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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Drones by Wilson Freighter is a spellbinding first entry into the Octagon Concept Series, a novel that will arrest the attention of fans of science fiction. Benjamin Dashwood experienced a bitter divorce with his ex-wife, Jill, but they still feel a strong attraction for each other. They are drawn into a conflict they never saw coming as their daughter, Sian, fights off an unwanted admirer. Things change completely when they discover that the heartless patriarch of the family, Jack Dashwood, an unscrupulous businessman, could be behind the coup to overthrow humanity by an alien race bent on taking control over our world. Faced with a forced vaccination program, the family, joined by a small group of resistant citizens, will have to decide to fight for their planet. But can they withstand the might of an alien military might and the drones that fly everywhere they turn?
The story is set in the present day and readers will enjoy the way it is narrated. The story is narrated in the first person and the use of the present tense is so masterful that it lends a powerful sense of immediacy and urgency to the story. The reader is absorbed into the story and can feel the action as though it is taking place before their gaze. The writing is excellent, filled with many insightful and emotionally charged descriptions. Readers will also enjoy the plot-driven dialogues that read just so naturally. The characters are compelling and they are well-explored, with enough background information to make the reader feel as though they have known them all along. Drones is a wonderful beginning for a series, a family’s struggle against military invasion. Wilson Freighter is a master storyteller and knows just how to make readers turn the pages. It was a delightful read for me.