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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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    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Daniel Suarez writes what I like to read/listen to"
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    I think the authors ability to transport the reader into the story. I can see in my mind the exciting story taking place as though I am there.


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Demon and Freedom are similar style and just as exciting. The same narrator read these books and did a phenomenal job on those books too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many favorites for me but the HALO jump and the final approach on the cargo ship probably are most memorable.


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    Victor Kristiansand, Norway 08-20-12
    Victor Kristiansand, Norway 08-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Daniel Suarez does it again!"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Kill Decision again. Actually, I am re-listening to his first two books right now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Suarez is a master of synthesizing current trends in technology and culture, and then placing them in a time just a bit over the horizon.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has great presence and brings a sense of immediacy to the book.


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

    Neither...but I was extremely entertained.


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    Jason Union City, Georgia, United States 08-20-12
    Jason Union City, Georgia, United States 08-20-12
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    "Another great from one of my new favorite authors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Freedom and Daemon two other great titles from the same author all have great stories with action and suspense and really well built characters


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

    Yes and this one is just as top notch as the other one


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book


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    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 08-20-12
    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost as good as Daemon"
    Where does Kill Decision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it high on the list, but below Daemon and Freedom (TM). This is a great, although unrelated, follow-up book to that series. Looking forward to more from Daniel Suarez.


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    Steve Doral, FL, United States 08-19-12
    Steve Doral, FL, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "This Says it ALL"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    I really like knowing what is going on with the newest technologies.


    Any additional comments?

    I will make this sweet and simple. I read or listen to several books at a time going back and forth as my mood fits. Kill Decision did not allow that, once started you had to keep going and when it was over I wished it could go on but the smile on my face was all I had left. If DAEMON and FREEDOM were to your liking, then get going with Kill Decision.

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    Neil skaneateles, NY, United States 08-18-12
    Neil skaneateles, NY, United States 08-18-12
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    "face to palm"
    What would have made Kill Decision better?

    get rid of the script that emanates from mckinneys mouth.


    What could Daniel Suarez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    gotten rid of mckinney's script


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the narrator does a great job actually


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the storyline - brilliant concept for a story


    Any additional comments?

    did i mention the idea of getting rid of mckinney's script? wow....wooooooooooooooow....i fast forwarded it like 5 times.

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    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 08-14-12
    Bill Manassas, VA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A gripping modern thriller"

    This was a very enjoyable book, a modern thriller. I had listened to Daniel Suarez's previous two books and loved them. This book has similar elements while being a separate story. The central mystery are drone attacks that occur and the team that is dispatched to find out who is responsible. It is a roller coaster ride with strong characters. There were great sequences where the action was intense. In addition to the great action there is the whole question of drones, especially autonomous drones which is raise but the answer is left for us to work out.

    The narration was excellent, Jeff Gurner narrated Suarez's previous two books and does and excellent job here with different and distinct voices for the characters which does a good job in bringing out their personalities. He also does a bang up job with the action sequences.

    The only weakness with the books is a couple of scenes of awkward dialog and a romance angle that I think might have been better left for the end of the book. But these are minor and do not really detract from the story. I was also not a fan of the profanity but that is the way many people talk today.

    While not as great and inventive as his first two books, I loved the book and would listen to it again. I highly recommend it.

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    Brian Nebraska, United States 08-14-12
    Brian Nebraska, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It's like reading about the birth of SkyNet"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    This is the third book from Daniel Suarez that I've read, but it is not a continuation of the series from Freedom or Daemon. If you're into tech and like thrillers, then this is a great combination that gets all the bits right.


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    Donald RALEIGH, NC, United States 08-14-12
    Donald RALEIGH, NC, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Well worth a credit."
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Modern. Gripping. Accurate.


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Any good techno-thriller such as the Tom Clancy books.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character acting and good pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a particular moment I can identify. What moved me is that fact that drones are not the future any longer. Drones are now.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book well worth the price or a credit.

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    Herman Rock So IL 08-13-12
    Herman Rock So IL 08-13-12
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    "Good Thriller"
    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brings the characters to life very quickly and helps capture the exciting moments.

    Also great at making the characters easy to follow by changing his voice and doing it in a way that was not annoying!


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