The Red: First Light



❮Reading❯ ➷ The Red: First Light Author Linda Nagata – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 p 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 The Red: PDF or 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 dangeras if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear Hazard Notice contains military grade profanity.The Red: First Light

I m a writer from Hawaii best known for my high tech science fiction, including the near future thriller, The Last Good Man , and the Red trilogy, an intersection of artificial intelligence and military fiction The first book in the trilogy, The Red First Light, was a Nebula and The Red: PDF or John W Campbell Memorial award finalist, and named as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of My newest series is the far future epic, INVERTED FRONTIERThough I don t review books on Goodreads, I do talk about some of my favorite books on my blog and those posts are echoed here So I invite you to follow me for news of books and many other things You can also visit my website to learnabout my work, and to sign up for my newsletter.

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  • Linda Nagata
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  • 26 May 2017
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10 thoughts on “The Red: First Light

  1. says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ever you hear someone say women can t write military science fiction, please do me a favor and smack them over the head with this book First Light is the excellent, smart, and action packed introduction to The Red series, originally indie published but re released again recently by a major publisher along with an audiobook because it is JUST THAT GOOD.Seriously, it doesn t getedge of your seat than this near 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum ever you hear someone say women can t write military science fiction, please do me a favor and smack them over the head with this book First Light is the excellent, smart, and action packed introduction to The Red series, originally indie published but re released again recently by a major publisher along with an audiobook because it is JUST THAT GOOD.Seriously, it doesn t getedge of your seat than this near future thriller, which seamlessly blends advanced technology and military action with political drama In First Light, readers get to meet protagonist Lieutenant James Shelley in an explosive introduction Stationed in a remote military outpost deep in the Sahel, Shelley and his team work round the clock to enforce the peace and gather intelligence in the area, aided by a cyber framework that keeps them all wirelessly linked But that was all before the devastating airstrike.Shelley barely makes it out alive, saved by the mysterious power of precognition that he possesses, a phenomenon not even the top military scientists can explain The attack, however, had cost him both his legs, forcing Shelley to agree to an experimental cybernetics program involving synthetic legs and a permanent monitoring skullcap implanted in his head Very Robocop ish stuff While recovering, Shelley is hit with another whammy all throughout his assignment in Sub Saharan Africa, he and his team had been recorded for a reality TV show The lines begin to blur for Shelley as tough questions come to the surface What is real and what is artificial Who or what is this voice in his head, and is it as benign as it wants him to think Hidden forces are steering humanity towards an unknown agenda, and for whatever reason, Shelley is at the center of this storm.There s so much happening in this first volume, sometimes it gets hard to tease apart the threads The story s first act transports readers to its not too distant future, describing the soldiers and their state of the art military tech which includes everything from combat armor to surveillance drones Shelley and his team are hooked into the central intelligence network at all times, physiologically and mentally monitored and even altered by their gear A process even kicks in for soldiers on the same squad which makes them regard each other as close as siblings, encouraging familial bonds of loyalty while at the same time removing distractions which might be caused by any sexual desire.But the technology is also far from perfect It is not uncommon for soldiers like Shelley to become emo junkies , becoming overly dependent on the processes of the skullcaps they wear You can never be sure whether or not the emotions you feel are really yours, or if they are being controlled or altered by the skullnet This question of what s real vs what s not is a recurring theme that pops up throughout the novel, in many different contexts War is also introduced as something prevalent and inevitable, a powerful driving force behind the economy Soldiers are treated like property in this world where reality TV shows can be made of their lives without them even knowing about it, while rich CEOs of big defense contractors play games of political chance using the world as their game board.This is actually a major premise in the second half of the novel, broadening the scope of the story to tackle conflicts withsignificant and far reaching consequences The sequence of events that make up the climax and the ending of this book had to be one of the most intense experiences I ve ever had with an audiobook My heart was pounding the whole time as I listened, and you probably couldn t have convinced me to take off my headphones even if the house was on fire.I only have a minor gripe specific to the audiobook, and it is related to the narrator Kevin T Collins performance was good, and I love his enthusiasm But this also means he sometimes overacts, his voice bordering on frantic Good for when we re in those tense scenes, but very distracting when we re not.Nevertheless, this book has my full recommendation, especially for fans of military science fiction It s certainly the best of this genre that I ve read in a good long while First Light is engaging, intelligent, and full of thrills It s been getting all kinds of attention lately, and now I understand why

