disrespectful or dismissive. The setting in which these virtues are employed, tested, and sometimes betrayed, however, is something else again... the same post-Vietnam sense of discontinuity that separates The Forever War from Starship Troopers, updated for the post-9/11 world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937197131
  • Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC
  • Publication date: 3/6/2013
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Nagata grew up in a rented beach house on the north shore of Oahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in zoology and worked for a time at Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui. She has been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and lately a publisher and book designer. She is the author of multiple novels and short stories including The Bohr Maker, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, and the novella “Goddesses,” the first online publication to receive a Nebula award. Though best known for science fiction, she writes fantasy too, exemplified by her “scoundrel lit” series Stories of the Puzzle Lands. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Good questions wrapped in a good story. While it seems like eve

    Good questions wrapped in a good story.

    While it seems like everyone is cashing in on writing something about "The Cloud" these days, it takes someone like Linda Nagata to pose some good questions through a slick narrative on the nature of our interaction with technology.  First Light is a great start to an engaging universe full of people trying to do the best they can in a world that is changing quickly around and through them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Good SF read

    Great story, I found it hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Terrific military SF

    If you like military SF - or just like intelligent SF and don't mind the battle scenes - you have to try this novel. It will quickly become obvious why this earned the remarkable honor of being the first self-published novel to earn a Nebula nomination.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    As Per Locus

    I have not read this book yet. The review, as such is not a review. I bought this book because Locus has niminated ir as one of the best books written in 2013!

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    This is a really good read! "The Red: First Light" is

    This is a really good read!

    "The Red: First Light" is an exciting story about a soldier whose loyalty is tested in a world where the rich and powerful
    can dictate military conflicts. It's also a high-tech story about the flow and use of information and how the Cloud could
    be both good and bad. Is the government in control? Can regular citizens make a difference?

    Linda Nagata weaves a rich tapestry of warfare and its implementation in a world of technology.
    The story has a nice pace and lots of action. The imagery is vivid and easy to follow.

    Can't wait for the next installment!

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