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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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Very good!

Great narrator and very interesting sci-foo story. I have liked all of his books.

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Another Daniel Suarez hit story!

Daniel Suarez writes stories like no other. They feel contemporary yes futuristic and still plausible. I really enjoy tje combination. And Jeff Gurner wow! He does a bang up job of bringing the characters and story to life. This one have some very cool main characters that I hope to meet again.

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best modern author!

I have one more to read of his but I'm confident already in saying he is my favorite author.

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Such an awesome story!!

Daniel does it again! His stories are constantly well done and expertly written! As always he includes enough balance of action and high tech to keep the stories fresh and engaging!

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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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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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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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I want more.

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

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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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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.