The scary thing about Daemon, Freedom (TM) and now Kill Decision, is that the premise dances in and out of the realm of possibility. The concept of autonomous drones, when you really think about it, is frightfully close to reality. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Suarez got his idea from some kind of defense industry newspaper or something.
That being said, I'm definitely dinging this book for the stilted, seemingly forced and entirely unbelievable "romantic tension" the author sought to insert. I could see it coming, but I never bought it.
I think this book is well worth the credit, though not a book I'm likely to listen to again. I will continue to download books by this author.
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
I quite liked the authors previous books, Daemon and Freedom, but I read them as opposed to listening to them. I'm kind of tempted to read this one but I don't think it will make much difference. It's just not a very good story delivered with not very good narration.
It's just so very, very average and jammed full of every possible thriller cliche going; tough but sensitive action hero, beautiful but suprisingly capable scientist heroine, a supporting cast of one dimensional stocking fillers of assorted ethnicity. You know one or two of the minor supporting players will die but you also know none of the big ones will. You know it will all be fine in the end, lessons will be learned, love will blossom and any movie adaptation will be terrible and probably star Nic Cage.
And then there's the narration, which is as one-dimensional as the writing, all chewed gravel and gritted teeth.
It's just so utterly, depressingly predictable. If you've read/listened to any number of formulaic Michael Crichton-lite action/sciencey books then cross this off your list.
Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men
I started following Daniel Suarez with Daemon and Freedom TM, and when I saw that this was another of his, I had to try it. Having served in the military during the shift to unarmed drones, I know some of the fears and some of the successes that drones give us. Suarez does a great job of expanding on them here. My only complaint is that some of the military actions and weaponry is very exaggerrated (to the point of being illogical from a tactical standpoint) and would not be done by serious operators. On the other hand, they build a great story. Suarez brought it again with this great read, and i hope to see more come from him soon!
If you enjoyed the 'Daemon' series by Suarez, you are sure to like this story as well. Daniel has such a good grasp on modern technology - from chemistry to electronics - it makes his stories impressively real. If you are a tech junkie, and like his style, you will love the book. Jeff Gurner as the narrator was 10/10 - amazing. Wish he did more in this genre. A must-listen.
Great storyline, with very believable tech-angles
Daniel Suarez just gets better and better with each new book. Jeff Gurner read the book as if he wrote it. This was the first Suarez book I got on Audible and will complete the collection solely on how Jeff Gurner "gets" Suarez and his characters.
When the Professor realized her life work was being used to run the "swarms".
Odin, it was as if Jeff Gurner was Odin or lived a life similar to it at one point.
A sense of concern (not quite fear) that we are not that far from this being how it's done. Collecting the work of brilliant individuals and applying it as was done in the story is not out of the realm of possibility, and in fact is probably being done... Very reminiscent of Tom Clancy and how you could see everything he wrote about to unfold just as he wrote it.
Daniel Suarez just keeps getting better and better. It makes you wonder how he is going to outdo his last novel, but with "Kill Decision" he proved that we don't need to worry about that any longer, we just need to be patient until his next book. How much longer? How much longer now? How about now? Is it ready yet?...Is it done yet?
The book is technical enough to be interesting, but definitely doesn't get bogged down in techno-babble. You can tell the author knows his tech, but he is also able to spin a great tale. Not a combination that you see often.
Exciting and believable! Drones are being used by the US military today, so this was a compelling story.
When the special operations team first encounters the drones in the safe house...I couldn't stop listening.
I have not heard any of his other performances.
I am a sucker for a good story
This is the third book from Suarez, and it continues to be a pleasure. I like the fact that he is able to produce stand alone novels that are able to set the stage, draw me and leave me wanting more by the time I get to the final page. I will continue to look for more from this author in the future. Great Read!
Haven't read the print version.
As usual Daniel Suarez makes us consider how technology may be use in the near future.
Yes. Very good, makes it easy to keep track of the characters.
This was another great read from [author:Daniel Suarez|1956402]! If you liked this book then you'll love [book:Daemon|4699575] and [book:Freedom (TM)|7132363]. This is not in any way related to those two books but it has a very similar style, kinda a like the love child between them and an early [author:Tom Clancy|3892]. If you like your stories to contain (mostly) factual weaponry and technology then you'll be happy.
The story is based around the idea of war, taken to the next logical advance, with fully-automated drones as the combatants. It is a little bit basic in the character department but the pace really doesn't slow down from the first chapter on, so there's not too much time to worry about the general lack of character development; The love angle could have happily been ditched in my opinion. It dips into myrmecology, automated weaponry and associated defense mechanisms, drones of assorted shapes and sizes as well as all manner of transportation. Great fun!
I listened to the Penguin Audio version read by Jeff Gurner. The music is thankfully minimal (limited to fade-in and fade-out at either end of the story). There are stylised chapter headings but they did actually add to the story, rather from break it up or detract from it, so "Yay" for Penguin Audio. My Gurner did a great job voicing a plethora of genders, races, ages and even species.