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Kill Decision | [Daniel Suarez]

Kill Decision

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Harvey Houston, TX, United States 09-23-12
    Harvey Houston, TX, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not as good as Daemon but well worth the credit"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual Daniel Suarez makes us consider how technology may be use in the near future.


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

    Yes. Very good, makes it easy to keep track of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 09-22-12
    Amazon Customer MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fast paced nicely detailed techno-thriller"

    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.

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    Joe Renton, WA, United States 09-21-12
    Joe Renton, WA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2002
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    "The Guru of focus/understanding on technology"
    Any additional comments?

    Ofthe 900 books in my library Daemon and sequal Freedom iare my favorites. I hope there is a sequal coming to illuminate options raisesd by the frightening situation in this book. WOW in anticipation.

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    Steven Mankato, MN, United States 09-21-12
    Steven Mankato, MN, United States 09-21-12
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    "Enjoyable - Will listen to it again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to my friends who have interest in computer science type of topics. The subject matter is believable and frightening at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a good mix of computer tech and modern warfare and described a world where things could really go bad if left unchecked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Odin and Professor McKinney did the night time Halo Jump. It kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a book I could have listened to in one sitting. But instead I only listened to it while driving to work and home (2 hour commute each way).


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Daniel Suarez's other books, Demon and Freedom TM, I think you would like this book also. His story telling style carries through in this book, even thought this story has nothing to do with his earlier books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Catoosa, OK, United States 09-18-12
    Marc Catoosa, OK, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another winner from Suarez!"

    This was worth the wait. I hoped Mr. Suarez could continue to produce at the high caliber he started with in Daemon and Freedom. He can. Jeff Gurner does another fine job performing this book. I had a hard time turning it off; the action kept me absorbed and the story was interesting on a technical level as well as on a gut level. It was refreshing to have a strong and intelligent female character who wasn't domineering. The mysterious Oden and his crew quickly became familiar and I wouldn't mind seeing them again in another story. If you like action, detail, science, and technology with some human interest thrown in, you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 09-17-12
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    "3rd Book in trilogy? Nope!"
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    Visually descriptive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

    Drone ship attack... suspense/visual was great! :)


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

    Yes... both in Daemon and Freedom. His performance is solid in all three books, yet is better in Daemon and Freedom


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts made me laugh a little, other parts were sad... this book includes relationship stuff... some is done well, others honestly feel a bit cheesy


    Any additional comments?

    I THOUGHT this was the 3rd book in the Daemon, Freedom, series. Daemon and Freedom are AMAZING books in the same series...Kill Decision is a great book too, and does have similar concepts, but all new characters, and one of the most relevant "characters", the Daemon, didn't exist! :(I have no problem with this fact, yet somehow I thought this was the 3rd in a series... great standalone book, but has little, if anything to do with Daemon and Freedom books

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    Scott Anderson 09-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "OK action book"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    The start of the book had some interesting references to science and research. I liked the link between swarm technology and drones.


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Prey, link to swarm technology and bad things that can happen.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job with the different characters in the book. He had several great voices that made book easy to listen too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, it started to drag in the end as the author worked to complete the story. It became routine and predictable in the last quarter of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MultiMatt 09-17-12
    MultiMatt 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A scarily possible story! Accurate and thrilling!"
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    AccurateScaryThrilling


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything in the story was something that could happen right now, today, which adds to the thrill factor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the incident in Colorado (I don't want to elaborate and spoil it for folks who haven't read it yet!).


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

    We're at war - and no one knows who started it


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Suarez gives a glimpse of what is possible with autonomous drones and bad intentions. The scary part is, everything in the book is technically possible! A great read (listen!).

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    09-17-12
    09-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "fast start....slow finish"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. I think the research and story was top rate, that is until about 3/4 of the way and it just droned on and on. I lost interest


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

    This was my first


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, but your chained to the content of the book, and it fizzled out.


    Do you think Kill Decision needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Promising and brilliant start. Disappointing overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Tukwila, WA, United States 09-17-12
    Jeremy Tukwila, WA, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just plain WOW"

    This is another Suarez masterpiece! Jeff Gurner's performance was just perfect for this story. No one can read a Daniel Suarez book as well as he can! He makes this book an awesome listen (read) as always.

    I don't know anyone that did not love this book. I am always scared that an author is going to screw up on future books, but this author has yet to disappoint. 6 stars out of 5!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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