The Drone Enigma


Ron and his wife, Mildred, reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He loves living the writing life on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, where he is inspired by the rich history and natural beauty of the Hampton Roads area. Ron is a member of the Hampton Roads Writers and South Carolina Writers Workshop. His debut work, Libido’s Twist, a medical suspense novel, won a Writer’s Digest award in genre fiction. (Read More)

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The Drone Enigma by award-winning author Ron McManus (Koehler Books). Available through on-line retailers and in bookstores.

What they’re saying:

“Addictive…you do not want to lay it down! Well-researched and real world scenario filled with excitement.” Rear Admiral Don “Smoke” Hickman, SC, USN (Ret.)

“McManus hits a home run with The Drone Enigma, blending modern drone warfare with exceptional realism against possible terrorist threats to our national security.” Brigadier General Jim Ward, USAF (Ret.)

“McManus sets the hook in the first few pages and then lets you run with it.  Current and relevant to today’s modern battlefield, the plot’s twists and turns keep this a page-turner to the very end.” Captain Steve Burich, USN (Ret.)

“Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Most novels are to be tasted, The Drone Enigma is to be devoured.” Captain Jack Lieberman, USNR (Ret.)

“Superbly written nail biter…Tied together masterfully…Great military authenticity…Grabs you and won’t let go…The breathtaking threat of armed drones in the hands of terrorists brought to reality…What a ride.” Colonel Stephen D. Cork, USA (Ret.), author of the military thriller, Sir I Can Explain

“This novel has the plot and enough real-life technology to place it squarely in a group with the legends of the genre.” Bob Armfield, Agent (Ret.), Raleigh-Wake CCB

“A harrowing adventure in the high tech world of unmanned aircraft. A fast-paced thriller you simply can’t put down.” Darin Gibby, author of The Vintage Club and Why Has America Stopped Inventing?


Jake Palmer, investigative consultant and former Navy SEAL, uncovers a terrorist plot to seize electronic control of a top-secret Navy drone and sets out to stop those responsible before they launch an attack.

Jake Palmer accepts an offer from a defense contractor and his former SEAL teammate to consult with the company on the death of an engineer assigned to the top secret Perseus Project—the development of the navigation and targeting systems for an experimental Navy drone.

Two days into the case, Palmer finds the defense contractor shot dead. What he discovers convinces him that both deaths are related to the project and that someone within the company is working with terrorists to seize control of the drone during a live fire test in Afghanistan. With no hard evidence to support his theory, he is unable to persuade either the company or the military that an imminent threat exists. Concerned he will disrupt the test, the company terminates his contract and notifies the police.

Pursued by the police and headed for an engagement with a large, well armed terrorist cell led by the company insider, Palmer is close to defeat when he receives help from the most unlikely person. With only hours to spare, they race to stop an attack half a world away. The Drone Enigma will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you question every news story about drones.