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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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    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.

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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12
    Albert Fitchburg, WI, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Daniel Suarez writes what I like to read/listen to"
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    I think the authors ability to transport the reader into the story. I can see in my mind the exciting story taking place as though I am there.


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Demon and Freedom are similar style and just as exciting. The same narrator read these books and did a phenomenal job on those books too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many favorites for me but the HALO jump and the final approach on the cargo ship probably are most memorable.


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    Victor Kristiansand, Norway 08-20-12
    Victor Kristiansand, Norway 08-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Daniel Suarez does it again!"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Kill Decision again. Actually, I am re-listening to his first two books right now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Suarez is a master of synthesizing current trends in technology and culture, and then placing them in a time just a bit over the horizon.


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

    He has great presence and brings a sense of immediacy to the book.


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

    Neither...but I was extremely entertained.


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    Jason 08-20-12
    Jason 08-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great from one of my new favorite authors"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    Most definitely


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Freedom and Daemon two other great titles from the same author all have great stories with action and suspense and really well built characters


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

    Yes and this one is just as top notch as the other one


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

    The entire book


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    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 08-20-12
    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Almost as good as Daemon"
    Where does Kill Decision rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it high on the list, but below Daemon and Freedom (TM). This is a great, although unrelated, follow-up book to that series. Looking forward to more from Daniel Suarez.


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    Steve 08-19-12
    Steve 08-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This Says it ALL"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    I really like knowing what is going on with the newest technologies.


    Any additional comments?

    I will make this sweet and simple. I read or listen to several books at a time going back and forth as my mood fits. Kill Decision did not allow that, once started you had to keep going and when it was over I wished it could go on but the smile on my face was all I had left. If DAEMON and FREEDOM were to your liking, then get going with Kill Decision.

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  • Peter
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    3/17/14
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    "Thought provoking near time Sci Fi very well read"
    What did you like most about Kill Decision?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the plausibility of the plot and technologies as well as the way the author lays out opposing ethical positions through the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favourite?

    Linda McKinney


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You Can't Hide


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Gjertsen
    Northampton, UK
    12/24/12
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Tarling
    Forest of Dean, UK
    11/29/12
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    7/26/15
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    "Could be all too real"
    Any additional comments?

    Scary future tech which sound all too plausible. Another excellent story from Daniel Suarez to go with Influx.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this."
    What did you like most about Kill Decision?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


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

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    4/17/15
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    "Action-packed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    1/13/15
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    "Good read"

    Good fast paced action story based on a believable near future situation. Good narrator as well - brings the story to life.
    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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