The Red: First Light

The Red: First Light

by Linda Nagata
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The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

Reality TV and advanced technology make for high drama in this political thriller that combines the military action of Zero Dark Thirty with the classic science fiction of The Forever War.

Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relay—and unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show.

When an airstrike almost destroys their outpost, a plot begins to unravel that’s worthy of Crichton and Clancy’s best. The conflict soon involves rogue defense contractors, corrupt US politicians, and homegrown terrorists who possess nuclear bombs. Soon Shelley must accept that the helpful warnings in his head could be AI. But what is the cost of serving its agenda?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937197131
Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Linda Nagata is a Hawaii-based American author of novels, novellas, and short stories. She has been awarded the Nebula Award, and The Red: First Light was a 2013 finalist for Best Novel for both the Nebula and John Campbell awards.

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The Red: First Light 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, I found it hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Willy-B More than 1 year ago
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!
Frodo4F More than 1 year ago
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!