Invisible Armies

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From the mines of remote India, to the streets of Paris and the lights of Las Vegas, Danielle Leaf is pursued by a terrible secret.

Danielle came to India to find herself. Then she agreed to deliver a passport for her ex-boyfriend, legendary computer hacker Keiran Kell. It seemed like a simple favor for a friend - until she was abducted by thugs and imprisoned in a nightmarish cell.

She is soon joined by another captive: Laurent, a Foreign ...

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Overview

From the mines of remote India, to the streets of Paris and the lights of Las Vegas, Danielle Leaf is pursued by a terrible secret.

Danielle came to India to find herself. Then she agreed to deliver a passport for her ex-boyfriend, legendary computer hacker Keiran Kell. It seemed like a simple favor for a friend - until she was abducted by thugs and imprisoned in a nightmarish cell.

She is soon joined by another captive: Laurent, a Foreign Legionnaire turned international activist. Their daring escape is only the beginning. Now Danielle has been drawn into a war between a transnational mining company that is poisoning thousands of Third World farmers, and the invisible armies of anti-corporate protestors who oppose it. A cause, finally, that she can believe in.

Amidst a whirlwind romance on the Goa coast, bloody street battles in Paris, cyberspace duels between shadowy hackers, and a bomb gone wrong in London, Danielle, Laurent and Keiran grow more deeply involved in this battle than they ever expected ... until the line between right and wrong begins to blur. For both sides of this war are willing to kill for their cause - and both sides hide deadly secrets.

Award-winning author Jon Evans returns with new heroes and a compulsive, fast-paced story that examines issues of corporate exploitation and the extreme edge of anti-globalization activism. Invisible Armies is Cold War suspense for the modern age, a thriller that looks behind the power of protests and the politics of big business.

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Editorial Reviews

The Economist
Thought-provoking ... Invisible Armies is an intriguing, pacy read.
Publishers Weekly

Following his Arthur Ellis Award– winning debut, Dark Places, Evans forays into corporate malfeasance versus organized protest, but disappoints. A former Infosys project manager living in Bangalore, India, Danielle Leaf agrees to deliver a package for Keiran Kell, a London-based hacker. En route, Danielle is seized by thugs apparently in the employ of Kishkinda, a megacorporation that has been blamed by activists for industrial pollution that has plagued the Bangalore area. While held captive, Danielle meets an attractive activist, also captive, Frenchman Laurent. As the two conspire to escape, Laurent tells Danielle that the package's intended recipient, Jaylitha, who had been doing research to build a case against Kishkinda, has been gruesomely murdered. After Laurent's martial arts skills free them, the pair undertake a series of dangerous escapades, with Danielle suspecting her ally may not be fully trustworthy. Danielle is less than plausible as an action hero, and Evans's take on globalization and its discontents is less than convincing. (June)

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Cyber-spacey thriller about good-guy hackers vs. bad-guy hackers, the fate of the planet hanging on every click. In India, Danielle Leaf, a young American on the loose-a phrase that up to now has more or less defined her character-is tasked with a minor mission by Kieran Kell, an old boyfriend. She's to make contact with a certain Jayalitha and deliver a lost passport. Before that can happen, however, Danielle's captured by thugs purporting to be cops who see in her a target of nefarious opportunity. A bag of cannabis is strategically planted, whereupon the thug leader intones, "You are in very great trouble, Danielle Leaf." Shaking to match her surname, she needs little convincing. Enter Lancelot-like Laurent, ex of the French Foreign Legion (think Rambo in touch with his feminine side) to share her captivity and to help her experience an epiphany. It's from him that she learns of Kishkinda, a multinational corporation callously spreading distress and disease as byproducts of an all-out drive for profit; and Justice International, an organization dedicated to the thwarting of Kishkinda and its ilk. Laurent plucks Danielle from her difficulties, and together they flee the country, wending their way to Paris where they consummate their love. And where, joined by Kieran-self-proclaimed and widely acknowledged as one of the world's ten best hackers-they join like-minded friends in the fight "to make a better world." But as their struggle intensifies-and as Kieran finds himself pitted against a technical mind quite as redoubtable as his-it becomes painfully evident that far too many things are not as advertised. Not Kishkinda, not Justice International, and, alas, not Laurent. Evans (TheBlood Price, 2005, etc.) is clearly at home among the exuberant, idiosyncratic Cyberniks, and-occasional dollops of melodrama aside-he makes their world fresh and entertaining. Agent: Vivienne Schuster/Curtis Brown UK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312368678
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Evans is the winner of the 2005 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel for Dark Places. His journalism has been published in The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, and Wired magazine. He lives in Montreal. Visit his web site at www.rezendi.com.

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    In Bangalore, India, renowned hacker Kieran Kell asks his former girlfriend Danielle Leaf to deliver a package to Jaylitha. She agrees, but on her way, kidnappers from the international giant corporation Kishkinda abduct her.-------------- Not long after her incarceration begins, another prisoner French expatriate Laurent joins Danielle in lock up. They exchange their tales of woe. He says he is a former Legionnaire who jointed the INVISIBLE ARMIES protesting globalization polluting of the earth she explains she was delivering a package when she was kidnapped. Laurent informs her that Jaylitha is dead killed by Kishkinda subcontractors to prevent his proof that they are turning Bangalore into a toxic industrial wasteland. He enables them to escape and she joins him on a series of adventures that make Danielle wonder if Laurent is a double agent.------------ This tense suspense thriller focuses on the war between international corporations and local environmentalists. Whereas Laurent is a plausible hero in spite of martial arts skills that should have him competing in the UFC, Danielle does not come across as a viable superhero sidekick. Still genre fans will appreciate the battles in DARK PLACES between adversaries who share the same belief of no surrender, no compromise.------------ Harriet Klausner

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