Review: The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

Publisher: Mythic Island

Publishing Date: June 2017

ISBN: 9781937197230

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 3.6/5

Publishers 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 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.

Review: This novel surprised me at how just how solid it was. Good characterization/development and a storyline that gets better as the movement intensifies. True Brighton is a great character and delivers her mien in a professional manner. The supporting cast was marginally developed due to the hectic movement where really only one persons POV is relevant in describing events as they unfold. I liked that there was no over the top “True Brighton-Rhodes scholar, Olympic heptathlete that answered the call to serve her country while getting her 3rd black belt in Krav Maga“, shtick.  I mean really. You don’t know how refreshing it is to read about someone who could be a real person doing hero’s work. Like most novels if you have one great character, there must be one that sux in order to balance the karmic scales. Miles. Fuggin’ Miles. Why that douche is allowed along for the operation is beyond even common sense. I guess the author thought she needed a mewling whiner to even out the cast.

While I was picking the corn out of my shjt, I noticed some inconsistencies in flow where you lost the scene visualization due to hiccups in descriptive events. Easy to get back on the reading horse so not a big deal. Scene expediters in the form of “said/swear/hisses/etc. softly” are, sadly present. The future tech is magnificently constructed and brings to light a considered look at our collective future. 

Pick this up, it’s damned good writing.

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One thought on “Review: The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

  1. I do so love your reviews!

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