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
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.
This was another great read from [author:Daniel Suarez|1956402]! If you liked this book then you'll love [book:Daemon|4699575] and [book:Freedom (TM)|7132363]. This is not in any way related to those two books but it has a very similar style, kinda a like the love child between them and an early [author:Tom Clancy|3892]. If you like your stories to contain (mostly) factual weaponry and technology then you'll be happy.
The story is based around the idea of war, taken to the next logical advance, with fully-automated drones as the combatants. It is a little bit basic in the character department but the pace really doesn't slow down from the first chapter on, so there's not too much time to worry about the general lack of character development; The love angle could have happily been ditched in my opinion. It dips into myrmecology, automated weaponry and associated defense mechanisms, drones of assorted shapes and sizes as well as all manner of transportation. Great fun!
I listened to the Penguin Audio version read by Jeff Gurner. The music is thankfully minimal (limited to fade-in and fade-out at either end of the story). There are stylised chapter headings but they did actually add to the story, rather from break it up or detract from it, so "Yay" for Penguin Audio. My Gurner did a great job voicing a plethora of genders, races, ages and even species.
Ofthe 900 books in my library Daemon and sequal Freedom iare my favorites. I hope there is a sequal coming to illuminate options raisesd by the frightening situation in this book. WOW in anticipation.
I would recommend this to my friends who have interest in computer science type of topics. The subject matter is believable and frightening at the same time.
The story was a good mix of computer tech and modern warfare and described a world where things could really go bad if left unchecked.
I liked the scene where Odin and Professor McKinney did the night time Halo Jump. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
This was a book I could have listened to in one sitting. But instead I only listened to it while driving to work and home (2 hour commute each way).
If you liked Daniel Suarez's other books, Demon and Freedom TM, I think you would like this book also. His story telling style carries through in this book, even thought this story has nothing to do with his earlier books.
This was worth the wait. I hoped Mr. Suarez could continue to produce at the high caliber he started with in Daemon and Freedom. He can. Jeff Gurner does another fine job performing this book. I had a hard time turning it off; the action kept me absorbed and the story was interesting on a technical level as well as on a gut level. It was refreshing to have a strong and intelligent female character who wasn't domineering. The mysterious Oden and his crew quickly became familiar and I wouldn't mind seeing them again in another story. If you like action, detail, science, and technology with some human interest thrown in, you'll enjoy this book.
Drone ship attack... suspense/visual was great! :)
Yes... both in Daemon and Freedom. His performance is solid in all three books, yet is better in Daemon and Freedom
Parts made me laugh a little, other parts were sad... this book includes relationship stuff... some is done well, others honestly feel a bit cheesy
I THOUGHT this was the 3rd book in the Daemon, Freedom, series. Daemon and Freedom are AMAZING books in the same series...Kill Decision is a great book too, and does have similar concepts, but all new characters, and one of the most relevant "characters", the Daemon, didn't exist! :(I have no problem with this fact, yet somehow I thought this was the 3rd in a series... great standalone book, but has little, if anything to do with Daemon and Freedom books
The start of the book had some interesting references to science and research. I liked the link between swarm technology and drones.
Prey, link to swarm technology and bad things that can happen.
Did a great job with the different characters in the book. He had several great voices that made book easy to listen too.
no, it started to drag in the end as the author worked to complete the story. It became routine and predictable in the last quarter of the book.
Everything in the story was something that could happen right now, today, which adds to the thrill factor.
My favorite scene was the incident in Colorado (I don't want to elaborate and spoil it for folks who haven't read it yet!).
We're at war - and no one knows who started it
Daniel Suarez gives a glimpse of what is possible with autonomous drones and bad intentions. The scary part is, everything in the book is technically possible! A great read (listen!).
no. I think the research and story was top rate, that is until about 3/4 of the way and it just droned on and on. I lost interest
This was my first
It was fine, but your chained to the content of the book, and it fizzled out.
Promising and brilliant start. Disappointing overall.
This is another Suarez masterpiece! Jeff Gurner's performance was just perfect for this story. No one can read a Daniel Suarez book as well as he can! He makes this book an awesome listen (read) as always.
I don't know anyone that did not love this book. I am always scared that an author is going to screw up on future books, but this author has yet to disappoint. 6 stars out of 5!
"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.
You Can't Hide
"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.
"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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