  2. says:

    Ready, Set, Fight for what you believe This is a fairly fast action milspec SF with great cyberpunk tones, but it s stillthan just that I mean, how many times do you get a modern military thriller with thematic tones of Daniel and Goliath, prophets, and some serious questioning of reality Oh, wait Still, this is one of easiest reads and clearest expressions of all those ideas that I ve read, no obfuscation or trickiness This is straight faith in your commanding officer and a willing Ready, Set, Fight for what you believe This is a fairly fast action milspec SF with great cyberpunk tones, but it s stillthan just that I mean, how many times do you get a modern military thriller with thematic tones of Daniel and Goliath, prophets, and some serious questioning of reality Oh, wait Still, this is one of easiest reads and clearest expressions of all those ideas that I ve read, no obfuscation or trickiness This is straight faith in your commanding officer and a willingness to throw away your career even if you re heavily dependent on a huge support staff because you re a cyborg in the service of your ideals.What might have been a straight and interesting twist on cynical mission based objectives quickly took a turn for the worse when we add mysterious hackers, a world wide popular broadcast of one s fighting adventures, and the widespread subversion of the people s perceptions of reality through propaganda through personal filters that are a thin reference to our own world of ever narrowing perceptions We find those people who think and feel the way we do, cultivate those ideas, and slowly begin to lose sight of the fact that there s a much wider world full of people who don t believe as you do Kinda obvious, right Well what happens when all of those constantly adjusting google algorithms narrows everyone s perceptions so well that no one can even know what the truth is Ah, I guess this is the time for a hot knife to meet some butter, right I may not like milspec that much, but I have a very, very high tolerance for anything that is just plain good, and this is good I m looking forward to

  3. says:

    A good military sci fi novel that puts a new sheen to some well worn genre conventions and does so with a nice streak of cynicism and some very subtle black humor The novel takes place in the not too distant future and Nagata does a good job of extrapolating the tech with which a mid 21st Century soldier would be outfitted Besides advanced weaponry, her future soldiers wear powered exoskeletons and rely upon advanced surveillance drones called angels to reconnoiter the surrounding area while A good military sci fi novel that puts a new sheen to some well worn genre conventions and does so with a nice streak of cynicism and some very subtle black humor The novel takes place in the not too distant future and Nagata does a good job of extrapolating the tech with which a mid 21st Century soldier would be outfitted Besides advanced weaponry, her future soldiers wear powered exoskeletons and rely upon advanced surveillance drones called angels to reconnoiter the surrounding area while they are on patrol The elite combat team in the novel also has neural interfaces that link them to each other, their drones, and to a distant controller that provides them with up to the minute intel based on satellite reconnaissance The combat scenes in the novel are well done, exciting and action filled, but without unnecessary gore As the novel opens, the main character, Lieutenant Shelly, is in command of a small outpost in Africa s Sahel region where US troops have intervened in a regional conflict Shelly has an almost preternatural ability to sense danger when he and his team are out on patrol Almost as if God is whispering a warning in his ear As the novel progresses, it turns out that something is whispering in his ear An emergent AI that exists in the Cloud has taken an interest in the human race and is subtly trying to influence people and events The question of free will arises often in the novel as characters, at times, question whether their actions are their own or whether The Red as the AI is soon nicknamed is manipulating them An AI interfering with human activity isn t exactly a new plot point, but Nagata does a good job with the idea One of the things I liked best about the book is that there s a strong streak of cynicism that runs throughout it In the opening of the novel, Shelly explains to a new recruit why they are in Africa There needs to be a war going on somewhere, Sergeant Vasquez It s a fact of life Without a conflict of decent size, too many international defense contractors will find themselves out of business So if no natural war is looming, you can count on the DCs to get together to invent one ideas start getting tossed around until one of the DCs says, Hey, I ve got it Let s do a war in the Sahel It s good, open terrain No nasty jungles It s not quite desert, and we ve already got a figurehead in Ahab Matugo This sounds pretty good to everybody so they agree the next regional war, the one that will keep them in business for another three or four years, or even a decade if things go well, is right here in Africa s Sahel, between the equatorial rainforest and the Sahara.So we Americans we don t jump in right away We have another war to wind up first, so we promise to intervene when humanitarian issues demand it but we don t discuss what side to come in on because it doesn t fucking matter Everyone knows we don t understand the local politics and we don t give a shit anyway There s nothing in this region we want The only reason we re jumping in is so that our defense contractors can keep their shareholders happy The American taxpayers will listen to their hoo rah propaganda media outlets and pony up the money, blaming the libruls for the bad economy, while brain draining the underclass into the army because hey, it s a job, and even the DCs can t convince Congress to spend ten million dollars each on a combat robot when you can get a fully qualified flesh and blood high IQ soldier for two hundred and fifty thousand In Nagata s world, politicians are whores who put the interests of their constituents last and soldiers are pawns who unknowingly fight for the interests of the rich Is it an Occupy Wall Street view of military conflict Perhaps, but I prefer that to somethingjingoistic It s one of the rich elites who is the main villain of the novel The AI, itself, remains an enigmatic presence in the background, helping those whose goals match it s own interests The black humor is subtle in the novel At one point, without their knowledge, the military splices feed from their interfaces into a reality TV show called The Dark Patrol The team, particularly Shelly, soon become media stars The suggestion that the AI is responsible for the germination of the idea is brought up, but isn t explored as completely as it could have been The idea of an AI using the media and reality TV to manipulate the public definitely has potential for satire This is the first novel in a trilogy, so perhaps it will be explored in later books.Overall, a good novel and if we could give 1 2 stars, I would definitely rate it 3 1 2 My only complaint is that after a strong start in Sahel, Shelly finds himself back stateside where the action stalls for quite a bit Things pick up again at the halfway mark and the book finishes strongly

