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Swarm by [Evans, Jon]
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"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
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006XXVJX0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Artificial intelligence and the ability to coordinate multiple drone attacks without specific directions threaten to bring chaos world-wide with no chance to identify the perpetrators. Great characters, edge of science challenges, multiple enemies and hard choices bring together an unlikely group of great characters in a plot that turns and twists and turns again. Fascinating concept and well worth the time.
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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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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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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 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.
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An excellent story. The characters are (mostly) realistic and stay within their characters. The idea behind the story is quite scary; if someone decides to use these machines as described in the book, chaos would reign universally.
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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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