When mercenaries kidnap two drone operators and steal the software that can control drones anywhere in the world, Kate Allison is called to action to try and stop them before they can use the drones against civilians. A woman with a sordid history, Kate is trying to make up for past mistakes.
She teams up with the unlikeliest of partners in her mission: Lyle Goldman, the application developer who designed the drone software. He's her only hope of finding a way to shut down the mercenaries and figure out who is behind the attack. Unfortunately, Lyle is also being hunted by the FBI in connection with the stolen software and is being framed for the crime.
Can they stop this attack and clear Lyle's name before it is too late?
©2015 Lincoln Cole (P)2016 Lincoln Cole
I loved the action and the pace of the story
Kate was awesome
Kate by far was my favorite
Drones, drones, drones!
This relatively short book packs more thrills, action and excitement into its pages than many over twice it's length. After the first few minutes, I found myself totally absorbed and listened to the book in one sitting.
From the very start, we are thrown right into the lives, and situational locations, of numerous protagonists and the story takes us to meet seemingly unconnected people in scattered places. But all quickly converge into one of the fastest paced, exciting books I have read/ heard. And it is quite terrifyingly believable.
This quickly changing cast of characters throws an enormous weight of voice diffentiation on narrator, Stephanie Dillard, and she does an amazing job, bringing life to each person as well as keeping the text fast flowing. My only criticism of her performance is the rendering of the much featured Cockney, Francis: I am not sure what accent she has given him but it certainly never came out of London. Overall, though, she was magnificent and added enormously to the power of the book.
This is one book I can honestly recommend to all who enjoy ruthless action, combined with tense excitement. I will personally be looking out for more by this author, Lincoln Cole.
I loved the characters! Kate had such a great sense of humour that I was completely hooked by her alone!
Probably the ending fights when they took on the mercenaries. It was super action packed!
She did great voices and brought the characters to life!
Drones are out to get us!
"Short Techno-Thriller Rivals Full Length Novel!"
This fast paced techno-thriller may be short, but delivers an action packed, thought provoking plot with intense pulse pounding moments, humor and interesting characters. It has all the classic elements for a awesome thriller, kidnappings, double crossing, computer hacking, and a devious plot, but also adds in refreshing twists, drones and a couple of unlikely heroes.
I find audios under five hours can be hit or miss, and this was a hit! For a short story, Lincoln Cole delivered a well written plot that rivals full length novels. I loved how Lincoln took the concept of a drone hi-jacking to use in an attack and ran with it. Drones are becoming increasingly popular, and it's a little scary, and not too far fetched to imagine this new technology being used to carry out attacks. This story follows several different characters. Two team up in an unconventional way to work together to stop a group of mercenaries from obtaining their goal. It's fast paced, never dull, and has great characters. Kate was my favorite, I loved all her dry humor.
The narration was fantastic! The editing wasn't a 100% perfect; however, Stephanie Dillard's performance was stunning, lively, had a great pace, brought each word to life, and she nailed all the accents!
I received this audio in exchange for an honest review. Overall, it's a great audio, fast paced, well worth the time, and an awesome KU/whispersync deal!
"Fast Paced! Action Packed!!"
This story may be on the shorter side but it's packed full of action, fast paced, and never a dull moment! Lincoln Cole doesn't waste anytime getting to the point with this one and grabs the listener right from the start. The story follows several characters and groups as each have their own agenda, some more evil than others. Kate our lead character has been doubled crossed but is determined to stop them. She was tough as nails, smart and hilarious! I loved all her witty sarcastic remarks.
Stephanie Dillard did a great job with the narration and brought the story to life.
This story was surprisingly better than I expected and very entertaining to listen too. I received this audio in exchange for an honest review.
"A fairly short action packed book"
I was offered a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A band of mercenaries kidnap two drone operators and gets access to a software to control drones all over the world. Fearing that they will be used to kill civilians, Kate Allison will try to stop them, and will count with Lyle Goldman's help, who has been caught in the middle of it and framed for murder.
