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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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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-01-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Watch the skies...and the ravens!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    Would you recommend Kill Decision to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they are a technology/conspiracy/violence in the near future fan. Fortunately, many of them are, so yes, I woujld.


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

    He is one of my favourite performers, and this is a very good one .


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

    No drama, but was fascinated.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended with the caveats about technology jargon and violence. Otherwise, not bad at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wirehedd Sarnia, Ontario 03-06-13
    Wirehedd Sarnia, Ontario 03-06-13

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    "A "series" means multple parts of the SAME story"
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Mislabeled mediocre sci-fi


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Mostly apathy as the characters I had become fond of in the actual "series" predecessor books were completely absent from this book. The character development was fine and there was some development but the ending was far from satisfactory or even relevant to the story lines of the first two books.


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

    Gurner's performance was exemplary as always.


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

    No. Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This book lacks almost all of the drama and character interactions of the first two. It also lacks ANY of the characters from the first two books and at no time in the book does the daemon even get mentioned or implied.This book is NOT a part of the series started with the brilliant Daemon and continued in Freedom(TM) and bears no connectiuon to it other than some random similarity by virtue of time and technology.Do NOT buy this if you are expecting to continue in the Daemon storylines as they do not exist in this book. Calling it part three of a series is disturbingly dishonest as this book shares none of the story of the first two books, none of the characters and none of the basic plot of the first books at all.As a standalone story in the techno thriller genre this book is well written and has some interesting developments but is not up to the levels of character and story of either of the first two books.

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    James Millbrook, NY, USA 01-25-13
    James Millbrook, NY, USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Very disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who never reads books.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Preposterous, mundane and meandering story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator best part of otherwise terrible book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kill Decision?

    Virtually the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read author's first two books and loved them. This is a major disappointment. Avoid in favor of silence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "The thriller genre - How come?"

    What is about the thriller genre that makes every lousy writer want to write a thriller? To say this book stinks is an insult to the hundreds of thrillers that only stink. This audiobook even uses an echo chamber effect when the narrator announces a new chapter. This is on top of using awful music to mark the transitions.

    Do not waste your time. Your time on earth is limited so don't waste it.

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    Steve Portland, OR 01-04-13
    Steve Portland, OR 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but a step back for Suarez"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This wasn't a terrible book but it wasn't Daemon. Some of the characters are bit annoying. I didn't connect with McKinney. Some of the most entertaining characters are killed off very early. Also, the book seemed to take a long time to develop any rhythm.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Increase the pace and (SPOILER ALERT) keep the Stanford team alive a bit longer. They seemed interesting.


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

    Gurner is a class act when it comes to narrating.


    Was Kill Decision worth the listening time?

    Yes. If you like techno-thrillers that get a bit too crazy. If you liked "Swarm" you'll like this.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blashy Québec, Canada 09-24-12
    Blashy Québec, Canada 09-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not his best work, but good none the less."

    His D@emon and Freedom are in a class of their own and this book does not come close to being as engaing.

    What it does have is a more "where we are now in tech" approach. It lives in the realm of possibility in 2012 which makes it interesting.

    But it drags on too much.

    Had it been 1/2 as long it would be worth 4 stars.

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    Igor N. 09-17-12
    Igor N. 09-17-12
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    "Disappointment"

    Laughably unbelievable depiction of events. I found it insulting to read. This one is far worse than previous books which I really liked. I do not think it will be the spoiler to offer an example. The guy is falling out of the plane in free fall taking out jet planes with machine gun is one example. I can see when penetration of network security can be believable enough for general reader or writing some piece of software, but not nonsense like that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-08-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Talented writer"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While I think this writer is very talented his best work was Deamon and Freedom. Kill Decision explores software and weapons gone awry. Just who controls those weapons anyhow. You'll have to read the book to discover how twisted things can get.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Casselberry, FL 08-20-12
    Mike Casselberry, FL 08-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I only review the best and the worst. Mediocre is left to the listener.. Follow me on my quest of the best epic series and narrators!

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    "If you LOVED Daemon, you'll like this..."
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    Everything seemed feasible.... Very Hi-Tech, but not Science FICTION.


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

    I would have liked this to be a continuation of Freedom(tm) instead of a new story. There's still loose threads in that series.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as Daemon or Freedom, but definitely stands on it's own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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