Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones

Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones

by Andy Straka

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BN ID: 2940016468068
Publisher: LLW Media
Publication date: 05/13/2013
Series: Dragonflies , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,218,830
File size: 832 KB

About the Author

Publisher’s Weekly has featured author Andy Straka as one of a new crop of “rising stars in crime fiction.” His previous novels include A WITNESS ABOVE (Anthony, Agatha, and Shamus Award finalist), A KILLING SKY (Anthony Award Finalist), COLD QUARRY (Shamus Award Winner), THE NIGHT FALCONER (called a “great read” by Library Journal), RECORD OF WRONGS (hailed by Mystery Scene as “a first-rate thriller”), FLIGHTFALL, and THE BLUE HALLELUJAH.

Always fascinated with flight, Andy is a licensed falconer and co-founder of the popular Crime Wave at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book. A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Williams College, he lives with his family in Virginia.

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Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I was not looking forward to reading this book. The saving grace was that I knew the book was short, and I was hopeful that it was a quick read. Science fiction and thrillers often don't set well with me, and I am honestly not sure why I agreed to review this book.  Well, I have to say that this author has almost done the impossible. That's right--I found myself completely drawn into the story, and I was quite distraught when the book ended so abruptly. I want to know the outcome of the story, and I connected with the characters to a degree. The best part of the book is that there is very minimal profanity and no sex scenes! Yes, it does deal with rape, but there are no details in the account. Thrillers and even science fiction books often come well-equipped with these two issues, and I want to support this author since he left out these elements.  So if you are not a fan of thrillers, I still invite you to check out this book. It is very timely in light of the current news (we hear about drones and technological advances quite regularly), and the book is short. In other words, you won't invest a lot of time into the reading of the book, and you just might find yourself pleasantly surprised. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Andy Straka pens "Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones" , the first book in the 'Dragonflies Series, in a fast paced plot filled with suspense, twists and turns with a touch of romance. The author's characters were well developed and believable, but beware there is a cliffhanger at the end that keeps you wanting more. Not actually my type of reading, but I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to all suspense fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 3.5 As noted above, I know Andy and appreciate his writing but Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones is very different from his earlier work and must be considered in a different light. In all honesty, my feelings about it are quite mixed. The premise of the story is quite engaging and I especially appreciated the way the author allows his protagonists to be confused about what’s really going on. Too many thrillers, in my opinion, have characters who never seem to get ruffled and always have a finger on the pulse, so to speak. I’m quite sure black ops and intelligence communities, even high-powered corporations, have a better understanding of the situations they encounter than a layman would but it sometimes reaches the level of incredulity or, at the very least, a raised eyebrow. In Dragonflies, Raina and Tye are frequently caught in the middle of plots that don’t quite come together for them and I like that; it makes them very human and not so superhero-ish. I was also intrigued by the whole idea of these extremely tiny spying devices and that experienced pilots would be needed to fly them. What a scary thing to contemplate! I don’t think I’m of enough interest to anyone to ever be a target but this certainly would be a formidable and potentially very damaging tool in the wrong hands. Having them be used in both private investigative work and by rival government factions in Dragonflies highlights how invasive they could become. Raina and Tye are interesting characters but a bit too shallowly drawn to get to know them very well. Actually, we know more about Raina than Tye but I imagine we’ll get to know both of them much better as the series continues. And that brings me to my last, and most adamant, opinion. I HATED the ending of this book. I don’t mind cliffhangers but this one is beyond the pale and, if I had known it was written in serial style, I would not have read it until at least the second book, and maybe the third, was available. While I can get past any other faults in this book besides this one, I imagine other readers will be more accepting, especially those who like the TV cliffhangers that happen from week to week—and this has, in fact been optioned for TV. As for me, I probably won’t read any more installments until several are available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book one of series and that is why I have only rated it with 3 stars, you are left hanging at the end wanting to read on to the next book "Visible Means". Hopefully I won't have to wait to long as I have really enjoyed this story of ex army types tracking down a date rapist with micro drones. It is a straight forward, easy to read with high tech thrown in. Roll on book two.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Frank Pavlicek books by Straka Cold Quarry (A Frank Pavlicek Novel) series. I think he has the ability to create a great story with memorable characters. This isn't anywhere near his usual standard. I can see the inkling of a concept which could have questioned the morality of weaponry used in warfare in our era, it could have reflected more on the plight of the forgotten victims of that warfare and it could even have been a good poster child for the dangers of tenchnology. Instead it was a disjointed and often confusing piece of work. The most positive element was the focus on the use of micro technology and drones, both in war and espionage. It just seemed very thrown together or perhaps edited in a way that makes it appear to lack a competent flow in the storyline. His work is usually well researched and the characters gel well with each other. Overall for me it lacked the Strakasim that I have come to enjoy and I hope this athor gets his groove back. When it came to rating this book I had a hard time. I am a plot person and believe it warrants only 2 stars, but there are some redeeming qualities and the plot has potential, so a three it is. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.