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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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    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

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    "Another amazing read!"

    I started following Daniel Suarez with Daemon and Freedom TM, and when I saw that this was another of his, I had to try it. Having served in the military during the shift to unarmed drones, I know some of the fears and some of the successes that drones give us. Suarez does a great job of expanding on them here. My only complaint is that some of the military actions and weaponry is very exaggerrated (to the point of being illogical from a tactical standpoint) and would not be done by serious operators. On the other hand, they build a great story. Suarez brought it again with this great read, and i hope to see more come from him soon!

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    Brad Toronto 10-01-12
    Brad Toronto 10-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Daniel Suarez is getting even better..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoyed the 'Daemon' series by Suarez, you are sure to like this story as well. Daniel has such a good grasp on modern technology - from chemistry to electronics - it makes his stories impressively real. If you are a tech junkie, and like his style, you will love the book. Jeff Gurner as the narrator was 10/10 - amazing. Wish he did more in this genre. A must-listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Great storyline, with very believable tech-angles


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    Bill SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-28-12
    Bill SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-28-12
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    "Daniel Suarez exceeded all expectations!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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

    When the Professor realized her life work was being used to run the "swarms".


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    Odin, it was as if Jeff Gurner was Odin or lived a life similar to it at one point.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Amazon Customer Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer Alta Loma, CA, United States 09-24-12
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    "Good book written by a geek"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Mark 09-24-12
    Mark 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Exciting very fast read"
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    Exciting and believable! Drones are being used by the US military today, so this was a compelling story.


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

    When the special operations team first encounters the drones in the safe house...I couldn't stop listening.


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

    I have not heard any of his other performances.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 09-23-12
    Clayton Millgrove, Ontario, Canada 09-23-12 Member Since 2014

    I am a sucker for a good story

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    "I like this Author!"

    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!

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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.


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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 L Fuqua 09-21-12 Listener Since 2010
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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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