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 seldom read a book twice but would watch this if released as a movie
I lost sleep because I wanted to continue reading
Yes, as the author (an entrepreneur & technologist in his own right) has researched in depth the technologies already in existence or within the realms of the technically feasible in the foreseeable future.
The special forces protagonist for his understanding of war and politics beyond the rhetoric of headquarters and think tanks (while he clearly is smart enough to grasp those complex theories as well. Well crafted character with depth.
The discovery of the cargo ship working as the formicary of the robotic weaver ants.
Yes. Capitvating & addictive.
Even as someone not listening to fictional literature at all, for its educational value I enjoyed it as the first piece of fictional literature I have read in 10 years.
This story is one that is very current for 2012 and will date as time goes on. However, this is a great story and some elements were very Michael Crichton like (Next). However, Suarez does an excellent job of making his own story stand out. If you liked his other story Daemon series then you will also like this one.
I did like the Daemon series a bit more than this one, but its still a great read.
This is a really good read for those who like action/adventure, military fiction, and/or tech/geek fiction. Not as mind bending as Daemon or Freedom (TM) but this book is scarier because it could happen!
good way to relax, heard about on a pod cast decided to check it out loved it
After reading Daemon and Freedom TM this is a great book that continues to be in the technical style and sensibility you'd expect from Suarez. Good read and worth the credit. Jeff Gurner is great as always for the narration.
A MUST READ...!
The two main characters (female anthropologist & group leader) were my favorite characters.
If I had the time I would of listened to this book non stop.
A must read....
Yes. I really enjoy technology based books and Daniel Suarez is the best author out there combining thriller plot lines with tech.
The doctor from the rain forest. She suprised me many times in the book.
He did well developing each of the characters in the book and bring them to life.
I was fascinated and at times scared about where the technology of drone warfare might take us.
Daniel Suarez is the best tech author out there combining thriller plot lines with deep technology setting it in our current times. If you enjoy this book try his first two books also they are fantastic. I look forward to his next book coming out he has not disappointed yet.
Someone who falls asleep whilst reading, and stays awake when listening. Discovering the classics and sci-fi my young mind missed.
Yes, this is a great book, especially if read before Daniel Suarez's other books Daemon and Freedom TM.
I loved the weaver ant information and references, Suarez always combines entertainment with information.
Jeff Gurner did a great job in the previous books, and has in my view the perfect voice for this book.
I listened to this book over the course of three days and was pretty interested.
This book should have been Suarez's warm-up book, like The Hobbit before Lord of the Rings. If you plan reading all of Saurez's books read this first, as Daemon takes this to the next level.
"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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