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 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!
Yes if they have a credit to kill and some interest in Drones
The most was the information on ant's.
battle in the desert and safe house.
This book was set up to be a series. I would hope the next book is a little less main stream and a little edgy.
This book was a little soft comp aired to the other Daniel Suarez books. The information was good but it did not develop into a hard hitting tech novel. It is good but seemed more like a Clive Cussler story, which again is not bad just not a solid as his other work.
great book. Action packed and kept my attention, which was bad for times when I was driving the car. The first part was very techy-heavy but I just tuned that part out.
Just get Daemon, Freedom, and Kill decision and pig out on the science and scary shadow government buffet! Bon Appetite!
The narrator was terrific as he knew how to change the pitch and tone from character to character. Odin was my favorite character in the story especially when you found he had a soft side despite hs violent life. Definatley one of the best heroes I've ever read and I feel like I know this guy!
The woman studing insect behavoir was facinating. Then the drones based on her work had be wanting more, more! So the minute Suarez finishes the sequal I will jump on it and finally find out who the hell is behind this evil plot. Hurry up Daniel, don't make me come down there!
The narrator was terrific as he knew how to change the pitch and tone from character to character.
That would be a spoiler so I won't comment.....ok ok it was when they found the tanker crawling with thousands on the automatomic drones.
No, just get it.
Jeff Gurner does a fabulous bit of narration for Daniel Suarez' 3rd novel. As in the first two the technology is believable and plausible (and current). This could happen! is the feeling you get while listening. If you haven't listened to Suarez' previous novels, give them a try. All three are "page turners" (or "sit in your car and be late for work" listens).
Kill Decision is frighteningly relevant. DS has a way of plugging into what I believe philosophically, politically and culturally. I've never found his characters shallow or flat, they have depth and texture. And the technology, the potential for use and misuse ... It's out there. DS is my number 1 author and Jeff Gurner is a great voice as reader of these exceptional novels.
The relentnesness of the drones.
The eerie suspense. The fact that he read Daemon and FreedomTM gives a kind of continuity.
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