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Winner of the 2017 Mcgrath House Indie Book Awards

Stacy’s life is in free fall, her daughter killed by a drunk driver and her husband taking his own life only months later. She finds herself clutching a handgun, searching for a sign that tomorrow will be any better than today. At this auspicious moment her cell phone rings, bringing an offer that may postpone her soul searching.

The discovery of an airplane graveyard containing a dozen commercial airliners is shocking. When the deep-sea salvage camera reveals them to be virtually undamaged under 6,000 feet of water in the Indian Ocean, theories abound. Who put them there? How are they still in one piece? What reason could there be?

Stacy is about to learn the answers to those questions, as well things she’d prefer to forget. Along the way, she’ll have to solve this puzzle and many more to prevent an even larger disaster from happening.

This audiobook contains the following: tiny robots, falsified government identification, autonomous drones, ATM malfunctions, mid-air collisions, fear of sharks, Australian bar pranks, pointing guns out the window of a moving plane, video games, Area-51, milk shake do’s and don'ts, and everyone’s possible need of at least one good friend.

Listen at your own risk. 

C. F. Waller is best known for his award-winning science-fiction novel Tourists of the Apocalypse. His work has been recognized by Shelf Media Magazine, Indie Excellence, Readers Favorite, McGrath House and recently in the 2017 BGS Pitch Contest. His other Award Winning novels include South Face (Paranormal), Waypoint (Mystery/Thriller) and Free Dive (Tecno-thriller).

©2017 C. F. Waller (P)2018 C. F. Waller

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A book of action, adventure, mystery, and Tech...

“Waypoint: Game of Drones” is a captivating, entertaining, and gripping techno-thriller authored by C. F. Waller; who is known for a few of his other books such as “The Calling Tree” and “Tourists of the Apocalypse”. The audiobook edition is well narrated by J. Scott Bennett who is no stranger to Audible with over 130 books voiced at the time of this review. It is a rather long book consisting of nearly six-hundred pages, or twelve hours of audio, but the book did not feel or seem long when reading and listening to it. If you are a person who likes to be taken around the globe on adventures, enjoys technology and computers, along with a game of Hunt the Wampus, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a try. It contains action, adventure, mystery, and did I mention technology?

The story opens in a rather suspenseful and mysterious way. It quickly engulfs the reader in the rather broken and dark world of one of our main characters. We are given some insight into a few other mysteries which become relevant as the book progresses. In many ways, it is a hard book to review without giving away quite a few of the book’s surprises. Needless to say, this dissimilar set of characters must join forces to defeat their one true enemy. Who does not like a story that takes you from the bottom of the ocean to the tops of the clouds and everywhere in between? We are presented with strong AI (Artificial Intelligence), autonomous drones, conspiratorial countries, and characters who are often broken and in need of one another.

The story overall is believable and shows how vulnerable our wired and dependent on technology our society can be. The book was a bit over-the-top at times, but we are shown how friendships are forged, lost, and let go throughout the story. There are times of deep emotional aspects along with mindless points of action. The characters felt like they had depth and body to them; something that is often lost in many modern books of the genre. Characters were presented as being fragile and did not seem invincible like super heroes making me wonder if they would survive various incidents. The book’s technology was well researched and implemented. Some of the technology was more futuristic then what we have today, which is not a bad thing. It is a piece of fiction and not required to fit within our technological understanding of our present day.

A few things that I would call out, which are not major stumbling blocks to the book overall, would be some of the grammar and spelling issues I came across mostly in my reading of the book, I felt the audiobook edition made most of these disappear. Again, nothing that would prevent me from enjoying the book, but something that could easily have been addressed by an editor or others prior to going to print, once again the audiobook edition did contain a few updates from the pre-release copy I was earlier provided. Even though the book followed a specific path, I felt a few of the more open plotlines were not fully addressed once the book completed. I would have liked to have had a longer epilogue closing out some of the remaining mysteries. But once again, this is only a suggestion as I enjoyed the book’s ending and that it was provided as a stand-along novel not requiring a sequel, even though the story could continue into a future book; maybe if we ask the author nicely.

