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Unmanned: A novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 12, 2014
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“Dan Fesperman’s excellent and timely ninth thriller . . . explores the ethical conundrums of the most potent new weapon in the American arsenal: the unmanned aerial drone. . . . Exhaustively researched . . . Unmanned is smart and thoughtful exploration of the unintended consequences of waging war by remote control. . . . What Mr. Fesperman understands is that in the brave new world of modern warfare, there are complicated questions with no neat answers.”
—Howard Gordon, The Wall Street Journal
“An exciting story, expertly told . . . suspenseful . . . Fesperman’s novel will probably tell you more than you’ve learned elsewhere about the possibilities and dangers of drones.”
—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post Book World
“Fesperman, a former journalist, has a reporter’s knack for finding topical subjects that resonate with contemporary readers. . . . Unmanned hits close to home, literally and figuratively. With menacing black SUVs and a plethora of government agencies with wobbly morals, it evokes great, conspiracy-fueled thrillers of the 1970s such as All the President’s Men and Three Days of the Condor. . . . Fesperman’s prose style—swift, smooth and unassuming—keeps readers moving quickly through the book’s satisfyingly labyrinthine plot.”
—Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Unmanned is a deftly crafted and frightening tale, part mystery and part thriller. The author displays an impressive command of the details of military technology And given our current debates both over the drone wars and the surveillance state, the novel could hardly be more timely.”
—Stephen L. Carter, author of The Emperor of Ocean Park
“A timely thriller that brings drone warfare to the streets of America. There is treachery here—in the government, in big business and among the technology geeks who make it all work. . . . a thriller nuanced with moral ambiguity . . . Well-written and dense with complicity, this is an action-packed glimpse of intrusive technology in which the good guys never have clear moral standing.”
“Timely . . . Fesperman delineates the capabilities of modern drone aircraft in details that evoke wonder as well as chills at their disturbing implications for personal privacy . . . The technical information will keep readers turning the pages up to the rousing conclusion.”
“Another winner from the author of The Arms Maker of Berlin and The Double Game.”
—David Pitt, Booklist
About the Author
Dan Fesperman’s travels as a writer have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.
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I am saddened that his last several books have been so disappointing, as some of his earlier books were amazing. His next book needs to hit some high points, otherwise he risks falling into the " James Patterson " book mill category.
Drones: a hot topic - what they do, and some of the truly frightening things they almost certainly will soon be able to do. The FBI and CIA: behaving badly, but then true-grit Americans don't like the Feds - though the US Army also seems to have its share of rotten apples. Small Band takes on Huge Behemoth: David meets Goliath in cyberspace. This book has lots going for it, and then some.
What makes it so readable? Sheer storytelling, to begin with. A great story, with lots of convincing twists and turns. Good cyberwar procedurals. The pace is cracking, the dialogue taut, the scene-setting brisk and minimal.
And the characterisation is excellent; no cardboard cut-outs, everyone is 3.5 dimensional, same as in real life. The goodies who turn out to be baddies recognise the fact that they are harming others, the baddies who become goodies are never Simon pure.
So what's not to like? Well, it's a pretty standard thriller line: small guys go up against dirty-tricks big guys, slowly uncover leads, get a couple of breaks, arrive at the grand finale. But so what, Shakespeare copied other people's plots, and he seems to be doing pretty good.
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