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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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    Rolwin San Jose, CA, United States 10-31-12
    Rolwin San Jose, CA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Technology meets suspense"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The relentnesness of the drones.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The eerie suspense. The fact that he read Daemon and FreedomTM gives a kind of continuity.


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    Nathanael Canberra, Australia 10-24-12
    Nathanael Canberra, Australia 10-24-12
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    "Enjoyable for my first audiobook experience"

    This is the first audiobook I've listened to, so my review is biased by impressions of the narrator and new experience with the format.

    Daniel Suarez goes into a lot of environmental, contextual and technical detail which makes the comparison with Tom Clancy credible. I found the level of detail useful from the perspective of picturing the scenes (easier when you have your eyes closed while listening to the book) and also from an interest in technology, and military tactics and hardware.

    I enjoyed Kill Decision and will definitely be reading Daniel Suarez's other books, although I think I will try a written version next for comparison. I found that the male narrator made one of the lead characters Professor McKenney somewhat unlikeable because of the voice he read her lines in - a problem I wouldn't have had with the written book.

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    Norman728 philadelphia, PA, United States 10-23-12
    Norman728 philadelphia, PA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2017

    Defender Of The Week Collector Of The Paycheck. "I Don't Fail I Succeed At Finding Ways That Don't Work!"---(Christopher Titus)

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    "The Next Great Step In An Great Author's Career."

    Having finished booth DAEMON and FREEDOM, I had definitely become a fan of David Suarez. KIll Decision steps a bit closer to reality than the previous two novels. Following a mysterious man named Odin and his team as they race to stop Drone attacks that are plaguing America. When the team rescues a scientist they discover her research is part of the plot, and they race to stop the attacks. The story moves at a steady pace, and, readers of the previous novels will recognizes plot devices and situations. KIll Decision seems to be the next step ins Daniel Suarez's evolution as a writer, as the plot devices while repeated seem to be more mature. The narrator does a good job and the characters are interesting and familiar , but that doesn't bring the story down. I look forward to the next novel.

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    Baelor Targaryen 10-20-12 Listener Since 2004

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    "Fantastic!"
    Any additional comments?

    Suarez writes an excellent thriller, and this one is every bit as good as Daemon and Freedom, two other books of his that I loved. The story is compelling, cutting-edge, and exciting. The characters are good as well, although their development is a little less the focus than is the plot.

    To my mind, though, Gurner's performance of this book was the best part overall. I have never listened to a performance like this, with such clear delineation between characters (male and female, the various accents, ages, etc.) and well-acted segments throughout. The guy is amzaing, and I look forward to listening to him in future.

    Overall, if you enjoy a good thriller, this one is a must read (listen). I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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    Mike SE US 10-19-12
    Mike SE US 10-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Just a poster

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    "almost as good as daemon and freedom"

    I enjoyed the book but not quite as much as the predecessors. As for the narrator, well it's the same guy. He may be unique but I didn't find it difficult to listen to at all. I thought Daemon and Freedom were wonderful. By comparison, this book is good but did not enthrall me like the others. Worth the credit.

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    Alex 10-18-12
    Alex 10-18-12
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    "Simply electric"

    The master of the techno thriller returns in force. I love this guy.

    Having worked on unmanned aerial systems its apparent Daniel has too, or has done his research very well. This scenario could actually happen tomorrow. The guy knows his tech.

    If you haven't read Daemon and Freedom then you have missed out on an epic story.

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    Todd PRINCETON, NJ, United States 10-11-12
    Todd PRINCETON, NJ, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome"

    Looking forward to the next in this series, it can't possibly be a one-shot book. It's too good.

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    Tim 10-10-12
    Tim 10-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, hard to put down"
    What did you love best about Kill Decision?

    I found the subject matter interesting, drones. I fly RC aircraft and after reading this I started thinking about making my own drone. Hopefully not a killer swarm.


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

    I listened to Jeff Gurner before with Daemon and Freedom also by Daniel Suarez. Initially with Daemon I didn't like some of the voice accents. But they grew on me and I got familiar with them. Now, as I listen to the 3rd book, I like it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think its a great book. It would be hard to make it a good movie, where do you start to strip out detail, its all good.


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    1BookJ Hokksund, Norway 10-08-12
    1BookJ Hokksund, Norway 10-08-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Recommended Fun-Ride"

    Suarez are rapidly becoming one of my favorite techno-thriller authors. Daemon and Freedom (TM) are both in my All-Time Top 50 Thrillers list. Kill Decision are quite different, but still a pretty good book. A well researched and thought through plot, with few dull moments makes this book a good read by any standards. Bear in mind though...a few leaps of faith are needed to get through the more scientific parts.

    If you like techno thrillers, Kill Decision should certainly be in your to-read list...so 4 of 5 from me.

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    M.W. 10-05-12
    M.W. 10-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Interesting Premise"

    The scary thing about Daemon, Freedom (TM) and now Kill Decision, is that the premise dances in and out of the realm of possibility. The concept of autonomous drones, when you really think about it, is frightfully close to reality. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Suarez got his idea from some kind of defense industry newspaper or something.

    That being said, I'm definitely dinging this book for the stilted, seemingly forced and entirely unbelievable "romantic tension" the author sought to insert. I could see it coming, but I never bought it.

    I think this book is well worth the credit, though not a book I'm likely to listen to again. I will continue to download books by this author.

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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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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