“Global Predator” was published in 2014 and was written by Jack Maclean. This is Mr. Maclean’s first novel. The eBook is available on Amazon.
I obtained this novel for free in advance through https://www.netgalley.com for review. This is a Thriller and I would rate this novel as ‘PG’ as there is some Mature Language. The novel is written in the third person and is set in many places, though most of it is set in Pakistan. Though there are numerous other characters, the primary characters are Stoner and Wilkins, both bankers from London.
Wilkins is a Phd physicist who specialized in quantum physics. He was recruited by Stoner from the Grosvenor Bank to apply his understanding of quantum physics to game theory in order to find patterns for probabilities and apply them to the financial market. Wilkins applied his knowledge well, and he and Stoner were very successful.
Stoner was a banker and saw Wilkin’s special mathematical knowledge as a way to gain a leg up on the competition. He also saw how he and Wilkins could utilize a hole in the banks procedures to make themselves very wealthy. When Wilkins disappears, the bank sends him in search of Wilkins.
Having made millions Wilson begins to fear that Stoner is about to turn him in to the bank. He stashed the funds in off shore accounts and decides to disappear. By chance, he runs into Sally Hodges, an old girlfriend who has returned to London from Pakistan. She is in London struggling to get more funding for the charitable agency she works for which is setting up schools and encouraging the education of girls in Pakistan. Wilkins sees playing the role of a potential benefactor and going to visit her in Pakistan as a subtle way of totally disappearing. With a lot of cash, he quietly leaves London and heads for Pakistan’s Swat Valley.
Concurrent with this Al Queda and Taliban leaders are organizing a conference in the Swat Valley to plan their next set of moves. American intelligence finds hints of the meeting and begins to focus on finding where the meeting will be held. Much of the data they gather is from Global Predator drones in the air over Pakistan.
Before long Wilkins, Stoner, the Al Queda and Taliban leaders are all within a few miles of one another in the Swat Valley. Things get complicated as they try to use one another to achieve their separate goals. American intelligence is meanwhile trying to pinpoint where the Al Queda and Taliban leaders will be so that they can target them with Hellfire missiles from a Global Predator drone.
I spent about 6.5 hours reading this novel and I think that the characters were well developed. Certainly the character of Wilkins evolved over the course of the novel. The basic plot was not bad, but I thought it was rather slow for the first 85% of the story. I give this novel a 4 (actually closer to 3.5, but I will round it up) out of 5.
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