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
Daniel Suarez just gets better and better with each new book. Jeff Gurner read the book as if he wrote it. This was the first Suarez book I got on Audible and will complete the collection solely on how Jeff Gurner "gets" Suarez and his characters.
When the Professor realized her life work was being used to run the "swarms".
Odin, it was as if Jeff Gurner was Odin or lived a life similar to it at one point.
A sense of concern (not quite fear) that we are not that far from this being how it's done. Collecting the work of brilliant individuals and applying it as was done in the story is not out of the realm of possibility, and in fact is probably being done... Very reminiscent of Tom Clancy and how you could see everything he wrote about to unfold just as he wrote it.
Daniel Suarez just keeps getting better and better. It makes you wonder how he is going to outdo his last novel, but with "Kill Decision" he proved that we don't need to worry about that any longer, we just need to be patient until his next book. How much longer? How much longer now? How about now? Is it ready yet?...Is it done yet?
The book is technical enough to be interesting, but definitely doesn't get bogged down in techno-babble. You can tell the author knows his tech, but he is also able to spin a great tale. Not a combination that you see often.
Exciting and believable! Drones are being used by the US military today, so this was a compelling story.
When the special operations team first encounters the drones in the safe house...I couldn't stop listening.
I have not heard any of his other performances.
I am a sucker for a good story
This is the third book from Suarez, and it continues to be a pleasure. I like the fact that he is able to produce stand alone novels that are able to set the stage, draw me and leave me wanting more by the time I get to the final page. I will continue to look for more from this author in the future. Great Read!
Haven't read the print version.
As usual Daniel Suarez makes us consider how technology may be use in the near future.
Yes. Very good, makes it easy to keep track of the characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I liked the scene where Odin and Professor McKinney did the night time Halo Jump. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
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).
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.
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.
Drone ship attack... suspense/visual was great! :)
Yes... both in Daemon and Freedom. His performance is solid in all three books, yet is better in Daemon and Freedom
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
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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