We rely on automation. Our cars parallel park themselves. The military uses unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance. We can't go anywhere without our phones. Our lives are ripe for hacking.
Not that anyone would.
When a group of high school friends meet at their 45th reunion, they discuss the hypothetical. With all these wireless networks, could someone hack a military drone? Unknown to them, a Russian spy gets wind of their idle chatter and plans to put their idea to the test.
Vasili Grigoriy Konstantinov commandeers a drone flying over Washington DC and terrorizes the National Mall with a low flyby. Then, things escalate.
©2014 W. M. J. Kreucher (P)2016 W. M. J. Kreucher
I have listened to many dozens of audiobooks, mostly in the car and mostly from authors I know well. This story ranks in the top echelon- the ones where when I get where I'm going I cant get out of the car until I finish it-or at least finish the chapter. If audio books could be 'page burners'-- this one would be on top.
I admire authors who can sneak story elements in on the reader. Kreucher did this repeatedly- the 'read' was nearly a road hazard.
Hoke's performance was well matched for the material. His distinction in voice between characters and his talented facility with eastern European dialects added significantly to the experience. At one point he scans a 'menu' of vodkas which, had I been reading, Im sure I would have scanned and not tried to articulate
I sat in the car in front of my hotel at the end of a trip and finished it. that says it all!
Kreucher's masterful character development, imaginative plots and world-class pacing made this his best effort to date. This one captures the 'audience' early and hold them captive all the way to the end. 5 stars.
I plan on it. The technical details of the story are fascinating and worth a closer listen.
Without a doubt, it was Sam. For being a freaking genius, he had humility. Just an regular guy to his wife and friends. When put to the test, he was calm, cool, and collected. He was a hero without the need of weapons other than his mind and practical skills.
Hoke was THE right voice for this story. His Russian accent added personality to the east European characters and his southern drawl brought credibility the military types. Hoke managed to keep the story on top without letting the accents get in the way. Perfect.
"Drone" is catchy enough. Keep it.
It was a trivial, yet fateful tweet from a waitress that linked an ice cold Bulgarian assassin to a group of 60 something techies enjoying a “theoretical” conversation at their high school reunion. Within a matter of days, the theory transformed into a reality—that held the breath of our nation, it’s president and top military brass. Could a single, pilotless aircraft threaten the nation’s capitol, the lives of millions, and enable Vasili to walk away with software capable of changing 21st century military strategy? The ruthless assassin had calculated an airtight plan to do exactly that. Only one computer code writer could deliver the goal he sought—and this man was resourceful. If you like a story of an ordinary Joe pitted against an extraordinary foe, “Drone” is a sure bet to keep you listening in your driveway—till the last chapter.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com." I highly recommended this one for true action fans interested in political thrillers.. lots to love . very well written and wonderful narration..
I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!
this is a great fast paced book. It its a great story about how if your conversation can be over heard it can totally be taken the wrong way and wind you up in a heap of trouble.
a few old friends are sitting at a dinner talking about how easy it could be to take over a drone, just fantasizing about how easy it would be, playing around with the idea, and BAM there world soon becomes upside down! scary how fast thing can happen
The narrator did an great job on this book! and I look forward to hearing more from him!
was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..
This was a really interesting and suspenseful book. With all the talk of drones and their capabilities, this book is especially relevant and scary in that it could actually happen. The book is well-written and gripping - I didn't want to put it down. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Samuel E. Hoke, and I was pleased with his narration. I especially appreciated that he didn't give his female character a whiny voice, which happens so often in the books I listen to. He had good differentiation of characters, good pacing, and good cadence. I would definitely listen to more books narrated by him. Overall, this is a really exciting and gripping book, and I would definitely check out other books by this author.
Always searching for that next great adventure to dive into... preferably while society collapses and all hell is breaking loose!
The storyline in "Drone" is good, not great. The idea is fantastic and the author could've had me on the edge of my seat had this book been longer with more details. I didn't feel "connected" with the characters with only basic introductions and felt the lack of depth into the individual background of each character took away from my overall experience. The lack of detail changed a potentially realistic scenerio into a creative yet not very believable story.
The narration started out rough. Mr. Hoke has a very deep voice which can seem somewhat monotone. Many times it seemed he attempted to make his voice even deeper which was somewhat irritating. As the book goes on, he does a good job of bringing the characters to life. There's definitely potential... deep voiced narrators can make a good book great if done correctly.
