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
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.
After a very very long wait, we finally had the chance to enjoy a Daniel Suarez's audiobook. I finally understood why Leo of Twit Network and the Twit Army love this author. I hope that one day all of Daniel's book will also be made available in Australia. Thank you Audible, now it is so good to see a search result of Daniel Suarez, he now exist (he has now written 1 book).
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I was introduced to Daniel Suarez with Daemon but it was Freedom 2.0 that really sold me as an author to really take note of. Kill Decision feels reserved compared to the wild fantasies of Daemon, but not entirely bad. Without giving away anything, Kill Decision feels a little too plausible, diving into the idea of automated warfare in the very near future. Again, Saurez's shows his adeptness for creativity. The only short comings are the slightly predictable nature of a few characters, and an ending that leaves you waiting for the sequel.
Also smartly, Jeff Gurner narrates Suarez, in his well dramatized style (including bursting into song when reading lyrics to a song). Jeff Gurner earns his rent check and then some, making his performance enough reason to listen.
Suarez markets himself as the heir to Michael Creighton, although he's selling himself a bit short. He's the king of techno-geek-thrillers, packed with plenty of thought provoking material, I'm pretty sure Saurez is true talent, and not just a one hit wonder with the Daemon/Freedom 2.0 series. Here's to Kill Decision's inevitable sequel!
Gurner seems to do his best with paper thin characters, but I don't care for his accented character voices
Implausible plot turns, paper-thin characters, this is well short of his first two books.
My enjoyment of Daemon led me to expect more from this book.
After a promising start based on a clever idea of combining research in the swarming behaviors of aggressive ants and the emergence of autonomous drones the book descended into a mess of the most obvious cliches.
The hero-- with a cleft chin and steely blue gray eyes (no kidding)-- led an A Team assortment of colorful multi-ethnic characters to save the plucky (boy, was she plucky) cute, tomboy professor love interest. The came a meandering story about how "they" want to unleash drones as a new form of warfare. What little drama there the slim plot generated was undone by the cartoonish characters, wooden wise cracking and unconvincing conspiracy mongering.
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