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The Drone War by K.V. Johansen

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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 ....

It's 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 ....

"...peppered with middle school humor, this series installment is a quick and easy read. Especially likely to appeal to boys ..."
-Laura Woodruff, VOYA April 2008

"Johansen's characters are both believable and likeable—this is largely due to Johansen's knack for great dialogue...Science-fiction lovers as well as those interested in computers, technology and artificial intelligence are sure to enjoy this novel."
-CM Magazine

"... an up-to-the-minute story, easy to read but not facile or condescending." -Lesley Little, Resource Links

"This book is a non-stop adventure...It's a very fun, often funny, intelligent read.  I highly recommend it." -Carrie Spellman, Teens Read Too

About the Author 
K.V. Johansen is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. For more see the author's website at

The Drone War
A Cassandra Virus novel
by K.V. Johansen
ISBN-10: 0973950528
ISBN-13: 978-0973950526
Published September 2007
US$9.95 CA$10.99 UK£5.95

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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
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Sackville · New Brunswick · Canada