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Swarm [Kindle Edition]

Jon Evans
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Book Description

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 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...

Editorial Reviews


"Thought-provoking ... An intriguing, pacy read, and Mr Evans shows great potential."- The Economist on Invisible Armies

From the Author

Swarm is a sort-of-sequel - more of a companion piece, really - to my novel Invisible Armies.

Product Details

  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XXVJX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Read August 8, 2012
By M Slott
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I received this book for free and read through the entire thing in a couple of nights. Overall I liked the book. Well written and engrossing it kept me reading (which many of the free books here do not.) I did think that it got a little over the top with the heros exploits and near misses against people who should have been able to smack him down...yet, somehow he survives it all. Really an interesting premise though. I give it 4 stars and recommend that if you like cutting edge technology stories this one might hold your interest. It held mine.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars for the book, five for the author March 10, 2012
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I came across this book because of an article titled "Steal This Book", by Swarm author, Jon Evans. ([...])
It was a great article, and can be summed up by Evans' statement; "I expect that in the future e-books will come with a "Pay What You Want" interface on the very last page"

I dig it.

So, how was the book? I enjoyed it. There were parts that felt a bit contrived, but overall, it was a worthwhile read. Was it worth ten dollars? No, but it is worth the three bucks that I am back here paying AFTER downloading it for free and reading it.

I will have to try out "Invisible Armies" and see how I like that one.

Keep up the fight Evans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Globetrotting high tech thriller June 11, 2014
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I've read all Jon's books now and have never been disappointed. Some of his characters thread their way through several of his books including this one and it is always interesting to catch up with them. A great fast paced story with plenty of action, heaps of techie stuff but written in an interesting and easy to understand way. With the use of military drones very much in the news this book paints a frightening but very believable scenario where drones are in the hands of criminals. Well recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A departure for Jon Evans but a good read. September 4, 2014
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I related to Jon Evans other books and looked forward to this his latest. It does not follow the same characters as his previous works, but once into the story it felt very familiar. The story is relatively fast paced and an easy read. The details of the story line were a bit of a stretch, but the Jon obviously has let his imagination loose a little more on this novel. There were a couple spelling errors that editing missed in the kindle edition. All in all a good read and looking forward to Jon's next work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I read about this in one of his TechCrunch articles. For the vast majority of the book, I thought that there was no drone apocalypse. It happens at the very end.

I found the style very much like Barry Eisler's style, minus that Japanese influence. Jon Evans also happens to have a better grasp of technology (not surprising in the least) and a good basic knowledge of how brains and artificial intelligence work. The mini-drones are actually hilarious because in-the-field iterations of them exist already and are actively used. It's close to Barry Eisler's Ben Treleven books, minus Ben's military background. The hapless protagonist, Kowalski, is very similar to "The Intersect" in Chuck (TV). He's just an average guy with specialized knowledge thrust into situations beyond his ken.

Like Barry Eisler, one of Jon Evans' failings is the way that they oversimplify women and their actions. Also, the protagonist gets physically beaten up so often that I find it unlikely. The pseudo-French is not extremely great, but I'm a French translator and probably a bit picky.

Despite those small things, I really enjoyed this book. Ursula K. Le Guin says that all science fiction is a what-if and Jon Evans does a great job. He also quotes Richard Heinlein a lot, which I enjoyed. There are tons of cultural references in the book. It's also interesting that he chose Russia as the enemy and not China, which tends to be the enemy du jour. If anybody's robotics capabilities should be feared, it's Japan's.

It would be incredible if Jon Evans and Barry Eisler teamed up for a crossover, even if it was simply a short story.
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More About the Author

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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