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
Suarez delivers a riveting "page turner" that's just fun to listen to. Definitely come back again to it.
Gurner, having listened to him in Suarez two previous books, has a good grasp of the style. He has the sound needed for these very contemporary technological tales. The right mix of confidence and smarm.
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A first time author for me suggested by audible. The genre for this book is techno thriller and from that perspective it was interesting. The author was a technology consultant to the US Gov't's defense industry so from a technical angle he should know what he's talking about. I think it's amazing that Google maps and MapQuest have mapped out the entire globe and it's at our fingertips. I know I kind of suspect that out government plus others and the bad guys we are fighting have taken technology to levels that are incomprehensible. This book takes you there and paints a picture of how technology might be used in the near future, who knows, maybe it already is. With drone use currently in the news, this book is really apropos but the author takes the technology to even greater levels than drones. The author weaves an interesting tale integrating in these new technologies. You wonder if it isn't far fetched then eerily think that is just might not be so far fetched. If anything it's a bit disconcerting and scary even. If you like these kinds of books, you'll like this one.
Although I am not a tech expert or much of a video game player I really enjoyed the story. At times it was a little too dramatic but it did not deter from the excellent story. I would recommend.
I was soooo looking forward to Daniel Suarez's next book. Maybe that's why I felt a little let down with this one. You know how it goes, the higher your expectations...
It's not a bad story and I did eventually enjoy it (after about the halfway mark). I started it. Stopped listening because I got a little bored. Then turned it back on a week or two later when I needed a fill in between books. I'm glad I did, because it ultimately turned out to be a decent story, well narrated. No complaints at all about Jeff Gurner. Great job.
I enjoyed the plot of Kill Decision. Very gripping. Daniel Suarez is at his best in describing techologies of our day and the extent that they could be used to horrific effects. He is a master at this, and this plot is very, very engaging. His characters in this book tend to veer to the two-dimensional side, so you will get the "stoic hero", etc...as much depth as a set of Star Trek characters, but that's not a slam, so much: sometimes a story is gripping with thin characters going in. It's simply "light" in this area.
Aside from characterizations, I'd say the weakest thing is the narration: the narrator is not bad, just generic. He has all the charm of someone reciting the fine print of the side effects in a prescription drug commercial. His accents are odd and confusing and takes one away from the story line.
Should you get this book? Sure, if you want a taut, gripping thriller with a believable yet fantastic way one is using current tech. Just understand the light characters and the lackluster narration.
The three words that best describe Kill Decision is Spirited, Captivating, and Immersive.
Odin, the special Ops operative was by far my favorite character because he was a leader first and foremost, but passionate and true to his convictions.
Odin was simply the best character.
I wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but it's length makes this virtually impossible. However, if you're dedicated, you could make it a marathon weekend if you have the time.
It is like listening to 13 one hour episodes of a series though it's only one story. At eight dollars per book is worth it. At $15 dollars per audio book (for approximately 13 hours) it's a bit expensive. At $8 per book, I think sales would easily double or triple—I for one would purchase a lot more. Netflix charges $8 for a month of viewing. Surely Audible could do better by lowering individual book prices or subscription rates considering the format is digital and storage plus content delivery consume much less infrastructure than video!
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.
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.
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