This is a relatively short novel but it is action packed, without a moment of boredom. For stories like this one I am used to longer novels, but Lincoln Cole has been able of capturing a quite complex story in under 4 hours. I would have liked more developed characters, but with this short length it was just not possible, and I think Cole is leaving things for us to discover in future books. The end of the book felt a bit rushed, but in general, there are not many idle moments. If you are looking for a thriller with an almost instant gratification, this is your book.
Stephanie Dillard did a great job with voices, and especially with accents. Her narration was clear and expressive, and it was an added value to the text.
This is my second book by Lincoln Cole, since I have first read Ripples Through Time, which I also recommend. They are completely different books, but I see that Lincoln Cole excels at several styles. One thing is sure: you will see more reviews of his books here.
"Charged up and ready to rock!"
I would because it moves really fast and was exciting. A lot of stuff was happening, but it wasn't hard to keep up with. It just avoided extra details!
I would compare it to anything by Jim Butcher and action stories with a little something extra.
She does character accents and voices that are awesome and really kept my attention. She did a fantastic job with it and made it funny.
It made me laugh out loud a couple of times, though luckily I was just in my car so it wasn't too embarrassing...
"Really great performance!"
I think it is about as good as the print version, and the cover is freaking awesome
I loved the characters and the way the narrator brought them all to life.
I haven't heard anything else by her, but this one was great.
It was full of action, and I laughed at certain parts (like the warehouse!). Didn't make me cry though
Short quick listen and read but really good.
Super awesome book!
I thought kate was awesome because she was a fighter and could take care of herself
She does great dialogue and brought the characters to life.
Not really, the book is kind of short but a fun listen!
"Fast paced tech thriller"
Victor leads a mercenary for hire team with questionable morals and an eye on profits. Helen has recently joined, filling her dead sister’s spot, until she can figure out what actually happens. The details are a mystery.
Jack and Beck are drone pilots, living and working in isolation in a fake trailer park a half hour outside of Las Vegas. Boredom leads to a bit of hacking and an unauthorized night off.
Lyle is a software developer who discovered a back door into a program he developed for the government. His best friend Pete suddenly died and a mysterious woman takes him on the run.
I took off one star because I thought that for the amount of time we spend with the baddies, it would have been nice to learn why they are bad. This ensemble story uses the omniscient third person to show action from nearly every point of view. It was a great approach to get bits of backstory and show things that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. I also think it was difficult to know who the protagonist was since that bad guys carried equal weight. A theme of moral ambiguity also added a bit to the uncertainty. Getting a bit of story from someone’s point of view allows the reader access to the character’s inner workings, but to shift point of view so often can detract from deeply learning a character.
I chose this same method, third person omniscient, for my first novel. I felt that I wanted to tell the story of a colony rather than the story of a person within the colony. I think doing so made it hard for some readers to connect. People like to see the world from a fresh point of view when the read. Perhaps that it why I feel critical about it. I received a free audible code for this book in exchange for an honest review.
The characters were not flat, by any stretch of the imagination. Each point of view was distinct and self-motivated within the larger story. Beck is my favorite character. Francis is the one I like to hate.
Don’t let my rant on POV keep you from an exciting tech thriller. There was plenty of action and intrigue and the myriad of characters all wove together nicely. The end leaves a time little team of heroes ready to untangle the last loose thread, a plot hook dangling out there, begging for its sequel.
This military techno thriller is a very well written novel with an interesting and fast-paced plot loaded with tension.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”.
I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I love Lincoln Cole as a writer! This novel was short but fast paced and intricate and amazing!! :-)
"Short and strikes a good tone"
The three words I'd use to describe UAV would be Drone, Action and knowledge.
The ending left me wanting book 2 to be more based around Kate and her adventures.
I have not listened to any other Stephanie Dilard performances but I'd be willing to give her a second chance because her performance with this book was great.
The climax of the book did make me cheer out loud while listening.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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