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
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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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!
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.
Great storyline, with very believable tech-angles
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.
"Thought provoking near time Sci Fi very well read"
Loved the way it that all too accurately picks up on human traits as we and our governments grapple with technologies perhaps just a half step away from where today.
loved the plausibility of the plot and technologies as well as the way the author lays out opposing ethical positions through the characters.
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"Another great story"
Daniel Suarez has done it again, giving the listener a glimpse into the possible future use of robots in the modern world.
"5 / 5"
First let me say, Jeff Gurner has done a fantastic job as Narrator.
This is more of the same from Daniel Suarez
Just what I was looking for. After reading this book, I will be adding Daniel Suarez to my
"Read everything this guy writes" list! Bloody fantastic.
"such an amazing read."
loved every minute of it.. didn't want it to end. hope there's a follow up.
I hated it bad audio bad story bad book depressing and rubbish not worth any money at all
"Could be all too real"
Scary future tech which sound all too plausible. Another excellent story from Daniel Suarez to go with Influx.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this."
Fast paced, interesting and worryingly possible. ALOT of jargon and acronyms - especially at the very beginning, but surprisingly I didn't find it got in the way of story.
Difficult to be specific but I am sucker for any story where there is a group of good guys up against seemingly impossible odds. The theme was very interesting and worryingly plausible given current developments in drone technology. I knew the good guys were going to win so no really jeopardy there and they were well equipped and prepared for dealing with everything they encountered but the story was entertaining and satisfying.
No I haven't but the narrator did a good job representing all the different nationalities appearing in the book. He wasn't bad with the female characters either who can end up a bit whiney in some people's hands.
I can't think of a tag line but I DID keep thinking this could be made into a very good film!! Would require lots of CGI but that is so good these days this could be worrying realistic.
Where are his other books? He is clearly popular in Germany as evidenced by the German translations but I want to see his other books here please and with this narrator.
Well narrated novel. Someone has developed drones which can attack in swarms and a biology professor is caught up in trying to stop them. Too full of jargon for my taste, and the dialogue is frequently clunky, but entertaining.
Good fast paced action story based on a believable near future situation. Good narrator as well - brings the story to life.
Worth a listen.
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