Prize-winning Jon Evans's breakout book is a twisty high-tec, high-adrenalin chase thriller for the 21st century
Jon Evans is the son of an ex-pat Rhodesian father and Canadian mother and was born and raised in Canada. He has travelled extensively all over the world and works as an IT consultant between trips.
Following his Arthur Ellis Award- winning debut, Dark Places, Evans forays into corporate malfeasance versus organized protest, but disappoints. A former Infosys project manager living in Bangalore, India, Danielle Leaf agrees to deliver a package for Keiran Kell, a London-based hacker. En route, Danielle is seized by thugs apparently in the employ of Kishkinda, a megacorporation that has been blamed by activists for industrial pollution that has plagued the Bangalore area. While held captive, Danielle meets an attractive activist, also captive, Frenchman Laurent. As the two conspire to escape, Laurent tells Danielle that the package's intended recipient, Jaylitha, who had been doing research to build a case against Kishkinda, has been gruesomely murdered. After Laurent's martial arts skills free them, the pair undertake a series of dangerous escapades, with Danielle suspecting her ally may not be fully trustworthy. Danielle is less than plausible as an action hero, and Evans's take on globalization and its discontents is less than convincing. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'So glad to see this book delayed, it deserves to go into trade pbk. and be given a big push. The story starts at breakneck pace and never lets up. There is murder, corruption by pharmaceutical companies and thrills aplenty. Also there is some interesting use of computer hacking which Jon writes about authoritively from his other life as a programmer. This is the book we have been waiting for from Jon, his other two were good, in fact very good but this is a big step up and there is no reason for it not to be a bestseller' -- John McKone - Hachette Australia rep 'If you're the sort to get easily paranoid, you may want to approach Jon Evans' latest book with caution ... Evans has created a new genre, the travelogue as fast-paced action thriller. Invisible Armies" is certainly fun, with its quirky characters and lively plot, but it is also a smart and thoughtful look at the politics of activism, the pervasive power of big business and the global street war that is being waged between the two.' -- Calgary Herald 'Montreal-based Jon Evans weaves the unlikely components of globalization and corporate exploitation of the Third World into an unpredictable, frightening thriller ...There's a kind of appealing chaos theory to Evans' books, which tend to unfold in ways surprising to veteran thriller readers who think they can figure out where things are going. GRADE: A' -- Vancouver Province 'Waterloo-born and university-educated Evans tells a heck of a tale. Globalization protesters, political intrigue and adversarial computer hackers; what's not to like?INVISIBLE ARMIESis an adrenalin rush from start to finish and Evans has Andrew Pyper's ability to make great characters.' -- Kitchener-Waterloo Record 'An action-based thriller for conspiracy buffs. Montreal writer Jon Evans has served up a fast-paced tale that moves from India to Paris to Las Vegas, as Danielle Leaf finds herself in the middle of a war between a multinational mining company, third-world farmers, and a legion of anti-globalization protestors. In a world in which black is seldom black and white is never white, it seems everyone is prepared to use violence to obtain their goals.' -- Sherbrooke Record '[Evans's] detailed descriptions, whether of the heat and smells of an Indian market or the rhythm of a Parisian neighbourhood, bring the settings to life. With some likeable characters, some terrifying ones, and a fantastic plot, INVISIBLE ARMIES should conquer new readers and please old fans.' -- Quill & Quire 'Anti-globalization versus international corporate greed ... a fast-paced, politically engaging thriller.' -- Globe & Mail 'Thought-provoking ... INVISIBLE ARMIES is an intriguing, pacy read and Mr Evans shows great potential.' -- Economist Praise for Jon Evans: 'INVISIBLE ARMIES is an intriguing, pacy read and Mr Evans shows great potential.' -- Economist 'Anti-globalization versus international corporate greed ... a fast-paced, politically engaging thriller.' -- Globe and Mail, Canada on INVISIBLE ARMIES 'I was completely gripped.' -- Emily Barr on TRAIL OF THE DEAD 'THE BLOOD PRICE is knowledgeable about Balkan history, the current fragile peace maintained by NATO and the multi-billion-dollar international refugee-smuggling industry. Evans can write, too.' -- Washington Post 'In this haunting, suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure' -- Publishers Weekly on TRAIL OF THE DEAD 'Pacy thriller for the 21st century' -- The Times on THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD 'TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel.' -- C.J. Box, award-winning author of Winterkill and Trophy Huny 'Reading BLOOD PRICE reminded me of being a kid running down a too-steep hill, going faster and faster so that you can barely get your feet in front of you quickly enough to stop, loving every second of it. You can't stop. You don't want to stop ... I wanted to keep reading to find out what the hell happened next.' -- Quill & Quire 'Evans has created a remarkable novel in this tale of corporate skulduggery and high-tech warfare ... The twists and turns of the plot ... will keep you turning the pages until the stunning climax is reached.' -- West Australian