Invisible Armies Paperback – 8 May 2006
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'So glad to see this book delayed, it deserves to go into trade pbk. and be given a big push. The story starts at breakneck pace and never lets up. There is murder, corruption by pharmaceutical companies and thrills aplenty. Also there is some interesting use of computer hacking which Jon writes about authoritively from his other life as a programmer. This is the book we have been waiting for from Jon, his other two were good, in fact very good but this is a big step up and there is no reason for it not to be a bestseller' (John McKone - Hachette Australia rep)
Praise for Jon Evans:
'If you're the sort to get easily paranoid, you may want to approach Jon Evans' latest book with caution . . . Evans has created a new genre, the travelogue as fast-paced action thriller. Invisible Armies is certainly fun, with its quirky characters and lively plot, but it is also a smart and thoughtful look at the politics of activism, the pervasive power of big business and the global street war that is being waged between the two.' (Calgary Herald)
'INVISIBLE ARMIES is an intriguing, pacy read and Mr Evans shows great potential.' (Economist)
'Anti-globalization versus international corporate greed . . . a fast-paced, politically engaging thriller.' (Globe and Mail, Canada on INVISIBLE ARMIES)
'Montreal-based Jon Evans weaves the unlikely components of globalization and corporate exploitation of the Third World into an unpredictable, frightening thriller . . . There's a kind of appealing chaos theory to Evans' books, which tend to unfold in ways surprising to veteran thriller readers who think they can figure out where things are going. GRADE: A' (Vancouver Province)
'Waterloo-born and university-educated Evans tells a heck of a tale. Globalization protesters, political intrigue and adversarial computer hackers; what's not to like? INVISIBLE ARMIES is an adrenalin rush from start to finish and Evans has Andrew Pyper's ability to make great characters.' (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)
I was completely gripped. (Emily Barr on TRAIL OF THE DEAD)
'THE BLOOD PRICE is knowledgeable about Balkan history, the current fragile peace maintained by NATO and the multi-billion-dollar international refugee-smuggling industry. Evans can write, too.' (Washington Post)
'An action-based thriller for conspiracy buffs. Montreal writer Jon Evans has served up a fast-paced tale that moves from India to Paris to Las Vegas, as Danielle Leaf finds herself in the middle of a war between a multinational mining company, third-world farmers, and a legion of anti-globalization protestors. In a world in which black is seldom black and white is never white, it seems everyone is prepared to use violence to obtain their goals.' (Sherbrooke Record)
Prize-winning Jon Evans's breakout book is a twisty high-tec, high-adrenalin chase thriller for the 21st centurySee all Product description
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I found this an enjoyable, faced paced thriller which kept me gripped until the end. It was fairly formulaic, and it became increasingly obvious how things were going to turn out, but nonetheless it was enjoyable. The technological aspects did seem a bit unlikely, but if you're willing to suspend disbelief a little (in the same way you would when watching a Bond film) it's still good entertainment. I didn't really warm to any of the characters (Danielle in particular I found annoying, especially her patronising attitude towards Indians, there were too many 'deus ex machina' characters who appeared close to the end of the book to help out, and the British characters were a little unbelievable - Scots generally don't say 'mate', for example,('pal' is the equivalent) and when Keiran says 'nobody in Britain has guns' I had to laugh out loud. But overall it's a good exciting thriller.
Fast paced, if a bit formulaic, but anti-capitalism plus linux hits all the right spots for me. Like a 21st century Julian Rathbone
Overall, however, exotic locations and clever computer hackers do not, in themselves, make an espionage novel. About half-way through the book, my interest in the characters started to wane. There was just no “edge of the seat” suspense that a story like this needs to keep the reader’s interest. It simply moved from one set piece to another, with no overlaps or no converging parallel plots. I haven’t become a fan of Mr Evan’s, I’m afraid.
When Danielle undertakes a simple favour in India, whilst living there she has no idea how her life is going to change.racy
If you have a love of adventure, conspiracy theories, and computer espionage, albeit slightly over the top.
What I will say is that it is a much weaker offering than his 'Trail of the Dead' & 'The Blood Price'.
Too many twists and turns and far to unbelievable. It turns out all more like James Bond and the power of computers is too implausible.
What he normally does well is write with gritty realism, (you feel if you were there, you would do the same) but he lost his way in the later half.
I'm about to read his next book 'The Night of Knives' which I hope is a return to form.