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Kill Decision Audiobook

Kill Decision

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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

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    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Brea, CA 02-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Techno thriller"
    What did you like best about Kill Decision? What did you like least?

    Good and fairly accurate representation of modern technical weapons. Not enough reflection on morality of subject.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Suarez before, how does this one compare?

    Not nearly as good as his Daemon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were dealing with the robotic dismantling of the ships.


    Was Kill Decision worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 02-03-13
    Ann United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Do not waste your time"

    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.

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    Serene Night 01-15-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Entertaining"

    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!

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    Roger 01-14-13
    Roger 01-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice follow up to Daemon and Freedom(tm)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great exploration of the current technology of unmanned drones.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    With the drones at the battleship.


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    Avedis 01-11-13
    Avedis 01-11-13
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    "great story and characters"

    make it a series...Odin needs to come back with more adventures. the story was fast paced and interesting.

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    Sammy Says california 01-05-13
    Sammy Says california 01-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't meet my expectations based on reviews"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Yes. I rarely replay, but I think technical details will be even more meaningful the second time around.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Suarez before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Next World War is Here.


    Any additional comments?

    Good premise but I didn't find any memorable twists or turns to speak of. It was only mildly suspenseful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Portland, OR 01-04-13
    Steve Portland, OR 01-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good, but a step back for Suarez"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Increase the pace and (SPOILER ALERT) keep the Stanford team alive a bit longer. They seemed interesting.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gurner is a class act when it comes to narrating.


    Was Kill Decision worth the listening time?

    Yes. If you like techno-thrillers that get a bit too crazy. If you liked "Swarm" you'll like this.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 01-02-13
    Dennis 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I really wanted to like this book - did not happen"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vida T. Yancy 12-23-12
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    "Perfomance weak"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Saad K Singapore 12-21-12
    Saad K Singapore 12-21-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Awesome book!"

    Another great book by Daniel Suarez. If you have read his other books this is definitely a must read.

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