The Red : The Red

  • by Linda Nagata
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • Series: The Red
  • 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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just really weird pacing. fun then boring.

i did the whole audiobook. but I wished I hadn't. great action followed by poorly written sex scenes and really long lulls talking about stuff that doesn't alter the plot. maybe I just couldn't get into it.
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- Nick

Attempted to be exciting without success

This is mostly a military sci-fi book, and the various combat descriptions are ok. The skullcaps, the overlay, and so on were pretty cool.
The reader was not the best choice for a military book, since his attempts at yelling are so pathetic that it jars you out of the story almost every time. But my main problem with the book is I didn't care at all what happened to any of the characters - a fatal flaw for any fiction.
In addition, the born-again woman who was supposedly the villainous witch running the defense contractor was silly and distracting. Any finally, two major facets of the book, the prosthetic limbs and the Red (a rogue AI) were undeveloped. For example, after countless descriptions of how awesome the legs are, he never really uses the unique features besides their ability to survive a bullet hit.
As the book continues on, it seems to get worse. The final mission is supposed to be planned by these elite, experienced officers, but it seemed like the worst plan ever.
Finally, I felt the political bias was unnecessary and out of place in a book like this. There was a bit of an elitist attitude, where Texas as a state should be laughed at, while NYC (where the main character was arrested for over-enthusiastic activist activities) is considered superior.
In conclusion, it was good enough to keep going to the end, but I don't recommend it for anybody.
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- Kevin Stokes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios