The Red

The Red

First Light

Book - 2015
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Simon and Schuster
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?

Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2015, c2013
ISBN: 9781481440936
Branch Call Number: SCIFI NAG
Characteristics: 405 p. ;,19 cm.
Alternative Title: First light


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Jul 04, 2017

There was much more to this story than I expected, and it was a very fun read. Great for Cyberpunk or Tom Clancy fans.

Apr 18, 2016

I liked this concept of wars being determined by the armament companies, that there were fine lines to follow for what was too much and what wasn't for profit and business alliances.
I also liked the hero of the story, he was portrayed as reckless but brave and a man to inspire loyalty, but not invincible. I thought it was a good mix.
This was not stellar, mind blowing, we've never seen it before military scifi, but it was a great solid story with some original aspects and lots of action.

Feb 25, 2016

This author has done such a good job with technical/action/characterization/pace in the 3 books of this trilogy that I just had to write a brief poem to her:
How can a lady write like a man?
I have no answer for that.
But IF a lady can write like a man,
I can only applaud her for that

D. Lowe

Feb 03, 2016

Full of believable action, interesting plot, great characters. This was a fun read. I will be looking for more from this author. Read it in an evening and an hour the next day.

Oct 10, 2015

hey an excellent read ... look fwd to more from this author

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