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
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.
Finding myself actually interested in the description of ant behavior.
Yes- and Gurner never disappoints. Dead on and entirely enjoyable.
I like to compare Kill Decision to Suarez's earlier books Daemon and Freedom. The author looks into how technology can go astray.
I've listened to Jeff's performance Suarez's earlier books Daemon and Freedom. He has delivered another great performance.
There is probably a follow up novel that moves the story forward, similar to what Freedom did to Daemon.
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.
Creative mind enjoyment
Yes.... His computer plot enemies/ actions were great
Intensity and more life sense
There were several
I bought Daemon...it is also mind and entertainment driving!
Love fiction and non-fiction, love Audible!
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.
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.
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.
There were many favorites for me but the HALO jump and the final approach on the cargo ship probably are most memorable.
I would definitely listen to Kill Decision again. Actually, I am re-listening to his first two books right now.
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.
He has great presence and brings a sense of immediacy to the book.
Neither...but I was extremely entertained.
Freedom and Daemon two other great titles from the same author all have great stories with action and suspense and really well built characters
Yes and this one is just as top notch as the other one
The entire book
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.
I really like knowing what is going on with the newest technologies.
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.
"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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