Dragonflies: Shadow of Drones

I’m excited to announce the publication of a new book, the first in a new series, Dragonflies: Shadow Of DronesStraka DRAGONFLIES E-book Cover Final

  • Title: Dragonflies “Shadow of Drones” by Andy Straka
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Crime, Military, Thriller
  • Published by: LLW Media–representation and distribution by Trident Media Group, New York
  • ISBNs: 978-1-4756-0203-6 Mobi 978-1-4756-0204 ePub
  • Price: $2.99  Print length: 200-240 pages

Synopsis:  Former Army helicopter pilot Raina Sanchez is plagued by nightmares. She can’t erase the memories of being shot down in Afghanistan, of losing her foot in the crash, and the death of her commanding officer. When asked by an ex-military contact to participate in a secret drone operation with ties to the war, she jumps at the chance to exorcise some of her demons.

She joins Tye Palmer, the decorated ex-infantryman who rescued her from the flaming wreckage of her Kiowa chopper. As civilian private investigators, together they embark on a sensitive, risky effort: using cutting-edge micro air vehicle drones in an attempt to expose the son of media mogul Nathan Kurn as a campus date-rapist.

But as Raina and Tye come closer to the truth about Kurn and his powerful allies, Raina’s loyalties take a potential detour when she begins to understand a chilling reality. In a world where surveillance devices as small as tiny insects are being piloted into places most would never imagine, public and private forces both large and small are maneuvering to control them with inevitable consequences. For Raina and Tye the danger didn’t end when they finished their military careers−the threat has just begun….

Why write about drones?

Until a couple of years ago, I paid little attention to UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles−more popularly known as drones−only reading about them in occasional news reports of military strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. But around 2010 I came across some concept videos and began reading news articles about smaller drones, known as MAVs or micro-air vehicles. Already under development, many of these are as small as birds with some concepts even smaller, the size of insects. I realized then the enormity of their potential, not just for military use, but in law enforcement and investigation as well as many other beneficial civilian uses. As a novelist, I began to ask myself what if? And the idea for the characters Raina Sanchez and Tye Palmer and a near-future science fiction detective series was born.

As a falconer, it’s no secret I’m fascinated with flight. The symbolism of hawks, falcons, and other birds of prey has helped inform my bestselling Frank Pavlicek series of private eye novels. But I’m also a bit of a technogeek (My father was an engineer, after all, and I have a twin brother who is an economist) so perhaps it’s not all that surprising that I would also gravitate in my fiction toward writing about drones.

“A rocket-ride of a thriller and a fascinating glimpse into a technology that is coming to a future near you, all wrapped up in a mystery that will keep the pages turning….Andy Straka is soaring once again.”

– Brad Parks, Shamus, Nero and Lefty Award-winning author of THE GOOD COP.

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Release date May 12, 2013.

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