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Blue Warrior [Format Kindle]

Mike Maden

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“Techno thriller fans will welcome Maden’s second Troy Pearce novel, which combines grunt-level action, advanced cyber warfare, and plenty of high-tech weaponry…Maden handles cutting edge technology and the ancient Tuareg culture with equal dexterity.”—Publishers Weekly

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“Techno thriller fans will welcome Maden’s second Troy Pearce novel, which combines grunt-level action, advanced cyber warfare, and plenty of high-tech weaponry…. Maden handles cutting edge technology and the ancient Tuareg culture with equal dexterity.”
 —Publishers Weekly

A brutal conflict in Mali and an international race for rare elements sets the stage for Troy Pearce and his drone technology to rescue an old friend in this adrenaline-fueled series.

Blue Warrior is set in the remote Sahara Desert, where a recently discovered deposit of strategically indispensable Rare Earth Elements (REEs) ignites an international rush to secure them.
            Standing in the way are the Tuaregs, the fierce tribe of warrior nomads of the desert wasteland, who are fighting for their independence. The Chinese offer to help the Malian government crush the rebellion by the Tuaregs in order to gain a foothold in the area, and Al-Qaeda jihadis join the fight. In the midst of all this chaos are Troy Pearce’s closest friend and a mysterious woman from his past who ask him for help.
            Deploying his team and his newest drones to rescue his friends and save the rebellion, Troy finds that he might need more than technology to survive the battle and root out the real puppet masters behind the Tuareg genocide.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 405 pages
  • Editeur : G.P. Putnam's Sons (16 octobre 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An Adequate but Less than Stellar Thriller 28 novembre 2014
Par Craig Stephans - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Blue Warrior takes readers throughout the world as it explores the new technological ways that wars are waged. The plot involves Troy Pearce and his colleagues who use high-tech drones and weapons to fight their battles. In this story, they fight alongside Mali tribal warriors being hunted by Chinese forces who want unlimited access to minerals beneath their lands. Additionally, Maden takes readers into the world of cyber warfare involving spying, espionage, planted indicting material and hijacking systems worldwide. The book also involves political maneuvering among Washington DC power brokers.

The book builds on a prior book that I have not read. The main character Pearce is allies with the former US President who had to resign office yet still is in the midst of the conflicts. The characters are poorly developed in Blue Warrior, so I wonder if the groundwork has been laid previously.

The story jumps around from place to place and to prior events in the characters' lives. The bits and pieces of the story are somewhat jumbled together, and they are from varied scenarios. From the high-tech cyberwarfare to the desert battles, I found the book lacked flow or depth. It didn't lack bloody fighting; there is plenty of that and violence to spare, as it involves fierce battles in Afghanistan and Africa. I think Maden may have tried to involve too many subplots and varied contexts in the story, so that it lacks focus and development. The book does include a fierce indictment against the United States' incompetent leadership when it comes to defense and international relations.

The story highlights the tremendous advancements of weapon technology and vulnerabilities of the internet age and communications. Everything from drones to laptops are hijacked and used against owners. Readers will be intrigued and unsettled by the amount of damage that can be done via remote technology.

The story was entertaining, but I was eager to get through it and skimmed much of the later chapters, as I never was invested in the characters or plot.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Technology/Military/Combat Action, and the intrigues of high-level intelligence/politics/power make this a winner. 26 décembre 2014
Par R. A. Barricklow - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The main reason I picked up this novel is the author's inside knowledge of technologies; both in in-theater warfare, and on the inner, unaccountable grey areas of private/public power. At present, this is most auspiciously manifested in the use of drones. The author's Blue Warrior brings to that hidden, purposed policy darkness - its consequences; front & center for the reader to ponder, wonder & question - cui bono?
The novel opens with Troy Pearce & Johnny Paloma, former PAPD detective, getting set to deliver on two drone contracts. The unfolding story proceeds to center around Africa and it's rare minerals, which are in critical demand because their high-tech significance in military/communication markets.
The modus operandi of modern cultures to acquire these minerals is by foreign-imposed privatization laws that facilitate unconscionable bargains at the expense of the people, using them as a vehicles to plunder. The policy of protecting Western industry by means of tariffs and barriers to entry, while at the same time forcing local industries to compete on the open market, was used by the British empire in Bengal, as it is today by the WTO in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In all these settings law played a major role in legalizing and legitimizing such practices of powerful actors against the powerless.

