Showing posts from August, 2006
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Believe it or not, there's a (slightly mixed but mostly positive) review of IA in the mighty Economist this week. They dissed (and if you ask me, kind of missed the point of) the second half, but I am still exceedingly pleased: Danielle Leaf, Mr Evans's protagonist, is not a professional spy, but an everywoman. An anti-globalisation activist, she is suddenly thrown into a violent and dangerous world where she must draw on every reserve of skill and courage to stay alive. Mr Evans is a vivid guide to the shrill, self-righteous universe of the anti-globalisation movement. He is strong on street-fighting tactics, how to deploy the violent anarchist avant-garde against the police, and on the intricacies of computer hacking. Yet curiously, a promising plot about a cynical mining corporation falters about halfway through the book, giving it a sense of peaking too early. The second part, in which Danielle and her hacker friend Keiran are tortured and held prisoner on a boat controlle

more IA reviewage

Not that HarperCollins told me about any of these - don't they have a clipping service? - fortunately, I have a friend who works for the CanWest empire. Calgary Herald: 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. Vancouver Province: 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. G


I've gone and added a links page to my site, full of the smiling faces of various colourful friends of mine. Haven't updated the site menus yet, so for now you can only get there from here.

no such thing as bad publicity

Am back from a whirlwind month (Muskoka, London, Paris, Cape Cod) and expecting another in September (London, Sweden, the Trans-Siberian) but August will be quiet. Which is good, 'cause I got a whole lotta Book Four work to do. While I was away, Quill & Quire (sort of Canada's answer to Publisher's Weekly) ran a very nice review of Invisible Armies . Meanwhile, in Australia, my publisher Hachette (motto: 'We Also Make Cruise Missiles') has issued a Publisher's Promise for Invisible Armies , which, is, basically, a money-back guarantee; if you buy it and don't like it, they'll refund the purchase price. This special label will only ever appear on a select few titles that we are confident readers will enjoy, they say. I am pleased. And my hometown newspaper ran a (front-page!) feature on me. A fair-use sample: To Evans, truth isn't necessarily stranger than fiction. But it certainly does make for great fiction material. The 33-year-old Waterloo