The narration was fine. The premise was good but I thought the story was a little weak. Took a long time to ramp up and never reached it's full potential in my opinion.
Not nearly as gripping or fantastic as previous Suarez books, and not as much fun. The action was flat, characters cliche, and it never built any real tension, suspense, or mystery.
Hard to turn off. It cost me some sleep. It will make you think about everything you use and how it can possibly be misused by someone else.
Almost believable, like it was pulled from tomorrows headlnes. Audio performance was also very good.
The beginning takes a little bit to get through but really picks up at the end. Very cool sci-fi tech that is implemented throughout.
Daniel Suarez hits another home run with "Kill Decision," this time with the subject of military drones. More precisely with autonomous drones, which are drones programmed to operate without human input and potentially able to determine when to deploy its weapons. Couple this with the increase of drone production around the world and this makes a very real scenario and scary novel.
Professor Linda McKinney was a myrmecologist studying African weaver ants. They were one of the few extirpator species on earth (along with humans) - meaning they sought out and destroyed rival organisms, even their own species, to maintain absolute control of their territory. McKinney had written an algorithm to predict the swarming action of the weaver ants, a technique that had enabled them to survive for thousands of years. Someone with nefarious intentions wanted that software and when it was stolen, professor McKinney became expendable. Rescued from a drone attack by a man known as Odin, McKinney was whisked away to safety.
Odin was an operative in a secret branch of the special operations delta force unit. He was tasked to uncover the source of a series of drone attacks perpetrated on US soil by an unknown entity and bring those attacks to an end. The government was covering up the nature of the attacks to prevent widespread panic, and was passing them off as terrorist bombings. But someone inside the government didn't want Odin to succeed in his mission, and soon Odin's group and professor McKinney were under drone attack also. The race was on to stay one step ahead of the drones while toppling those responsible for their actions.
This book was scary because drone technology is already here, and is increasing in its scope every day. The case made for autonomous drones is a compelling one - all our enemies would need to disable a human operated drone is a good jamming device to disrupt the signal. The next logical step would be to incorporate a "kill decision" into the drones to ensure their missions were completed. The technology exists for such actions to occur. The only thing standing in the way are the politicians (and we know how reliable they are) and the general public who elects them. Daniel Suarez has raised the alarm to the dangers in this book. It is up to us to use this information wisely.
This book was a very exciting read, as well as being technologically informative. Full of military special forces action, political intrigue, and cutting edge science, it is reminiscent of Tom Clancy novels. If that is your cup of tea, then you will enjoy this read as much as I did.