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A psychologically gripping descent into the eerie realm of drone warfare, led by one pilot’s risky quest to expose its darkest secrets

As an F-16 fighter pilot, Darwin Cole was a family man on top of his world. Now he’s a washout-drunk and alone in a trailer in the Nevada desert and haunted by what he saw on the display of the Predator drone he “piloted,” especially by the memory of an Afghan child running for her life. He reluctantly teams up with three journalists seeking to discover the identity of the anonymous person—and possibly rogue-intelligence operative—who called the shots in Cole’s ill-fated drone mission.

But in a surveillance culture, even the well intentioned must sometimes run for their lives, especially when they’re tracking leads to the very heart of that culture, in intelligence, in the military, and among the unchecked private contractors who stand to profit richly from the advancing technology—technology not just for use “over there” but for right here, right now.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unmanned is a deftly crafted and frightening tale, part mystery and part thriller. The author displays an impressive command of the details of military technology And given our current debates both over the drone wars and the surveillance state, the novel could hardly be more timely.”

    Stephen L. Carter, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park

  • “Dan Fesperman’s excellent and timely ninth thriller…explore[s] the ethical conundrums of the most potent new weapon in the American arsenal: the unmanned aerial drone…Unmanned is smart and thoughtful exploration of the unintended consequences of waging war by remote control…What Mr. Fesperman understands is that in the brave new world of modern warfare, there are complicated questions with no neat answers.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Suspenseful…Will probably tell you more than you’ve learned elsewhere about the possibilities and dangers of drones…An exciting story, expertly told”

    Washington Post

  • “A paranoia-inducing page-turner, and there’s even a romance angle if you need one. Multiaward winner Fesperman offers some definite Jack Reacher moves, and though few match up to Lee Child’s, this work is right there, minus the physical violence. Essential for fans of Child and like authors.”

    Library Journal (starred review

  • “[A] timely thriller…Fesperman delineates the capabilities of modern drone aircraft in details that evoke wonder as well as chills at their disturbing implications for personal privacy…The technical information will keep readers turning the pages up to the rousing conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another winner from the author of The Arms Maker of Berlin and The Double Game.”


  • “A timely thriller that brings drone warfare to the streets of America. There is treachery here—in the government, in big business, and among the technology geeks who make it all work…a thriller nuanced with moral ambiguity…Well written and dense with complicity, this is an action-packed glimpse of intrusive technology in which the good guys never have clear moral standing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month for Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
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