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
Old timer IT guy, researcher.
If you read this book, there is a chance that you will never buy another Suarez book. Please be aware that this is most definitely NOT the book to judge Suarez by, his others are far more worthy of your time.
This book stinks of ultra cool hero worship which might appeal to a certain type of younger audience. If you are a fan of Brent Weeks then you'll probably like this.
I've been totally blown away by all his books. High adventure, great science fiction, with incisive social commentary embedded.
The more you know about computers, software, and the web, the more you will appreciate the quality (and seeming inevitability) of his projections into the not distant future..
I would write the same review for all his books.
I Recommend ALL of Suarez books. They look at the "What if" technology were really being used against us... sans...NSA.
Realization of the plausibility of the thesis.
Jeff Gurner's done a masterful job of bringing the inner voice of a book to audio
its pace is just perfect: fast enough to keep you riveted without being overwhelmed by the story and losing track of what's happening.
Cut off the whole "love affair": it's pointless and doesn't really add anything to the story.
Give a little more depth to minor characters.
He's clean, easy to understand for a non native and yet manages to give a very distinctive personality to each character.
it's The Birds.
with heavily armed, swarming, mechanical birds.
This author is awesome. His stories are well thought out and intelligent. This book is great! Thrilling! Buy it! You will not regret it.
I really enjoyed this book. The author goes a little overboard in some of his descriptions and explanations of how things work. But other then that this book was solid. Very good story line. Great characters and the narration was excellent as well. Highly recommended.
Great story that makes you think about war and the coming age of drone warfare. The action is fast and addictive. The characters, especially the lead Odin (and his ravens) are ones I will not forget. Like previous books of Mr. Suarez, the language is thought out with clear vision, the premises speaks of a keen imagination colored with insight, and Observations are sharp. Great fun. Great reader also. Don't miss this one or any of his. Can't wait for his next one.
Since his first two books are in my top 10 list, I was incredibly optimistic about this new novel from Daniel Suarez, and ended up purchasing both the Kindle book and the Audible audiobook. Unfortunately, while it was good, it was nowhere near as good as Daemon and Freedom.
Essentially, it's a similar near-term tech thriller. Sci-Fi, but nothing which doesn't exist today, or at least nothing which couldn't exist today. Unfortunately some of the tech in this is just silly, and some is basically trivial descriptions of current systems. There were some potentially-interesting subplots, but they were basically ignored after being introduced.
The characters, just like in Daemon and Freedom, weren't really the strong point -- kind of two dimensional, although not really cliche. There were some glimmers of hope from secondary/minor characters.
Ultimately, this would be a great summer blockbuster movie; great enough that people will clamor for a novelization of the movie based on a book...
I really enjoyed listening to this narrator. A lot of enthusiasm, quick and alert to read so
well. I felt that he was having a good time reading this book. He made me smile a few times, which didn't take away from the story at all.
So much truth and completely believable. It could actually be right around the corner for us. If not already happening. Just look at the news. Some bits are from a good imagination, but the book held my attention from beginning to end. I agree it is a lot like Michael Crichton, but more realistic.
A very nice break from the last 5 or 6 that I purchased and just couldn't like at all.
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'
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