James Kowalski is having a bad week. First he found out his genius girlfriend Sophie has been hiding something important from him. Now the US government wants her to investigate a drug cartel's new weapon: unmanned drones. Drones that happen to look a whole lot like the ones his best friend Jesse uses to hunt treasure in the Caribbean--or so Jesse says.Then a research tripJames Kowalski is having a bad week. First he found out his genius girlfriend Sophie has been hiding something important from him. Now the US government wants her to investigate a drug cartel's new weapon: unmanned drones. Drones that happen to look a whole lot like the ones his best friend Jesse uses to hunt treasure in the Caribbean--or so Jesse says.Then a research trip goes violently wrong, and James finds himself stranded deep in the Colombian jungle, on the run from brutal drug lords.But things don't get truly desperate until he stumbles upon what's really going on. Because that just might be the end of the world as we know it......
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Very clever and well put together. It's a sequel to Invisible Armies, but that doesn't really become apparent until two thirds through the book.I humbly submit that there are some structural problems reading this book in 2013 that would not have been apparent when the book was written, i.e. "no decent hacker would use a password that weak" and "excuse me, you think you're the only one who can exploit your backdoor hack?"That being said, it's an intelligent thriller that keeps the plot moving and treats the characters as real people instead of inflatable punching bags. Recommended.
Jon Evans' book Invisible Armies is one of my favorite techno-thrillers. Even more than a decade after it was published, it still holds up really well as a snapshot of early 2000s hacking. I was excited for Swarm given that was his most recent novel and dealt with the use of unmanned drones as terrorist weapons. But, disappointingly, the characters were all paper-thin and the plot was not gripping. The fact it was told in the first-person by a relatively uninteresting character did not help things. Even the surprise appearance (at least to me) of characters from Invisible Armies did not do much to enliven things, given they had no onscreen time for character development.
A fun read about drones gone wild. Drones are a fairly cheap weapon of the future to manufacture. What happens when a fleet of them gets in the wrong hands? You get the techno action of Swarm.The main character runs across the world trying to prevent a mass drone attack, while dealing with questionable loyalties of his genius girlfriend. The author has a good handle of realistic technology and doesn't just throw out meaningless technobabble. I appreciate the diverse locations, pop culture references, moral dilemmas, and action.The plot starts to go off the rails a bit when the drone conspiracy is expanded to unrealistic proportions. There is also some editorial issues in the novel that need to be cleaned up. (Missed words, fragmented sentences, etc.)Overall a good read, and I'll seek out more work by the author.
Another global thriller. Another amazing ride. I continue to appreciate that Evans isn't afraid to let a bad situation get worse (and, in fact, seems to revel in it) and isn't afraid to walk away from the happy or convenient wrap-up. I'm sorry it took me so long to get to it (it'd slipped my attention since it came out before I owned an e-reader) but sort of glad since it was a little surreal reading it with drones in the news so much.
I am a fan of Mr. Evans having read Beasts of New York. This tale is a James Bond international like thriller. It is fast paced exciting and complete (some stories leave too many questions unanswered). If you had the intelligence to build something that brought the world close to its end, what would you do?
Good adventure story with a dark vision of future swarming with advanced drones in the hands of anyone with the money to build them. Suggests that the nation-state may be on its way out as the expression of supreme power.
After more than week I simply couldn't get anywhere with this book. This year I'm not finishing books that don't hold my interest. Part of it may be that I'm sick of the trend toward first person narrative.
Three and a half stars. At times I was really impressed, and at others was rolling my eyes. I think the writer has some chops and will read more of his stuff in the future.
A bit unbelievable at times, but a fun combo of action and the philosophical tangles around a disruptive military technology.