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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Herman Rock So IL 08-13-12
    Herman Rock So IL 08-13-12 Member Since 2007
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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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    walter Canada 08-13-12
    walter Canada 08-13-12
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    "Not his best work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Big fan of Daniel Suarez but this is not his best work. I would recommend it only after reading his earlier work.


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    Joshua 08-13-12
    Joshua 08-13-12 Member Since 2002

    long commute=audible reading time

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    "Good, fun summer read"

    Just a good, summer read. Good characters, great super-hero Special Forces Operator and team, and exciting spy-tech with enough political and societal consequences thrown in to keep it from being pure action.

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    twit Olathe, KS, United States 08-13-12
    twit Olathe, KS, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Suarez: Excellent Technical thriller author"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Probably not, although this was a great book, it would not be on my re-read list. I have read his Daemon & Freedom TM books twice (and will probably read again in the future) but this one was kind of a one & done.


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    Brian Chetopa, KS, United States 08-13-12
    Brian Chetopa, KS, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another winner from Suarez"
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Provocative, memorable and engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the underlying message that maybe human reliance on technology could be the next great failure of society and that the basis of the destructive tech has its roots in nature lends to the believability of the story.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Jeff Gurner has the perfect voice for this sort of story, could be biased having listened to his performance of the other Suarez books but his voice seems to mesh well with the voice of the author.


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

    This book makes you want to re-think the way things you take for granted as good could be slanted for bad just as easily.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a sequel to this one to find out what happens next, but this has definitely made me a Suarez fan and you can bet I will be buying anything else he writes.

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    Lorne Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-13-12
    Lorne Edmonton, AB, Canada 08-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Daniel Does it Again"

    This is a fantastic book. The detail is excellent. The reader does a great job.

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    Patrick 08-12-12
    Patrick 08-12-12 Member Since 2010

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    "An Edge of Reality SciFi Adventure"
    Where does Kill Decision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is certainly a top 5 in the SciFi genre. It follows Daniel Suarez's approach of a scientifically & technologically validated story that pushes a couple inches past today's technology and imagines what would happen if it fell in the wrong hands. I loved Daemon and questioned if he could keep up the caliber of writing and think he may have even surpassed his initial offering by keeping the story more succinct, as I felt the Daemon Freedom pairing began to drag slightly.


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

    The audiobook includes actual foreign languages into the reading of the book. This gives an added ambiance of reality to firmly establish a context for the story you are hearing.


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

    Absolutely. I finished the book in 2 1/2 days and each day couldn't wait to start it again


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Suarez has truly carved out a niche in the nearly realistic SciFi genere. In this way, he has become the technical complement to Michael Criton's medically accurate adventures. He is a masterful wordsmith and storyteller who replaces thinly veiled jargon with precisely researched technical detail to keep the informed reader entrenched in the believable world he creates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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