Andrew Croome: Midnight Empire

N itself but the strength of characterisation in the opening was jarring When the story of the main protagonist starts it s as if I missed a gear somewhere and there is a long slow grinding to get back into rhythm againThis is a story about an Australian programmer who is sent to velopsupport cutting edge technology on a US Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins drone base outside Las Vegas Once installed in the base and getting caught up in the technicalities of therone missions into Afghanistan the language has a suitable Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, distant voyeuristic uality to it which fits well with the idea of theisengagement of operators vs actualities of warfare Unfortunately that tone never seems to lift even as the personal story starts to get complicated Perhaps that was the point but it left me unsatisfied with an ending that seemed obvious to all but the main character The strange Pages From Bee Journal digression into gambling and the almost annoying card hands might have been some great game of code but again removed me from the protagonists story Perhaps as if I was sitting at home watching this guy navigate then crash and burn from my state sponsored monitor and when my shift is over I flick the switch and go home to family 2 Star reviewefinitely It was OK Maybe it was just my mood but I couldn t get into this book and I gave up after four chapters I couldn t work out the plot line What is this book about There seemed to be nothing Stones of Witness driving the story Was it Las Vegas Was it technology Was it Daniel s personal problems None seemed particularly engaging It just felt like the book was still in firstraft form and in need of some work on the plot. Evastating turnA novel of a new kind of war of love and connection in the modern age Midnight Empire is a powerful thriller that takes us to the troubling epicentre of a foreshortening world It is a taut and at times terrifying vision of a world without frontiers a novel about angerous new realities and how they threaten to transform us.

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An original perspective on the effect of rones and how it changes the notion of warfare and it s all wrapped up in a fiction thriller Putting this on the backburner for now Spy fiction is not what I m in the mood for just now This book was gripping and scarily plausible Clever well written and a little bit spooky An intricate and Lots of Mommies disturbing spy thriller in which its main characters exist in a technological void that evetually collides with reality Well worth reading This is a gripping thriller from a young Australian writer Daniel Carter a software engineer moves to the US to start writing encryption software for the USrone program There s a strong and effective linking of an ever present sense of personal menace with the global conseuences of the work he is involved in I particularly liked the bleakly ironic endingThe passages about playing poker in Europe are a little tedious though Midnight empire has been the best fiction book I have read It is a good book I think that you will like it to It is about a young Aussie named Daniel carter he has made his way to los angles He meets a really good poker player that he falls in love than his girl friend savannah I like this book because it has been the best fiction book I have read because at some parts you can make a good picture in your head This is an amazing book you have a try He has also wrote the book o ocument z This is Croome s second published novel after Document Z which I also enjoyed He s Fantasy Man developing well in the politicothriller genre The book takes an interesting imaginative leap into the new world war machin. Las Vegas Nevada Young Australian computer programmer Daniel Carter has arrived at the heart of the American war machine – therone program at Creech Air Force Base Indian SpringsNaive untested but keen to make a ifference he is plunged headlong into America's surreal battle against its enemies in the Middle East – a battle fought.

E where killing is one remotely away from the theatre of war in this case in a military bunker in Las Vegas from where rones are irected into Afghanistan The novel explores the personal psychological and relationship conseuesces of this weird remoteness while it plots a thrilling story of revenge and fear in the gambling Divine Magnetic Lands dens of LA and elsewhere Daniel Carter is a young programmer employed by a hight tech company located in Canberra Australia I used to live in Canberra and work in IT so I thought this book might be interesting Certainly local reviews were positive Daniel s employer has software that is vital to the US Government srone program in Afghanistan Daniel goes across to the US a secret base near Las Vegas to support his employer s softwareThe action is uite slow and not that interesting and perhaps because of this Daniel gets involved in gambling in the nearby casinos From here its all Frog and the Treasure down hillThe plot and may appeal to those with an interest in tech IT and military gadgets but the gambling sub plot just seemed unbelievable for somebody like Daniel CarterI wanted to like this book but found it unsatisfactoryRegardsPeter Iownloaded this because of a interesting serendipitous blog postingsearch and always like to take a chance with Aussie authors I was intrigued by the couple of comparisons with Don Dellilo who s books have always entangled me good and bad I The Butterfly Club did get a slight sense of a Dellilo tone but with none of the weighty ambiguousness that I always get from DD writingsThe story is postmodern engaging from the beginning and is structured to loop back round At aistance of 7000 miles from a city where nothing is realAs geographic and political boundaries blur Daniel enters into an unlikely romance with a professional poker player Ania But when the hunt for an Al aeda master mind ramps up in the skies over Peshawar and American pilots begin to ie in the suburbs of Las Vegas events take a