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Invisible Armies [Kindle Edition]

Jon Evans
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Book Description

In a world where security cameras prove what you have done and databases define who you are, the few who know how to manipulate the technology can play God. They can change the future; they can alter the past. They can make big money, they can save the world, and they can get away with murder over and over again.

Danielle Leaf grew up believing she was safe. Now she knows she was wrong.

Award-winning author Jon Evans returns with a compulsive, fast-paced story that examines issues of Third World exploitation and the extreme edge of anti-capitalist activism. Invisible Armies is Cold War suspense for the modern age, a thriller that looks behind the power of protests and the politics of big business.

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From Publishers Weekly

Following his Arthur Ellis Award– winning debut, Dark Places, Evans forays into corporate malfeasance versus organized protest, but disappoints. A former Infosys project manager living in Bangalore, India, Danielle Leaf agrees to deliver a package for Keiran Kell, a London-based hacker. En route, Danielle is seized by thugs apparently in the employ of Kishkinda, a megacorporation that has been blamed by activists for industrial pollution that has plagued the Bangalore area. While held captive, Danielle meets an attractive activist, also captive, Frenchman Laurent. As the two conspire to escape, Laurent tells Danielle that the package's intended recipient, Jaylitha, who had been doing research to build a case against Kishkinda, has been gruesomely murdered. After Laurent's martial arts skills free them, the pair undertake a series of dangerous escapades, with Danielle suspecting her ally may not be fully trustworthy. Danielle is less than plausible as an action hero, and Evans's take on globalization and its discontents is less than convincing. (June)
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Evans, who has been carving a niche for himself as the author of travel thrillers—Dark Places (2004), The Blood Price (2005)—returns with another entertaining adventure. Danielle Leaf was just doing a favor for a friend, delivering a passport to a woman in India. Abducted and thrown in a dank cell, Danielle is utterly confused until a fellow prisoner explains that she has stumbled into the middle of a battle between a multinational mining company and a determined and potentially violent group of protestors. Escaping from their captors, Danielle and her new friend, the charming Laurent, run for safety. Moving at a brisk clip, the story ranges from rural India to Paris to London, blurring the line between good and evil along the way until it pretty much ceases to exist. Evans, something of a globetrotting adventurer himself, keeps growing as a storyteller, and this is his most accomplished thriller yet. Pitt, David
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  • Language: English
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evans' best book yet! July 6, 2007
As a previous commenter wrote, Evans has invented a new genre-- travelogue as thriller. He's been all over the world, and he writes about it with authority and compassion. This his best work to date. It's a savvy and nuanced page-turner about multi-national corporations and the zealots who oppose them. PW's review doesn't give it the credit it deserves. This is not a formulaic story about Danielle Leaf the action hero. It's about her awakening as a human being. The book examines issues of individual culpability and the American character, and it's smart enough not to point fingers. For good measure, it also gives a bird's eye view of the fascinating techie underground. I totally want to go to defcon now. I absolutely loved this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting twists August 5, 2012
By Krys
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Found the book to have a few interesting plot twists, it was not what I expected. It did keep me reading to the end though once or twice I thought about not finishing.

For those who would be offended the characters randomly drop the "F" bomb in their conversations.
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2.0 out of 5 stars kattywatty April 27, 2012
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Nope!! Didn't/ couldn't get into this book. Too weird. The heroine is taking a passport to someone she doesn't know India. Who in their right mind does that in this day and age?. She is captured, locked in a concrete prison and lo and behold, who do they throw in with her? An x foreign legioneer. He kicks the roof off. Yeah right! Then they get away...caught again...get away....are always going out in public.....come on. I wont read more by this author.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5-Star book of WOW writing September 6, 2007
Danielle Leaf, in India to study yoga at an ashram, agrees to deliver a passport to a woman in a remote village at the request of her old friend/boyfriend, Keiran Kell. What begins as an afternoon motorcycle ride thrusts Danielle into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy, anti-corporate protest marches, high-tech espionage, and several life-threatening situations.

That Keiran is a genius computer hacker both complicates and alleviates the problems they fall victim to once the plot is set in motion. They find themselves involved in a mysterious war between a strange multinational corporation and a well-organized anti-globalization protest movement. And behind the obvious conspiracy is an even deadlier secret.

