When a parachute is deployed, the passenger does not shoot up. Only in relation to another free-faller does it appear so.
Now then -- back to the book. To me as credible as can be, and Jeff's reading -- unsurpassable.
What a mind. As a child I think Daniel Suarez must have spent a long time watching his ant farm and it stayed with him until now. Creative, inventive and thrilling.
I would consider them equal. I listened to / read the book using Whispersync for Audio: starting the book by listening and finishing the book on my Kindle. They were both great.
His subtle use of voices and characterisations truly made each character unique and he brought the book to life without it sounding like a radio production.
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
Dan Suarez creates stories in which he imagines technology that's a little more than one step ahead of where it is today in 2012 (a statement like that needs a time stamp!).
This book follows on from earlier work, depicting a frightening abuse of a new technology. Today many countries have drone programs including Iran, and groups like Hamas. Very few Americans care when a US drone missile wipes out a terrorist and his family. It's about "bad guys" and it's a new warfare, detached, remote, fire and forget. Suarez takes this paradigm and turns it around, forcing us to consider how we'd feel being on the end of those missiles.
The plot and storyline are superb, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as Daemon and Freedom, Inc. For me it boils down to the "John Wayne" dialog, and the perpetually astonished female protagonist. I think the author can do better. The dialog started to really annoy me and became reflexive reaction as the book progressed.
That said, I really did enjoy this work and recommend it wholeheartedly. Dan Suarez embraces and extends the genre created by Clancy and Larry Bond in the 80s. Looking forward to the next one.
Entertaining, thought provoking, unrefined
The leader of the SW team developing the "situation recognition software", early in the book. He was an interesting character, and I was a bit disappointed with the team's abrupt and unfortunate demise.
Pronounciation of foreign languages, which sounded very convincing (until I heard his Swedish, being Norwegian myself ;) ) Gurner did a very good job over all, but he can tone down the female voices a little bit.
Not really, the book's major flaw is its inability to get me involved with the characters. Even at the end, I wouldn't really have cared that much about McKinney or Odin being killed, which is a bad sign. Their love story wasn't very convincing either.
I liked the book's premise, and very much enjoy a techno thriller. However, I find a bit to be lacking in Suarez' writing (language as well as character development). That said, I am very eager to "read" Daemon and Suarez' other book, and hope they will be available in my area soon.
So many. The horde of drones circling the freighter.
I don't, but "yes".
Suarez does it again. So timely that the Washington Post ran a column last week on autonomous drones. A memorable and exciting story. Not quite as good as his first 2 books, but a fine read.
After really enjoying Daemon and Freedom, this book was quite a disappointing effort by Suarez. The concept of Daemon was great and it was backed by a fun and exciting plot. Kill Decision on the other hand has an interesting premise with almost no plot and boring characters as well. I really hope Suarez pulls together another book as I think he has potential but this was not it.
Daniel Saurez does it again. After reading (well, listening) to Daemon and FreedomTM I was excited to see what else Daniel could come up with, and let me tell you - I was not a bit disappointed.
The story begins in what is reality today, and take it from there. The future described in the book is not (unfortunately) far-fetched, just a natural evolution of current technology. The characters was brought to life and it was like you learned to know them a bit at the end of the story.
Daniel has a nag for bringing a semi-happy situation to a complete disaster in a few line of pose, keeping you on the edge of your seat (I usually listen while working or commuting). I can't recommend this book high enough, and if you liked Daemon and FreedomTM I am certain that you will love this one.
I picked up Kill Decision largely because I am a fan of Daniel Suarez's previous two books. All three books are - to borrow a phrase - Plausible. Thats the scary part about this book. If someone were to engineer flying drones or reverse engineer our own drones and use them against us - it could and probably would have nasty consequences. This book is well written, very well read and many of the facts check out. Personally I think it would be an excellent movie as well - but perhaps its a little too accurate. If you like modern day thrillers - this is for you. Its not science fiction - its almost science fact.
I have read Daniel Suarez's other books so when Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson mentioned it on Security Now, I had to pick it up immediately. Excellent theme, excellent details, very exciting!