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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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WHEW! - What a ride.

Absolutely loved the ride! the author is fast paced the story gripping and a little too plausible for my tastes! Jeff Gurner is beyond talented. i heard the Leo Laporte suggested it form another reviewer and I figure I had nothing to lose. I just ordered his previous books, can't wait to get started!

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  • Adnan
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 02-23-13

Incredibly well researched, very plausible Scifi

Technical details initially descried in this book about various algorithm / sw development / hw / hacking of phones .. etc are very well researched. I was very impressed how well author is able convey the information to the reader while still making it interesting. I can get into details, but it will get boring : )

Character development is great that user will get to know the main characters and their motivations by the end of the book. Book is pretty fast paced even with technical details it remains interesting. I would describe the story as very plausible fiction.

My only gripe (which is really minor) about the book is that antagonist were not as well defined as I would have liked. Mostly it felt like “they are pulling the strings”, “They are causing this”. Again, it is a very minor gripe.

Narration works well in the context of this book which has a military overtone.

I enjoyed the book, and I will be looking to pick up other books by Daniel Suarez that I am very impressed with the researched put into this book

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Suspenseful, believable and thought provoking

The premise of the stroy is very believable and really gives you pause for thought. The events in this book could well be in our near future. The only weakness for me, was the romance thrown in - not really necessary, hence i dropped the overall and story ratings to 4 stars. This one had me listening, keen to know what was coming next!

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Liked it did not love it like Freedom and Daemon

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

n/a

What did you like best about this story?

The thought provoking ideas of drones and where it could go.

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

Characters were all good with the exception of McKinney but that had more to do with the character than his performance.

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

Better than the book

Any additional comments?

Weaker than Freedom and Daemon but good because Mr. Suarez's books are intelligent and technologically possible. The McKinney character was nauseating. Her logic did not make sense and and she was WHINNEY! I did not want to put down at times but her character in the begining made me want to shut it off.

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Scarily Plausible

Once the technology is out there its use cannot be controlled. This is a story of what could happen if commercial interest clash with the national interest. A gripping page turner that requires a minimum of suspension of belief. Definitely one of the best books I've read recently. I'll be reading more from this author.

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  • Bruce
  • Perth, Australia
  • 01-29-13

Interesting

Slow at times but an interesting story. The author knowledge of drones and military technology alone makes it worth reading.

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  • Louis
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 01-18-13

Absolutely gripping and full of suspence

What made the experience of listening to Kill Decision the most enjoyable?

The fact that although this is fiction, drones are a reality, and this story is not as far fetched as one might think.

What did you like best about this story?

The detail descriptions of the interaction and communication between all the drones.

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

Drones Attack!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the book, full of action and suspense, with the technical aspects of how drones functions described in detail. As I enjoy gadgets, this is the ultimate sworm of gadgets.

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  • Nella
  • Mountain City, TN, United States
  • 01-15-13

Truly an action packed read.

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

thought-provoking, action-packed, and entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Decision?

Early in the book was a surprise twist that laid the framework for the entire book. I don't want to give away anything to a potential reader, but it occurred on the Standford Univ campus.

What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

He did a terrific job of narrating: easy to keep up with the different characters in their conversations.

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

I would not make a film of this book.

Any additional comments?

Great read, but the author left too many loose strings for my taste: characters introduced and played a role but then left without mention; lead players in one spot only to appear later in another locale without any explanation; characters introduced without a definition of their importance to the plot. This is a very entertaining book, and I enjoyed the political discussions that took place, even though they got a little nerdy in places when hi tech lingo was used.

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Suarez's premise is entirely believable

This book features the synergistic pairing of Daniel Suarez and narrator Jeff Gurner, in a thriller whose premise is definitely not far-fetched.

I thought the first part of the book was especially good as the plot unfolded. The action lagged in the middle third, but picked up toward the end of the book. I am sure there will be a sequel.

I don't want to disclose any of the plot, but suffice it to say that when you listen to this book, and reflect upon related newspaper articles, the premise is entirely believable. It would not surprise me at all if some (maybe not all, but some) of this stuff starts to happen in the near future. Scary.

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  • Ryan
  • CA, United States
  • 10-01-12

Pretty good

I got 'Kill Decision' because I thoroughly enjoyed Daniel Suarez's 'Daemon' and 'Freedom' novels. And I have to say, it wasn't bad. It just didn't reach the same bar that had been set by those earlier reads.

How was it different? I'd have to say this read more like a Tom Clancy novel. And while I like Tom Clancy novels and have read quite a few, none would get more than 4 stars from my purely subjective and humble point of view.

My only objections, albeit slight objections, were....1) I feel the author indulged in a bit of cliche with the characters and premise (I'm talking in particular about the diverse yet melded, battle-worn special ops team led by a guy with a quirky affinity for ravens) and 2) the sci fi component didn't knock my socks off. I can't go into more detail about that sci fi component without spoiling something for potential readers, unfortunately - but I'm sure another source like amazon or wikipedia can elaborate if you don't mind knowing in advance.

All in all, if you share my tastes and had a choice between listening to this or nothing, I'd say it's worth it. But if there are other 5 star options available, keep this one on the back burner.

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