The fact that although this is fiction, drones are a reality, and this story is not as far fetched as one might think.
The detail descriptions of the interaction and communication between all the drones.
I really enjoyed the book, full of action and suspense, with the technical aspects of how drones functions described in detail. As I enjoy gadgets, this is the ultimate sworm of gadgets.
thought-provoking, action-packed, and entertaining
Early in the book was a surprise twist that laid the framework for the entire book. I don't want to give away anything to a potential reader, but it occurred on the Standford Univ campus.
He did a terrific job of narrating: easy to keep up with the different characters in their conversations.
I would not make a film of this book.
Great read, but the author left too many loose strings for my taste: characters introduced and played a role but then left without mention; lead players in one spot only to appear later in another locale without any explanation; characters introduced without a definition of their importance to the plot. This is a very entertaining book, and I enjoyed the political discussions that took place, even though they got a little nerdy in places when hi tech lingo was used.
Sure, there's some action in the book. Definitely. And hi-tech gear, and explosions. But not enough to make me care about the characters, especially when they are doing pretty outrageous stuff. Not sure what I expected, but it did not live up to all the rave reviews it received.
Some friends, yes. But those who really rely on my suggestions, I would not be able to do so. Any book offering Linda McKinney as a character in it...I will skip. Sometimes a character just gets under my skin as totally implausible, ineffective and unnecessary. Normally I can find my way around him/her. Not this time. On top of that I did not really care about any of the characters. Found myself rooting for her to get waxed. Like the character Bert in JA Konrath's 'The List' or Colony Executive Sevgi Eretkin in Richard K Morgan's 'Thirteen'...sometimes characters just stick in my craw...and finishing the book stops being an adventure and becomes a chore.
Cool subject matter. The narrator is spot on. Loved Daemon and Freedom. The author knows his craft as far as his ability to spin a yarn. Just that one character spoiled the experience for me. Found myself fast forwarding, something I consider a definitive no no.
And so it goes.
Pretty much. I kept going till I finished the book. The topic of drones is fascinating since they are now deployed over our not so friendly skies. The delivery of the subject matter has me thinking...and I like things that make me think...after I close the book cover.
The part about the ravens and why they have such huge brains. Delicious. I will be finding out all I can about ravens now. I like writers who can spark my imagination.
If the part of the Linda McKinney is rewritten...yes.
This is the BEST techno-action novel I've ever put my hands on. The author has the technical knowledge of Robert Sawyer, and the action-suspense grasp of Clancy. He merges cutting edge military action with high-tech bad guys, tosses in some science, and the delivers it up in a masterpiece of literary fiction. I'll definitely read his next books.This guy just made it on to my favorite-authors list!
I got 'Kill Decision' because I thoroughly enjoyed Daniel Suarez's 'Daemon' and 'Freedom' novels. And I have to say, it wasn't bad. It just didn't reach the same bar that had been set by those earlier reads.
How was it different? I'd have to say this read more like a Tom Clancy novel. And while I like Tom Clancy novels and have read quite a few, none would get more than 4 stars from my purely subjective and humble point of view.
My only objections, albeit slight objections, were....1) I feel the author indulged in a bit of cliche with the characters and premise (I'm talking in particular about the diverse yet melded, battle-worn special ops team led by a guy with a quirky affinity for ravens) and 2) the sci fi component didn't knock my socks off. I can't go into more detail about that sci fi component without spoiling something for potential readers, unfortunately - but I'm sure another source like amazon or wikipedia can elaborate if you don't mind knowing in advance.
All in all, if you share my tastes and had a choice between listening to this or nothing, I'd say it's worth it. But if there are other 5 star options available, keep this one on the back burner.
I don't know how much of this is real, or possible in 2014. Or, how much is likely in the near or far future. But it is scary, maybe terrifying. Or maybe it's all sci-fi. You decide.
Daniel Suarez does not disappoint. Although this is my least favorite book of the 4 that he's written, it was still great. It contains less futuristic / rampant AI type concepts and focuses more on the present day technologies with a militaristic type focus, which is fine. The narration is top notch - my absolute favorite part is when Jeff sings the christian music that is on the radio - that was a real laugh out loud moment and may be my favorite part of the book because of it!
It was exciting all the way through, the characterization was great and the story and climax were fantastic.
Suarez basically writes contemporary political thrillers that use cutting edge computer and military technology as the engine for page-turning action adventure. In the case of kill decision, its the prospect of autonomous drones with swarming behavior. No deep characters or compelling speculation here (one of the 2 main characters here is annoyingly simple). But lots of fun techno-action. I preferred his "Daemon" and would recommend it as a better place to start with Suarez.