The Last Good Man Scarred by war In pursuit of truth Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete Now she works at Requisite Operations

  • Title: The Last Good Man
  • Author: Linda Nagata
  • ISBN: 9781937197223
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scarred by war In pursuit of truth.Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han ReqOp has embraced the new technologies Robotics, big data, and artificial inteScarred by war In pursuit of truth.Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han ReqOp has embraced the new technologies Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all tools used to augment the skills of veteran warfighters for hire But the tragedy of war is still measured in human casualties, and when True makes a chance discovery during a rescue mission, old wounds are ripped open She s left questioning what she knows of the past, and resolves to pursue the truth, whatever the cost.The Last Good Man is a powerful, complex, and very human tale.

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    1. Short version: a nail-biting action thriller. Read it if you want thriller, but not to experience anything new in female characterization or military sci-fi."If Daniel could offer her comfort, if there was something he could say that would ease the horror of what was done and smooth the scars that mark her life, True would refuse to hear it. For eight years she's rejected all such words. She does not need comfort. She needs her scars. But she keeps these thoughts to herself."SidebarA lesson in f [...]

    2. In depth review at 1000yearplan/2017/06/09/rLinda Nagata’s brand of military science fiction does not take technology for granted. She does not write “boys with toys” adventure stories or jingoistic thrillers where the good guys and their gadgets save the day from the fearsome foreign menace. In her acclaimed Red trilogy, as well as her latest novel The Last Good Man, the intricate web of political and industrial forces behind the development of advanced weapons systems does more than just [...]

    3. This was a very satisfying military, techno-thriller that points the way toward war soon being waged by a combination of cybernetically enhanced soldiers autonomous robotic forces. It’s hard to classify the story as science fiction due to how close we are to the tech used: missile-bearing jet-propelled drones, rifle-wielding helicopter drones, and VR headsets, and devices controlled through haptic gloves. The spy bots that mimic birds, insects, and other critters seem a little more development [...]

    4. Another excellent near-future techno-thriller from this author, following on from the success of the Red trilogy.True Brighton works as the Director of Operations for the military contractor Requisite Operations. On her latest mission, a hostage rescue in an ungoverned area of the Middle East, she discovers unexpected information about the events surrounding the horrific execution of her son eight years ago in a special forces action. What follows is a complex series of events involving corporat [...]

    5. Any time I start making blanket statements about how I don't like military science fiction, I remind myself that the wonderful Linda Nagata exists in the world, writing military science fiction that hits all of my sweet spots. The Last Good Man is smart, engaging near future SF with a diverse and interesting set of characters and absolutely fascinating, terrifying technology.

    6. 6/10Una novela bélica con escenas de acción interesantes y un misterio del pasado que se resuelve poco satisfactoriamente.dreamsofelvex/20

    7. Rounding up. Not quite 4 stars because if a few minor issues about the writing that bugged me enough that I still remember them. But overall an exciting adventure that asks an important question about what qualifies as 'right action' in combat. The book also demonstrates successfully how the military and others in similar professions may be impacted by the growing influence of robotics used in warfare. And woe to those of us in the range of the weapons.

    8. Autonomous warfare will not be bloodless. War by machine proxy is still war, with the sacrifice pushed out of sight, the burden unloaded on distant people. The repercussions, inevitable. 8 years ago, True Brighton's son, Diego, was captured while on a mission, crucified, and then burned to death in a public execution that was broadcast to the world. Since that day, she's tried to go on with her life, consoling herself with the thought that everyone involved in Diego's death is dead. It doesn't h [...]

    9. Disclaimers: I`ve been a huge fan of Nagata`s writing since I stumbled over a paperback copy of The Bohr Maker in a used bookstore in Seattle. I`ve been somewhat confused by her lack of prominence in recent years, and I`m excited that she`s getting a little more of the recognition I`ve always thought she deserved. I received a copy of this book as an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. The Last Good Man is not my usual cup of tea. Near future military adventure stories hav [...]

    10. Intense! Too intense for a beach vacation trip, but I didn't want to put it down and come back to it. So I'm glad it's done. In general this is not my kind of thing. It was basically all military combat of one sort or another. But it was also a chance to explore how drones of various shapes and sizes would impact on combat in the probably near future. Frightening but believable. And the characters were interesting. Still wish this author will switch off of military and back to pure sf some day. [...]

    11. A good book on an important topic: the advent of autonomous robot warrior-mechs. Nagata captures the horrors of war well, writes good action-scenes, gets the tech (sfaict) right. So why just 3 stars?The story just never quite "clicked" for me. I didn't quite believe in the main characters, altho they are drawn well. One in particular, a conscience-stricken Chinese AI designer, didn't ring true at all. So I'm calling it at a tad under 3.5 stars.LGM may have suffered a bit by my reading it right a [...]

    12. Very good super-near-future MilSF. I'm no military robotics expert, but I'd guess it's just barely SF. Most of the characters, if not quite three dimensional, at least had distinct and (eventually) comprehensible motivations. And Nagata has that hard to quantify skill that Heinlein had of immersing me in the prose, and making me turn pages.

    13. Although I’d been aware of Linda Nagata for a long time, I hadn’t read any of her work until the recent Red Trilogy. The Red Trilogy is simultaneously a thoughtful exploration of the impact of technology advances on soldiers and warfare as well as a rollicking near-future sci-fi adventure. The Last Good Man continues the exploration of “future war”, elevating the thrill ride aspect and downplaying the philosophical exploration. If you’re interested in a near-future Sci Fi book explorin [...]

    14. Every time I read a book by Linda Nagata, I wonder why the hell isn't she better known? The Red series (a must-read, if you haven't read it) is just a brilliantly plotted near-future milsci. The Last Good Man is no less brilliant, though slightly nearer in the future. If you follow any of the news or any of the current tech trends (as Nagata clearly does), you'll see exactly what she's basing her world on. Check it out!

