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
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 think I can now saw Daniel Suarez is my new favorite author. Great book, great plot, great pacing, great characters. One of these books will get made into a great movie or TV series an I can't wait. Oh, the orator is pretty great also.
What gets me in his other two part series is not the same in this one. the characters are what we follow, and after listening for the second time, I'm just not nearly as invested in these.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
It is common in the news to read about flying drones changing everything from package delivery to candid surveillance. What if we program them to think like swarming insects? That is the question asked by this book. The answer is, “Warfare whould be forever changed.” This is my fourth Daniel Suarez book. And every one is an innovative extrapolation of current technology couched in a political thriller story line. Kill Decision is another fine piece of entertainment, and it is one that will force us to think about the consequences of persuing automation without first pondering the consequences.
Jeff Gurner is, once again, wonderful. He paces his reading just right to keep the tension going through the many action scenes. His voices are varied and fit well with the characters in the novel.
......a super exciting ride!
I like technobabble and there is plenty of realistic and futuristic dialogue in this book.
Daniel Suarez’s thought provoking genius makes me wonder what other professions they have been involved in.
This is not an overly sexed girl does or doesn't like boy story; there are violent situations.
Jeff Gurner and “cast” translate the action packed story perfectly.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am hoping for more from this author!
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