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
This is the first audiobook I've listened to, so my review is biased by impressions of the narrator and new experience with the format.
Daniel Suarez goes into a lot of environmental, contextual and technical detail which makes the comparison with Tom Clancy credible. I found the level of detail useful from the perspective of picturing the scenes (easier when you have your eyes closed while listening to the book) and also from an interest in technology, and military tactics and hardware.
I enjoyed Kill Decision and will definitely be reading Daniel Suarez's other books, although I think I will try a written version next for comparison. I found that the male narrator made one of the lead characters Professor McKenney somewhat unlikeable because of the voice he read her lines in - a problem I wouldn't have had with the written book.
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Having finished booth DAEMON and FREEDOM, I had definitely become a fan of David Suarez. KIll Decision steps a bit closer to reality than the previous two novels. Following a mysterious man named Odin and his team as they race to stop Drone attacks that are plaguing America. When the team rescues a scientist they discover her research is part of the plot, and they race to stop the attacks. The story moves at a steady pace, and, readers of the previous novels will recognizes plot devices and situations. KIll Decision seems to be the next step ins Daniel Suarez's evolution as a writer, as the plot devices while repeated seem to be more mature. The narrator does a good job and the characters are interesting and familiar , but that doesn't bring the story down. I look forward to the next novel.
Suarez writes an excellent thriller, and this one is every bit as good as Daemon and Freedom, two other books of his that I loved. The story is compelling, cutting-edge, and exciting. The characters are good as well, although their development is a little less the focus than is the plot.
To my mind, though, Gurner's performance of this book was the best part overall. I have never listened to a performance like this, with such clear delineation between characters (male and female, the various accents, ages, etc.) and well-acted segments throughout. The guy is amzaing, and I look forward to listening to him in future.
Overall, if you enjoy a good thriller, this one is a must read (listen). I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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I enjoyed the book but not quite as much as the predecessors. As for the narrator, well it's the same guy. He may be unique but I didn't find it difficult to listen to at all. I thought Daemon and Freedom were wonderful. By comparison, this book is good but did not enthrall me like the others. Worth the credit.
The master of the techno thriller returns in force. I love this guy.
Having worked on unmanned aerial systems its apparent Daniel has too, or has done his research very well. This scenario could actually happen tomorrow. The guy knows his tech.
If you haven't read Daemon and Freedom then you have missed out on an epic story.
I found the subject matter interesting, drones. I fly RC aircraft and after reading this I started thinking about making my own drone. Hopefully not a killer swarm.
I listened to Jeff Gurner before with Daemon and Freedom also by Daniel Suarez. Initially with Daemon I didn't like some of the voice accents. But they grew on me and I got familiar with them. Now, as I listen to the 3rd book, I like it.
I think its a great book. It would be hard to make it a good movie, where do you start to strip out detail, its all good.
Suarez are rapidly becoming one of my favorite techno-thriller authors. Daemon and Freedom (TM) are both in my All-Time Top 50 Thrillers list. Kill Decision are quite different, but still a pretty good book. A well researched and thought through plot, with few dull moments makes this book a good read by any standards. Bear in mind though...a few leaps of faith are needed to get through the more scientific parts.
If you like techno thrillers, Kill Decision should certainly be in your to-read list...so 4 of 5 from me.
The scary thing about Daemon, Freedom (TM) and now Kill Decision, is that the premise dances in and out of the realm of possibility. The concept of autonomous drones, when you really think about it, is frightfully close to reality. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Suarez got his idea from some kind of defense industry newspaper or something.
That being said, I'm definitely dinging this book for the stilted, seemingly forced and entirely unbelievable "romantic tension" the author sought to insert. I could see it coming, but I never bought it.
I think this book is well worth the credit, though not a book I'm likely to listen to again. I will continue to download books by this author.
Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
I quite liked the authors previous books, Daemon and Freedom, but I read them as opposed to listening to them. I'm kind of tempted to read this one but I don't think it will make much difference. It's just not a very good story delivered with not very good narration.
It's just so very, very average and jammed full of every possible thriller cliche going; tough but sensitive action hero, beautiful but suprisingly capable scientist heroine, a supporting cast of one dimensional stocking fillers of assorted ethnicity. You know one or two of the minor supporting players will die but you also know none of the big ones will. You know it will all be fine in the end, lessons will be learned, love will blossom and any movie adaptation will be terrible and probably star Nic Cage.
And then there's the narration, which is as one-dimensional as the writing, all chewed gravel and gritted teeth.
It's just so utterly, depressingly predictable. If you've read/listened to any number of formulaic Michael Crichton-lite action/sciencey books then cross this off your list.
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