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Kill Decision

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  6,132 ratings  ·  662 reviews
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, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Dutton Adult
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I never realized this before but when the machines finally become self-aware and Skynet launches its attack on humanity, I’ve got the perfect place to hole up nearby. So while you all are being enslaved by robots, I’ll be safe in SubTropolis with a lifetime supply of liquor and books. Don’t bother knocking. I won’t let you in, and I’ll just turn up the music to drown out your screams.

I knew from Daniel Suarez’s previous books, Daemon and Freedom (TM), that he gives good techno-thriller with some
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the 4th book I've reviewed by this author. The other 3 I gave 5 stars and rave reviews.... I suppose you've already noticed the rating I have given this one.

So, what happened?

Here we have a great talented writer and a premise that should make a great book. If I had been asked (before I read this) what science fiction writers would i choose to deal with the idea of robots or AIs being given the ability to make autonomous kill decisions Mr. Suarez would have been on that list. This is an i
David Sven
I really wanted to like this - but it just didn't grab me. At 175 pages in I feel I've given it as much of a chance as I'm prepared to. It's disappointing because I liked both Daemon (my review as well as its sequel Freedom TM (

So what went wrong here? Unfulfilled expectations. The whole autonomous killing drone thing just didn't do it for me. For a start, I'm pretty sure we had an AI driven drone or two between
Nimrod Daniel
It's the first audiobook that I finish !!!

I must admit that listening to the first chapter made me very enthusiastic about the book, Jeff Gurner made it sounds like it's a scene taken from a thriller movie. The second and maybe the third chapters were great, but since then and until the ~30% of the book most of the chapters were a bit boring and not much happened, and only about 30% through the events starts to pick up again. The second half of the book feels like a very good thriller.

Dre Mosley
I would have given it 2.5 stars.

If you're like me, you were probably really excited to hear that Suarez was coming out with a new book. His first two novels, "Daemon" and "Freedom" were top notch tech thrillers that I read really quickly; I just couldn't put them down. When I heard that he had a new book coming, I was really excited.

Well, I finally got around to reading it, and I must say that I'm disappointed. Was it a bad book? No. Was it a smartly written book? You could say that. Was it comp
Nathan Gilliatt
I started recommending Kill Decision to my friends before I was halfway through it. Now that I've finished it, I have a longer list of people to recommend it to. Suarez writes a knockout thriller, and yes, it really should be opening in theaters everywhere before long. It's more military, and less cyberpunk, than his previous books, so it's going to appeal to a somewhat different set of folks as a novel. However...

I'm recommending Kill Decision to people because it raises serious issues that des
4.5 Stars

The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

OK, confession: I love techno thrillers. I absolutely love them. They can be uber-corny, with the worst, most unrealistic plot lines ever, and I would still consume the novel as if it’s the most interesting thing I’ve ever read. I think as readers, we all have that one genre that just rarely does no wrong. For me, it’s books like Kill Decision.

Luckily for me, every Suarez novel I’ve read has been freaking enjoyable, and this one is no exc
Just finished this and my first impressions are this is a super fun read. I was curious how Daniel Suarez was going to deal with this topic and he came up with some great material that was presented in a unique way. I also think that he is evolving as a writer as he had some better characters and in particularly I thought the character interactions where much better then his first two books, which I also liked a lot. I don't want to give to many plot details out but it is a fast paced techno thr ...more
After reading this, all I can say is:

This book was incredible. It was so engaging on all fronts. Everything was described in detail and some times I mind that, but when it's something that helps me learn new things, I gobble it up like a chocolate cake. I don't think I can come up with a good review for this book right after I've finished it. Maybe later, if I can wrap my head around all that I read.

It wasn't a one-sitting read for me because it covered so much in a single chapter. There were s
aPriL eVoLvEs
Oh, dear. This is a mess. In my opinion.

