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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?
©2013 Linda Nagata (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By S. Yates on 10-26-17

Great action, forced plot

3.5 stars. This book plunges the reader straight into the action, with a first person narrator (a lieutenant with a small platoon of soldiers, on an assignment in Africa) that introduces the reader to a near future world where soldiers wear mechanized exoskeletons called dead sisters, drones give them an Angel view of the battlefield, organic implants in their brains allow for the ephemeral Guidance to feed them information and mind-altering/mind-stabilizing substances, and Defense Contractors have a hand in all the unrest in the world for profit. It is an exciting start and a fast-paced book, only slowing down here and there for medical procedures and the like. While insanely fun and entertaining, it also feels like Nagata had a few too many ideas she was trying to shoehorn in, and we go from play-by-play action to awkward plot developments. Clearly set up for a series, I hope she lets the plot do more of the talking rather than bang-bang action and forced story-lines that seem to materialize out of nowhere.

As to the narration, overall it was good. Though I grew tired of the paradoxical habit of the narrator yelling in sotto voce.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 05-20-16

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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