I have no idea why I enjoyed this near-future military trilogy as much as I did, but there you go, I did.
The hero of the trilogy, James Shelley, has gone through hell... multiple times. He's been manipulated, pushed from pillar to post, lied to, betrayed... jeez... all kinds of horrible things. And I keep coming back for more. *LOL*
There's action galore in this third book. Some new team members to get to know. More mysteries about The Red. It's pretty much non-stop from the get go. Nagata writes so well that I can pretty much see the action happening in my mind's eye. Part of the might be the 1st person POV coupled with the present tense which works.
I was pretty much satisfied with the way the trilogy wrapped up, but I'd be lying if I said it was a perfect ending. I was left with a bit of a nebulous feeling of bad things still out there underneath the surface despite everything. And maybe that's a trope of this type of book. The main point is, that it didn't really detract from my overall pleasure with the trilogy.
I have another Nagata book in my Kobo and I'm looking forward to reading it.
well, this book has turned out to have about 100 pages more than I really wanted or needed. it's not that nothing is happening--it's more like the same basic things keep happening; the same debates and problems between the characters, the same threats and malfunctions foisted upon the ship, the same solutions. I'm gonna try and do another 50 pages tonight, and leave myself just a bit to wrap up tomorrow. unless I can get the whole thing done tonight.
all those aboard the Null Boundary undergoing striking change, even as the ship seems to forever be changing around them. and the Chenzeme ship is always out there, stalking...
the book is what I would call, at this point, "an entertaining slog". wish it was a bit more exciting, but when things do flair up and become tense, it's more entertaining, and less slog.
so hard to find SF I love, these days.