*This book was gifted to me at no cost by the narrator, author, or publisher for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.
The well written story held your attention
It kept you in suspense with all its twists and turns.
When the 2 guys confess that they foiled the drone program.
It scared me with the possibility that this could be implemented in reality.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."
DRONE is a thriller that grabs your attention early and compels you to continue listening. Sam and Pat are two friends deeply in love with their significant others. Vasili Grigory Konstantinov loves no one, nothing in his life has value, he has only a single purpose.
If you like a fast paced story, excellent storytelling skills, and a creative protagonist you will enjoy DRONE by W. M. J. Kreucher and narrated by Samuel E. Hoke.
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
Drone by W. M. J. Kreucher, narrated by Samuel E. Hoke, is a rather short “by the book” terrorist attack plot against the United States capital using a Drone as the method of attack. The book opens by setting up the various characters along with their specific expertise in their given fields and how they will be important for carrying out this attack. We are given some background on why these individuals are interested in attacking the U.S. We have individuals kidnapped for their expertise and forced to carry out their attacker’s wishes or their loved ones will be harmed or killed.
Included with the story are your standard complement of keystone cops, incompetent military, flakey news personnel, and the use of technology to pull it all off. Not a surprise for a book entitled Drone. I did like that the new teams were calling it “Dronegate”, a word that seemed would quickly come out of a situation like this. I also found it funny that the news team was more focused on this event being a political stunt and were interviewing an individual about the impact of the drone’s exhaust and its impact of this around global warning.
For me the book seemed rather flat and lacked much of the detail, action, and suspense one would expect in a book of this genre. It is not in the same class as a Tom Clancy story, if this is what you are expecting I would not recommend this book. The book was shallow in technical detail, but this is easily understood when telling a story in only 137pg. or 3.5hours for the audiobook. Think of the story more as a quick flyover rather than one that is deep in the technology weeds. If you go into this book with the understanding that it is quick and light, the story is rather enjoyable; nothing different or unique from other stories in this category.
What I was hoping for was much a story covering in more depth things like the drone itself, the difficulty of creating and dispersing a chemical agent (air, water, wind, population, etc.). There are some good documentaries covering just how hard this process is to accomplish, and I did not get that same feeling from this book. I will say that I did like some of the provided backstory the author gives to the characters. This makes them better understood and also keeps them from being flat or non-descript.
With regard to the narration of the book. I will give Samuel E. Hoke a four out of five stars. Looking on Audible, this is his first narrated work; congratulations and thank you for your hard work. I feel he did an excellent job for his first work. He was able to easily and smoothly pronounce the many post-Soviet country names and locations. I like that he was able to voice the many different characters, even some with Russian accents, and that he was able to properly voice the female characters without going into a falsetto. I would have like to have had a bit more distinction between characters and inflection in their voices, but this is something that comes with more experience narrating books.
I did like that the narrator included some audio effects to enhance the drama or suspense like when someone was talking over the phone the audio was modified to sound like it would. This shows extra effort to make the narration more than just his voice. I like it, it was not overly done as I have found in other books I have listened too.
There were a few audio technical issues I encountered while listening to the book. From the start I felt that the audio seemed hot throughout most of the book. It was not as crisp or clean as other books I have listened too. Between chapters there were a few slight volume variations, but nothing that would impact your listening. There were a few chapters that had some form of background noise, static, or other audio effect; chapter 21 (2:36), chapter 22 (0:53) and chapter 41 (start of chapter). Something that again is noticeable but not so bad that you cannot hear the narration.
Overall I enjoyed this book and will say that the narration was done well. I did listen to the book at 1.25x speed as the narrator read a bit slower than I like, but this is a personal preference and something easily overcome by technology.
Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.
"Drone brings Spy novels bang up to date"
A riveting read
The moment when "Sam" manages to outwit his Russian captor when he ( and myself too) least expected
Samuel E Hoke is new to me, but I am from England and this is my first audio book, so I cannot compare to his other work. However, he managed to bring this exquisite novel to life, his ability to handle the Eastern European accents was superb.
Drone , dark forces on the move in Michigan
This was a wonderful way to enjoy my weekend and I found I just could not stop listening to the book. Drones are in the news almost every day in various world conflicts, and on sale in many shopping malls for the public to purchase. This novel brings the reader bang up to date with the technology and poses some very interesting question on their security and safety that many have probably have wondered about. Looking forward to the next Kreucher/ Hoke audio novel.
Mr G Smith
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