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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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    Michael Great Falls, VA, United States 08-27-12
    Michael Great Falls, VA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A good piece of Entercation"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    Very informative nomatter which side of the interview table is sitting on. Not sure it lauds getting to the truth over prosecurorial efforts to get confessions.


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

    Great choice for narrartion of this particular material. A modern Joe Friday - "Just the facts."


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    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 08-26-12
    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"

    After the genius of Daemon and Freedom TM, I had very high hopes for this book. But all I heard was techno mumbo jumbo that do not advance the story, characters who earn no empathy, and a plot that lacks any thrills until the last 3 chapters.

    The only thing saving this book from a 1 star review is Jeff Gurner's excellent narration, which only reminds me of listening to Freedom TM again.

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    AudiobookFans Indiana 08-26-12
    AudiobookFans Indiana 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fascinating"

    Another awesome techno thriller from Daniel Suarez. Kill Decision is slathered with lots of techno babble, awesome weapons and incredibly creative and cool countermeasures. As a fan of techno thrillers I was in heaven! Kill Decision is one of those books that I can easily see myself coming back to and enjoying multiple times in the future.

    Jeff Gurner was great once again. If you haven't already listened to Suarez's other two books do yourself a favor and download Daemon & Freedom today. You will enjoy Gurner's great narration in both books.

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    Paul A. West Chester, PA, US 08-23-12
    Paul A. West Chester, PA, US 08-23-12
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    "Exelent work by Swarez,"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    The thrilling storyline and unmanned drones is an intessing yet deadly issue that we may face in the near future, Again his work focus' on plutocrats and fighting against them. All in all a very thrilling book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Never knowing when the drones would attack as well as the excitement of Odin and hist team fight to find more information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The point where Oden and the Professort were attemting to run the bba_Mærsk ashore when all the drones on the ship could easily of killed them if it wasn't for the pheremone spray.


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    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-12
    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-12 Member Since 2002

    Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.

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    "Super fun"

    Hard to top the first two books I read by this author. This one comes pretty close. I hope there is more to come from these charectures.

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    Justin P. Anderson 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging, Thought Provoking but Fizzled at the End"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    GREAT performance by Gurner. Also, Suarez writing is sharp and the subject matter is very thought provoking. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the incompleteness of the book. That is all I can say without spoiling it. Definitely worth the listen though- Suarez's great writing along with Gurner's performance is not to be missed, even in light of a loose ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

    Finding myself actually interested in the description of ant behavior.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes- and Gurner never disappoints. Dead on and entirely enjoyable.


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    Gary Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-21-12
    Gary Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Another great Suarez Techno Thriller"
    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    I like to compare Kill Decision to Suarez's earlier books Daemon and Freedom. The author looks into how technology can go astray.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to Jeff's performance Suarez's earlier books Daemon and Freedom. He has delivered another great performance.


    Any additional comments?

    There is probably a follow up novel that moves the story forward, similar to what Freedom did to Daemon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Latent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-21-12
    Latent North Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining techno thriller"

    I've read both previous novels by Daniel Suarez and have enjoyed them quite a bit. If you like his previous work this one won't disappoint. I think Daemon is probably the best of the three.

    What's really amazing is the frightening fact that reality is so close to the story of military drones in the book.

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    Jeffrey Charlottesville, VA, United States 08-20-12
    Jeffrey Charlottesville, VA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story with good info to be more creative."
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Creative mind enjoyment


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.... His computer plot enemies/ actions were great


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

    Intensity and more life sense


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several


    Any additional comments?

    I bought Daemon...it is also mind and entertainment driving!

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    ILYA 08-20-12
    ILYA 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

    Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!

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    "Nice story, swift action, great performance!"

    The story isn't exactly mind-bender, but captivating and thought through well enough to grab attention and make one want to stay around for more. The performance is superb, characters do come alive, the atmosphere and the setting seems very real.

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