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
When a parachute is deployed, the passenger does not shoot up. Only in relation to another free-faller does it appear so.
Now then -- back to the book. To me as credible as can be, and Jeff's reading -- unsurpassable.
What a mind. As a child I think Daniel Suarez must have spent a long time watching his ant farm and it stayed with him until now. Creative, inventive and thrilling.
I would consider them equal. I listened to / read the book using Whispersync for Audio: starting the book by listening and finishing the book on my Kindle. They were both great.
His subtle use of voices and characterisations truly made each character unique and he brought the book to life without it sounding like a radio production.
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
Dan Suarez creates stories in which he imagines technology that's a little more than one step ahead of where it is today in 2012 (a statement like that needs a time stamp!).
This book follows on from earlier work, depicting a frightening abuse of a new technology. Today many countries have drone programs including Iran, and groups like Hamas. Very few Americans care when a US drone missile wipes out a terrorist and his family. It's about "bad guys" and it's a new warfare, detached, remote, fire and forget. Suarez takes this paradigm and turns it around, forcing us to consider how we'd feel being on the end of those missiles.
The plot and storyline are superb, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as Daemon and Freedom, Inc. For me it boils down to the "John Wayne" dialog, and the perpetually astonished female protagonist. I think the author can do better. The dialog started to really annoy me and became reflexive reaction as the book progressed.
That said, I really did enjoy this work and recommend it wholeheartedly. Dan Suarez embraces and extends the genre created by Clancy and Larry Bond in the 80s. Looking forward to the next one.
Entertaining, thought provoking, unrefined
The leader of the SW team developing the "situation recognition software", early in the book. He was an interesting character, and I was a bit disappointed with the team's abrupt and unfortunate demise.
Pronounciation of foreign languages, which sounded very convincing (until I heard his Swedish, being Norwegian myself ;) ) Gurner did a very good job over all, but he can tone down the female voices a little bit.
Not really, the book's major flaw is its inability to get me involved with the characters. Even at the end, I wouldn't really have cared that much about McKinney or Odin being killed, which is a bad sign. Their love story wasn't very convincing either.
I liked the book's premise, and very much enjoy a techno thriller. However, I find a bit to be lacking in Suarez' writing (language as well as character development). That said, I am very eager to "read" Daemon and Suarez' other book, and hope they will be available in my area soon.
So many. The horde of drones circling the freighter.
I don't, but "yes".
Suarez does it again. So timely that the Washington Post ran a column last week on autonomous drones. A memorable and exciting story. Not quite as good as his first 2 books, but a fine read.
After really enjoying Daemon and Freedom, this book was quite a disappointing effort by Suarez. The concept of Daemon was great and it was backed by a fun and exciting plot. Kill Decision on the other hand has an interesting premise with almost no plot and boring characters as well. I really hope Suarez pulls together another book as I think he has potential but this was not it.
Daniel Saurez does it again. After reading (well, listening) to Daemon and FreedomTM I was excited to see what else Daniel could come up with, and let me tell you - I was not a bit disappointed.
The story begins in what is reality today, and take it from there. The future described in the book is not (unfortunately) far-fetched, just a natural evolution of current technology. The characters was brought to life and it was like you learned to know them a bit at the end of the story.
Daniel has a nag for bringing a semi-happy situation to a complete disaster in a few line of pose, keeping you on the edge of your seat (I usually listen while working or commuting). I can't recommend this book high enough, and if you liked Daemon and FreedomTM I am certain that you will love this one.
I picked up Kill Decision largely because I am a fan of Daniel Suarez's previous two books. All three books are - to borrow a phrase - Plausible. Thats the scary part about this book. If someone were to engineer flying drones or reverse engineer our own drones and use them against us - it could and probably would have nasty consequences. This book is well written, very well read and many of the facts check out. Personally I think it would be an excellent movie as well - but perhaps its a little too accurate. If you like modern day thrillers - this is for you. Its not science fiction - its almost science fact.
I have read Daniel Suarez's other books so when Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson mentioned it on Security Now, I had to pick it up immediately. Excellent theme, excellent details, very exciting!
"Thought provoking near time Sci Fi very well read"
Loved the way it that all too accurately picks up on human traits as we and our governments grapple with technologies perhaps just a half step away from where today.
loved the plausibility of the plot and technologies as well as the way the author lays out opposing ethical positions through the characters.
You Can't Hide
"Another great story"
Daniel Suarez has done it again, giving the listener a glimpse into the possible future use of robots in the modern world.
"5 / 5"
First let me say, Jeff Gurner has done a fantastic job as Narrator.
This is more of the same from Daniel Suarez
Just what I was looking for. After reading this book, I will be adding Daniel Suarez to my
"Read everything this guy writes" list! Bloody fantastic.
"such an amazing read."
loved every minute of it.. didn't want it to end. hope there's a follow up.
I hated it bad audio bad story bad book depressing and rubbish not worth any money at all
"Could be all too real"
Scary future tech which sound all too plausible. Another excellent story from Daniel Suarez to go with Influx.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this."
Fast paced, interesting and worryingly possible. ALOT of jargon and acronyms - especially at the very beginning, but surprisingly I didn't find it got in the way of story.
Difficult to be specific but I am sucker for any story where there is a group of good guys up against seemingly impossible odds. The theme was very interesting and worryingly plausible given current developments in drone technology. I knew the good guys were going to win so no really jeopardy there and they were well equipped and prepared for dealing with everything they encountered but the story was entertaining and satisfying.
No I haven't but the narrator did a good job representing all the different nationalities appearing in the book. He wasn't bad with the female characters either who can end up a bit whiney in some people's hands.
I can't think of a tag line but I DID keep thinking this could be made into a very good film!! Would require lots of CGI but that is so good these days this could be worrying realistic.
Where are his other books? He is clearly popular in Germany as evidenced by the German translations but I want to see his other books here please and with this narrator.
Well narrated novel. Someone has developed drones which can attack in swarms and a biology professor is caught up in trying to stop them. Too full of jargon for my taste, and the dialogue is frequently clunky, but entertaining.
Good fast paced action story based on a believable near future situation. Good narrator as well - brings the story to life.
Worth a listen.
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