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
Once the technology is out there its use cannot be controlled. This is a story of what could happen if commercial interest clash with the national interest. A gripping page turner that requires a minimum of suspension of belief. Definitely one of the best books I've read recently. I'll be reading more from this author.
The fact that although this is fiction, drones are a reality, and this story is not as far fetched as one might think.
The detail descriptions of the interaction and communication between all the drones.
I really enjoyed the book, full of action and suspense, with the technical aspects of how drones functions described in detail. As I enjoy gadgets, this is the ultimate sworm of gadgets.
thought-provoking, action-packed, and entertaining
Early in the book was a surprise twist that laid the framework for the entire book. I don't want to give away anything to a potential reader, but it occurred on the Standford Univ campus.
He did a terrific job of narrating: easy to keep up with the different characters in their conversations.
I would not make a film of this book.
Great read, but the author left too many loose strings for my taste: characters introduced and played a role but then left without mention; lead players in one spot only to appear later in another locale without any explanation; characters introduced without a definition of their importance to the plot. This is a very entertaining book, and I enjoyed the political discussions that took place, even though they got a little nerdy in places when hi tech lingo was used.
Sure, there's some action in the book. Definitely. And hi-tech gear, and explosions. But not enough to make me care about the characters, especially when they are doing pretty outrageous stuff. Not sure what I expected, but it did not live up to all the rave reviews it received.
This book features the synergistic pairing of Daniel Suarez and narrator Jeff Gurner, in a thriller whose premise is definitely not far-fetched.
I thought the first part of the book was especially good as the plot unfolded. The action lagged in the middle third, but picked up toward the end of the book. I am sure there will be a sequel.
I don't want to disclose any of the plot, but suffice it to say that when you listen to this book, and reflect upon related newspaper articles, the premise is entirely believable. It would not surprise me at all if some (maybe not all, but some) of this stuff starts to happen in the near future. Scary.
Some friends, yes. But those who really rely on my suggestions, I would not be able to do so. Any book offering Linda McKinney as a character in it...I will skip. Sometimes a character just gets under my skin as totally implausible, ineffective and unnecessary. Normally I can find my way around him/her. Not this time. On top of that I did not really care about any of the characters. Found myself rooting for her to get waxed. Like the character Bert in JA Konrath's 'The List' or Colony Executive Sevgi Eretkin in Richard K Morgan's 'Thirteen'...sometimes characters just stick in my craw...and finishing the book stops being an adventure and becomes a chore.
Cool subject matter. The narrator is spot on. Loved Daemon and Freedom. The author knows his craft as far as his ability to spin a yarn. Just that one character spoiled the experience for me. Found myself fast forwarding, something I consider a definitive no no.
And so it goes.
Pretty much. I kept going till I finished the book. The topic of drones is fascinating since they are now deployed over our not so friendly skies. The delivery of the subject matter has me thinking...and I like things that make me think...after I close the book cover.
The part about the ravens and why they have such huge brains. Delicious. I will be finding out all I can about ravens now. I like writers who can spark my imagination.
If the part of the Linda McKinney is rewritten...yes.
This is the BEST techno-action novel I've ever put my hands on. The author has the technical knowledge of Robert Sawyer, and the action-suspense grasp of Clancy. He merges cutting edge military action with high-tech bad guys, tosses in some science, and the delivers it up in a masterpiece of literary fiction. I'll definitely read his next books.This guy just made it on to my favorite-authors list!
I got 'Kill Decision' because I thoroughly enjoyed Daniel Suarez's 'Daemon' and 'Freedom' novels. And I have to say, it wasn't bad. It just didn't reach the same bar that had been set by those earlier reads.
How was it different? I'd have to say this read more like a Tom Clancy novel. And while I like Tom Clancy novels and have read quite a few, none would get more than 4 stars from my purely subjective and humble point of view.
My only objections, albeit slight objections, were....1) I feel the author indulged in a bit of cliche with the characters and premise (I'm talking in particular about the diverse yet melded, battle-worn special ops team led by a guy with a quirky affinity for ravens) and 2) the sci fi component didn't knock my socks off. I can't go into more detail about that sci fi component without spoiling something for potential readers, unfortunately - but I'm sure another source like amazon or wikipedia can elaborate if you don't mind knowing in advance.
All in all, if you share my tastes and had a choice between listening to this or nothing, I'd say it's worth it. But if there are other 5 star options available, keep this one on the back burner.
Seeking the Truth
A critic writing in Audible.com indicated that Suarez was the heir apparent to Michael Crichton, which is why I brought this book. The critic was wrong. I did not have to listen very long to realize the Crichton and Suarez do not write about the same topics at all -- and Crichton would win out every time.
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