"...a thrilling novel that lays bare the imminent future of warfare."--Publishers Weekly starred review
Scarred by war, in pursuit of truth:
Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han. ReqOp has embraced the new technologies. Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all tools used to augment the skills of veteran warfighters-for-hire. But the tragedy of war is still measured in human casualties, and when True makes a chance discovery during a rescue mission, old wounds are ripped open. She's left questioning what she knows of the past, and resolves to pursue the truth, whatever the cost.
The Last Good Man is a powerful, complex, and very human tale.
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Greg Bear:
"A new novel by Linda Nagata is always an event. The Last Good Man pulls us into next month's headlines with a conviction and energy that makes for an extraordinary tale."
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Vonda N. McIntyre:
"The Last Good Man is a compelling and subversive novel, told by unique characters, especially True Brighton: sympathetic, prickly, determined, all too human. Linda Nagata has impressive insights into technological advances and their potential effects.... It was a privilege to read TLGM before its publication."
From Steven Gould, author of Jumper:
"I asked to see an advanced copy of The Last Good Man with the caveat that I was very busy and might not get to it. I was just going to glance at the first few pages but looked up to find myself halfway through the book in the wee hours of the morning. Only an early morning appointment kept me from reading on but I finished it the following evening.
"Welcome to the future of war. Soldiers on the ground depend more on their augmented reality visors, net connections, and hosts of robotic allies, than their rifles, but as long as they tread in harm's way, certain things do not change, including collateral damage, ethical challenges, and the grief of a mother, a warrior herself, when her son dies in action.
"Set where war's bleeding edge of technology slams into people's lives, this is a very human story, brilliantly told."
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A thoughtful look at the near future. Very good.
Lots of good action and technology but thought-provoking and human
A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of obtaining a review. True Brighton is this badass Army veteran who can storm buildings and rock reading glasses……not at the same time of course. Her age and maturity are refreshing when compared to the very young main characters I’m used to. However all that history and experience comes with a cost and, while she doesn’t have “regrets” per say, there are scars that never truly heal. A soldier, wife and mother. Those three things make up the core of her character and each has made sacrifices for the other two. It’s this realistic balance to her character that brings her to life……and way badass. She might be one of my top characters of all time actually. And that name is just pure awesome. The setting and whole feel of the book wasn’t as gritty as I was expecting. Almost blue collar in comparison to similar books I’ve read. This fit the book very well and provided a unique experience. The level of technology was also nice and we get to see a realistic possible future where robotics and AI are changing the nature of war. Everything highlights those changes and it’s very consistent, which I enjoyed thoroughly. My only gripe is that the beginning was a little slow for me. It built the world very well, but I found I was a touch bored up until the initial mission starts. That’s it. After that it fell into the classic cycle of hurry up and wait, with bursts of information or action followed by exquisitely frustrating lulls before repeating. These lulls are echoed by the characters and you share in their experience. When it comes to plot, it was very good and built really well. Everything had a natural feel to it and I felt it developed pretty organically so nothing felt forced or fake. I’m not going to go into details because I would probably just end up repeating the synopsis……..and it would do it better. In summary, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a unique experience in all the right ways and I definitely recommend this book. Not much left to say, so go out there and get it! Feast your eyes on the awesome. This review, and others like it, can be found at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com