The Last Good Man Paperback – 20 June 2017
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- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937197223
- ISBN-10 : 1937197220
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.95 x 21.59 cm
- Publisher : Mythic Island Press LLC (20 June 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 206,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..".a thrilling novel that lays bare the imminent future of warfare."--Publishers Weekly starred review
"The Last Good Man is a fantastic, lightning-fast thriller that hits all the right notes: an engaging story set in an all-too-plausible future, advanced technology, plenty of action, and fantastic, well-rounded characters."--The Verge
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Greg Bear: "A new novel by Linda Nagata is always an event. The Last Good Man pulls us into next month's headlines with a conviction and energy that makes for an extraordinary tale."
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Vonda N. McIntyre: "The Last Good Man is a compelling and subversive novel, told by unique characters, especially True Brighton: sympathetic, prickly, determined, all too human. Linda Nagata has impressive insights into technological advances and their potential effects.... It was a privilege to read TLGM before its publication."
From Steven Gould, author of Jumper "I asked to see an advanced copy of The Last Good Man with the caveat that I was very busy and might not get to it. I was just going to glance at the first few pages but looked up to find myself halfway through the book in the wee hours of the morning. Only an early morning appointment kept me from reading on but I finished it the following evening.
"Welcome to the future of war. Soldiers on the ground depend more on their augmented reality visors, net connections, and hosts of robotic allies, than their rifles, but as long as they tread in harm's way, certain things do not change, including collateral damage, ethical challenges, and the grief of a mother, a warrior herself, when her son dies in action.
"Set where war's bleeding edge of technology slams into people's lives, this is a very human story, brilliantly told."
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This is where The Last Good Man begins: with a father's desperate plea to rescue his daughter, a medical doctor who has been kidnapped by a powerful terrorist in the Tigris-Euphrates Zone (TEZ) -- a lawless, violence-ridden area populated by terrorists, criminals, and unfortunates who could not get out. ReqOps not only manages to fulfill their goal, but to rescue three additional hostages in the process. And it's one of those rescuees, a journalist, who sets Brighton on the trail of a mystery involving one of her children, a son who was killed on a mission for the Army.
Nagata does an excellent job of extrapolating from current military, political, and technological reality to a near future where many military and security operations are performed by robotic equipment and drones, guided by remotely-located human controllers. Biomimetic robots, which resemble and move similarly to insects and animals as a way to avoid discovery, are becoming the wave of the future. And at the bleeding edge, AI-controlled machines are being developed which will rely on self-learning algorithms rather than on human guidance -- devices where there is no human decision-making involved in the "Kill" order.
The author sets up the story for the reader with minimal infodumping by weaving the worldbuilding into the action as the story progresses. The main character is an excellent, matter-of-fact portrayal of a woman with decades of military experience balancing her work with her family life -- an operative who can act competently, brutally, and dispassionately in the midst of action, while retaining her essential humanity.
Fans of Nagata's The Red trilogy ( First Light , The Trials , and Going Dark ) will almost certainly enjoy this one, too.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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True Brighton is retiured from the military and working for a private military contractor. From a military family, she is troubled by the loss of her eldest son in action a few years earlier. When a private mission throws up some evidence that she may not know the true story behind his death, she dives further into the shadowy world of the private military in search of answers.
Linda Nagata is the author of The Red trilogy, which covered some similar ideas but further into the future. This standalone novel reads as if she took everything great out of that trilogy and condensed it into one action-packed book, with a really well-drawn main character. The story is tight, energetic, and headlong.
If I was going to criticise I’d say that there could have been room to develop of few of the side-characters a bit more, and even let the plot meander slightly, but Nagata has taken a more straightforward but powerful course and it produces a compelling read.