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3.0 out of 5 stars A peak into the covert and ethically complex world of drones, May 6, 2014
This review is from: Sting of the Drone: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Richard Clarke is uniquely positioned to really understand the ever-increasing use of unmanned areal vehicles in espionage and war. They are a remarkable technology filled with promise, but that amazing potential also brings with it a lot of questions about how and when drones should be used, and also the unintended costs of this type of warfare may entail. In The Sting of the Drone, Clarke confronts all of these questions head on through a fictional tale of US drone warfare. We are taken into the halls of power, into the driver's seat, and into the field in this fictionalized war on terror. And here, terror fights back. I found the narrative at times weak, particularly some of the dialogue. The characters are okay. But the book is at least partly redeemed by the deep thinking it reflects about what drones do and what that means. He has his characters confront head on many of the ethical questions that come with drone warfare, and many of them also experience some of the unexpected pitfalls of this type of warfare, such as the toll it takes on pilots who deal death by day and then head home to their families at night. I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.
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