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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.
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By T. Menefee on 07-21-12
Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller
Would you listen to Kill Decision again? Why?
Yes, I like the realism of Daniel's books. He is able to craft a story that makes you believe that this could really happen!
Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Suarez? Why or why not?
Definitely!! I absolutely loved Daemon and Freedom so anxiously awaited the release of Kill Decision to Audible. Although not in the same vein as the Daemon/Freedom books still a wonderful thriller that keep me on the edge of my seat.
Which scene was your favorite?
*Spoiler Alert*Loved the chase scene with the Professor
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Mark on 07-25-12
LEO WAS RIGHT, PART II
Long ago I found out about Audible on Leo LaPorte's TWiT netcast network. I read Daemon and Freedom(TM) and could not wait until the next work from Mr Suarez came out. Well on 7/19/12 Kill Decision was released on Audible. I wasn't scheduled for my next credit until the 28th, so I decided to go ahead and pay the member price and have instant gratification. I have yet to regret that decision as I have already read the book twice in 5 days.
Daniel Suarez is a very gifted writer that has gone from being self published (Daemon) to the heir apparent to Dan Brown. His ability to take present form technology, tweak it just a tad to keep it believable and wrap it in a layer of probable fiction is wonderful.
As with Daemon and Freedom(TM) the production standards are top notch and the narration by Jeff Gurner gives the story respect, enthusiasm and characters that not only seem real, but standing next to you.
There is a long lead time needed to get an idea into a concept and then to book form. I am guessing that this book has been evolving for a year or more. The execution of the topic of drones is well done and feels fresh and current. I think this book will have a very long shelf life before it starts to feel stale and outdated from a technology standpoint. There is a very heavy emphasis placed on the story line and technology supports the story without drowning it.
Another fine point of this author's skill set is that there is a fine line between relating what political realities are and preaching what they should be. Kill Decision strikes the right blend. I see no agenda in the story line and it makes for perfect reading in the morning, afternoon and evening.
I just hope that the people we send to Washington and the power brokers that control them are in no hurry to make this work of fiction classification into a documentary.
Now the real agony starts. What will Daniel Suarez come up with next and how long will it take to have it? In the meantime Suarez has provided us a trio of excellent techno thrillers that will be re-read with great pleasure.
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By Peter on 03-17-14
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?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
You Can't Hide
Any additional comments?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Karl Gjertsen on 12-24-12
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