“Waypoint: Game of Drones” is a captivating, entertaining, and gripping techno-thriller authored by C. F. Waller; who is known for a few of his other books such as “The Calling Tree” and “Tourists of the Apocalypse”. It is a rather long book consisting of nearly six-hundred pages, but the book did not feel or seem long when reading it. If you are a person who likes to be taken around the globe on adventures, enjoys technology and computers, along with a game of Hunt the Wampus, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a try. It contains action, adventure, mystery, and did I mention technology?
The story opens in a rather suspenseful and mysterious way. It quickly engulfs the reader in the rather broken and dark world of one of our main characters. We are given some insight into a few other mysteries which become relevant as the book progresses. In many way, it is a hard book to review without giving away some of the surprise. Needless to say, this dissimilar set of characters must join forces to defeat their one true enemy. Who does not like a story that takes you from the bottom of the ocean to the tops of the clouds and everywhere in between? We are presented with strong AI (Artificial Intelligence), autonomous drones, conspiratorial countries, and characters who are often broken and in need of one another.
The story overall is believable and shows how vulnerable a wired society can be. The book was a bit over-the-top at times, but we are shown how friendships are forged, lost, and let go throughout the story. There are times of deep emotional aspects along with mindless points of action. The characters felt like they had depth and body to them; something that is often lost in many modern books of the genre. Characters were presented as being fragile and did not seem invincible like super heroes making me wonder if they would survive various incidents. The book’s technology was well researched and implemented. Some of the technology was more futuristic then what we have today, which is not a bad thing. It is a piece of fiction and not required to fit within our technological understanding of our present day.
A few things that I would call out, which the author said were done in a later release of the book, would be some of the grammar and spelling issues I came across while reading this book. Again, nothing that would prevent me from enjoying it, but something that could easily have been addressed by an editor or others who could read a pre-release copy and make suggestions. Even though the book followed a specific path, I felt a few of the more open plotlines were not fully addressed when the book completed. I would have liked to have had a longer epilogue closing out some of the remaining mysteries. Again, this is only a suggestion as I enjoyed the book’s ending and that it was provided as a stand-along novel not requiring a sequel, even though the story could continue into a new book.
In summary, I often do not read books as much as I listen to audiobook because I’m a slow reader. I will say, this book kept my attention and drew me in enough that I wanted to read it to its end. For me, that is a sign of a good story and author. There were a few bumps along the way with grammar and spelling, but I can usually overcome or forgive them when the story takes me on a journey like this one did. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys technology thrillers.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy book at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.