Sting of the Drone (Ray Bowman, #1) by Richard A. Clarke

Sting of the Drone (Ray Bowman, #1)

In Washington, the Kill Committee  gathers in the White House's Situation Room to pick the next targets for the United States drone program. At an airbase just outside Las Vegas, a team of pilots, military personnel and intelligence officers follow through on the committee's orders, finding the men who have been deemed a threat to national security and sentenced to death.  On the other side of the world, in the mountains where the drones hu...

Details Sting of the Drone (Ray Bowman, #1)

TitleSting of the Drone (Ray Bowman, #1)
Release DateMay 13th, 2014
PublisherThomas Dunne Books
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, War, Terrorism, Politics

Reviews Sting of the Drone (Ray Bowman, #1)

  • Sue
    I won a copy of "Sting of the Drone" by Richard A. Clarke through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This novel is a piece of fiction that looks at of the use of remotely-piloted aircraft, or "Drones", as a way to eliminate potential terrorists around the world, told in a story setting. The characters, and plot seem to exist in order to show the author's extensive knowledge of this topic. As there are arguments in favor of and against this program, ...
  • Eric
    This book featured some very intelligent insight on drones and the current state of military warfare and politics, and seemed to be fairly balanced in its assertions, and I would recommend it for those interested in these current events hot-button topics. But as a fictional thriller, this fell a bit flat, as the characters were not developed well enough for me to fully connect with them.This novel did have a very funny segment relating to nicknam...
  • Jenny Boyce
    This book, while dealing with an important issue, is also a great, action-packed thriller. The plot of this book is really great. The story revolves around multiple sub-plots that all come together at the very end. This book kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the very end, waiting to see what would happen next.This book deals with the issue of drones, although at times it is hard to tell whether the author is in support of drones or no...
  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    I leaked my little secret about these types of books a few months ago and when I opened the package and saw this title in there, my heart started pounding. I have heard of Richard A. Clarke but had never had the opportunity to read one of his books prior to this. With his background in governmental service, I knew that this book would be realistic and exciting to listen to. I was not disappointed.The author tells a tale based on the US drone prog...
  • Mei
    Reading this felt like watching television -- entertaining and informative but, compared to spy novels by Ken Follett, not deeply engaging. The chapters are very short and the narrative style is simple. Worthwhile if you're in the mood for action/thriller and a breezy read.
  • Carlo Ruggiero
    Received an Advanced Reader's Edition through GoodReads Giveaways and the generosity of St. Martin's Press. In case anyone from the publisher is checking the reviews, I found a few glaring typos - one on the dedication page ("Dedicated too"); the other on page 77 ("I am pleased toady," instead of today).I am familiar with Richard Clarke through the reading of CyberWar: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It - a rather scary ...
  • Tim
    After providing an entertaining read throughout, Richard Clarke blows the ending by letting his paranoia wastefully knock off the main characters. Its a shame because he didn't need to do that to prove his point that drones are a necessary evil for destroying terrorists. 6 of 10 stars
  • VLT
    Not brilliant writing, but an interesting window into the world of drones written by a guy who was on the inside for a long time...
  • Laurie Calhoun
    Richard A. Clarke's Sting of the Drone (2014) is a modern military thriller filled with fictional characters who are all apt metaphors for the players involved in drone warfare, including bureaucrats, operators, victims, angry survivors, mercenary opportunists, and young men lured into becoming jihadi foot soldiers. The book is quick-paced and portrays a world in which drone assassination is perpetrated by a group of professionals who view themse...
  • Olof
    Closest I've got in a long time to Old Style Tom Clancy! Funny enough, I wanted more Drones in this book. Plenty here, but I wanted more. Nothing wrong with the story - I quite like it - but I just felt the book stood out more when there were drones flying, or related issues were being described. And sure, not all the good guys survived, but I would have preferred more set backs for the good guys. Better drama that way. Maybe not as much as in a ...
  • Warren Thoms
    Maybe just under 4 stars. A good book about drones and whether they do more harm than good. By a guy who should know. In the end there is more good that comes out of it but as it shows in the book, there is a lot of thought that goes into each strike. I will read the second in the series to see if it is as good as the first.
  • Donna Kubiak
    I love any book by Richard Clarke. He is so intelligent and a great writer. This one scared me a. It because I wonder how true to life it is. I want to read his. Ew. Ok, it I think I'll be even more scared by it.
  • Russ
    This novel offers a nuanced perspective on the U.S use of drones to kill terrorists. It depicts scenarios where drones are more effective with less collateral damage than alternatives. It shows that there are many layers of experts and decision-makers involved in each drone strike.It also presents legitimate causes for concern. Should drones be used in allied, first-world countries where terrorist cells are operating? You might say no, if the all...
  • Kumar Setty
    Not bad, but I think Richard Clarke's nonfiction books are incredible.
  • Adam Vasko
    Pretty good book. I wonder if they do use drones more than planes nowadays? Anyways I gave this book four stars because it was a pretty good read. Not to long or short.
  • Dianne
    War, whether battled behind closed doors, on the ground or from unmanned drones, terrorism, the ultimate weapon against the United States. What happens when terrorists fight back against one of America’s most advanced weapons? Told from the seasoned and wizened eye of a governmental insider, Sting of the Drone tells of a realistic, yet fictional inside look at the people responsible for the power and might of the Drone program when the enemy de...
