"...a thrilling novel that lays bare the imminent future of warfare."—Publishers Weekly starred review
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 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.
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Greg Bear: "A new novel by Linda Nagata is always an event. The Last Good Man pulls us into next month's headlines with a conviction and energy that makes for an extraordinary tale."
From Hugo and Nebula award-winner Vonda N. McIntyre: "The Last Good Man is a compelling and subversive novel, told by unique characters, especially True Brighton: sympathetic, prickly, determined, all too human. Linda Nagata has impressive insights into technological advances and their potential effects.... It was a privilege to read TLGM before its publication."
From Steven Gould, author of Jumper: "I asked to see an advanced copy of The Last Good Man with the caveat that I was very busy and might not get to it. I was just going to glance at the first few pages but looked up to find myself halfway through the book in the wee hours of the morning. Only an early morning appointment kept me from reading on but I finished it the following evening.
"Welcome to the future of war. Soldiers on the ground depend more on their augmented reality visors, net connections, and hosts of robotic allies, than their rifles, but as long as they tread in harm's way, certain things do not change, including collateral damage, ethical challenges, and the grief of a mother, a warrior herself, when her son dies in action.
"Set where war's bleeding edge of technology slams into people's lives, this is a very human story, brilliantly told."
Nebula-winner Nagata (Going Dark) explores incredible AI weaponry in a thrilling novel that lays bare the imminent future of warfare. Seattle-based Requisite Operations, a private military company, agrees to rescue captive doctor Fatima Atwan from the gangster El-Hashem. ReqOp's director of operations, True Brighton, is stunned when the mission unexpectedly uncovers connections to her soldier son Diego's death by torture eight years before. True is soon at odds with ReqOp's owner, Lincoln Han, over how to bring the culprits to justice, but both want the truth. Meanwhile, True's husband struggles to believe that anything they learn from further investigation will ease the pain of Diego's death. Autonomous helicopters, animal-shaped biomimetic robots, and True's insectile "origami army" are integral to her quest and provide a mesmerizing glimpse of the probable forthcoming roles or obsolescence of human soldiers. Readers will be left questioning the possibility of achieving a peaceful future.