    15. This fast paced, military techno-thriller had me on the edge of my seat. The near-future technology was completely believable and frightening. The book moved at a quick pace and kept me hooked. Great story and mystery.

    16. A well written book that moves the story along, for the most part. Sometimes it falls into the trap that a lot of techno-military type books do, and gets a bit bogged down in technical details. It was a bit difficult to suspend disbelief due to the unlikeliness of the relationships between the main characters (both dead and alive). Still, the author knows how to write, and it was a fun tale. I enjoyed it.

    17. A thriller about near-future military technology, drones, private military contractors, and surveillance. True Brighton is a former helicopter pilot who now works for a US private military contractor (since helicopters are now flown robotically). The small company she works for tries to operate with a motto of "right action" - a similar ethos to Google's "don't be evil" that will place the organization less in a grey area and more on the side of doing good in the world. After a hostage rescue in [...]

    18. In The Last Good Man Linda Nagata gives us an action-filled near future techno-thriller. The main protagonist, True Brighton, is a skilled and tough minded middle-aged woman. She and her team have to deal with all kinds of people ranging from purely evil torturers to ordinary folks. They sometimes have to make difficult moral choices in split seconds while carrying out missions.We get small-unit military operations, we get autonomous and semi-autonomous military bots, and we get an old mystery t [...]

    19. Phenomenal. I enjoyed Linda Nagata's Red Light series. Like Red Light, The Last Good Man features interesting speculation into near future cyber and mech warfare, clandestine or non-national conflicts but the intensely personal journeys of the human side of this transition of warfare in The Last Good Man is extraordinarily well done. The fact that these journeys occur inside of a cinematic, heartpounding plot makes this a really special book. Recommended.

    20. koeur.wordpress/2017/05/1Publisher: Mythic IslandPublishing Date: June 2017ISBN: 9781937197230Genre: SciFiRating: 3.6/5Publishers Description: Army veteran True Brighton left the service when the development of robotic helicopters made her training as a pilot obsolete. Now she works at Requisite Operations, a private military company established by friend and former Special Ops soldier Lincoln Han. ReqOp has embraced the new technologies. Robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence are all t [...]

    21. Wow. I think I get Nagata much better as a writer after this one. Solid story and great characters. I don't have anything against military themes, but neither do I seek them out. Nagata's wonderful prose and attention detail takes military aspect and makes it poignant. I have to admit it was the title that grabbed me, and I was happy to see it play a role in the story. Great read.

    22. “The Last Good Man” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Linda Nagoya (mythicisland). Ms. Nagoya has published more than a dozen novels. I received an ARC of this novel through netgalley in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set just a few years in the future. The primary character. Is True Brighton, a former Army helicopter pilot and now one of the principle officers of R [...]

    23. Thanks to author Linda Nagata, I’ve now read two excellent military sci-fi thrillers — The Last Good Man and The Red: First Light (see my review) — set in highly plausible near-futures where technology has fundamentally changed the role of humans on the world’s battlefields. Both books can be enjoyed simply as the exciting and fast-paced thrillers they certainly are, or readers with a more thoughtful bent will ruminate on the impact these changes will have on conflict and warfare.In a wa [...]

    24. It would be fair to classify this book in a military Thriller / SF category, but it would also be very reductive, as the novel is far removed from the idea one can have of a book with that label. It is a book that would rather have its place on the shelf 'great novels' of our bookstores, next to an author like Norman Spinrad, for example. Very serious (too much to my liking), endowed with a very good intrigue, a futuristic universe in which the machines are replacing the soldiers in battle thea [...]

    25. Linda Nagata's latest sees heroine True Brighton, a private military contractor, searching for answers regarding the death of her serviceman son, Diego. Although the matter of Diego's death is considered long-since closed, True learns of important new information following the rescue of several prisoners abducted by terrorists, information that will put her at odds with both her employer and her husband.The Last Good Man is an excellent near-future military thriller loaded with plenty of cutting [...]

    26. A thoughtful examination of current trends - which is one of the main functions of SF - wrapped in a military format. At first I was worried. The old cliché "steaming mug of coffee" and the obligatory character with gray eyes. Sigh. But there were no more of those and we moved on. Also at the start there was way too much "she picked up her Burleigh & Stronginthearm, adapted with a custom XCFR to incorporate an RQI function. Her LNSGR showed her the positions of her teammates, and predicted [...]

    27. Eight years ago True Brighton was an Army helicopter pilot and her son, Diego, was special operations warrior in a secretive unit called Rogue Lightning. Today, True is Director of Operations for Requisite Operations, a private military contracting firm specializing in providing security, intelligence gathering, developing military robotics, training security people, and hostage rescue. A lot can happen in a minute, let alone eight years. She lost her career as a pilot to artificial intelligence [...]

    28. *I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review and feedback.I have been a fan of Linda Nagata’s work in the past, so when she asked for early readers for her latest book I jumped at the chance. When she sent out her email explaining this book was cross-genre, I got a little stomach flutter of worry—I’m a fairly dedicated sci-fi/fantasy reader and near-future sci-fi military thriller felt a little outside of my comfort zone. But…I didn’t have anyt [...]

    29. Setting: Middle east after ISIS;Problem: Artificial intelligence, robots, and the future of humanity;plot: entirely predictable;characters: sympathetic, a bit heroic, a bit idealistic, 2d;It is a nice military fiction with two major drawbacks that unnerved me while reading. First, I was able to predict the so called mystery before even reaching the half of the book. Second, every character was hammering the idea of military robots taking over the war with such intensity that it started being off [...]

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