The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez's status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy - a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world's near future.
Unmanned weaponized drones already exist: they're widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, best-selling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.
Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention.
Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the "kill decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans - and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences.
But as forces even McKinney and Odin don't understand begin to gather, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save humankind from destruction at the hands of our own technology.
©2012 Daniel Suarez (P)2012 Penguin Audio
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.
Seeking the Truth
A critic writing in Audible.com indicated that Suarez was the heir apparent to Michael Crichton, which is why I brought this book. The critic was wrong. I did not have to listen very long to realize the Crichton and Suarez do not write about the same topics at all -- and Crichton would win out every time.
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.
Good story . .unfortunately the reader made the female lead sound like a whiney 17 year old. His men's voice were either goofy or gruff. . .This would probably be a lot better with a different reader. . . at times I felt like I was listening to a book written for very young adults.
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