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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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    OldRetiredGuy Olympia, WA USA 01-16-13
    OldRetiredGuy Olympia, WA USA 01-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "More Mainstream Thriller than Techno-thriller"

    Mr. Suarez once again weaves technological advances into this thriller, but keeps things much more grounded in today's technical advances and challenges. This story features two main characters who could represent the first in a very successful series. If you like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Brad Taylor, the characters and action should be to your liking. This is the first narration I have heard by Mr. Gurner, he strives (and mostly succeeds) in bringing nuance to each character he narrates. On occasion, it seemed he did not quite bring the same accent to a known character. Overall, I found him to be engaging as a narrator. If you are a fan of Suarez, this book will surely please, if you have tried his previous work and did not find it to your liking, I encourage you to give Kill Decision a try - I expect you will be pleasantly surprised

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 09-14-14
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 09-14-14 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Another excellent high tech adventure from Suarez"

    A great story about a small elite special forces strike group that takes on the well connected and well financed forces of high tech evil.

    What I enjoy most about this and other Suarez books is this author's extremely cynical view of the people manipulating power behind the scenes in America, and how advances in technology could give unscrupulous elites the means to eliminate American democracy. It really makes you look at current events in a whole new light.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa United States 07-08-14
    Theresa United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    Scary that this is even remotely possible in real life. Very timely and incredibly well written
    As always!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 03-13-14
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 03-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "A high tech, thought provoking, action story"
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    high tech, thought provoking, action story


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

    Daemon & Freedom - same author.. same reader.... same foundation of technological advancements and a world in which they're used differently.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning scenes of the software development team and the "professor" before she joined "the team"


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

    No.... I just really like thinking about and envisioning how technology may be used in the future and what that might be like.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the abundance of research Daniel Suarez does in order to get the details of the science and technology right. If it weren't realistic, I wouldn't be interested. But, it's a great vision into the possible.

    I also appreciate his representation of women in strong professions. However, that said, his dialogue is rather staid, forced, and simplistic. The female characters, in particular, are a bit reductive and over dramatized.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 03-09-14
    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 03-09-14 Member Since 2014

    You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?

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    "Another good SciFi book..."

    This is the the third book I read from Daniel Suarez. Despite having no connection with the previous, it follows the same idea of a world threatened by some technology. In this book the threat are autonomous drones that can take the decision to kill by themselves, without the need of a human being. The discussion of drones and war is contemporary and important. The author leaves room for a continued story and new developments in future books. I also still think Kill Decision failed to overcome the enthusiasm left by Daemon and Freedom, but it did not disappoint. I have even already put his latest book (Influx) on my reading list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Leicester, MA, United States 07-22-13
    Michael Leicester, MA, United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "A new author for me"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    laughing I dont know why I would listen to it again. I know the plot. But it was an interesting story. In fact I plan to listen to Daniel's other stories.


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

    I would say that Daniel Suarez In my opinion came across as a young Tom Clancy and how he wrote early in his career. Very interesting It was hard to tell where today's science ends and the fiction begins.


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

    Jeff Gurner is new to me. But he did a superb narration. His story telling held me till the end. There was no hint of his being bored with the story. Or with a distracting accent. In fact I rarely write reviews. But I was so excited with the story and how it was told. Here I am writing one of my few reviews.


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

    I would say my reaction was a WOW moment. Daniels Suarez attention to detail and story, kept me riveted to listening at every chance I had. I have to hear his other stories.. As a fan of Drone tech. he has a interesting note that we are not alone in the drone technology.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 06-07-13
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "took me 30 minutes to realize this wasn't Daemon 3"

    Not like the daemon series. Characters were not at all interesting, more of the same stuff without the interesting character development. I don't understand how this book gets an average of 4.3 - I did however love the Daemon books I hope the author continues with that series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-23-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Incredibly well researched, very plausible Scifi"

    Technical details initially descried in this book about various algorithm / sw development / hw / hacking of phones .. etc are very well researched. I was very impressed how well author is able convey the information to the reader while still making it interesting. I can get into details, but it will get boring : )

    Character development is great that user will get to know the main characters and their motivations by the end of the book. Book is pretty fast paced even with technical details it remains interesting. I would describe the story as very plausible fiction.

    My only gripe (which is really minor) about the book is that antagonist were not as well defined as I would have liked. Mostly it felt like “they are pulling the strings”, “They are causing this”. Again, it is a very minor gripe.

    Narration works well in the context of this book which has a military overtone.

    I enjoyed the book, and I will be looking to pick up other books by Daniel Suarez that I am very impressed with the researched put into this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 02-10-13
    Alexandra 02-10-13
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    "Suspenseful, believable and thought provoking"

    The premise of the stroy is very believable and really gives you pause for thought. The events in this book could well be in our near future. The only weakness for me, was the romance thrown in - not really necessary, hence i dropped the overall and story ratings to 4 stars. This one had me listening, keen to know what was coming next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Reed NJ, USA 02-04-13
    M. Reed NJ, USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2007

    Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.

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    "Liked it did not love it like Freedom and Daemon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thought provoking ideas of drones and where it could go.


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

    Characters were all good with the exception of McKinney but that had more to do with the character than his performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Better than the book


    Any additional comments?

    Weaker than Freedom and Daemon but good because Mr. Suarez's books are intelligent and technologically possible. The McKinney character was nauseating. Her logic did not make sense and and she was WHINNEY! I did not want to put down at times but her character in the begining made me want to shut it off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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