I was soooo looking forward to Daniel Suarez's next book. Maybe that's why I felt a little let down with this one. You know how it goes, the higher your expectations...
It's not a bad story and I did eventually enjoy it (after about the halfway mark). I started it. Stopped listening because I got a little bored. Then turned it back on a week or two later when I needed a fill in between books. I'm glad I did, because it ultimately turned out to be a decent story, well narrated. No complaints at all about Jeff Gurner. Great job.
I enjoyed the plot of Kill Decision. Very gripping. Daniel Suarez is at his best in describing techologies of our day and the extent that they could be used to horrific effects. He is a master at this, and this plot is very, very engaging. His characters in this book tend to veer to the two-dimensional side, so you will get the "stoic hero", etc...as much depth as a set of Star Trek characters, but that's not a slam, so much: sometimes a story is gripping with thin characters going in. It's simply "light" in this area.
Aside from characterizations, I'd say the weakest thing is the narration: the narrator is not bad, just generic. He has all the charm of someone reciting the fine print of the side effects in a prescription drug commercial. His accents are odd and confusing and takes one away from the story line.
Should you get this book? Sure, if you want a taut, gripping thriller with a believable yet fantastic way one is using current tech. Just understand the light characters and the lackluster narration.
The three words that best describe Kill Decision is Spirited, Captivating, and Immersive.
Odin, the special Ops operative was by far my favorite character because he was a leader first and foremost, but passionate and true to his convictions.
Odin was simply the best character.
I wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but it's length makes this virtually impossible. However, if you're dedicated, you could make it a marathon weekend if you have the time.
It is like listening to 13 one hour episodes of a series though it's only one story. At eight dollars per book is worth it. At $15 dollars per audio book (for approximately 13 hours) it's a bit expensive. At $8 per book, I think sales would easily double or triple—I for one would purchase a lot more. Netflix charges $8 for a month of viewing. Surely Audible could do better by lowering individual book prices or subscription rates considering the format is digital and storage plus content delivery consume much less infrastructure than video!
Good and fairly accurate representation of modern technical weapons. Not enough reflection on morality of subject.
Not nearly as good as his Daemon.
When they were dealing with the robotic dismantling of the ships.
I really enjoyed listening to this. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened. I thought it was suspenseful from start to finish, although I thought it perhaps was all resolved a bit too quickly. The idea of a robot being based on an ant intelligence was clever. This was a great one!
Yes. Great exploration of the current technology of unmanned drones.
Like a lot of my favorite science fiction, It examines the social impact of emergent technology--but also has some great action to carry it along.
With the drones at the battleship.
Yes. I rarely replay, but I think technical details will be even more meaningful the second time around.
This was my first.
Jeff Gurner's performance was spot-on! He gave the hero and his team unique, appropriate and vivid voices. I could not have imagined those accents on my own. Absolutely no complaints on performance!
The Next World War is Here.
Good premise but I didn't find any memorable twists or turns to speak of. It was only mildly suspenseful.
This wasn't a terrible book but it wasn't Daemon. Some of the characters are bit annoying. I didn't connect with McKinney. Some of the most entertaining characters are killed off very early. Also, the book seemed to take a long time to develop any rhythm.
Increase the pace and (SPOILER ALERT) keep the Stanford team alive a bit longer. They seemed interesting.
Gurner is a class act when it comes to narrating.
Yes. If you like techno-thrillers that get a bit too crazy. If you liked "Swarm" you'll like this.
I was a huge fan of Daniel's first 2 books, when I checked and saw he had another book out I was excited to download it. It is, like the last a techno thriller, and the technology involved in the storyline of this book is very good as well. Unfortunately the characters in this book never develop the chemistry as people like Suarez was able to create in the past, they just exist as props to work a storyline around and the book falls flat because of that. The story moves a bit over the top as well and that with the flat dialog dropped the rating of this book. I did want to like this book but I have to say it just did not happen. If you are a big Suarez fan, then you should take a chance on this story, if you have not read any of Suarez's books in the past start with the first two, which are excellent and then decide if you want to take a chance on this effort, which falls well short of the first two.