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Engines roaring, rising in pitch. Louder and louder. Jordan felt as though he were part of the plane. He leaned forward. It wasn't just a plane, it was Cassie's work, a little bit of it. It was ... big. A work of art. It was taxiing. Hard to remember no-one was driving — flying. No-one was in it at all, just a big machine doing its thing, and some technicians in that room with the banks of computers, who couldn't even see the plane take off.
Turning. Sitting, gaining power, then leaping forward, faster and faster. Nose rising. It was in the air, roaring across the field in front of them, out over the lake ....
the future. Jordan O'Blenis may be a genius when it comes to computers,
but with spies after his sister Cassie's research in UAVs and
artificial intelligence, he needs all the help he can get to keep her
safe and save BWB Aerospace's top secret drone project. Luckily for
Jordan, he has Helen the frog expert and Cassandra, the sentient
supercomputer programme he created, on his side. The problem is, Helen
thinks kidnapping and interrogating a government agent is a perfectly
logical solution to their problems, while Cassandra has developed a bad
case of ethics. When old enemies snatch Jordan, though, it's up to
Cassandra to save the day, even if that means hijacking BWB's
multi-million dollar UAV system. It's just borrowing, really ....
"... an up-to-the-minute story, easy to read but not facile or condescending." -Lesley Little, Resource Links
The Drone War
A Cassandra Virus novel
by K.V. Johansen
Published September 2007
150pp • US$9.95 • CA$10.99 • UK£5.95
Praise for volume one
The Cassandra Virus
*Shortlisted for the Canadian Association of Children’s Librarians Book of the Year for Children Award.
"Endearing characters, including Cassandra, add depth to this fast-paced, futuristic, middle-school thriller..."-Voya
*Chosen by Today's Parent magazine in their selection of Great Canadian Fiction