The Red

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 354 ratings

The Red 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?

©2013 Linda Nagata (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Red

    • First Light
    • By: Linda Nagata
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 177

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great action, forced plot

    • By S. Yates on 10-26-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • The Trials

    • By: Linda Nagata
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    Lieutenant James Shelley and his squad of US Army soldiers were on a quest for justice when they carried out the unauthorized mission known as First Light. They returned home to America to face a court-martial, determined to expose the corruption in the chain of command that compelled their actions. But in a country still reeling from the nuclear terrorism of Coma Day, the courtroom is just one battlefield of many.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This AI is the one Elon Musk is worried about...

    • By Difficult to Please and Opinionated, but Generally Reliable on 09-18-17

    Regular price: $29.95

  • Book 3

    • Going Dark

    • The Red Trilogy 3
    • By: Linda Nagata
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 65

    James Shelley has left his lover, Delphi, and his companion-in-arms, Jayne Vasquez, with a fortune acquired from a fallen oligarch. They believe him to be dead, and he doesn't try to set the record straight. His long-running question has been answered: There are other soldiers like him who have served the purposes of the Red - and he has accepted his place among them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • explosive action sequences, solid world-building..

    • By AudioBook Reviewer on 02-09-16

    Regular price: $29.95