Unmanned : A novel

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From the widely acclaimed author of "The Prisoner of Guantanamo "and "The Double Game, " an electrifying, timely, psychologically gripping descent into the hidden, expanding world of drone warfare.
Not very long ago, Darwin Cole was an F-16 fighter pilot. He was a family man. He was on top of the world. Now? He s a washout drunk with a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, living alone in the Nevada desert and haunted by an image beamed from one of his last missions as a pilot of a Predator drone a harrowing shot of an Afghan child running for her life.
When Cole is approached by three journalists trying to uncover the identity of the possibly rogue intelligence operative who called the shots in Cole s ill-fated mission, Cole reluctantly agrees to team up with them.
But in our surveillance culture, even the well intentioned are liable to find themselves under scrutiny, running for their lives, especially when the trail they re following leads to the very heart of that culture in intelligence, in the military, and among the unchecked private contractors who stand to profit richly from the advancing technology . . . not merely for use over there, but for right here, right now."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 315 pages
  • 130 x 152 x 30mm | 260g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0385351259
  • 9780385351256
  • 1,581,257

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"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."
--"Kirkus Reviews"

"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."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"Another winner from the author of "The Arms Maker of Berlin "and "The Double Game.""
--David Pitt, "Booklist"
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About Dan Fesperman

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 Guantanamo" won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.
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