Kill Decision

  • by Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by Jeff Gurner
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Mark

A great summer listen

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I knocked out the whole book in one day. This a fun action packed adventure; not as thought provoking as daemon/freedom but still worthy of your credit. Excellent narration. Daniel Suarez is fast becoming one of my favorite authors because of his ability to integrate technology into the thriller/mystery category.

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- Nicholas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio