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Publisher's Summary

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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A scarily possible story! Accurate and thrilling!

If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

AccurateScaryThrilling

What did you like best about this story?

Everything in the story was something that could happen right now, today, which adds to the thrill factor.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the incident in Colorado (I don't want to elaborate and spoil it for folks who haven't read it yet!).

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

We're at war - and no one knows who started it

Any additional comments?

Daniel Suarez gives a glimpse of what is possible with autonomous drones and bad intentions. The scary part is, everything in the book is technically possible! A great read (listen!).

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fast start....slow finish

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no. I think the research and story was top rate, that is until about 3/4 of the way and it just droned on and on. I lost interest

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

This was my first

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

It was fine, but your chained to the content of the book, and it fizzled out.

Do you think Kill Decision needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Promising and brilliant start. Disappointing overall.

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  • Jeremy
  • Tukwila, WA, United States
  • 09-17-12

Just plain WOW

This is another Suarez masterpiece! Jeff Gurner's performance was just perfect for this story. No one can read a Daniel Suarez book as well as he can! He makes this book an awesome listen (read) as always.

I don't know anyone that did not love this book. I am always scared that an author is going to screw up on future books, but this author has yet to disappoint. 6 stars out of 5!

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  • Duhem
  • CROIX, France
  • 09-16-12

Great sci-fi book!

Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Decision to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

The writer, Daniel Suarez, is very skilled at telling a sci-fi story so closed to reality that we believe this could happen any time in our world.

The book is filled with believable technological references, and warfare vocabulary is accurate.

Good woork!

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

Good, accurate performance

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

Laugh for sure!

Any additional comments?

Discovered Daniel Suarez from TWiT, the streaming channels from Leo Laporte.

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  • Michael
  • TOWSON, MD, United States
  • 09-12-12

Great Book !

If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

Scary and Plausible !

What did you like best about this story?

Just the right amount of hard computer geek

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

This narration is as great as the other Suarez books

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Creepy Crawly Robotics?

Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?

I don't think I would listen to Kill Decision again. It was a great read but not one that I think I would have to return to a second time.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

To a point it did. I had it most of the way figured out at about the 75% mark.

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

Great voices. Great entertainment. The book comes alive when he tells the story. They guy has a gift.

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

Ehh..Nor really.

Any additional comments?

Great read and tech heavy. If you like science, bugs, robotics, and all of those things coming together in a near apocalyptic end then this book is for you.

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  • Sally
  • Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
  • 09-11-12

Thanks Leo, and thanks audible

If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

intense techno thriller

What did you like best about this story?

the technology and pace of the book

Which scene was your favorite?

jumping out of a plane with a machine gun in order to shoot down a drone

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

done in a single session. could not stop listening

Any additional comments?

a great read. I have never listened to this author before and took a gamble based on leo laportes recommendation. looking at the other reviews there are previous books which i need to check out. however, audible does not have the previous ones, or at least not available in the UK. Audible, please obtain the rights to sell the previous material as I am keen to listen. A really good book and highly recommended to anyone who likes cutting edge technology and thrillers.

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  • Robert
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 09-10-12

This Pun Should Make You Drone

Hopefully I got your attention with the lighthearted headline, but my actual point was to again commend Daniel Suarez for writing another engaging story. Kill Decision is much more of a techno-thriller than his previous works Daemon & Freedom(TM) (which I've come to find out from interviews were actually written as a single book and then separated on advice from the publisher). The plot here is more concise, and doesn't have some of the plot lines that start good and disappear through the narrative. Here its very focused on the subject at hand and the unlikely protagonist who is indirectly responsible for the ensuing crisis.

I'm sure you've discovered, so it shouldn't be a spoiler, that this book focuses on Drone technology. I've you've watched any of the coverage of US involvement in Middle East conflict, the use of reconnaissance and target drones may already be a familiar topic. Currently, these drones are controlled and monitored by soldiers outside the area of engagement, sometimes literally in bunkers on the other side of the world. Kill Decision takes this real-world technology and projects it forward into a plausible future.

What if there were huge advances in this technology? To what lengths would the government and industry go to protect this technology and maintain secrecy about it? What place do natural systems play in the field of artificial intelligence and what are the consequences of doing so? Does the interdependence of the military and technology industries make for a safer or more threatening world? These are among the many questions the book approaches in a fast-paced action thriller format that will make you want to consume the entire story in a single sitting.

The production is extremely good and Jeff Garner is an outstanding presenter. He is also the voice of Daemon and Freedom(TM) among many other great Audible titles, and his ability to make characters, both male and female, as well as ones with specific ethnic backgrounds seem vibrant and believable. Strong performers, like Jeff, are one of the most compelling reasons to engage in the audiobook format.

I enjoyed this, and hope you do as well.

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Good Story

I wouldn't quite put Kill Decision up there with Suarez's previous books Daemon and Freedom, but it is a fun technological thriller read well by Jeff Gurner.

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Dale Brown has a rival

If you like Dale Brown you will like this book. Contemporaneous ideas and concepts worthy of a good listen. The naivete of one of the characters was overdone, but in balance was easy to overlook.