Swarm Kindle Edition
|Length: 355 pages||
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 Robert 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Riveting and holds your interest. throughout.. Hard to put it down once you start reading.Published 15 months ago by C. J. Helmer Jr.
Just after I started this book, I saw something on tv about the future with drones. This book is certainly a page turner and makes you wonder who you can trust. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sharon A
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? Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by The Grey
You can download this book for free - and legally, as an offer from the author - in [...] I don't understant why it's for sale here.Published on July 4, 2013 by Joao Van Zeller
This was the fourth or fifth book I'd read by this author, and I'd enjoyed his books. So, I encouraged my husband, a computer programmer, fellow-traveler, and lover of all things... Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer