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Kill Decision Audiobook

Kill Decision

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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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    Ellen Petersham, MA, United States 07-08-13
    Ellen Petersham, MA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "As Good as Daemon?"

    I do think that this book was almost as good as Daemon - in fact, maybe just as good. And Daemon is one of my all time favorites. The story is especially timely as we hear about all of the snooping and spying that is going on around the world.

    The protagonist this time is a woman and she is portrayed as a person. There are not endless descriptions of her appearance with the man drooling over her. In fact, I think there is more discussion of the lead man's appearance than of hers.

    The weaving of interesting science into the action is as well done as it was in Daemon. I am interested in insects so I found that part to be a lot of fun.

    The ending was fine but leads me to believe there will be a sequel.

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    Trae 07-08-13
    Trae 07-08-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting story, rough reading..."

    The story is pretty interesting and has a great premise. There is a bit of political leaning from the author, but didn't feel preachy. Main female character felt unrealistic and made a few odd choices, and the reader could have made things worse because he read her in a way that she constantly sounded upset/whiny.

    I like the subject and the way it was paced. Suarez has an issue with suddenly making huge jarring leaps in time, but this book had the leaps but wasn't quite as jarring...but still some lost time that felt odd. The action was very well put together and didn't have many "video game injuries" (like when someone gets shot a few time, but can still fully function).

    Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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    Scott 07-03-13
    Scott 07-03-13
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    "Daniel Suarez: Best Thriller Writer Out There"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again in a few years. Daniel Suarez does it again, Couldn't stop listening to this book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are two main characters in this book - Odin and Professor McKinney. I'll say I like Odin more, because he's got this "Die Hard" refuses to die even when the odds are stacked 1000-1 against him quality. He does not give up.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil it. But the climax was pretty good.


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

    No, neither laugh nor cry. But I couldn't stop listening to it. I had to listen to it before going to bed, and listen to it over lunch at work. Went through the book in 3-4 days.


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Suarez is an amazing writer, and Jeff Gurner does a good job bringing the book to life as the narrator. I would buy any book Daniel Suarez writes.

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    M. Bauer 07-02-13
    M. Bauer 07-02-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Really captures the tech and military mind at work"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Absolutely, it's the rare, if not only book, for which I've wanted to pen a review. <br/><br/>Having worked in various military, tech and science areas at various points in my life I can say that Mr. Suarez is a master at capturing the mentality and character of those environments and the people who populate them. I loved the book and will likely listen to it again and recommend it to friends.<br/><br/>Given my background it won't be surprising that I feel I need to criticize here. <br/><br/>Be aware that literary license is taken throughout this book, sometimes to the point of being a bit didactic to those familiar with the specific topic at hand, but Mr. Suarez does a good job at keeping this in check while also making the story assessable to a wider audience. <br/><br/>To me it's clear Mr. Suarez is most comfortable with the tech world, less so with the scientific community and even less so with the military. For example, I find it unlikely that even the most elite special ops personal, especially those targeting the tech area, are also masters of close combat, comfortable with all manner of machines and equipment, and in extreme physical and mental fitness (and in some cases also thoughtful and good looking). It takes a lot of time to master and maintain these skills, and some might even be mutually exclusive given that one only has so much time in a life, which is why a team like that in the book is likely to be much larger than is portrayed. <br/><br/>Also, the scientists in the book aren't nearly argumentative enough. They depend more on expansive knowledge (detailed properties of chemicals or other obscure facts) than on the power of basic scientific problem solving for my taste. But again, that's only going to occur to you if you work with such people.<br/><br/>Still, there isn't too much hyperbole or unrealistic plot conveniences moving this story, which I appreciate a lot.<br/><br/>Please write more Mr. Suarez.


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    William Mies, Switzerland 07-02-13
    William Mies, Switzerland 07-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Energy"
    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audio book along with the first Daniel Suarez novel. It did not disappoint me at all, great writing and well read.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-14-13
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 06-14-13
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    "Loved it! was like the movie "Enemy of the State""

    the book was fun to listen to, kept me interested the whole time and was an interesting concept. it lacked a little meat in some places as there was more i wanted to know about certain people/groups, but maybe there'll be a sequel? well worth the credit. the main hero reminded me of "mike turcotte" from the "area 51" books by bob mayer. so if you liked those...

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    John Oak Park, IL, United States 05-29-13
    John Oak Park, IL, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "top quality sci-fi"

    This novel was lots of fun because it explores some interesting, and realistic, technology that could change the world over the next decade. Of course, the plot also has action and romance. Excellent.

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    Greg Wanganui, New Zealand 04-27-13
    Greg Wanganui, New Zealand 04-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazingly real and eye opening"
    What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

    While I don't read a lot of fiction I had heard of the Author through the twit network and thought I had to list to one of his books. It was amazing and I can't wait to listen to more. I really want to listen to Deamon and Feedom but they are not available on audible in my country :(. <br/><br/>Kill decision is very realistic and gives you a lot to think about.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    Jeff Gurner brought the story to life with a fantastic performance.


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    K. Hall Central Kansas 03-28-13
    K. Hall Central Kansas 03-28-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Daniel Suarez Scores Again"
    Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

    Suarez delivers a riveting "page turner" that's just fun to listen to. Definitely come back again to it.


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

    Gurner, having listened to him in Suarez two previous books, has a good grasp of the style. He has the sound needed for these very contemporary technological tales. The right mix of confidence and smarm.


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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-20-13
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "interesting"

    A first time author for me suggested by audible. The genre for this book is techno thriller and from that perspective it was interesting. The author was a technology consultant to the US Gov't's defense industry so from a technical angle he should know what he's talking about. I think it's amazing that Google maps and MapQuest have mapped out the entire globe and it's at our fingertips. I know I kind of suspect that out government plus others and the bad guys we are fighting have taken technology to levels that are incomprehensible. This book takes you there and paints a picture of how technology might be used in the near future, who knows, maybe it already is. With drone use currently in the news, this book is really apropos but the author takes the technology to even greater levels than drones. The author weaves an interesting tale integrating in these new technologies. You wonder if it isn't far fetched then eerily think that is just might not be so far fetched. If anything it's a bit disconcerting and scary even. If you like these kinds of books, you'll like this one.

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