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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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    Tommy Jordan Albemarle, NC 07-30-12
    Tommy Jordan Albemarle, NC 07-30-12 Member Since 2006

    Tommy Jordan

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    "Wow! Couldn't put it down!"

    This is the BEST techno-action novel I've ever put my hands on. The author has the technical knowledge of Robert Sawyer, and the action-suspense grasp of Clancy. He merges cutting edge military action with high-tech bad guys, tosses in some science, and the delivers it up in a masterpiece of literary fiction. I'll definitely read his next books.This guy just made it on to my favorite-authors list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-19-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-19-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "I Hate Part 1s"

    Suarez did this to me before with "Daemon". It was the first in two part story. "Kill Decision" finishes but doesn't end this story - leaving too many threads unravelled. His quirky skepticism throughout the first half of "Kill Decision" is really intriguing. And Suarez is a master of futureTech. Once again though, he goes way to far over the top in his cinematic battles. Somehow I wish he'd ended this book in the center. Certainly I wish the finish had been the end. Sadly neither happened.

    If this was a revue from me to myself before purchasing - I'd say, don't buy it Ted. The ending second half is weak and the finish disappointing. Oh yeah, Jeff Gurner reads it all goooood

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 02-03-13
    Ann United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2010

    Seeking the Truth

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    "Do not waste your time"

    A critic writing in Audible.com indicated that Suarez was the heir apparent to Michael Crichton, which is why I brought this book. The critic was wrong. I did not have to listen very long to realize the Crichton and Suarez do not write about the same topics at all -- and Crichton would win out every time.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 07-28-12
    Jason 07-28-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "This is a let down after Daemon."
    What didn’t you like about Jeff Gurner’s performance?

    Gurner seems to do his best with paper thin characters, but I don't care for his accented character voices


    Any additional comments?

    Implausible plot turns, paper-thin characters, this is well short of his first two books.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Henry T. 06-12-17
    Henry T. 06-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great military thriller with some tech"

    Mostly military action with technical attributes. Not what I was expecting from this author but it is a great book on its own merits.

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    Eileen 06-05-17
    Eileen 06-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The narrations was really awful!"

    I could not get past the horrible narration to finish this book. I hate giving such low stars on the story because this is a very good writer and he probably deserves better based on his history. I had no choice but to return this book.

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    CKDexter 05-31-17
    CKDexter 05-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "As good as Crichton, maybe better"

    Suarez' prose is about as clean as Crichton's. Both have compelling ideas, interesting technology, and plenty of action. But Suarez' characters are better. This book reminds me of Crichton's PREY, though it in no way borrows from it. KILL DECISION is completely original, and twists in unexpected directions. Now I am listening to Suarez' CHANGE AGENT,. which reminds me of Crichton's NEXT. Whereas iCrichton's book is a mishmash of loose plot threads that fail to connect, CHANGE AGENT is, so far, more coherent and better plotted. Though comparisons between thriller authors and Crichton are annoyingly frequent and have, in my opinion, lost all credibility, Suarez demands comparison because, frankly, they are so very similar. Suarez is that one author who, for me, stands out from the rest. My only criticism, which is a criticism of Crichton's later work too, is that there are too many F-bombs. Other than that, bravo!

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    MrToto 05-29-17
    MrToto 05-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I want more."

    Odin is a total badass. Such a modern thriller, loved all the high tech.

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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Book."

    Slow starting but ends very nicely. A good techno thriller. Makes you wonder what the world of drones is gonna turn into.

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    Max Sayler 04-21-17
    Max Sayler 04-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An elite military techno-thriller and much more"

    Most writers have an excuse to serve as a backdrop for a suspenseful elite-military techno-thriller. In contrast, Suarez manages to explore the broad reaching implications of this "backdrop" --- drone warfare in this case --- and using this to further heightening the action and suspense. Truly impressive! Well written and well read.

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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
  • David Stokes
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    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

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