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Title: The Last Good Man
Author: Linda Nagata
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
True Brighton, former military, has started up a mercenary group. They rescue kidnap victims, etc, etc. A couple of years ago True’s oldest son, Diego, was captured while on a special forces mission. He was tortured on tape, and that video went viral. He became a worldwide phenomenon. His whole group was wiped out and True has never gotten the answers she wants about the whole situation.
In a pro-bono rescue mission, it becomes apparent that the leader of Diego’s group might not have died with his men. Thus begins True’s hunt for answers.
And be damned to the consequences of her actions, even if it means her friends die, her coworkers die and she leaves her husband and 2 adult children in the dust.
I enjoyed the story and the writing. Mrs Nagata is talented and this book shows that her The Red trilogy was not a fluke.
However, my problem with this book was how True acts and what motivates her. She is obsessed with her dead son and the facts surrounding his death. She allows that obsession to take over everything. She leaves her husband, wondering if he’ll ever see her again. She makes decisions that directly lead to her coworkers dying. She saves a man, time after time, who has kidnapped, tortured and killed American civilians.
Depending on how you feel about those issues will directly affect how much you enjoy this book. I will continue reading Nagata’s stuff due to how great the Red books were. But if she writes another one like this, well…