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There is so much to like about this book (the entire Red series, actually). This book picks up from the first book with James Shelley and the team being court martialed for their kidnapping of Thelma Sheridan and delivery to Ahab Matugo in Niamey for trial.
Her husband,Carl Vanda, takes this personally, far more than any "dragon" should, and goes after Lt. Shelley. He isn't a very effective field agent.
The trial ends in a job offer to work directly for the organization that Kendrick and Rawlings had worked for. Upon returning from a mission to retrieve some nukes from a ship owned by Carl Vanda, he takes an involuntary vocational detour to another organization which is attemping to work with/control the Red by retrieving more nukes from a low earth orbit habitat. He's rescued by his team before he can go on that mission, ends up executing it with his old team, and is rescued by yet another organization of enhanced soldiers working directly for the Red.
We get further insights (deductions) about the nature of the Red and what its motivations (without humanizing it) are.
There's lots of new technology from drones and robo-bugs to an app called FaceValue which runs in Shelley's overlay and is used to evaluate the truthfulness of someone's statements. There's EXALT (Expandable Aerial Labyrinth Traffic), the communications system being build to replace the Internet backbone (which was designed to make it more difficult for the Red to hide).
One statement aptly describes Facebook users in a few years: "The girl doesn't matter to Shiloh beyond her function as a mobile platform for EXALT data collection." This applies to Facebook, Google, Instagram, etc. A variation on this is Carl Vanda's statement, "I don't wear an overlay... And no chip. Only an idiot would hardware himself into the Cloud."
While I'm really enjoying this series of book and I highly recommend them, remember the warning: contains military grade profanity!
Oh, and there's a developing relationship between James Shelley and Karin Larsen (AKA Delphi) that expands and contracts as he takes on new missions. It's especially emotionally challenging for her.
I enjoyed the book almost as much as the first volume and am now looking forward to the third and final volume of the trilogy and conclusion of this story. I highly recommend this entire series (so far).
The second book starts to look at some of the darker side of AI.
Treating them as aliens should have been portrayed in most Sci-Fi, with unfathomable motives.
I recommend starting with the first book, to understand the character's depth, but this novel would stand alone.
The novel hits the contemporary mindset nail on the head with the right amount 1% elitism, global conspiracies, and the adaptation of the internet age gone to a logical (if not depressive) conclusion.