Let me turn briefly to the book’s narration by J. Scott Bennett. Mr. Bennett is a veteran in the audiobook narration space and I have enjoyed and reviewed a few other books, one of my favorites was “Titanic: Voyage of Death: The Final 48 Hours”. His narration is smooth, clear and well-paced. He provides inflection and emotion to the many different characters. Even the female characters are well voiced and much more enjoyable as they are not voiced in a falsetto tone. The audio is professionally produced with no noticeable audio artifacts. I feel like when he reads a book it is much the same way I myself read books, so I will need to pick up a few other books by him in the future when my queue of books is reduced a bit.

In summary, this book held my attention and drew me in enough that I wanted to read and listen to its end. There were simply too many unknows or mysteries that I wanted to resolve that a few of the book’s bruises pointed out earlier were moot. For me, that is a sign of a good solid story and skilled author. There were a few bumps along the way with grammar and spelling, but I can usually overcome or forgive them when the story takes me on a journey like this one did. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys book in the technology thrillers genre.

Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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A wild tech mystery ride.

This is a entertaining technology oriented mystery with a solid plot and very capable narrator.

Anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a healthy portion of technology and a spoonful of thrills and chills will enjoy this book.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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I offer you 12 hours of mysterious awesomeness!

What a great audiobook. I could not stop listening to this story. The first few lines will grab you and suck you right into this world. The characters, the plotline and everything in between worked so great. Best of all there are tons of late 80’s and 90’s video game culture sprinkled throughout in this one. There really is something for everyone withsecret organizations, drones, old school and new school videogames and a worldwide hunt for… well something. The characters are really well developed and at times you just love to hate them. At points I was even shaking my head, as most audiobook lovers do because they were just being so stubborn. I loved that the 2 main characters were just so different and probably would have never spoken to each other had they not been brought together for one reason. They each have their own backstory that really helps them along the way. The author does a fantastic job of painting a picture in the real world and virtual world as well. This story is just so interesting and fast paced that it plays out like a summer blockbuster at the movies. The only thing I disliked, as a Canadian there was one point that one of the characters wished to outlaw hockey if they were to rule Canada. Since I liked the story so much I will chalk this up to a roague editor adding that in. The performance of this title is outstanding. Throughout the whole story the tension was evident through Bennett’s voices and tone. The speed of the narration definitely matched the speed of the action, but also held my attention through all the explainations and building parts of the audiobook. Right from the first sentence Bennett delivered a great performance. I really liked the twists and turns along with the old school videogame shoutouts. The ending is pretty awesome too! Please let their be a sequel. I was provided a copy of this work in exchange for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. This in no way affected my opinion.

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  • Nora
  • Ely, MN
  • 05-08-18

Great story

Great story,

The narration was well done ~ however, I felt this really needed a female narrator it would have been so much better with a sassy female voice.

Most of the story is from a female character ~ it is really, really offputting to have a male do a mostly female point of view book. Some lady that really knows how to deliver those wonderfully sarcastic comments as only a lady can.

I will be checking out more of the narrator's works on other books ~ for mostly male point of view characters.


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Wildly entertaining

As usual CF Waller doesn’t disappoint. Always imaginative and loaded with action his writing is completely original.
Stacy/Lydia is a woman with nothing to lose. Hal is a mystery all his own.
Darius may or may not be an actual person we’ve yet to have revealed to us. I’m hoping to one day find out.
I’m excited for the possibility of a sequel and these characters being revisited.
If you haven’t read any of Waller’s work I highly recommend any of his books.
Bennett did a great job with narration and Waller has used him before. They make a great team.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the publisher/author but voluntarily give my honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • TU
  • 06-04-18

pretty good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The protagonist wasn't my favorite lead character, but I did really enjoy this book. I thought the premise of the story was interesting and I was intrigued by the technology/gaming concepts talked about in the book. This book made me a lot more interested in other books from this author (C.F. Waller). As another reviewer stated, this was very much a modern take on the 1980's War Games film and I loved it. The narration was pretty good, too. I just wished the main character was as likable as the surrounding characters.

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Experiment gone rogue!

I loved the mix of technology, sci-fi, video game culture and AI in this story. It has it all; secret organizations, intrigue, suspense, drones, video games, intelligence operations, action and a worldwide hunt for an experiment gone rogue. It is fast paced with well developed characters that have many flaws and quirks, and who are likable and not so likable at the same time. I loved the inclusion of Stacey’s backstory that was scatted throughout the book, it slowly revealed tragedies that had brought her so low at the beginning of the story. The narrator of the book did a great job of giving the characters individual voices, making you feel the tension and matching the pace to the action in the story. Even though he did a good job of the female voices, I would have loved to have heard this story with him and a female counterpart. This book kept my attention from the start, it is a fast paced global adventure with plenty of twists and turns and a great cast of characters.