The technology herein is so up-to-date it reads like sci-fi/The Metro glasses were mirrored to the Switchblade's onboard camera that broadcast a 3-D stereoscopic image of the battlefield inside the MetaPro's HD lenses, giving Pearce a holographic bird's- eye view of the Red Berets crouching behind the wall. Early watched incredulously as Pearce's finger's danced in the empty air in front of his face, swiping, sizing, and tapping a giant invisible touchscreen.

The author's use of technology, military/combat action, and the intrigues of high-level intelligence/politics/power make this an highly entertaining and informative read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Advanced Surveillance, Drone Technologies Are Hazardous to Everybody's Health 29 septembre 2014
Par Lynne E. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although the storyline bogs down from time to time, BLUE WARRIOR is one heck of a scary spy thriller. Author Mike Maden (who holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis) has expert knowledge of what modern surveillance and drone technologies are capable of. He also knows how these technologies can be used for domestic spying (on citizens and politicians alike) and for inescapably deadly air strikes. He employs this knowledge to great effect in BLUE WARRIOR, which left me far more worried about domestic government surveillance and about overseas drone air strikes than ever before.

In this sequel to Maden's first novel, Drone, Troy Pearce (a former CIA operative) is operating his own global contracting firm. The firm offers the latest drone technologies, ranging from the Silent Falcon (small unmanned aerial vehicle) that is suitable for the World Wildlife Federation's aerial monitoring of an endangered rhino herd; to the Switchblade (unmanned aerial vehicle) that can spot and laser-designate targets; to the Punisher M-25 programmable grenade launcher (military weapon) that automatically releases laser-guided air burst grenades.

After one of Pearce's employees is murdered while teaching a client to use the Silent Falcon, Pearce is inexorably drawn into a conflict arising over control of Mali's deposits of the rare earth elements (e.g., lanthanum) that are used in technological products such as batteries, wind turbines, lasers, and cell phones. The larger conflict involves Chinese businessmen; fierce Tuareg warrior rebels who are seeking independence from the Mali government; and various Americans, including an unscrupulous surveillance contractor, a vice president, an ambitious senator, and a former President. While working on the side of the Tuaregs, Pearce teams up with an ex-lover (Cella), her bodyguard (Mike), a former employee pilot (Judy), a current employee (Ian), and the former President.

All of Pearce's drone technologies mentioned above are deployed to devastating effect in bloody battle scenes--as are other fearsome drone technologies, such as MQ-9 Reapers armed with Hellfire AGM-114N missiles that mercilessly lock onto and destroy their utterly defenseless targets in the Sahara Desert.

What is so chilling about this novel, is that all of the many drone technologies utilized already exist. There is a chart of "Drone Systems" at the novel's end that explains the capabilities and manufacturer of each high-tech weapon that appears. Equally chilling are the ways in which existing surveillance technologies (e.g., facial recognition software, wireless internet traffic rerouting software, listening/watching hardware) are used by bad guys (corrupt domestic and international politicians) and good guys (Pearce, his employees, and his political friends) alike.

It is clear that Maden distrusts all governments, and there are some passages expressing complicated political views that are too long for my personal taste. That Troy Pearce manages to survive at the end of this book rather taxes the reader's willing suspension of disbelief, although the ending is well-constructed without using lucky coincidences or leaving loose ends. Overall, this is a well-written spy thriller with a decent story and interesting characters. It's also something of a must-read among spy thrillers, because of the convincing descriptions of the horrendous capabilities of specific modern drone and surveillance technologies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read! 14 février 2015
Par E. Borgman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Blue Warrior (A Troy Pearce Novel) by Mike Malden is an exciting read! I have always liked the spy genre and this one is a thriller.

I especially liked the author's descriptions of all the latest, modern weaponry and technology. This aspect presents a further realism to the storyline. I also enjoyed the world hoping of the story from Mali to Washington, DC.

On occasion the storyline has a few misses, but the writing style, which flows well, and the character development and like I said, the great detailing of the latest in technological weapons, makes this book a 5 STAR read!

I look forward to Mike Maden's next book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Worry Be Drone Happy? 3 janvier 2015
Par Amazon BETA since '97 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Lots of actions, packed with drones, lots of it mind you! Blue Wars is just full of drones, overloaded with drones galore! Enough to make any Drone Techie delighted to finally see a book like this to come out; a sure-fire DRONE THRILLER very heavy on the Technology side!
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