This is an explosive novel. Like his two previous novels, Suarez takes onto the cutting edge of technology and gives you a what-if scenario. Starting with drone attacks, planned and unplanned, and then on to a myrmecologist, studying weaver ant social structure in Africa, and posting her algorithm structures of their activities on-line. Weaver ants are unique in that they are the most aggressive species and of the few species besides man that seeks out and destroys rivals. They don’t just wait until they invade – they seek them out. They communicate through a trail of pheromones, and through that complex scent trail, can lead other ants to food, defense, or offense. Unfortunately, her research has been hijacked by an unknown group and used to form a drone army. She gets dragged into it, since it’s her algorithms that form the drone swarm behavior. Along with her is a super secret special ops guy named Odin and his trusty team. Fascinating look at ants, but also a terrifying glimpse into the abyss of automated weaponized objects. Not all the drones were actual drones. Some were built to look like real animals and insects. The group must thwart an attack that could start of WWIII, and force the nations of the earth into a drone build-up, something to be avoided at all costs. Suarez as usual does a great job at not only drawing you into this very complex web of action and intrigue and technology, but also alerting you to the possibilities that lie only small steps away. There are plenty of links at the back of the book to shore up his research. One to read and be scared of.
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