Kill Decision

Kill Decision

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by Daniel Suarez
     
 

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From New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future…

Linda McKinney studies the social behavior of insects—which leaves her entirely unprepared for the day her research is conscripted to help run an unmanned and automated drone army.

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From New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future…

Linda McKinney studies the social behavior of insects—which leaves her entirely unprepared for the day her research is conscripted to help run an unmanned and automated drone army.

Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into a 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. But as enigmatic forces press the advantage, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save mankind from destruction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Perfectly blending nail-biting suspense with accessible science, bestseller Suarez (Daemon) establishes himself as a legitimate heir to Michael Crichton with this gripping present-day thriller. The U.S. military is in an uproar after someone used an unmanned Predator drone to destroy a mosque in Iraq during prayers, killing and wounding thousands. Since the drone bore American markings, the Arab world discounts U.S. declarations of innocence. Advances intechnology have allowed such weapons to make “a kill decision without direct human involvement.” Meanwhile, professor Linda McKinney, an ant expert, has managed to tag each member of an ant colony to study the colony’s swarm behavior, but her research in Africa abruptly ends after an attack on her lab. McKinney is rescued by a shadowy figure whose true motives and loyalties are obscure, but who seeks to make use of her findings. Suarez manages to keep the reader genuinely in doubt about which characters will survive, and couples deft plotting with evocative language (e.g., Kinshasa and Brazzaville are “essentially Africa’s liver—circulating the population of the riverine interior through a pitiless Darwinian filter”). Agent: Rafe Sagalyn, Sagalyn Literary. (July)
Library Journal
What happens when the decision to kill in battle can suddenly be shifted from human to machine? America is under attack by drones programmed to seek out and execute targets, and Special Ops soldier Odin is trying to stop the carnage with the help of Linda McKinney, a scientist whose research on ant societies has been preempted by the unknown enemy to run the marauding drones. Techno-thriller author Suarez goes beyond the New York Times best-selling Daemon to get at some big issues.
Kirkus Reviews
In this Crichton-esque thriller, a female scientist specializing in ant intelligence is drawn into a nightmarish plot involving swarming drones launching terrorist strikes on U.S. soil--on their own, not as programmed by humans. To myrmecologist Linda McKinney's dismay, her findings on the social behavior of the murderously territorial weaver ant--Oecophylla longinoda--have become the basis for the technology behind the drones. She is doing field research in Tanzania when her living quarters are bombed and she is abducted--not by the enemy, but by a secret force headed by a rogue special operations soldier called Odin. Her death is faked to protect her from the faceless terrorists and to use her as bait to draw them out. McKinney enters into a frightening limbo existence in which she doesn't know what is happening, where she is or whom to trust. After escaping Odin's group, or thinking she has, she witnesses horrors that convince her he's on the side of good, and she works with him to expose the threat the drones represent. At a time when the military relies increasingly on drone intelligence and firepower in the war on terrorism, this thriller is eerily unsettling, if not quite plausible. Suarez, who established himself as a cyberthriller go-to author with Daemon (2009) and Freedom (2010), feeds his story with just the right amount of techno know-how, taking care not to overwhelm the human dimensions of the story (even if two cyberravens who fly around spying on people are the book's most interesting characters). Those with uneasy feelings about their trackable cellphones will be even more fearful after reading about the uses to which their easily accessible IMEI numbers can be put. A confident thriller that leaves us wondering not whether its fictional premise will one day become reality, but when.
From the Publisher
“A legitimate heir to Michael Crichton.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A terrifyingly real scenario.”—The Washington Post

“A confident thriller that leaves us wondering not whether its fictional premise will one day become reality, but when.”—Kirkus Reviews

Kill Decision is an eyes-wide-open, eyebrows raised, head-shaking warning.”—Wired

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525952619
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
07/19/2012
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.29(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Freedom™ crackles with electrifying action scenes and bristles with intriguing ideas about a frightening, near-future world…. Daemon and Freedom™ combined form the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Meet the Author

Daniel Suarez is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon and Freedom TM and is an independent systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. An avid gamer and technologist, he lives in California.

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Kill Decision 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this is a solid techno thriller its not nearly in the same class as Suarez prior books. The topic of the book is up to date and certainly its a scary enough premise to carry a book. Unfortunately I expected much better from the author considering that Daemon is one of my all-time favorite books. However if I hadn't had such high expectations I am sure I would have enjoyed the book even more and based on this I still give the book a 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i didn't hate reading this book, but I wouldn't recommend it. The characters are flat and unimaginative. While I loved and recommend Noth daemon and freedom, this is just nothing like as good.
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rwjr1944 More than 1 year ago
Disappointing considering the high quality of his prior books. Seems to be a script for one of today's B action movies.
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Good concept but not as well written as his prior books.
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BryHigh More than 1 year ago
Kill Decision is an interesting read. I am a technical person, so a number of the technologies mentioned I am aware of. This makes this book a bit eerie, because, in a way it could happen. This isn't your pump-up book, but you'll be hooked and the story is engaging and because of the realistic technology will keep you thinking long after the story ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting pats on unmanned drones gone bad, but no real character development of the 100 plus characters that periodically appear. And the trained ravens get a bit tiresome as well as unbelievable. Not a first class read.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
This book was a real slog for me. Military acronyms alone do not make it hard to read, but along with the science education going on, added to multiple characters being introduced at a rapid clip, this novel's plot wobbles through with all of the personality of a computer chip. My suggestion? Kill the novel, leave the drones. (really kidding there!)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a gripping techno thriller! Daniel Suarez is a brilliant author combing the what-if with the now! Must read! Also read Daemon and Freedom(tm)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daniel knocks it out if the park again! This is a 5 star thiller that is fast paced and relavant. I just read on flipboard that Germany is publicly advocatiing the use of autonomous drones for its defense. In my opinion, yes you can call me a fan boy, I think the other two reviews that gave him 4 out of 5 stars where comparing this to his first book not against other authors. It is a 5 out of 5 and there are no other authors out there writting in his genre, I know because I have been scouring the net looking for them to hold me over until Daniels next book came out. While Dean Koontz and Robin Cook are two of my favorites, I've read all of their books, Daniel Suarez has taken there place as my favorite author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the Daemon books, you'll like this book too. Although it's not as captivating, Kill Decision has a focussed plot and exciting scenes. There are enough interesting ideas and technologies to stimulate your imagination, but the author definitely could have spent more time elaborating those ideas and less time describing action sequences. Overall it's totally worth the time and money.
groberts1980 More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as his other works. His first two books and his latest book read like Michael Crichton on steroids. I love them. This (his third book) is more like a Tom Clancy techno novel. Very much a military thriller with a techno angle to it. Compared to his other books this was very disappointing and boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Techno Geek Speak: "It's an iterative computation method designed to improve a candidate solution.It's a form of genetic or evolutionary programming. For example, here's a basic ant algorithm for detecting the dges of pheremone trails."