Jon Evans, winner of the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, has put together a book that is a page-turner from the very beginning. As the story races along through India, France, England and the United States, it is hard to get anything done-other than reading.

Danielle is an extremely likeable character and her cohorts and enemies are also interesting.

Not only is the book exciting and peopled with fascinating types, it also touches on some very real and thought provoking issues:

1. Can computer hackers really get into all kinds of "secure" systems?

2. Is there a possibility that drug companies run tests on human subjects in remote areas?

3. Are any of us safe from corporate/medical/ conspiracies if they are taking place?

These and more are crafted into this novel. The book would make a terrific movie, but even lacking that venue I heartily recommend it. I rarely read thrillers, but this one hooked me from start to finish.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read the Publishers' Weekly review June 11, 2012
By Jedi
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I have only read 45% of the book and really have no desire to finish it. It must be one of the most boring thillers I have ever read. The elements are there, lots of exciting moments - except they aren't actually exciting. I am not sure why but they fall flat. Maybe because you don't ever really empathise with the characters so you have no vested interest in what happens to them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over the top January 26, 2014
By theweed
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This started out to be a great story. Then, one by one, the incidences became more and more unbelievable. As far as the hacking goes, I think the author's grasp of it is more illusory than real. The capabilities of these hackers border on the surreal. It takes the credibility out of the story. All in all, a little bit much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Invisable armies November 26, 2014
By Jean
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A lot of thought was put into the techo part of this story. Unfortunately not enough into the dzy to day. Everytime California was mentioned the author had to say it was in the desert. He used to target practice in the desert while living in northern CA. While driving to Las Vegas the only town they passed through was Barstow. Really? What happened to Victorville? It is larger than Barstow. There are also many smaller towns like Baker. There was à lot of bad language and senseless beatings. Also two of the main characters get blown up but no explanation why they were sitting there. I just kept thinking ''this is à hackers wet dream''
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read, fabulous written adventure. June 24, 2014
By Mac
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This was a action packed book, one of my top 5 ever. Really well written with intense strong characters. Not many books keep me riveted from start to the last page, but Jon has accomplished in words the same intense adventure that you felt when you first saw Die Hard, Speed or Raiders of the lost ark in film.
I have found a new favorite author and can't wait to read additional stories from this master of adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
This story started of slowly, but the drama built and built until it exploded into a very exciting and mind-bending conclusion that i did not anticipate.
Published 9 days ago by RDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Exciting Suspense Book
This book kept me on the edge of my seat at times, and even when there was not a lot of action involved, it never bogged down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeanette wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with many surprising twists
Great story with many surprising twists. Danielle's background makes her choices and actions plausible, I believe in her (even though I occasionally want to scream at her). Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Lien
3.0 out of 5 stars This plot has several twist and turns, intrigue, good guys and some...
Jon Evans story is interesting the taking us through various counties and cultures many of us readers will only visit through the eyes of story tellers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by beastieschool
2.0 out of 5 stars A long winded snoozer!
A long winded snoozer!
Published 8 months ago by Alana Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving story
Invisible Armies is an exciting story with well developed characters. With a backdrop of third world poverty and high tech hacking, the plot moves quickly taking reader along for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Deloris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The first hour was pretty boring, afterwords it was a game changer. I didn't want to put the book down. Great, twist and will keep you on your toes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by robin
4.0 out of 5 stars attention grabbing
This book had just the right pace to keep me thoroughly engaged and up late into the night! Read it!
Published 9 months ago by h.mon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsom book
A fun, fast paced story with non stop action. As an IT tech I am amazed with the technical accuracy of this book! The story line was fast paced and vivid. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bette BEnnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Entertaining
I don't give many five's particularly to books that are published and sold on Kindle at a low price. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Laker
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I always wanted to be a writer. I travel a lot - more than 70 countries across six continents, to date. My novel DARK PLACES won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and has been translated into Dutch, German, and Japanese; my recent Vertigo Crime graphic novel THE EXECUTOR was nominated for a Spinetingler Award, appeared on several best-of-the-year-lists, and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. My most recent book, and I think my favorite, is my "children's book for grown-ups" BEASTS OF NEW YORK. I'm not so secretly planning to write a sequel or two. I write novels, scripts, magazine journalism, a weekly column for the irreverent tech site TechCrunch, and software. It is fair to say that I am easily bored.

For far, far more about me than you probably ever wanted to know, see my web site

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