  • Nicolas Carrillo-Santarelli
    The book entitled Sting of the Drone, written by Richard A. Clarke, may belong to the category of fiction, but deals with a topic that has been widely discussed in academic, legal and military circles for the last years given its impact and relevance: that of unmanned air vehicles used in operations that involve the use of force. As an international law scholar, I must confess that I find the format very appropriate and welcome, because purely le...
  • Russell Atkinson
    It's been a long time since I gave 5 stars to a book, but this one had me eager to turn the next page all the way through. As the title and reviews indicate, it is themed entirely on drones, in particular, military drones, although a few civilian ones play a role.Of course, drones are a controversial topic, with objectors conjuring up visions of Big Brother and an oppressive surveillance society, while supporters, apparently including the author,...
  • Vicki
    Fiction with the feel of reality is what Richard A. Clarke delivers with Sting of the Drone. His pre-author background is all about government service, including stints in Security and Counter-Terrorism, so his plot and character development seem to have a ring of truth pretty closely intertwined with his imagination.The plot of this fast moving thriller presents the US federal government, multiple agencies and acronyms abounding, as the good guy...
  • Marilyn Rondeau
    There resides in Washington a Kill Committee which gathers in the White House’s Situation room whose job it is to pick out targets for the United States drone program. The pilots who control these drones along with military and intelligence officers reside at an airbase just outside of Las Vegas who act on the orders that come down from Washington. Somewhere in Eastern Europe in the mountains where the drones find and bring death to their prey,...
  • Christian
    I won this copy through Goodreads giveaways but would most likely have bought it anyway.I typically enjoy Richard A. clarke's technology thrillers for the very simple reason that next to a well written fictional plot, he infuses the text with sufficient technical information to offer plenty of food for thought.this time we follow the dealings of the US drone attack group, the process on how targets are chosen and how little regard niceties such a...
  • Maurynne Maxwell
    Worth the BuzzSting of the Drone presents an insider’s view of the Predator program, politics, procedure, and philosophy, all while laying out a scenario that puts our heroes not just trying to prevent another 9/11, but trying to figure out if one is planned. Kinda like reality, really. The Cold War has morphed into the War on Terror—attempting to bring the age of Remote War—through technology like drones. But Mr. Clarke shows us that war d...
  • Betty
    Fast paced, all-too-real fight against terrorism. Very relevant.>This book threw me into the thick of the drama at the very beginning. A high velocity thriller with all the technology anyone could hope for, especially if they don't like someone! This is the world of Drones. I had no idea there were so many sizes, types, outfitted, unarmed drones nor how connected they were to space. If we thought our skies were getting crowded, just imagine this ...
  • Michael
    Richard A Clarke has written a dandy novel that describes the inside happenings of the US Drone program. The drones have had such success against the terrorists and Arabs planning attacks that a meeting is called. It is with the Qazzani Cartel and their leader. They want to strike back and devise a plan where bombs would be placed in US cities, in addition, there would be a team to attack drone pilots and destroy drones one the ground.Clarke deta...
  • Gerald
    I most especially liked this fictionalized account of the controversial drone program in the fight against global terrorism. Written by an extremely knowledgeable Washington insider Richard A. Clarke, who served in the administrations of three consecutive presidents as Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace, and National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism. Prior to those ...
  • Jack
    ...although a fiction novel, "Sting of the Drone" is based upon the modern day use of drone warfare. As a novel, it could use some improvement. The characters are never quite fleshed out, and most are broad-strokes. For example, Bruce Duggan is primarily there to represent the media. It frequently jumps around and never spends enough time at one particular area, other than perhaps Creech Air Force Base in Nevada where the book frequently returns ...
  • SarahSmith
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. First off I have to say this story had so much promise and I was very interested to read it. I have heard great things about Richard A. Clarke, even though I have not yet read anything by him, and was very eager to read one of his works. That said I can only give this 3 stars (2.5 if this was allowed). The idea of the story was very interesting and relevant and hooked me from ...
  • James Korsmo
    Richard Clarke is uniquely positioned to really understand the ever-increasing use of unmanned areal vehicles in espionage and war. They are a remarkable technology filled with promise, but that amazing potential also brings with it a lot of questions about how and when drones should be used, and also the unintended costs of this type of warfare may entail. In The Sting of the Drone, Clarke confronts all of these questions head on through a ficti...
  • Vicky Hunt
    A difficult to review book, because it is the type of novel that deals with a "zero day" topic and therefore is composed of an argument built around the skeleton of a plot... or perhaps it's a plot built around a skeleton of an argument. Either way, you get the point. I've gotten the feeling with some spiritual novels for example, that the author was "preaching" rather than telling a story. Sometimes that can be interesting, but usually the story...
  • Judy
    Oh, those reading group members! They get me to read books I would otherwise never pick up. Sometimes I even learn new things.The Sting of the Drone is one of those right up to the moment thrillers written by an author with years of experience in the United States federal government, giving him loads of credibility. Certainly I have been aware of drones as bits of the news trickle into my consciousness. I am notoriously bad at keeping up with the...