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
long commute=audible reading time
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.
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.
Provocative, memorable and engaging
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely. I finished the book in 2 1/2 days and each day couldn't wait to start it again
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.
I grabbed this book up almost as soon as it was out as a huge fan of Daemon and its sequel Freedom TM. I was a little disappointed. Like the earlier books Kill Decision wants to explore the challenges and increasingly technological society poses to democratic society and again, as in the earlier books he manages to craft a pretty compelling thriller. His biggest problem came in making the two work together. There are fairly sizable passages of conversation where one of the other of the character feels like Daniel Suarez speaking to the reader about the dangers posed by drone warfare. If this happened in the Daemon books it was done artfully enough that I never felt it
That said, his ideas are thought provoking (though not as powerful as Daemon's) and the story is interesting. If you liked his earlier books, you will enjoy this, if not as much. Once again Jeff Gurner narrates ably
This was incredibly exciting, well written, well researched, and really made me never want to stop listening. It was just as exciting as Daemon.
I really enjoyed the concept behind the story but not much more beyond that. Suarez had so much momentum from the Daemon series and failed to capitalize or maybe a placed to high of an expectation on this book. It was completely predictable and full of plot holes and inconsistencies. A complete flop in my book, including Gurner.
Not the most polished, some of his accents and character tones were inconsistent.
No, a return to the Daemon series would be better option.
Aires male -- often butts head against reality
You won't mind that the characterizations are little more than sci-fi shadow puppets or that the sole female character "unexpectedly" can handle a reality TV obstacle course with the best of them. The star of the show is the fast-moving narrative. I was so intrigued with the science and weaponry that I stopped the recording several times to look up references to myrmecology, weaver ants, and the latest technology in weapons, body armor, and pilotless aircraft. I was never bored. In the more fast moving scenes, the narrator's different accents sluice over each into each other, but you'll forgive the untethered tongue for the speed and engagement of the tale. A great listen. Highly recommended.
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