I loved Daemon/Freedom. I eagerly opened this one and, well, yuch. It was awfully choppy, with too short and quick action scenes, no character development, or meaningful emotion. There were conversations that made no sense or were dropped with no explanation early in the first ten or so chapters. Then, about a third into the book, at first I thought I was losing interest because I've never been in the military and the toys were not clear to me. But when I
Zacaro Caro
BOTTOM LINE/moved to the top: If this book has a sequel, I won't read it. But if Suarez writes another book that's not a sequel I'd buy it before it hits the shelves and read it as soon as I could.

This book was a let down. Deamon was great! I mean, I don't read books more than once usually but I read Freedom TM and Deamon more than once. They provide a fun window into a possible, even if not plausible, world of technology that was fun to explore.

This book has some uncovered plot holes the size
Sep 13, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eric by: Sword and Laser
The elements are all here for a great thriller -- an interesting, tension-filled plot extrapolated from fundamentally sound scientific and technological ideas, plenty of action, and characters with believable motivations. I especially liked the interplay between the two leads, myrmecologist Linda McKinney and a Master Sergeant code-named Odin, who come together from opposing ends of the spectrum in an attempt to stop the autonomous drone threat. The only aspect that was somewhat lacking was the ...more
Like his first two books, 'Kill Decision' is a non-stop edge-of-your-seat thrill jam. Suarez's grasp of bleeding-edge technology and modern warfare coupled with his ability to develop likable (and despicable) characters gives the reader a great read. His story development and his ability to shock and surprise the reader often comes into play. Our story begins with a series of mysterious airborne drone attacks that appear to be the work of the US military - except the US military has no knowledg ...more
Carl-johan Sveningsson
Absolutely riveting and terrifyingly plausible, Kill Decision has ruined me several nights of sleep. There's more action and I would say an improved style from Suarez, it gripped me from several perspectives as he manage to somehow weave in fascinating topics. The lack of a top rating is due to compared to Daemon/FreedomTM, the autonomous drone topic carries more narrow implications, and I would have appreciated a slightly less Hollywood style drama. Having corresponded some with Daniel, I glanc ...more
I have read a lot of Fantasy and SciFi recently, and decided that I should try something different. I opted for Kill Decision because it was on Audible offer, and the premise sounded good.

The book did start off well, and I liked how the author fooled me a little by killing off a number of people who I thought may be some of the main leads.

It then moved to the secret service area, with a group of highly skilled operatives. Again, this started off well - but kind of lost traction for me.

I felt no
This didn't quite have the wow-factor of Daemon or Freedom, but I still enjoyed it.

I did, however, have a few gripes.

First off, the part with the FBI agents doing the "interrogation"? Bleh! Horrible and should have been omitted. There were other ways that Ritter could have been introduced. No reason to waste the reader's time. If someone makes claims about covert military/terrorist actions -- during a time of supposed terrorist attacks within the U.S. especially -- I find it unlikely that agents
Paul Bonamy
As with Daemon and Freedom(TM) before it, Kill Decision allows Suarez to take technology we already have and extrapolate it into the near future to thrilling, and terrifying, effect. In this case, the tech in question is unmanned drone tech, enhanced with tiny chemical sensors and run like a very aggressive ant colony. As far fetched as drones with ant brains may sound, the systems described here are definitely the sort of thing that either could be build now, or would require very little work ( ...more
Ron Arden
This is another amazing book by Daniel Suarez. I first heard he had a new one when I was sitting in the audience at TWit in Petaluma, CA. This story combines great action, high tech, intrigue and all the fun of a Jason Bourne or James Bond movie.

The story focuses on Professor Linda McKinney and how she becomes involved in a plot to use autonomous drones to wreak havoc in the US and internationally. The story is very current and could and might be happening today. There is a lot of cloak and dagg
This is a solid and exciting kick-ass techno-thriller. Prepare to be bewildered, but pleasantly so, for the first 4-5 chapters...the pieces will all come together. And it's a jagged, scary ride Daniel Suarez takes us on.

