The Red: First Light
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... show more
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 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 danger . . . as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear.
Publish date: March 6th 2013
Publisher: Mythic Island Press
Pages no: 354
Edition language: English
Series: The Red (#1)
Series: The Red #1 This felt like a pretty standard military SF novel. It takes place on Earth, not in space, but we have soldiers in exoskeletons ("dead sisters" because they look like bones, sort of) fighting far from home and they have skullcaps that help them manage their emotional states (use...
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I enjoy a good military techno thriller from time to time and I have to admit that at first I felt like I had not made a good choice (It was a Christmas gift from my list) with The Red:First Light. The first maybe 75 pages felt like the novelization of an action/war first person shooter video game ...
I generally don't care for military sf, but this was very good. Completely see why it was nominated for a Nebula a few years ago. Set in a near-future America (and where the American military gets itself to), The Red follows a young lieutenant whose operational instincts verge on the preternatural. ...