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A Good read / listen

Great entertainment, I am becoming a fan of this author (it's the 3rd book I've read). The characters are different, by that I mean not the usual ones. Story line is fast paced with plenty of action, with a lot of questions along the way to help build tension, most are answered by the end of the book. No cliffhanger in this book.
J SScott Bennett's narration is excellent and is easy listening.
I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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An unbelievably exciting adventure

Waypoint: A Game of Drones
By: C. F. WALLER Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett

A Game of Drones is the perfect title for this book; however it is so much more. This is a story of AI, video games, and world security. Stacey, the main character, has an unbelievably exciting adventure to help save America from a war with China.
Stacey also has her own story that will come together throughout the story. I loved how the author shares only what needs to be shared when it's needed, and just enough to keep the reader guessing.

The ending led me to think this is the beginning of a series. If so, it will be a fun series to read or listen to. It was a smooth story and works excellently as a read alone as well.

I listed to the audible edition of Waypoint: A Game of Drones because it was narrated by one of my favorite voices, Scott Bennett, and he did an awesome job! I would have enjoyed hearing this with a female narrator joining him, but I still loved it!
Waypoint: A Game of Drones is easily a 4 star book and I can’t wait to hear the next one!

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HAL Junior

This book is a slightly different twist on computer as a world dictator. I liked the gaming aspect of the story. The tale is peppered with interesting characters who are likeable and not so likeable at the same time. C. F. Waller also wrote Tourists of the Apocalypse. Another weird book that I enjoyed.
J. Scott Bennett was an excellent narrator. He passed my cringe test by smoothly transitioning from men to women characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Terence Thirteen
  • 06-15-18

WarGames for the 21st Century

In this action-adventure, techno-thriller, the classic quote from the 1983 WarGames movie "Shall we play a game?" becomes "I offer 10 turns of peace."

Peace? Don't buy it for a minute... the action and intrigue never quits, throughout the story.

Waypoint: A Game of Drones, by C.F. Waller, is a solid "Dad's Fiction" thriller, just with a middle-aged female lead character (to put a slightly different spin, on the classic genre).

I'm a big fan of the audiobook narrator J. Scott Bennett and he doesn't disappoint, giving another excellent performance, in this, his latest offering.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 05-22-18

I couldn't put it down!

This was a gem of a book. It started and I instantly got into the main character. Probably at the lowest ebb she could be at but Stacey/Lydia is just so likeable. Intelligent, vulnerable, a bit messed up, sensible just a really human and real character.
She's about to do something really bad at the start but although you don't want her too you are still on her side in terms of understanding. She just gets even more interesting as we progress through the book. I like her boss and her tech/gaming friend that we meet as the story progresses. It kept me on my toes. We go from a diving/rescue/mystery and at first I'm wondering where its going but it opens up to this really interesting link to everything else that's going on in the story. Very good.

I really liked the audible narration. Great character identification and also great pace for the general story as well.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-22-18

I offer ten turns of peace.

Simply fabulous. And terrifying.
Having previously read Waller's, Tourists of the Apocalypse, I requested, and was generously freely gifted with a complimentary copy, of this book via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. The book exceeded my expectations.

This fast paced, thrill filled techno attacking story grips from the opening moments with the mysterious falling of a commercial aircraft, passengers and crew unconscious, into the sea. And it simply doesn't stop. Mystery and adventure, deaths and government complicity. The characters feel all too real, the implications terrifying. The narration, too, is superb with J.Scott Bennett's performance doing full justice to text and protagonist voices alike.

A must read which never falters.

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  • Placid
  • 05-09-18

Exciting thriller

This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a review.

The book is about a rogue drone with a quantum computer that was mistakenly loaded with a computer game. The drone develops and learns and wants to become the Overlord of Earth.

It accomplishes this by capturing electronic devices and hijacking airliners and other vehicles and killing people as if they were part of the game.

A team of people must stop the drone and keep it from unleashing a pandemic on the world.

The book is well written and a fun listen. It continuously evolves and you are never sure what is going to happen next. A truly exciting book.

The narration is superb. The narrator is very understandable and you can sense the emotion of the characters.

The only flaw (IMHO) was that there were too many first person parts in the book. Some of which died as the book progressed.