At this very moment (real-time now, not the book) drones are all over the damn place. America has fallen in love with drone warfare. This from a December 25 NYT editorial (when no one would read it, but that's how the NYT covers it's bases), "The drone go-ahead, signed in Februar
Kristin Lundgren
This is an explosive novel. Like his two previous novels, Suarez takes onto the cutting edge of technology and gives you a what-if scenario. Starting with drone attacks, planned and unplanned, and then on to a myrmecologist, studying weaver ant social structure in Africa, and posting her algorithm structures of their activities on-line. Weaver ants are unique in that they are the most aggressive species and of the few species besides man that seeks out and destroys rivals. They don't just wait u ...more
I became fan of Daniel Suarez with Daemon, and I found a better, more polished narrative in Kill Decision.

Continuing on the topic of autonomous "intelligent" forces, this book presents a scenario different than the one on his previous books, but one that sounds closer to reality, with good arguments supporting it. This books develops on the militar side, which I am certainly not an expert, but manages to give a good descriptions while keeping the tedious parts away. The story is never short of
During January this year, I was witness to a most interesting event. It was a cool weekday morning, and I had just stepped out of the elevator onto the floor where the offices for my department are located when, lo and behold, I looked out the windows lining the hallway and watched as none other than Jeremy Renner dashed over the roofs of the residential area just behind my university, pursued by cameras. The sight, of course, would have been startling on any other day, but I already knew what w ...more
We already live in a world where autonomous drone aircraft can surveil the combat theater. Currently those drones require remote direction from a human in order to deploy weapons. What would be the consequences if we gave that kill decision to the drone, to be made completely autonomously? Further, what if drones were so simple we could make thousands of them from spare parts for next to no cost? Finally, what if we tweaked the AI of these drones to simulate one of the most aggressive insect col ...more
Suspense Magazine
Automated killer drones, government conspiracies, special ops, this thriller has it all. Author of the Daemon series and three stand-alone books, Daniel Suarez adds another bestseller to his repertoire.

High profile scientists and computer programming experts are dropping like flies as each are in the crosshairs of someone in high places for the expertise they provide. Soldiers with a highly secretive special ops team are actively working to both protect those who’ve been targeted and find the so
This was a very enjoyable book, a modern thriller. I had listened to Daniel Suarez's previous two books and loved them. This book has similar elements while being a separate story. The central mystery are drone attacks that occur and the team that is dispatched to find out who is responsible. It is a roller coaster ride with strong characters. There were great sequences where the action was intense. In addition to the great action there is the whole question of drones, especially autonomous dron ...more
Kill Decision is a non-stop action thriller featuring advanced technology and an all too plausible near future scenario. This book drops you right in the middle of the action with a high-tech drone attack and just keeps going. The first part of the book contains a lot of information on high-tech warfare and some background science, which was as fascinating as the action sequences. Once this information is established, the action comes even faster in an almost non-stop ride to the finish.

This is
Unmanned weaponised drones already exist—they are widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. But what would happen if these drones became so advanced that they are programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention? Daniel Suarez is back to take a look at the real science and then take it one step further to show the frightening results.

Daniel Suarez is really becoming the go-to-guy for techno-thrillers that look at current technology and then show th
If you've read and worshipped Daniel's Daemon and Freedom - (don't get me wrong ) this one is a great novel on its own - but falls short of your expectations.

There is great - i repeat stupendously great research on weaver ants, their swarming patters and correlating them to modern day autonomous drones - a very believable story of who's behind it - again clearly wedded to reality of modern day power games and circles.

Where this one lets you down is the edge of the seat ringside seats which Dan
Thrilling, well-researched and nicely put together, yet as inspirational as a James Bond movie.

Having read both of Suarez' other books, this one was quite a downer. He demonstrated that he was able to build something as a prophecy or future vision that had drastic implications on everybodies' lifes and still didn't seem ridiculous, even keeping remarkably tight connection to the present status quo. If you want to see this again, look elsewhere.

The book starts with a blast, introduces the main ch
Daniel Suarez's first two books, Daemon and Freedom TM, were about the dangers of making efficiency the highest virtue in society. This new book Kill Decision is about the danger of making efficiency the highest virtue in warfare, specifically through the use of automated combat drones. Is there such a thing as being too good at making war; so good that it places a species in existential peril? Suarez makes the cases that there is, that autonomy in warfare is imminent and that it is just as dang ...more
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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven ...more
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