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The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
Review by Ernest Lilley
Saga Press Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 1481440934
Date: 30 June 2015 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Website / Interview: Linda Nagata / Read an excerpt / Show Article /

LT James Shelly claims he doesn't much like being a soldier, that he was dragooned into the US forces stationed around the world keeping the peace, watched over by drones and angels back stateside weaving a picture of the scene from all the many threads of data. Shelly was a privileged kid in NYC that got caught up in an anti-war rally and made the mistake of posting videos of cops being cops, and a judge gave him the classic choice. James is a cynical as Haldeman's William Mandella, the central character in The Forever War, also a conscript with attitude. Unlike Mandella though, Shelly's kidding himself.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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?

(Source: Saga Press)

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