In Washington, D.C., 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.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in the mountains where the drones hunt their prey, someone has decided to fight back. And not just against the unmanned planes that circle their skies, but against the Americans at home who control them.
In Sting of the Drone, bestselling author Richard A. Clarke draws on his decades-long experience at the very highest levels of national security to craft a thrilling novel that has the feel of nonfiction, taking us behind closed doors to meet the men and women who protect America--and those who seek to do us harm.
Insider knowledge of politics paired with amazing state-of-the-art technical details fuels this realistic nonstop action thriller, the best yet from Clarke (The Scorpion's Gate). From the Global Coordination Center at Nevada's Creech Air Force Base, the center's director, CIA officer Sandra Vittonelli, oversees her roomful of drone pilots as they hunt down terrorists across the planet. Once a "Kill Call" to Washington officials establishes that a "High Value Individual" is a threat to the U.S. and eligible to be "droned," the pilots fire missiles remotely from the unmanned planes and America is instantly that much safer. When a Pakistani tribal clan, al-Qaeda, a revenge-seeking terrorist, and two Ukrainian hackers join forces and declare war on the American drones, a deadly back-and-forth duel ensues, threatening the program and the lives of those who send the planes into the sky. Clarke, who served in the White House under presidents Reagan and Clinton (the latter appointed him as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism), as well as both Bushes, has set the standard by which all such titles in this growing subgenre will be measured.
A good story but
Not well written or crafted.