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Kill Decision

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  8,317 Ratings  ·  744 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
ebook, Nook Book, 353 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Penguin Group (USA)
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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
Apr 26, 2017 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my fourth by Daniel Suarez and I'm constantly surprised at how versatile he is.

This one is a straight Techno-Thriller, right down to the tight and crafty combat cell, nifty science-types, and even a great little section of programmers. But most of all, it's all about the explosions, the close calls, the gunfire, and the smells.

The smells? Oh yes. I won't give away anything plot related because learning and discovery is the name of the game for this novel... but suffice to say: swarming i
Paul O'Neill
Oct 24, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read, great ending and premise. Loved hugin and munin!!

This is one of those books that can easily be turned into a great film. One for any Crichton fans out there and I'll definitely be checking out more of Suarez.
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
Nathan Gilliatt
Aug 10, 2012 Nathan Gilliatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nimrod Daniel
Jul 10, 2012 Nimrod Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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 great thriller movie. The second and maybe the third chapters were great, but from that until the ~30% mark most of the chapters were a bit boring and not much happened. Only about 30% through the events started to pick up again. The second half of the book felt like a very good thriller.

aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Mar 29, 2014 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jul 23, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2012 Kam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 19, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ron Arden
Aug 26, 2012 Ron Arden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2012 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Suspense Magazine
Jan 11, 2013 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Paul Bonamy
Aug 15, 2012 Paul Bonamy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave Robertson
Mar 14, 2013 Dave Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read; although the core of the novel was about the usage of autonomous drones(and why that is not a good thing), there was an underlying premise that everything is controlled to a macro level in our current society. With the every rising usage and dependency of social media and "instant" news, it is evident that whom controls these avenues also controls public opinion, social and economic conditions, socio and economic agendas, government "state" and what is "perceived" a ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Subroto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
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
Aug 02, 2012 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2012 Tad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, ebook
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
Sep 06, 2012 Ruben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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