Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Trials by Linda Nagata
The Red - Book 2
This is a genre that I seldom read, near-future, sort of post-apocalyptic, military fiction; but DAMN, I like this series. It's almost like ... well, I want to say good Tom Clancy with twists.
This is the continuation of the events in First Light, book one of the series. Again, we follow the 1st person narrative of Lieutenant James Shelley as he navigates this screwed up world. Shelley is the beneficiary of some high tech body modifications, even thought they sometimes seem like a curse and Nagata writes it so well that even a know-nothing like me understands what's going on. Even the trial/court scenes were eminently readable and that's not always the case.
The world is dark and cynical and full of conspiracies and plots and counter-plots and the author does them all justice. I never predicted what was happening until it was either happening or just about to go down. And even then, there was always some twist I didn't see.
This is a techno-thriller in the true sense of the word, I think. I was on the virtual edge of my seat almost the whole time I was reading. We meet up with lots of old friends, make some new ones and come across some not so nice folks too, familiar and otherwise. And I should have seen that twist coming at the end, but I didn't, and damn, it's a good one!
So yeah, I really enjoyed my read and I'm glad that I have the final book in the trilogy nestled nicely in my Kobo.