The Red by Linda Nagata

The Red

By Linda Nagata

  • Release Date: 2015-06-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings
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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?


  • Excellent Read

    By MippyMoo
    I'm not a big fan of military science fiction. Generally speaking, most of it is heavy on the tech, virtually ignoring the human element of the story. This book doesn't do that. The story is excellent, the characters well developed and the tech is interesting. Onward to the next installment!
  • A very good read!

    By Ricardo the drummer
    This book was an impulse buy...and I'm glad that I did. Very entertaining and engaging, I literally didn't want to put it down. I'm going to the iTunes Store to buy the next one.