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Official Review: The Drone Directive by Anthony Joseph

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Drone Directive" by Anthony Joseph.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Mike Ventura is a detective with the Phoenix Police Department. His personality and unconventional approach to police work get him results but earn many enemies, both among criminals and other law enforcement officers. Carlos Pelligro is a young genius who dropped out of MIT to take care of his handicapped sister. In order to make ends meet, he has reluctantly become involved in a Phoenix gang. When a weaponized army of drones begins descending on Phoenix and using lethal force to stop criminals in the middle of their crimes, Mike and Carlos become an unlikely duo in an effort to find out who is behind the attacks and why.

The Drone Directive by Anthony Joseph is a fast-paced crime novel featuring futuristic drone technology. It examines the age-old question of where society should draw the line between personal freedom and public safety. There are a lot of characters in this book, and the narration switches between many different perspectives. It can sometimes be difficult to remember who all the characters are, but their stories are woven together with intricate detail. The book consists of 92 short chapters that switch between the various points of view, which keeps the plot moving. This style really lends itself to the fact that many different things are going on at the same time, and it helped keep me tuned into the book to find out what would happen next.

While some novels feature action at the expense of character development, I really liked that this book didn’t make that sacrifice. The book presents an interesting collection of people who are all complex. It was often difficult to tell who the “good guys” and “bad guys” were until the end of the book, as each character was motivated by his or her own belief system and emotional baggage. They are all realistic in that they had their personal strengths and weaknesses and were flawed to some extent. I think the reader’s depth of understanding of each of them was enhanced by the fact the reader gets to experience the story from so many points of view.

This was a truly exciting and enjoyable book to read, but I did notice a few issues. First, the book needs to be professionally edited, as I found well in excess of ten errors throughout the text. Secondly, while most of the book is told in third-person narration, there are a couple of chapters in the middle of the book that are told from the first-person perspective of a fairly minor character. I found this odd, especially because it was not consistent throughout the book, as this character’s later chapters switched back to the third-person perspective. Finally, while I felt that the characters were complex and realistic, I didn’t really like any of them. While I rooted for a positive outcome, the characters all had so many personal flaws that I didn’t become emotionally invested in anyone.

Given the above-mentioned strengths and weaknesses, I rate The Drone Directive 3 out of 4 stars. Overall, I found it difficult to put down, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys action-packed detective stories. I could definitely picture this book as a movie someday. Those who prefer reading about lovable characters may not enjoy this book. There was considerable profanity, so I would recommend that anyone who is sensitive to the frequent use of the “f-word” avoid the book.

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This is a captivating read and I enjoyed reading your review. I think if the inconsistencies in the book are addressed, this is an enjoyable book.

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Thank you for the review, it's nicely written! This sounds like an interesting read!
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I’m not usually a fan of crime novels, but you’ve made this sound intriguing. Thanks for reviewing it!

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This seems an engaging detective story that's well developed and offers some food for thought about today's hot topic of mass surveillance and who watches the watchers. Thank you for your great review!
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This sounds like a well-developed story. I might take a peek. Great review!

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This sounds like a book I'd want to read but will not because I am a fan of happy endings where the underdog carries the day. Good work!

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Rubbi wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 17:17
This is a captivating read and I enjoyed reading your review. I think if the inconsistencies in the book are addressed, this is an enjoyable book.
I agree, the book just needs some minor tweaks. Thanks for reading my review!

Thea Frederick wrote:
21 Jun 2020, 23:13
Thank you for the review, it's nicely written! This sounds like an interesting read!
Thank you for commenting and for the compliment!

Mr_Wimbaum wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 03:37
I’m not usually a fan of crime novels, but you’ve made this sound intriguing. Thanks for reviewing it!
Thank you for stopping by to comment!

NetMassimo wrote:
22 Jun 2020, 04:51
This seems an engaging detective story that's well developed and offers some food for thought about today's hot topic of mass surveillance and who watches the watchers. Thank you for your great review!
Thank you for your comment!

Tonika632 wrote:
23 Jun 2020, 08:06
This sounds like a well-developed story. I might take a peek. Great review!
I hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out. Thanks for commenting!

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Well seems it like if there a is drone detective installed in every department with that type of persona not caring about friends too or what the hell anyone thinks about him is one dimentional approach hmm tough hmm a bit of chrisma insights oh yeah seems to balance the job

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I guess, this book raises an important question, but I don't really like that it doesn't have a single reliable character. Thank you for a great and honest review!

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I like reading books with this type of book. This book has a thriller and a lot of suspense. It's action-packed with crime and cases. It's left for the detectives to solve this crime cases.

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That would be me, this is right up my alley.
I love thrillers like this. The criminal and the officer, sounds delicious.

Great Review.
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Mike and Carlos will make a formidable duo. I love detective stories, especially when executed perfectly. I hope that the author takes note of your observations and does the needful. This is a great story. Beautiful review.

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ian george wrote:
24 Jun 2020, 05:08
Well seems it like if there a is drone detective installed in every department with that type of persona not caring about friends too or what the hell anyone thinks about him is one dimentional approach hmm tough hmm a bit of chrisma insights oh yeah seems to balance the job
Thanks for commenting!

Ellylion wrote:
24 Jun 2020, 09:43
I guess, this book raises an important question, but I don't really like that it doesn't have a single reliable character. Thank you for a great and honest review!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Ballbender wrote:
24 Jun 2020, 10:19
I like reading books with this type of book. This book has a thriller and a lot of suspense. It's action-packed with crime and cases. It's left for the detectives to solve this crime cases.
Thanks for your comment!

Dee_Robert wrote:
24 Jun 2020, 16:25
That would be me, this is right up my alley.
I love thrillers like this. The criminal and the officer, sounds delicious.

Great Review.
I hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out! Thanks for stopping by.

Adanna Inya wrote:
25 Jun 2020, 04:04
Mike and Carlos will make a formidable duo. I love detective stories, especially when executed perfectly. I hope that the author takes note of your observations and does the needful. This is a great story. Beautiful review.
Thanks for commenting!

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The book deals with sensitive issues and looks like the author has tackled them in a clever way. Appreciate the insightful review.🌸
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