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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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    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 :(.

    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
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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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    brett 03-18-13
    brett 03-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A storm is coming"

    Drones are bad , Drones with no pilot are terrifying .
    Jeff Gurner is a great narrator

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    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
    Paul BLOOMSBURG, PA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Enjoyed it more than I thought!"

    Although I am not a tech expert or much of a video game player I really enjoyed the story. At times it was a little too dramatic but it did not deter from the excellent story. I would recommend.

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    Imagine Otherworlds Kaufman, TX, United States 03-01-13
    Imagine Otherworlds Kaufman, TX, United States 03-01-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "This one is "ok""

    I was soooo looking forward to Daniel Suarez's next book. Maybe that's why I felt a little let down with this one. You know how it goes, the higher your expectations...

    It's not a bad story and I did eventually enjoy it (after about the halfway mark). I started it. Stopped listening because I got a little bored. Then turned it back on a week or two later when I needed a fill in between books. I'm glad I did, because it ultimately turned out to be a decent story, well narrated. No complaints at all about Jeff Gurner. Great job.

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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 02-24-13
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid story. Light characters. Strong plot."

    I enjoyed the plot of Kill Decision. Very gripping. Daniel Suarez is at his best in describing techologies of our day and the extent that they could be used to horrific effects. He is a master at this, and this plot is very, very engaging. His characters in this book tend to veer to the two-dimensional side, so you will get the "stoic hero", etc...as much depth as a set of Star Trek characters, but that's not a slam, so much: sometimes a story is gripping with thin characters going in. It's simply "light" in this area.

    Aside from characterizations, I'd say the weakest thing is the narration: the narrator is not bad, just generic. He has all the charm of someone reciting the fine print of the side effects in a prescription drug commercial. His accents are odd and confusing and takes one away from the story line.

    Should you get this book? Sure, if you want a taut, gripping thriller with a believable yet fantastic way one is using current tech. Just understand the light characters and the lackluster narration.

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    JC Mueang Ubon, Thailand 02-21-13
    JC Mueang Ubon, Thailand 02-21-13
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    "A Fantastic Techno-Adventure!"
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    The three words that best describe Kill Decision is Spirited, Captivating, and Immersive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Odin, the special Ops operative was by far my favorite character because he was a leader first and foremost, but passionate and true to his convictions.


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

    Odin was simply the best character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting, but it's length makes this virtually impossible. However, if you're dedicated, you could make it a marathon weekend if you have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    It is like listening to 13 one hour episodes of a series though it's only one story. At eight dollars per book is worth it. At $15 dollars per audio book (for approximately 13 hours) it's a bit expensive. At $8 per book, I think sales would easily double or triple—I for one would purchase a lot more. Netflix charges $8 for a month of viewing. Surely Audible could do better by lowering individual book prices or subscription rates considering the format is digital and storage plus content delivery consume much less infrastructure than video!

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    Raymond G. Harder Norman, OK 02-04-13
    Raymond G. Harder Norman, OK 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Techno thriller"
    What did you like best about Kill Decision? What did you like least?

    Good and fairly accurate representation of modern technical weapons. Not enough reflection on morality of subject.


    If you’ve listened to books by Daniel Suarez before, how does this one compare?

    Not nearly as good as his Daemon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they were dealing with the robotic dismantling of the ships.


    Was Kill Decision worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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    Serene Night 01-15-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Entertaining"

    I really enjoyed listening to this. I just couldn't wait to find out what happened. I thought it was suspenseful from start to finish, although I thought it perhaps was all resolved a bit too quickly. The idea of a robot being based on an ant intelligence was clever. This was a great one!

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  • Peter
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    3/17/14
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    "Thought provoking near time Sci Fi very well read"
    What did you like most about Kill Decision?

    Loved the way it that all too accurately picks up on human traits as we and our governments grapple with technologies perhaps just a half step away from where today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    loved the plausibility of the plot and technologies as well as the way the author lays out opposing ethical positions through the characters.


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

    Linda McKinney


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You Can't Hide


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karl Gjertsen
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    12/24/12
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    "Another great story"

    Daniel Suarez has done it again, giving the listener a glimpse into the possible future use of robots in the modern world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Tarling
    Forest of Dean, UK
    11/29/12
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    "5 / 5"

    First let me say, Jeff Gurner has done a fantastic job as Narrator.



    This is more of the same from Daniel Suarez

    Just what I was looking for. After reading this book, I will be adding Daniel Suarez to my

    "Read everything this guy writes" list! Bloody fantastic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan
    Gallowstree Common, United Kingdom
    8/14/17
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    "Very cool look into the already present future"

    Daniel is a master of creating stories about technologies, that sound like from the future event though the future is already here. We just don't know or we believe it is far away. Listening to this story made me really think about things we consider innocent even though they can be very dangerous. Self navigating cars and planes are here, drones are here, making them intelligent and self controlled is just another logical step. We should be very worry already that this great story will be our real life pretty soon. By the way, Jeff's narration is amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Stokes
    Ireland
    12/19/16
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    "such an amazing read."

    loved every minute of it.. didn't want it to end. hope there's a follow up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • book wiz
    9/29/16
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    "Rubbish"

    I hated it bad audio bad story bad book depressing and rubbish not worth any money at all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    7/26/15
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    "Could be all too real"
    Any additional comments?

    Scary future tech which sound all too plausible. Another excellent story from Daniel Suarez to go with Influx.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom
    4/19/15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed this."
    What did you like most about Kill Decision?

    Fast paced, interesting and worryingly possible. ALOT of jargon and acronyms - especially at the very beginning, but surprisingly I didn't find it got in the way of story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Difficult to be specific but I am sucker for any story where there is a group of good guys up against seemingly impossible odds. The theme was very interesting and worryingly plausible given current developments in drone technology. I knew the good guys were going to win so no really jeopardy there and they were well equipped and prepared for dealing with everything they encountered but the story was entertaining and satisfying.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but the narrator did a good job representing all the different nationalities appearing in the book. He wasn't bad with the female characters either who can end up a bit whiney in some people's hands.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can't think of a tag line but I DID keep thinking this could be made into a very good film!! Would require lots of CGI but that is so good these days this could be worrying realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    Where are his other books? He is clearly popular in Germany as evidenced by the German translations but I want to see his other books here please and with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    4/17/15
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    "Action-packed"

    Well narrated novel. Someone has developed drones which can attack in swarms and a biology professor is caught up in trying to stop them. Too full of jargon for my taste, and the dialogue is frequently clunky, but entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    1/13/15
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    "Good read"

    Good fast paced action story based on a believable near future situation. Good narrator as well - brings the story to life.
    Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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