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This is the third book, but you could jump in with no trouble at all if you wanted, though the first two books, First Light and The Trials, are well worth reading. At the end of the second book, Shelly sliped away from his friends and comrades letting them believe, and not for first time, that he'd been killed on the mission he was sent on by the "Red," the mysterious AI presence that's been staging operations to preserve humanity...or maybe just to keep a consumer base alive.
So, in Going Dark, his story is mostly cut loose from the friends, lovers, and occasional enemies of the first two books, though they may worm their way back in along the way. Shelly goes on a number of missions in the now ultra dark team that the Red is deploying in its crusade against secrets and hidden power, but each time he goes out with his squad it becomes a little clearer to him that the wiring embedded in his brain to help manage combat stress isn't just passively keeping him sane, it's overriding his judgement, and no matter how much he might agree with the Red's goals, he doesn't much appreciate the way it uses up its tools.
Also, it turns out that while nobody is going to shut down the global network that ties everything together and provides a distributed platform for the Red to exist in, somebody out there has found a way to manipulate the Red itself, and no matter how noble its cause, blindsided it can be an unintentional agent for exactly the forces it wants to stop.
So our boy has to find a balance between doing what the Red wants and makes sense, and by the way keep himself and his squad alive through non-stop covert ops where things keep blowing up around him.
I think Linda Nagata's gotten better with each book. Not just as a storyteller, but with her nuanced appreciation of the balance of global power and what the future looks like.
As exhibited in the previous two novels, Nagata has a strong knack for creating deeply layered plots and dense narratives. The various scenarios she puts Shelley and company through are intriguing and paint a highly interesting view of the world as seen through the eyes and minds of these soldiers, a world that is constantly being manipulated by the overarching, and far-reaching, influences of an unstoppable and uncontrollable artificial intelligence.
In this final chapter, Nagata adds a few new wrinkles and subplots, enough so that I hope and wish for more novels in this series despite it being billed as a trilogy. Over the last two books, we’ve gotten hints of a bigger scope to the world as humanity slowly takes to the stars. Here we get a brief mention of Mars preppers looking to make it off-world, but the narrative remains strictly Earthbound. Frankly, I’d love to see Nagata take on outer space at some point. Going Dark, though, does serve a fitting finale to the story of James Shelley, even if a lot of the larger concepts surrounding him go unresolved. With The Red, Nagata has created an overwhelming game-changer, an uncontainable genie that is not easily put back in the bottle. As with the prior installments, though, the focus is strictly on the human element and the ways in which characters respond to the evolving world around them. I have to applaud Nagata for still finding new aspects of Shelley’s character to play with, and for surrounding him with a supporting cast, many of them new faces, who are special in their own right.
Regarding the narration, Kevin T. Collins has become the voice of the series, and there’s a certain comfort factor in his return here. The speech and timbre are familiar, and listening to him once again embody James Shelley is a welcoming, easy listen. The production values continue to be high, and the narration proceeds without a hitch for its 16 1/2 hours run-time.
Packed with a number of explosive action sequences, solid world-building, and characters that are worth the time investment, Going Dark is a strong finish to Nagata’s “The Red” series. Taken a whole, this series has quickly become a personal favorite. If you’ve read or listened to the prior installments, finishing it up with this finale is a no-brainer.
The whole series will be remembered as one of my favorite trilogies, with memorable characters full of doubt and self loathing, a complex plot that kept me involved, and writing that had me highlighting phrases on nearly every page.
The setting is far enough in the future to be compelling as a plot narrative, but not so far that the devices and technology feels unbelievable or alien. The descriptive cues in the book give each scene a very real feeling, and the combat is frenetic and fast paced enough to raise my heart rate.
I'm sad to leave these characters and this universe at the end of this trilogy, but I look forward to more books from Mrs. Nagata.
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The third book is darker with a grim outlook.