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
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
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Suarez did this to me before with "Daemon". It was the first in two part story. "Kill Decision" finishes but doesn't end this story - leaving too many threads unravelled. His quirky skepticism throughout the first half of "Kill Decision" is really intriguing. And Suarez is a master of futureTech. Once again though, he goes way to far over the top in his cinematic battles. Somehow I wish he'd ended this book in the center. Certainly I wish the finish had been the end. Sadly neither happened.
If this was a revue from me to myself before purchasing - I'd say, don't buy it Ted. The ending second half is weak and the finish disappointing. Oh yeah, Jeff Gurner reads it all goooood
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
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.
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
high tech, thought provoking, action story
Daemon & Freedom - same author.. same reader.... same foundation of technological advancements and a world in which they're used differently.
The beginning scenes of the software development team and the "professor" before she joined "the team"
No.... I just really like thinking about and envisioning how technology may be used in the future and what that might be like.
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.
This was an interesting listen as well as a fast moving story. I never landed up caring much for the protagonists though. Not sure why. The narrator was excellent. A good buy especially if you like the 'science' in "Science Fiction'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
Absolutely loved the ride! the author is fast paced the story gripping and a little too plausible for my tastes! Jeff Gurner is beyond talented. i heard the Leo Laporte suggested it form another reviewer and I figure I had nothing to lose. I just ordered his previous books, can't wait to get started!
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
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