  4. says:

    There are many possible reasons why I ll choose certain books for review Most often it s simply because they look promising Occasionally it s because I m a fan of the author, series, or sub genre Sometimes I just get drawn in by something intriguing or odd in the publicity copy.But every once in awhile there s a book that, I feel, just deservesattention, a book that s not getting read enough for some reason In those cases, it s wonderful that I can take advantage of the generous plat There are many possible reasons why I ll choose certain books for review Most often it s simply because they look promising Occasionally it s because I m a fan of the author, series, or sub genre Sometimes I just get drawn in by something intriguing or odd in the publicity copy.But every once in awhile there s a book that, I feel, just deservesattention, a book that s not getting read enough for some reason In those cases, it s wonderful that I can take advantage of the generous platform Tor.com gives me to introduce people to what I consider hidden gems.Case in point, Linda Nagata s excellent, independently published military SF novel The Red First Light, which, if I can just skip to the point for people who don t like to read longer reviews, you should go ahead and grab right now, especially if you re into intelligent, cynical military SF If you wantdetail, read on.Read the entire review on my site Far Beyond Reality Edit here s a new guest post by the author about the brand new Saga Press edition of the novel

  5. says:

    Fast paced, engaging military sci fi The overarching conspiracy is one that I can t wait to untangle and I liked the main character a great deal Not my usual sort of book but I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

  6. says:

