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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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A Chilling Look at AI gone wrong

Stacy is at the end of her rope. Her husband and daughter are dead, she has nothing to live for. She is about to end it all when her cell phone rings. Suddenly she is thrust into an unknown world where she becomes the key to stopping a rogue AI drone playing war games for real.

A little long, but overall a great book with good narration by J. Scott Bennett. Most of the characters are well developed and given much depth as the story goes on as Stacy (now known as Lydia) enters a world she has never known and has to learn quickly to prevent further death and destruction. Her fish out of water story intersects with others whose lives have grown stagnant and now they all must use their brains to outwit a killing machine.

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

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  • Pam C
  • Wolfforth, TX
  • 07-29-18

Scary to think it could happen...

First, I really enjoyed the book start to finish. C.F. Waller is a talented author. It was full of intrigue and originality in the 'evil' of the story. A new take on the reality game, for sure. I listened to the audio book version and that caused a bit of a problem for me that I don't think would have been there, had I read the document version. The 1st 3 'sections' are all in 1st person and all by different characters...So, without an obvious break in the story telling us WHO is talking, it is a bit confusing. Also, I love Scott Bennett and have yet to find any fault in HIS work. Therefore, I hate to say this...but...the protagonist is FEMALE. This book should have had a FEMALE narrator. Now, having said that, it really doesn't take away from the story or how good it is. Simply my observation. I actually think I may go back and listen again, now that I know what is going on.

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This was an absolutely awesome book. I was given a code for this book and I have voluntarily left an unbiased review of it. This is a really amazing book, that will actually captivate you and draw you in. I just couldn’t stop listening, I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. This book is full of a little bit of everything, from drones to missing planes that are watery graves to to government coverups and so much more. It is a must read

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Mind blowing, exciting, thrilling kept me spellbou

Filled with a little bit of everything, every wondered where all the planes went that can’t be found? How about in the middle of the ocean all on top of each other with no signs of shock, not trying to get out, bodies a pond bodies inside of planes on top of planes that goes miles and miles deep. Years and years of missing planes and if that isn’t enough for you this group only wants one plane that has a box on it, they aren't interested in letting the world know about this hidden treasures and the untold answers of an airplane graveyard. What is in the box and how it got there is what the story is built around. It is shocking and terrifying at the same time thrilling and exciting, you never know what will happen next as the author takes you on first one wild ride and then another. It is just a believable audio that holds your interest from the first page. There is lots of danger, near death and a few deaths along with the mystery of a dome, a video game from years ago, the government, the mystery people who want it and why, ATM malfunctions that will blow your mind heck the whole plot blow me away from start to finish. What is most shocking is what is in the black box and why so many want it. Will our government win, is it even our government who wants it? Who are these people, are they really even the USA government?

Mr. Bennett’s narration is outstanding he always brings an exciting, thrilling audio that you get lost in, as he brings to life the story with strong emotions, confusion, power, control, anger, loss, heartache. You can hear all these in his voice as he builds each character giving us their strengths and weakness, their shocks and disappointments. His female and male voices are wonderful you always know who is talking and just what they are feeling. When you pick up one of his audios you know you will find no background noises, the volume never changes from one chapter to the next, it is like he read it all at one setting, he gives you a very clear and clean listen that you get lost in. Mr. Bennett has a way of bring the audio to life as he pulls you in with the excitement and danger giving you a thrilling listen you get lost in. You feel each emotion that the characters feel, you almost fill like you are right there with them. His character voices are great, his normal voice is very pleasant, it is a voice you never get tired of listening to. He really bought this audio to life for me making it very easy to picture each scene, the danger, the heartache as well as the excitement and thrills. I was so pulled in that I set in the car when I got home to listen a little longer because I had to know how that chapter ended.

Between the author and the narrator they pull you in with a very believable story that could be the headlines of tomorrow. Twelve hours of listening pleasure at your finger tips that seems to go by so fast. I was shocked when it was over and didn’t want the story to end. What a roller-coaster ride from start to finish that grabs you and keeps you so invested. The dome blew my mind at what he was able to do and why he didn’t it. The author shows you the dark sided of technology, how it gets control and then goes out of control and the people who want control and are willing to do anything to get it but first they must take out the dome that is playing a game to win, losing is not an option. One has to lose but which one will it be?

We are way too dependent on technology and yes at times the author gives you an over the top story but I fear we are headed for something of this nature in the future. The characters are well-developed, they have normal lives filled with drama, fears, needs and past that cut them like a knife. There were times my heart was in my throat waiting to see who would live and die. The scenes are real, terrifying but at the same time thrilling and exciting. These characters became real to me, everyone that was lost felt like a friend and I felt the lost. Every book I have listened to by this author has been one exciting, thrilling and even better than the last. I would have to say has been my favorite by far, it shows what tomorrow could be like. It will be one I listen to again, it is fast pace, and I am sure I missed some good points. I totally loved it from the first page. If you are looking for an action packed, thrilling, mystery with a little touch of romance that sends you on one heck of a roller-coaster ride that keeps you so invest you forget you are listening this is the book for you.

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Different kind of story

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
Although I enjoyed the book, it wasn't a story I would normally choose to listen to. The story is more of man vs machine and it was not what I expected.

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Fast Paced Tecno Thriller

I have to say that this is not my usual go to read or listen and I am not a gamer so maybe this wasn't the book for me. But that said I did enjoy listening to it. I have the book too and was going from the audio to the written depending on what I was doing.

The storyline is very well thought out and did hold my attention and I found myself engrossed in the story and the lives of the characters despite being none technically minded. I thought that Stacey's character was very well done, she was at a very low point and how she dealt with everything was very good. The story was very fast paced and the author, who was a totally new one for me, crammed a lot into it. The intrigue, the drama together with the action was very well done and gripped me from the opening moments when the passengers and crew of a commercial aircraft mysteriously become unconscious causing the aircraft to fall into the sea. It simply doesn't stop the suspense, the mystery, and adventure just kept building. With deaths and government complicity, this story just grabbed me and kept me enthralled.

I feel I can't say any more, although I would like to, without giving too many spoilers, what I can say is this book was well written and very well narrated by J. Scott Bennett and is definitely worth listening to or reading or as in my case both!

I purchased the ebook way back in June of 2017 but was recently given a copy of the audio version as a gift and this review is written voluntarily.

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  • nerak
  • 07-09-18

Good techno thriller

I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

I've never read or listened to anything by this author before and although the write up interested me, I want sure this book would be my kind of thing.

However, the characters were engaging and interesting enough to keep your attention, the technology was explained in good terms so that even people with limited technical knowledge would be able to keep up with the story and the idea was very well thought out.

I have to admit that I was hooked by the third chapter and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. This is a good sign when listening to a new author and I would be very interested in anything else the author writes.

The narrator is very good at portraying the key characters and differentiates between them so that you can usually tell which character is speaking. I would be happy to listen to his narration again.

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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.