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 droneSee more details below

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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)
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“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

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101587331
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/19/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
74,348
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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