    There s a point, just before the halfway mark of The Red First Light, where it looks like Nagata is about to pull the rug out from underneath the reader What starts off as your average military SF novel, with a side order of cynicism, suddenly shifts gear Our hero, Lieutenant Shelley, is ordered to meet with defence contractor, power broker and arms dealer Thelma Sheridan She says to him You are being used, Lieutenant For what purpose remains unclear, but there is a force at large in the w There s a point, just before the halfway mark of The Red First Light, where it looks like Nagata is about to pull the rug out from underneath the reader What starts off as your average military SF novel, with a side order of cynicism, suddenly shifts gear Our hero, Lieutenant Shelley, is ordered to meet with defence contractor, power broker and arms dealer Thelma Sheridan She says to him You are being used, Lieutenant For what purpose remains unclear, but there is a force at large in the world interfering in the affairs of Man We built its house, when we built the Cloud Now it moves among us, bleeding through every conflict, every transaction, watching, manipulating and it does not have our best interests in mind Soon after this meeting with Sheridan, there s speculation that this same force an emerging AI may be using a reality TV show about Shelley and his Unit to influence the thoughts of the millions watching the series.For a just a moment it seems that Nagata is going to dispense with the Military and focus on the SF as she narrows in on the idea of an emergent AI using the media and the narrative of reality TV to influence the population.But that thread never really goes anywhere Yes, the Red as the AI is referred to is a constant presence throughout the rest of the novel, a sort of dues ex machina that pops in and out of the plot when required, but the philosophical crunchiness of an accidental AI manipulating the populace through the press and reality TV shows, is lost in all the shooting and righteousness and nuclear explosions In other words, after a brief hiatus the Military SF switch is flicked back to on and what could have been a brave shift in focus becomes a hum drum shoot em up, damsels in distress included.If you enjoy MilSF and there s a certainly an audience out there if Baen s publication history is anything to go by then I m sure you ll find The Red First Light entertaining Nagata s clean, almost transparent prose, means the novel is a quick read But for me this Nebula nominated novel is a disappointment There s the enticing hint of another,interesting, book just under the surface that sadly never breaks past the trappings of the sub genre I wantedBut maybe I was always the wrong audience

  7. says:

    A solid, tightly written action thriller Cool story, cool characters, a pretty fun book.

  8. says:

    In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war No that isn t right The sentiment is right, but we are not dealing with the far future here.Start over.War is hell, war is eternal, and war is damn good for business And if war is a business then that leaves very little room for peace Lieutenant James Shelley leads a combat squad far from home, because there is an old saying about things that shouldn t be done where one eats The squad is linked through the cloud, plugged in through a In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war No that isn t right The sentiment is right, but we are not dealing with the far future here.Start over.War is hell, war is eternal, and war is damn good for business And if war is a business then that leaves very little room for peace Lieutenant James Shelley leads a combat squad far from home, because there is an old saying about things that shouldn t be done where one eats The squad is linked through the cloud, plugged in through a skullcap that leaves the soldiers of tomorrow forever connected Emotions can be controlled, information disseminated, and every action watched through the eyes of these ard soldiers to keep the war machine moving.Shelley is used to following certain premonitions to keep his squad safe, earning him the nickname of King David Failing to follow them causes a disaster and opens up a whole new path The already cynical soldier finds himself learningthan he wants about the way his world works war shown as entertainment and just how secure the linked net the army relies on are suddenly transparent More importantly he learns to what lengths the powers that be are willing to go to in order to keep things going their way.Dark military sci fi with a distinct political angle The military industrial complex is the true power in this near future story political heads bow to its will The dragons that run it can start a new war on a whim and wag the dog so people believe the justification just as fast A civil war can be constructed in minutes and yet even the complex has no ideas when a rogue agent worms into the system they have ruled from.The Red First Light is action packed around its political maneuvering Shelley finds himself arecognizable and seemingly important figure as his story moves on, but we see the pawn he remains behind the scenes until he has a chance to maybe make a difference Seeing the world through his cynical eyes and then watching how invisible hands work everything is a trip even as the book ends it is hard to tell what was accomplished and who can be claiming victory You will go to hell for it, for all eternity, and after the Devil has flayed off your skin, he ll fuck you while you re lying on a bed of coals With its harsh language and obvious political bent I would imagine not everyone will be completely enthralled The book can also be broken up into separate parts that play very different the middle deals with the making of a new kind of soldier and is paced much slower than the rest of the book But I give you the most obvious book comparison, one Starship Troopers Both deal with mechanized soldiers on the periphery, and the political ramifications front and center They just approach it from different views and I for one welcome our new cynical overlord.Highly recommended for fans of military fiction, sci fi, or for anyone looking to question everything about what drives the world economic decisions.4 Stars

  9. says:

    An enjoyable, thought provoking book Consider reading this one even if you do not normally read sci fi military books Nagata created a good mix of characterization with the underlying commentary and themes of free will vs Artificial Intelligence, media manipulation, and the military industrial complex The book is well paced and avoids a deus ex machina resolution.

  10. says:

    4.5 stars rounded up.Near future military SF combined with political thriller elements make this a fast paced and entertaining read There isn t much to improve on here, and I m definitely looking forward to the next book.

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